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MirandaNet Fellowship Profiles (MirandaNet Archive - as of March 2015)
Twitter ID: @sabrinamahmood
In 2013, I was chosen for a British Computer Society (BCS) scholarship to train to become one of the very best Computer Science trainee teachers in England. The rigorous application process involved teaching a class of unknown secondary school students as well as a lengthy interview with one of the industry partners, Microsoft. Having been successful, I chose Newman University to begin my PGCE in Computer Science and ICT, and successfully completed a 9-week placement at a secondary school in Coventry where I thoroughly enjoyed developing students as outstanding learners in computer science and ICT. During this placement, I taught Key Stages 3 and 4 and worked with mixed ability classes, and as the school was taking a lead in introducing computer science into the curriculum, it was a great opportunity for me to develop my understanding of the secondary curriculum and advance my teaching practises. My philosophy during this placement was based around creating effective learning environments, in which students could excel in every way possible and that every student could push him or herself to reach their learning goals.
In the computing world, technology is rapidly is changing and as soon as teachers and schools become proficient in a tool or software, a new one is released. I am naturally interested in computing and actively keep up to date with developments. Recently, I introduced the Raspberry Pi to my classes and incorporated this into the lesson topic of how we can use programming in everyday life. The students were extremely motivated by the technology and became excited by the endless of possibilities, such as using the Raspberry PI to browse the internet on a TV.
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