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MirandaNet Fellowship Profiles (MirandaNet Archive - as of March 2015)
Ray Barker was a teacher for 14 years then worked in educational publishing and multimedia consultancy directing the National Literacy Association's (NLA) Docklands learning acceleration project. As an NLA representative he work with a range of organisations including the National Literacy Strategy, the Teacher Training Agency to raise the focus of literacy and to develop new learning materials. Since then he has set up an American software company in the UK and run an Education Action Zone. Now he is Director of the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA) which is the trade association for companies selling into all areas of education, and one of the co-organisers of the BETT Show.
Ray also writes frequently for schools, the media and for non-governmental organisations such as UNESCO's technology & learning initiative and has published materials both in traditional and electronic format. 'Not being a technologist, I see technology in terms of what it can achieve and how it can be used. My interest lies in making the most of it as a powerful and enabling tool.
'I believe strongly in the idea of teachers changing the educational system through their ability to better manage change themselves. That is why I work with Project Miranda and TeacherNet UK, both of which extend the vision of a learning community where teachers can use practical resources and expertise to create a real and useful learning community.
'If I have a mission, it is to bring literacy and technology together in order to make them work for each other. 'Communication' is the most important part of 'ICT'.'
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