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MirandaNet Fellowship Profiles (MirandaNet Archive - as of March 2015)
An ex English teacher, predominantly in the independent sector since leaving Warwick University with an MA and a PGCE in 1981, I have wide ranging commercial experience of educational technologies, having been a Director of Learning Evolution at Digitalbrain, a tutor with Teach First, Senior Education Specialist with RM plc where I won the the group's first ever Entrepreneur of the Year competition in 2009 and at CfBT where I was Principal Consultant between 2009 and 2011. I am also a Macmillan author and my books, John Donne: The Poems, An Introduction to Shakespeare's Late Plays, and most recently in September 2001, A Guidebook to Paradise Lost, are all available from Palgrave.
Essentially an academic teacher of English literature working in the private sector, my enthusiasm for ICT came from the earliest days of the internet. Unusually, through a DfES secondment to Hackney, and through working as a tutor for Teach First, I have also worked in some of the UK's most difficult secondary schools. Above all, my concern is to see ICT enhance and enrich teachers' and pupils' experiences of school life and I am a severe critic of waste in ICT funding and implementation. I have published research internationally in this area, and am a regular conference speaker where organisers are seeking someone without rose tinted spectacles about educational ICT.
I was very heavily involved in RM's contribution to the Building Schools for the Future programme for more than 5 years, since its inception, working closely with a range of architects, builders and designers. More recently working for CfBT on school improvement projects abroad and advising across the group on appropriate and sustainable technologies to a wide range of programmes. On the steering committee of Educators for Reform, for the independent thinktank, Reform.
Hackneybroadband.com case history.
John Donne The Poems, Palgrave, An Introduction to Shakespeare's Late Plays, Palgrave 2002, A Guidebook to Paradise Lost, Palgrave, 2011.
Professional Educators and the Evolving Role of ICT in Schools, CfBT Education Trust, January 2010.
Beyond the Digital Divide, Editor, CfBT Education Trust, 2013
Providing ICT for Socially Disadvantaged Students, Technical Paper, CfBT Education Trust, 2013
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