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MirandaNet Fellowship Profiles (MirandaNet Archive - as of March 2015)
Twitter ID: @eaknutsen
Having worked in financial services for over six years, I developed an interest in education of children for their future benefit, rather than education of adults in industry for their personal financial reasons. The development of educational learning technologies and staff/students overcoming their hesitation to use it interests me most.
I taught ICT to individual members of my team while in financial services. During my PGCE year (in Business Studies), I taught ICT to lower school (11-14 yoa) and developed a strong interest in it as my main teaching subject. While at HVC, I have worked with Brian Hudson on two European projects (teacher educational use of ICT and Euroland). I graduated in 2006 with an MSc in e-Learning, Multimedia and Consultancy from Sheffield Hallam University, based on much of the work done at Hope Valley College.
My first major project was the Hope Valley College website involved me developing a Cold Fusion based website for the benefit of the primary schools within the geographically spread region of the Hope Valley. This site, originally as part of my Masters work, when completed, will mean that teachers can simply enter information and websites that support their unique learning situation without having to rely on time to pick up the phone...
Next on the agenda was an intranet based on the same technology for the benefit of HVC students. This was in support of our Technology College bid objectives and was up and running by November 2001.
Currently at Eckington School, I have worked on a way of both empowering staff through the use of wireless projectors and tablet PCs whilst exploring this as a more powerful alternative to interactive whiteboards. Initially, this was as a reaction to the lack of use of IWBs interactively, but has grown into a micro-study into the benefits of the tablet/projector combination which have included building learning resources with students, adapting learning resources and gathering feedback from even disaffected students in whole class situations.
Having appointed a website/VLE administrator, we are currently building a resource base for our online curriculum, unique to Eckington School schemes of work and resources. These resources include our Key Stage 3 extended homework projects, maths and English self-study materials for GCSE students, and AS/A-level extended study materials.
Hudson, B., El-Gamal, A., Gouda , A., Knutsen, E., Ruotsalainen, M., Peltonen, A., Pesonen, M. and Tervola, T. (2000) A European Learning Environment: Reflections on Teaching and Learning in a Multinational Virtual Learning Community. In Buchberger, F. and Berghammer, S. (2000) Teacher Education as a Powerful Learning Environment - Changing the Learning Culture of Teacher Education, ALERT - Publication, http://www.pa-linz.ac.at/international/Alert/TNTEE
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