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Benjamin Semwayo

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Personal Statement

I qualified as a teacher in Zimbabwe and taught at various schools for twenty years. Being somebody who likes to read, during that time I read for a Social science degree with majors in Industrial Psychology, Sociology and Communication. I also acquired Diplomas in Personnel Management and Business Studies. I came to the U.K. in 2002, where I taught for two years as a supply teacher, while at the same time studying computers. I later enrolled for a Masters in Leaning and Knowledge Technology with Bath Spa University, completing the Post-Graduate Diploma earlier this year. I am hoping to complete the Masters Degree soon.

My background was technology-deficient as I grew up in Zimbabwe and had no access to computers or other technological gadgets. It was when I came to the U.K. that I learnt to use a computer for the first time and my involvement with MirandaNet caused a major turning point in my life in relation to educational technology. Through MirandaNet I have developed an avid interest in the subject. It was also through MirandaNet that I got to know about BETT. BETT is a spectacular display of the latest technology and I believe it is a must for every teacher. Once you visit the show there is no looking back. I must say I find it really strange that many teachers in this country that I speak to have never heard anything about BETT, yet it is the biggest Educational Technology Show in the world and many teachers travel from abroad to come to the show.

I have become a massive Educational Technology enthusiast and I have a feeling my future will be greatly influenced by Educational Technology.

ICT Interests

I am very interested in all aspects of educational technology particularly the latest innovations, including weird ones. I have just read a fascinating story about an Iraqi professor who will have a camera surgically implanted at the back of his head so that he can monitor what is going on behind him. I am also fascinated with the use of robots for teaching, which has become popular in South Korea. I am going to be researching about this. Finally, I love blogs and I plan to set up one in the near future.  

Publications

Select Education Discussion Forum

Supply Teachers and Educational Technology

Educational Technology in Southern Africa

Learning Parents


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