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MirandaNet Fellowship Profiles (MirandaNet Archive - as of March 2015)
Winner of the Link2Learn Secondary School of the Year Award 2013, and having full accreditation for the International Schools Award three times in succession (for the last nine years), I am currently International Coordinator for the Ravensbourne School, Bromley and Network Ambassador for the British Council, I also lead a local Global Learning Network. I began as a Biology teacher with a love of both Psychology and Ecology. My BSc was in both. After setting up the Health and Social Care Department I gained an MA in Education Management which included a project on accelerated learning through Science. I then led the Health and Social Care department for many years as well as becoming the school's International Coordinator. I have led many international projects for The Ravensbourne School as well and leading larger Connecting Classrooms projects for nine local schools linked to similar numbers in two other countries. Still working part time for The Ravensbourne School, I currently run a Chinese Mandarin club where students in China teach students at The Ravensbourne School Mandarin and Chinese Culture using Flashmeeting as a video conferencing platform. As a British Council Network and eTwinning Ambassador and as a Lead Practitioner in Global Learning, I support many other schools in their international work and run a local Global Learning Network for the Global Learning Programme.
I see great value in the use of ICT to enhance education at all levels. In my own courses the students use ICT seamlessly in their courses to develop their work and gain ICT skills at the same time. My latest interests are in the use of video conferencing to aid teaching and learning, and in the use of eTwinning and other platforms where students can collaborate globally and so raise attainment through ownership of the topic by the students taking part all over the world.
I have a Connecting Classrooms partnership with a school in India. This covers a widening number of departments within my own school. Starting with R.S. we compared festivals and monuments. We have now expanded the project to cover Geography and Science, looking at sustainability and recycling, Cooking and we are going to expand to History. Teachers visited us in May bringing Bhangra dancing, cooking Indian foods, and having discussions about how to make a positive difference to the world using The Peace Room on World eCitizens.
I also run an eTwinning partnership with 9 schools in Europe, and including schools across the globe, looking at the Sustainable Development Goals, and creating a sustainable world by doing something about it! (Vote With Your Feet).
I also run a Chinese Mandarin Club which has recently had a report published about it for International Education Week.
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