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MirandaNet Fellowship Profiles (MirandaNet Archive - as of March 2015)
I'm an AST and SSAT Lead Practioner in ICT. This means that I have time out of my teaching to do outreach work in other schools, create resources, write research articles and give training.
ICT is still only a baby subject, but it is growing rapidly. The majority of ICT teachers still don’t have any qualifications in this core subject (me included). Meanwhile, our students are rapidly becoming more advanced in using ICT effectively than we are.
I’m interested in finding out what skills and understanding we should actually be teaching our students. How should we prepare them for living in the real and the virtual world?
A lot of my work is focussed on ways to bring the real world into the curriculum, especially through the use of web based technology.
I strongly believe that our curriculum should be more about discovering the real world and learning about how to communicate with real people. ICT has the potential to empower students to do both these things. However, far too often students are asked to anaylse fake data, research imaginary places and create documents for audiences that do not exist.
For me, there are two main ways of enhancing the curriculum with a global dimension:
1. Providing students with real life issues and real people for them to gather information from
2. Giving students’ work a real purpose by communicating their ideas to a real audience
By enabling students to engage more with the real world through their learning, they see a clearer purpose to what they are doing. This leads to greater motivation and better results.
Our current students will become global citizens in ways that we cannot begin to imagine. All we can do as educators is guide them along the first few steps of their journey.
Global Messenger - A 3 monthly newsletter I create on ideas and resources to bring a global dimension into the curriculum.
QCA Secondary Curriculum Review - An article I wrote for the TES ICT Blog on how ICT can motivate students by enabling them to collaborate and create products for a real audience.
R U Global - A training day I led for PGCE students on the global dimension. Includes links to free resources.
Virtual Training and Chocolate Cake - An article I wrote for SSAT on effective uses of virtual training including using blogs and basic video conferencing with flashmeeting.
Assessment for Learning and ICT - A training day for trainee ICT teachers on how to assess in ICT.
KS3 ICT Online Scheme of Work - All our ICT Dept.'s KS3 resources.
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