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MirandaNet Fellowship Profiles (MirandaNet Archive - as of March 2015)
I am fairly new to teaching but have worked in the ICT Industry for over 25 years in the Banking, Telecommunications and Water Utility Sectors. Most of my experience has been in communications, web and database design and administration. I chose to become an ICT teacher so that I may pass on my enthusiasm and the knowledge I have gained through Industry to young people in order to encourage them to widen their knowledge and allow them to experiment, question and learn.I am intrigued to learn why pupils underestimate their ICT abilities when it surrounds them in everything and anything they do in our modern society. I am also determined to pass on the message that ICT is more than just software and hardware - it is now an integral component in any profession that is chosen and in all subject areas.
I have always been interested in technology and remember using an old Word processor to type up company accounts and using the old green monitor mainframe computers to interrogate customer databases. The incredible pace at which technology has evolved and our reliance upon it astounds me. My interest in ICT spurs me on to want to learn more and in particular try and find ways to encourage and motivate pupils to reach their full potential in this exciting subject.
My ICT interests and experiences mainly point to web technology and database design. As a Business Analyst in a previous job I designed and project managed two very important service databases. As well as designing the databases I also designed the respective web front-ends. These were exciting and very challenging times!
Previous to the above, I was fortunate enough to design and build two corporate Intranet sites. As the web master, as well as being responsible for development of the site, I was also responsible for its content and maintenance.
Demonstrating creativity through media and ICT is important to me and I hope to pass my experiences on to young people by developing my own resources in order to deliver the ICT National Curriculum to them.
During my training and NQT years, I have become more and more interested in Assessment for Learning (AfL) but in particular specifically in the teaching of ICT in secondary schools. I have tried various methods of motivating my pupils to become independent learners through the setting of targets and goals and have used, amongst other methods, Moodle Journals, to try and facilitate two-way dialogue between pupil and teacher. This trial with Year 7 pupils was not as successful as I had hoped it would be and I am currently striving to develop this method further to try and make its application less onerous for both teacher and pupil.
I am also currently developing a proposal to set up an ICT AfL group in Second Life (SL) which will facilitate the sharing of strategies and digital techniques used by teachers so that educators may learn from each other and improve upon and refine what they have learnt. Communities of Practice and cross pollination of knowledge is at the forefront of my mind together with being able to offer CPD sessions via SL to ICT teachers passionate about their subject on AfL.
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