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MirandaNet Fellowship Profiles (MirandaNet Archive - as of March 2015)
I have been involved in ICT education since the early 80's. I have worked with almost the full range of educational technologies over that time and have become more and more convinced about the potential of connected communities of collaborative learners to provide richer and more extended learning experiences. My work at the moment is concerned with how best to foster such communities, what technologies are best suited to different situations and how our education system needs to shift to accomodate this thinking.
Since the early days in the 80's I have shifted my thinking from the notion that IT is something to be learned about, to one which is more about what we can do to enhance our learning through use. As soon as the 'C' was added to create ICT the real potential of linked systems came into focus. Since then I am passionate about the use of ICT to link people and ideas to create new landscapes for learning.
There are a number of projects that are either in running being developed or just at the ideas stage. The ones that impact on learners inlcude:
The Virtual Workspace - a project linking up to 20,000 learners online along with teachers and a mentoring team.
ThinkQuest - promotion and support for learners wishing to collaborate to create web sites for the International ThinkQuest competition. 2006 produced the first entries to this competition event though the global project had been running since 1998! In 2007 the team went on to win the UK ThinkQuest project which is sponsored by DfES and SSAT.
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