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MirandaNet Fellowship Profiles (MirandaNet Archive - as of March 2015)
Having spent 20 years working in IT in the financial sector I started a PGCE in primary education in September 2007. My industry experience was initially hands-on, for the last 10 years it was around managing geographically disparate IT software teams. My experience of use of ICT in the classroom to support learning has not been that positive. From my experience I am particularly concerned that it is being taught as a separate subject, and the benefits that can accrue, especially in literacy amongst pupils who suffer motivational problems, are not being realised. From my observation I believe a core reason for this is that ICT strategy in primary schools is driven by the ICT co-ordinator, and comes from the starting point of "what can we do" rather than "what best will improve learning outcomes".
I am very interested to learn how I might be able to leverage my industry experience to assist in the use of ICT in schools to improve outcomes.
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