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MirandaNet Fellowship Profiles (MirandaNet Archive - as of March 2015)
Twitter ID: @IaninSheffield
As a Physics teacher (and Head of Physics) of some 20 years I was struggling to see the potential that IT, as it then was, offered me. School had a number of BBCs and a handful of 386s, none of which were particularly accessible, training having been noticeable by its absence. My department then had the great fortune to welcome an NQT with boundless enthusiasm for, and skill with computers. With his guidance and support, and school acquiring increasing numbers of Acorn Archimedes, Apple Macs and Windows-based PCs, I became a convert.
I began to exploit the facilities that ICT offered to support me in the classroom, in creating resources for teaching and for easing the admin burden. With more experience and developing expertise, my emphasis subtly shifted towards how ICT supports student learning. I created a website to support our department's curriculum, completed a Best Practice Research Scholarship in student research using the WWW and failed singularly to be enthused by NOF training.
And then the opportunity arose to take my new found mission in a different direction as a member of the team in a City Learning Centre, supporting other teachers in their use of ICT - an exhilarating few years. Now I'm back in a school, still supporting and advising teachers, but totally convinced that ICT can do so much more than support and improve what we do - it can change what do and how we do it.
With a Masters in ICT in Education and another in Technology Enhanced Learning, I'm keen to explore the potential that learning technologies offer to enhance, enrich and extend our learning.
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