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MirandaNet Fellowship Profiles (MirandaNet Archive - as of March 2015)
As an Independent ICT consultant I've worked with schools, LAs and RBCs on a range of projects from the Design & Build of CLCs, schools' infrastructure/network design, web-filtering, and research projects among others. Recently I launched two Social Networking sites for education. The first, LL4Schools, is a safe, social networking site specifically for schools so that pupils and teachers can work together to harness to power of social networking and web2.0 tools for teaching and learning: my aim is to bring the power of Web2.0 to the classroom in a safe way. The other site, LL4Education, is a free version that educators can use to explore the tools available in LL4Schools.
ICT InterestsVery broad: from the technical aspects of IT network design and how it affects and is affected by the physical spaces available to Web based tools and, in particular, the use of social networking and associated web2.0 tools to enhance teaching and learning. A related topic of great interest and topicality is web filtering: how to align the teacher's need for freedom and flexibility with the e-safety of students. A tricky balancing act.
I am currrently involved with two major projects.
Protex: a web filtering and caching solution designed originally for schools but also used in Libraries and commercially. This is a product created by a client (E2BN) which I have been involved with from the start. Based on the Dansguardian open source content filtering engine it was designed with schools to address some of the well known issues with inflexible and "one size fits all" systems typically available from the commercial providers. And cost was also a big driver!
LL4Schools: a safe social network for schools. Set up to allow teachers and pupils to use the power of social networking in the classroom safe in the knowledge that every user and action on the site can be traced back to their institution and that all users have been validated.
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