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MirandaNet Fellowship Profiles (MirandaNet Archive - as of March 2015)
I am Principal Teacher of English at Perth Academy in Scotland. There are twelve teachers in my department, though only 5 are full-time English teachers.
I have been teaching since the early 1990s and have always been a keen advocate of ICT in learning — a fact I was recently reminded of by an ex-pupil who remembers me going on about how great Yahoo was in the mid 1990s.
As well as teaching English I was very heavily involved in developing Media Studies materials. This helped convince me that what we mean by ‘literacy’ is changing.
I started blogging seriously in 2006, though I'd first started experimenting with using blogs to make work available to pupils in 2004… unfortunately, not enough pupils were online at that time to make it viable!
I make extensive use of blogs and wikis with my classes and am very interested in seeing how these tools can be used to develop “traditional literacy” as well as “new literacy”.
As a result of my knowledge of 2.0 tools I have been asked to deliver In-Service Training to teachers in my Authority and have been consulted on a number of issues relating to social networking.
If I am honest I would have to say that I was a software jockey rather then a hardcore geek. I'm equally at home on Macs and PCs though I do prefer one to the other.
I helped develop my school's website, though the thing I am most proud of is the school's Blog engine at http://blogs.perthacademy.net Though only a WPMU installation, I am really proud of the fact that my school has had the curage to allow our pupils to start blogging... something I am very keen to develop. Though still in its infancy, I am hopeful that we will get more and more pupils/teachers and parents writing their thoughts on education...
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