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MirandaNet Fellowship Profiles (MirandaNet Archive - as of March 2015)
William [Bill] Saunders
In my work and personal life I am a keen ICT user but not a "techy". For many of my earlier years at work I was trained and employed on Radar and thermal imaging systems as well as different types of computer mainframes. I then become a Learning and Development Manager in the Construction sector over 10 years ago and retained my enthusiasm for ICT usage. The teaching reforms in the Learning and Skills sector presented me with the opportunity of training to be a teacher [QTLS-IfL] so that I could help the instructors that I coach and train through the process themselves.
Our instructors generally need help to be able and motivated in deploying ICT more then they do. They need to be convinced that it is a proven tool which they and their learners can benefit from along with a range of teaching means. In my College work I am doing my Technology Supported Learning module based on the use of Google Sketchup 6 as a 3D modelling tool - I believe that this will really help to captivate the interest of our training staff to use ICT more within the training cycle . I will then use this software as the basis of X2 good practice workshops in teaching for our instructors. Over the last two years our training company has kitted out multi-media classrooms in our Centres, including Interactive Whiteboards, Laptops, audio suite, etc. They want to see a greater take up in the use of these facilities then is at present the case, something I heartily concur with.
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