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MirandaNet Fellowship Profiles (MirandaNet Archive - as of March 2015)
Currently I co-facilitate the LTT (Learning and Teaching with Technology) graduate diploma program at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby BC, Canada. Generally K-12 teachers enrol in the program to learn ways of integrating technology into their teaching practice. My interest is in using the technology to help teachers gain confidence in moving towards a constructivist approach to teaching and learning. By having teacher experience for themselves a self-directed approach to learning, practice-based teacher inquiry, and a pass/fail system of portfolio assessment amazing things happen. Generally the learning is transformational.
I have worked in the field of education for over 25 years, always with an interest in the children who are learning at the fringes. Technology inevitably captures their attention. It allows for critical and creative thinking that can produce and connect in new ways. Like the students, I'm fascinated by it, yet at the same time I am concerned about the connection of IT to changing brain development and how that might impact positively or negatively on the ideal of educating our students to be global citizens. I also facilitate a graduate diploma for Teaching and Learning with Global Perspectives, and am looking for ways to marry my intrigue and skill with technology to my developing understanding of what it means to teach and learn with and for global perspectives.
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