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MirandaNet Fellowship Profiles (MirandaNet Archive - as of March 2015)
It all started with a BBC 'B', a disruptive Year 8 class and a 'wagon train' decision-making game written by a friend... My involvement with ICT in Education has always been focused around how it enhances - and even transforms - teaching and learning. One of the key areas of activity has always been about access to devices - for students (I introduced the Anytime Anywhere Microsoft initiative in 1998 in one of the 12 'pilot' schools), staff (laptops for all in 2 schools) and enhanced computer to pupil ratios (last school 1:1.7) via the provision of thin-client devices. The importance of interactive and engaging lessons has driven my enthusiasm for hardware & software that drags young people into learning. Another focus in the last 3 years has been access to resources and the development of a Learning Platform that really does what it says on the tin... without paying for it!
It was particularly exciting to lead the ICT development of the Thomas Deacon Academy in its first few years from its 'drawing board' stage, through implementation to successful operation and widespread recognition (BCSE 2008 Inaugural Award: Best Use of ICT to create a Learning Community).
Since 2009 I have been a freelance consultant supporting schools in the UK and abroad.
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