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MirandaNet Fellowship Profiles (MirandaNet Archive - as of March 2015)
I am an Advanced Skills Teacher in Science and ICT and have worked for the last 9 years as part of teaching and learning teams transforming failing schools. After 20 years teaching I am leaving in September to become an educational consultant partly due to frustration of the constraints and lack of imagination inherent in the education system.
I only believe in adding technology to education when it enhances learning. I feel that the banks of hugely expensive ICT suites that Heads show so proudly to visiting parents have added little to the learning experience of pupils. I believe the reason for this is that we, as teachers are too focussed on the end product, that can look very impressive even if there has been little input and no learning from the student.
The new Web 2.0 technologies excite me as they allow real creativity, collaboration and communication. Young people being 'digital natives' have embraced these outside the classroom. It is now up to us as educators mostly 'digital immigrants' to provide them with the opportunity to use them inside our schools. For this we need a complete rethink about the structure and format. We cannot just squeeze it into the 20th century model we are still using.
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