“It’s the Learning, Stupid” is where I share to other educators my ongoing experiences of teaching and learning with digital technologies. By reflecting on how I am teaching, and how my learners are learning, I find that it inspires me to always seek to improve my practice.
In April 2016 I joined the Ministry of Education in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, as an Education Technology Specialist with the English Department, which is tasked with leading the transformation of K-12 education across the country. In this role I project manage the implementation of new technologies for learning and assessment for all Ministry schools. I also provide training for teachers, both current and new arrivals, so that they can effectively utilise these technologies.
I am currently completing a Master of Education online with Waikato University (New Zealand) which I hope to complete in 2018.
I have 18 years Secondary Teaching experience across a variety of curriculum areas including Junior and Senior Mathematics (with Calculus), History, Social Studies, Digital Technologies (Web Design), Computer Applications (Senior) and Junior ICT. I have worked in Middle Management in a variety of roles including Dean of Year Group, Sports (Rugby & Canoe Polo) Administration, Curriculum and E-Learning. I have also organised and led overseas sports trips to South Africa and Australia, along with an education trip to the battlefields of France and Gallipoli.
In 2008 I was awarded a 1 year full-time Ministry of Education E-Learning Research Fellowship with my research investigating how to enhance student interactivity through blended learning approaches. Following that, I took on the role as Director of E-Learning at two large high schools, Wellington College (2009-2011) & Palmerston North Boys’ High School (2013-2014), helping lead both through major ICT strategic planning, infrastructure and digital technology changes. These successes led to interest from other schools and helped establish for me a national reputation as an innovator in blended learning tools to help enhance student learning. I have mentored staff to achieve their e-learning goals and am experienced at working in both pedagogical and technical contexts. I have always been generous in the sharing of my resources and expertise within and across school networks.
My experience and expertise with the Moodle LMS led to an invitation onto the NZ Ministry of Education’s Moodle Reference Group, which established key support for Moodle as one of the supported Learning Management Systems for New Zealand schools. In 2012 I worked for a year as an independent e-learning consultant gaining facilitation experience with a range of school e-learning clusters and individual primary, intermediate and secondary schools around New Zealand. More recently my focus has been on collaborative task based inquiry learning in a 1:1 environment and how this can improve student engagement and learning outcomes.
At the beginning of 2015 I joined CORE Education, an organisation which espouses “pushing the boundaries of educational possibility”. One of my roles was as a “Learning with Digital Technologies Facilitator” where I supported facilitators from our regional teams who worked directly with schools. I also staffed a new Connected Learning Advisory – Te Ara Whitiki service on behalf of the Ministry of Education. This free service for schools and kura provided consistent, unbiased advice on integrating technology with learning to all New Zealand schools to enable them to receive the best results for their students and communities.
Experience & Expertise
- E-Learning leadership, strategic planning & change management
- Strategic approach to developing the capacity of teaching colleagues to develop digital teaching skills
- Building staff and student e-capacity in schools
- Teaching as Inquiry, staff professional development
- Blended Learning, student inquiry learning, collaborative task based learning that is innovative and meaningful, SOLO Taxonomy & e-learning
- Cloud computing, mobile devices, BYOD (bring your own device), Chromebook Deployment, and 1:1 computing
- Moodle LMS deployment, administration and training
- Google Apps Training and Administration
- Digital Resource Development for virtual learning environments
- An invitation for my to add my blog to the ACI Scholarly Blog Index (2015)
- Google Apps for Education and Chromebook Educator Certification (2015)
- Moodle Course Creator Certification, 2009
- Ministry of Education E-Learning Research Fellowship – CORE Education Ltd, 2008
- Certificate in E-Learning Design & Development – Northtec, 2007
- Diploma of Teaching – Auckland College of Education, 1993
- Bachelor of Arts, History Major – Victoria University of Wellington, 1992
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I have been using this blog to share my experiences since late 2008. Other online spaces that I have been known to use are: