I am a primary school teacher, a peer coach and beginning 2008 an Ultranet Coach for our Department of Education, in the Western Metropolitan Region.
And now an Assistant Principal for ICT & Student Learning at Manor Lakes P-12 Specialist College. (Nov 2008 -2011)
And now Principal of Debney Meadows Primary School. (July 2011)
I have been lucky enough to work in schools that have regarded Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) as a core component to learning. I returned from family leave in 2000 to my prior work place (Essendon North Primary School) to find education had changed considerably. The classrooms were a hype of activity, kids were working in groups, tables were arranged in clusters with computers at the centre, and the inquiry approach had replaced the ‘chew and spew’ style of learning.
What an exciting time this was for me! Things had moved on in the 90s and I was moving, or should I say, running with a new paradigm of teaching and learning in the 2000s.
Technology soon became my friend and I was trying and learning new things with my students. Back then it was, PowerPoint, HyperStudio, KidPix and so on. I learnt quickly and I took risks.
One of the things that took the most time and planning was how to best use the technology. How would it improve learning outcomes? With this question constantly being at the back of my mind, I became an enthusiastic learner of not just ICT but of good pedagogical practice. I attended as much professional development as possible, conferences such as NavCon, and began using my new learnings and experiences in the classroom with my students as ways to share with others.
I, myself, began presenting at conferences and to a range of educators who would visit my school. As I continued to present on topics of ICT, Thinking and Learning, my own thirst for learning became even more. The cycle became the proverbial snowball effect. The more I learnt the more I wanted to learn.
As a teacher I have continued to evolve and grow. I enjoy seeing the possibilities of the ‘What If?’ What if kids could use animation to tell their story? What if we got off track with our inquiry and followed a new tangent? What if we used Web 2.0 to dissipate the four walls of the classroom? Or to make education more transparent?
This is me, here and now!