I started teaching in 1996 as a full-time English teacher at Macleans College, Auckland, New Zealand. I’ve now moved out of the English-teaching scene as I’ve been fortunate enough to pursue my passion for ICT and Computer Science (bit of a change, I know!) I’m currently curriculum coordinator of ICT and Computing at ACG Parnell College, Auckland. In 2009 I completed my Master of Information Technology in Education – MITEd – at the University of Melbourne, Australia.
Interests in technology
My interests and skills in IT (education and otherwise) include, in no particular order:
- Mobile learning (mLearning)
- Instructional design
- Online learning tools / eLearning
- Blackboard LMS
- Visual Basic .NET programming
- ActionScript 2.0 / 3.0 programming
- Web design
- ePub development
I love engaging in discourse about educational applications of IT and especially wondering / discovering how technology can be used to enhance student learning. I equally enjoy the more technical aspects of technology, which includes strong interests in web design and programming (just wish I had the time to learn more!) Sometimes being a perfectionist works against me, but it’s often an asset as well. I’d rather give 110% to a task and pay close attention to detail rather than take a slap-dash approach; near enough is never acceptable IMHO. If it’s worth doing, it’s worth aspiring to achieve to the best of your ability. In my last year at Macleans I worked with a group of three boys on a website about Micro-organisms – it won the TVNZ / Net Guide Schools’ Web Challenge!
Part of my job involves delivering professional development opportunities to staff. I’ve presented sessions from word processing to video editing to animation to Blackboard, and many more. I’ve also been encouraged by ACG to present at conferences nationally and internationally about how the Blackboard LMS is used in the context of secondary school education. I lead the NZ CIE (Cambridge International Examinations) cluster group for ICT and Computing teachers. Sharing and collaborating with colleagues, I believe, plays a central role in everyone’s development.
I’ve been a sports fan for as long as I can remember. It’s no coincidence that my main sports of interest are also those in which I have been involved with at some point in my life. This includes:
- Football (soccer)
Teaching has allowed me to transfer my playing interests into coaching, especially in football where I’ve coached teams of all levels, including boys and girls teams. Funnily enough, even though I live in New Zealand I’m really not that interested in rugby… :S