Technology continues to inspire, enthuse and drive me. It is a key element of my personal pedagogy and I am firmly of the belief that its proper use, combined with excellent pedagogy, can raise attainment, engagement and participation in the classroom.
After graduating as a ‘hybrid’ teacher, covering both key stages two and three, I found myself in the real world and lacking any skill with technology. Identifying this as a significant area of weakness in my practice, I began to tinker with small tweaks in the classroom to discover whether technology really did matter to me as a teacher. It very quickly became apparent that it had an almost instantaneous impact with the children in terms of engagement and my results were proof that it worked with attainment too. Both my children and I had been bitten by the technology bug.
I worked hard to establish technology in my own school, successfully renewing our ICT mark and winning a substantial innovation grant to transform the use of technology in my school and share best practice with the local community and schools.
I have since moved into initial teacher training and am a Senior Lecturer at Edge Hill University where my key responsibility is to lead technology enhanced learning. This not only gives me the opportunity to work with a huge body of pre-service teachers, but with a rich and diverse population of schools, allowing me to share my love of technology with many more colleagues and children. Great use of technology begins with excellence in pedagogy, my current role allows me to take a research focused perspective enabling me to root my practice in contemporary and useful theory.
I am an Apple Distinguished Educator and Promethean Advocate, working in communities of excellent colleagues to share and develop practice, I regularly write for the TES and have had columns such as the ’30 second briefing’ and ‘NQT bootcamp’