How I got to where I am ...
From around 1996, I was regularly to be found on one of my employers' two Internet-enabled computers, learning what 'it' was all about. Around 1998 I was asked to deliver staff training in the use of Internet technologies and ultimately about the use of any new technology that came along. Yet - I am not technical!
During those early days I was training others how to use Interactive Whiteboards, how to use any one of the various emerging Virtual Learning Environments (VLES - we never got to Blackboard though) and a variety of tips and tricks with commonly available software - all of which I do to this day.
I learned fairly early on that all of the above needs to be underpinned by sound pedagogical planning and that the use of technology for 'learning' needs to be interactive. The need for collaboration and communication whilst learning has evolved and then coalesced over time.
I am a big fan of using Bloom's Taxonomy to understand this pedagogical underpinning.
I became the college's e-Learning Manager in 2002. During that time I worked on a number of national projects; helped to pen and deliver the college e-Learning (and teaching and learning) strategies, and began to meet many other inventive and imaginative people - with whom I still work.
See my previous work page - which details the work I've done since 2005.
I have been involved in education since 1988, when I taught Food Preparation and Cooking at Dewsbury College (now part of the much larger Kirklees College). Since then I have studied for a Certificate in Education full time, worked at several other colleges and achieved my Masters Degree in Multimedia and Education.
I started my working life in the catering industry; in hospitals and hotels. I also worked in a tractor factory, building tractors! This all lead to longer periods of self employment, during which I learned more about finance, people and life in general.
I have two wonderful children: Ben and Emma, and two wonderful grandchildren (via Emma): Amy and Charlotte.