My partner and I live with our two daughters in sunny Kiama, NSW, Australia.
I am a photographer, blogger and ‘learning professional’ working as a deputy principal for the NSW Department of Education and Communities, a large Public Education system with many enthusiastic and energetic advocates for changing paradigms to support children and communities to flourish. I also am employed by the University of Wollongong to teach pre-service teachers English method.
We spent the 2011 European summer living in Denmark on exchange with Carsten Søndergaard. It was great learning more about Danish perspectives on life and schooling. This was a fantastic opportunity on a number of levels. I presented to the 2011 Deputy Principals’ conference, streamed live from Denmark about my experiences at the school, established in 1060.
Collaborating with colleagues and sharing formally and informally is a high priority and I enjoy presenting at conferences. My articles and teaching units have been published in a number of DET curriculum publications, SCAN, mETAphor and increasingly, online at a range of sites. EQ published my article on social media. I started using blogs with my classes in 2004 and started publishing articles about using (we)blogs with classes in 2005. My latest published article (August 2011) is in SCAN and my blog post, the ‘The Future is Here‘, was featured at the IBM 100th anniversary website as ‘hear from the experts’. During 2012 I wrote for the new ABC Splash education portal and for Australian Teacher Magazine.
Helping teachers and educational leaders develop Personal Learning Networks (PLNs) has been an area of interest for sometime now. If educators are able to use blended learning concepts to facilitate their own professional development it is more likely students will benefit. During recent years I have presented at many conferences for principals, deputy principals, English teachers, counsellors, technology enthusiasts and administrators on practical ways to collaborate, co-operate and use digital technologies to connect. I was awarded a fellowship by the NSW Deputy Principals’ Association to improve online communications in 2010 and have established a Deputy Principals Online blog , twitter account and 2010 conference ning to assist with this matter.
Schools like mine now have wireless connectivity and laptops in a growing number of classrooms. This means that staff will need to facilitate students developing their own Personal Learning Environments (PLEs) to achieve course outcomes and maintain relevance. You can read a brief online article, about preparing for 1:1, that was adapted from my blog posts.
Assisting students to explore the benefits of participatory democracy, using Web 2.0 tools, to make the Student Representative Council (SRC) more influential, has been an important focus in 2009. The project has been written about here.
I have been active for a number of years in the NSW English Teachers’ Association www.englishteacher.com.au, especially in my role as Manager of the Web & Technology Committee and was awarded a Professional Teachers’ Council Outstanding Professional Services Award in 2006. The ETA annual conferences now have a backchannel using twitter and a ning. This has been very successful in alerting delegates to the potential of web 2.0 for enhancing collegiality and teacher professional learning. I had early professional involvement with the innovative PLANE project.
Digital photography is my passion. I am a keen user of Flickr and my attempts to engage the local community with this great tool have been recognised in parliament by our federal member. Australian Geographic has featured one of my shots as ‘Photo of the Week‘ at their website. Here are my thoughts about learning photography and HDR. I have established a photography business with a Facebook page and a blog that I hope you share. Personalised workshops are available too.
I established my first of many blogs in 2004. Here is a 2011 article in Australian Teacher magazine about my blogging (page 37). Increasingly, this blog, Google+ and twitter are my main collaborative online tools, along with my iPhone, Skype, Google Reader, Google Docs and Diigo. I am particularly interested in how the mainstream media is using Web 2.0 too.