Things change. As an educator absorbed in a sometimes daunting but fascinating world of technology in education, I know that only too well. It is with very fond memories that I am saying goodbye to The International School of Monaco and taking up a new position, as Head of ICT, at King’s Prep School, Rochester, UK.
Five years at ISM have been challenging, rewarding and memorable. As someone whose career is based around learning, I have been astonished by the amount I have personally learnt as I begin to understand the significance ICT can have on education; the barriers it removes and the borders it breaks. Those five years at ISM have seen the incredible emergence of blogs, iPads and web-tools in the classroom, and with it what would appear a genuine mind-shift in education towards creativity, at least in some quarters.
Twitter itself has been one of the most radical tools with regard to my own understanding of learning. Without it my knowledge could still be limited to CPD sessions run by The County Council, in which if you were lucky, you’d get 30 minutes of valuable insight and the rest was all about the sausage rolls. 30 minutes on twitter and you can be overwhelmed with innovative ideas and invaluable resources. Its with great excitement and anticipation that I look forward to continuing to learn from Twitter whilst attending TeachMeets and other such teacher-led CPD opportunities to continue my personal learning journey.
And learn is what I am going to have to do. I will leaving the comfort of my IOS, Apple environment, in which iPads and digital tools have become firmly embedded in everyday classroom life, to a predominantly Windows environment where ICT is still taught discreetly. Its a very different setup with very different challenges, but is something I am incredibly excited about undertaking. Furthermore, it is something that I feel far more confident in doing, knowing that I have a huge network of education professionals from around the World to call upon for help and advice when I, inevitably, will need it.