Currently a Teacher of ICT at Dixons City Academy, Bradford, England. Dixons City Academy is a high achieving, outstanding school, where my current average Levels of Progress is 4.7 with year 10 students. As well as teaching, I hold the role of Technology Innovations Coordinator within the Academy. This includes staff training, running focus groups, developing and testing new technologies, co-ordinating with external organisations, presenting to parents and governors, working with senior management, assisting with the 1:1 tablet implementation and ensuring its on going success. In the past I have also been the Drugs Peer Education Coordinator, whereby I recruited up to 40 year 12 students who trained, planned and delivered drugs education lessons to year 8 students.
With a background in web programming, I have a great passion in how technology can be integrated across all curriculum, more specifically, its use in solving problems, breaking down barriers and collaboration. Using Windows and OSX (Apple) at home has helped me develop expertise, which is backed by my fortune to have taught on both platforms. Since being an NQT I have used several different Apple iOS devices to aid in my pedagogy, and am currently working with the Vice Principal of Learning and Teaching to coordinate the Academy's 1:1 Android tablet rollout, making me extremely well accustomed to both operating systems and how the related devices can aid learning and teaching.
My enthusiasm for developing technological solutions to aid both learning and teaching, assessment and productivity is a key interest of mine. App Share:EDU is a more recent website I have created whereby educators can register, share apps and ideas of how they use them. The Student Dashboard is a web based program that I have been working on since late 2012. This allows students to keep all of their feedback in one place, write notes and peer assess. The teachers side allows them to performs instant Afl for agile teaching, store grades, customise comment banks for quick, detailed, high impact feedback and post bulletins to their classes. This has had a huge impact not only within my department, but now throughout the academy. The most recent project is the Behaviour Logger. The academies move to instant whole school detentions required a quick, simple to use, secure system whereby staff could easily log in and add a student to a printable list. The admin staff can then tick to whether the students parents/carers have been notified.