John has been a primary school teacher for nine years. In that time he has worked in three schools in the Greater Manchester area. He was responsible for introducing the first pc network in a Stockport primary school and has subsequently developed one of the most extensive primary school computer networks in Manchester with over 90 workstations. Apart from his NQT year, John has been responsible for ICT in the schools he has taught throughout his teaching career.
Prior to becoming a teacher, John worked for a number of years in the IT industry specializing in the business software sector. The companies he worked for were involved with selling pc-based network solutions to business many years before they became commonplace in education.
John's philosophy is simple. He says, "Children are not afraid of technology; they are capable of using the technology we currently have in ways we have not yet thought of. In a society that is becoming increasingly divided by those who can speak the digital vocabulary of the 21st century and harness its technology, and those who cannot, schools must put ICT at the core of their curriculum."
In recent years John has become increasingly interested in "accelerated learning" and how ICT can impact upon the development of a truly creative and cross-curricular approach to education.
John is a member of NAACE - the professional association for those concerned with advancing education through the appropriate use of information and communications technology (ICT).
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