Please tell the group about your work in education
I am a teacher of Chemistry and Biology in Mid Yell Junior High School, Shetland. I teach from S1 (Yr 8) to S4 (Yr 11). I have 25 days a year released to work as a Union Learning Representative (EIS Multi-Establishment LR for Shetland). I am a co-opted member of Burravoe Primary School Parent Council (also on the island of Yell, and where I live).
I am nearly finished Chartered Teacher studies with the University of the West of Scotland (Paisley). Chartered Teachers are experienced classroom teachers, uninterested in management positions, that take masters levels University courses to enhance their educational practice. They match their progress to a set of Standards. Chartered Teachers are autonomous. Progress is linked to salary increases. I am a GLOW Pioneer (a special Shetland role without the cascading function of GLOW Mentors. GLOW is the scottish educational intranet that is being rolled out (the largest intranet in the world?).
Briefly, in what ways do you presently use the internet in an education context?
In class - probably somewhat limited. As a Union Learning Representative I contribute to the national EIS LR website discussion boards. I also communicate by email with other Learning Reps, and to client groups. As a Parent Council member I scan the Shetland Islands Council web site and intranet to follow relevant committee meetings and minutes, and monitor new policies.
My Chartered Teacher studies have been entirely online, with contribution to group discussions. I do get in trouble because my personality / learning style is individual rather than group oriented, while the University espouses Bandura's group learning theories. This is a pain sometimes. My work with GLOW has been limited, but will expand when Mid Yell Junior High School connects to GLOW.
What do you wish to get out of participating in edonis over the next 3 years?
Not entirely sure - perhaps a more international view of educational issues - and improved ICT skills.