workshops I delivered
I used to run sessions or courses to introduce school staff, lecturers, advisers and teacher trainers to the ways that technology might improve education. My main idea was that once you start using computers, the technology takes you deeper than you’d been used to. For example the computer helps you draw a graph, but it also now helps you extract ideas from it. But at times schools didn’t have the equipment they wanted, and if they did it was troublesome. Also many IT departments didn’t see how they were not helping. So it wasn’t always possible to keep my main thing, the main thing and there was frustration. Over 20 years teachers did get better at using sensors, but skills with Powerpoint and the whiteboard were more easily found useful.
- A hands-on practical session with sensors to see how they could enhance a curriculum.
- A workshop using data analysis tools, PowerPoint, whiteboards, science software models
- Teaching with Roger Frost’s Organic Chemistry animation
- Day courses (which the recession brought to an end) or as part of university courses. The cover photo shows a long weekender at Kilarny Lakes, Ireland.