After studying at St. Cuthbert's High School in Rochdale I went on to study Philosophy and Theology at the University of Oxford where I specialised in early Islamic theology and the archaeology of the Old Testament. While studying i worked extensively in museum education and worked with egyptology collection in orde to make them useable my school children. When i graduated i returned to Oxford to study for my teaching qualification where I researched the problems associated with introducing new technologies into school environments. Upon graduation i commenced work at the London Academy of Excellence which is a Sixth Form college in the borough of Newham set up to take students who lack educational opportunities and help them gain places at the UK's top universities.
I'm passionate about education, and finding new ways of telling the stories of our world to new generations.
Anywhere can be a classroom. Everywhere should be a classroom. The UN have declared that every child has the right to an education and if we want to make this a reality then we need to equalise global classroom provision. This doesn’t mean standardise it. We need to take the tools, skills and solutions of education and make them globally applicable. Interactive whiteboards are great but unless they fit in a rucksack and run off a battery you can forget using them in rural Peru. By using the internet to create a global staffroom and inviting teachers to become tinkerers both with theory and technology we can start to build anywhere classrooms; super-schools in a rucksacks.
Education, religion, innovation and equality.
The first TED talk i ever watched was about KIVA. I watched it on my friends iPod and immediately had to find out where it had come from. As soon i returned to my computer, and after investing in a bakery in Afganistan, I sat down and let TED unfold before me. I show my students TED talks when i want to leave them with their eyes wide open and their heads full of crazy ideas. i love TED because it's where crazy ideas are real.
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