Simon McKenzie, @connectedtchr, is this week’s EduTweetOz Host

This week Simon McKenzie will take over the @EduTweetOz account. Here’s a little more about him.

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Please tell us a little about yourself. What is your current role and what does it involve?

I have been a teacher for 32 years having graduated from the Tasmanian College of Advanced Education in 1980. My teaching career began in Government schools but after 5 years I transferred to the Catholic sector. I moved to the Gold Coast in 1996 and have taught at Aquinas College, Ashmore since then. In my time at Aquinas I have been a Year Level Coordinator, a Head of House, the Campus Coordinator and spent 2 years as Acting Assistant Principal.
Since July of last year, I have been the school’s first Learning Technologies Coordinator but I still regard myself as principally a teacher of Senior Ancient History and English. I have, for the past five years, conducted annual overseas educational tours for my Ancient History classes.
I spend a good measure of time presenting professional development at Aquinas and on the “Conference Circuit.” I am also a sessional tutor at the Brisbane campus of ACU where I work with Pre-Service teachers.

What do you plan to talk about on Edutweetoz this week?

The IWBNet conference which I just attended on August 9/10 … some of the sessions I attended/keynotes.

  • Working with Pre-service teachers
  • Learning Management Systems
  • Resistance to technology integration

Who are your teaching role models and why?

It was certainly one of my own teachers, with an encyclopaedic knowledge of Ancient civilisations, who convinced me to become a History teacher. I feel it is always important to learn from your closest colleagues, those that you work with every day.
Over the past 2-3 years, I have become familiar with the ideas of educators such as George Couros, Stephen Heppell and Tom Barrett who have influenced a change in my teaching style and direction.

What issues do you think are most pressing for teachers today?

  • Content Creation/Curation
  • BYOD and in fact all issues surrounding devices
  • Resistance of some to the take up of technology
  • Using technology to enhance and transform learning
  • Appropriate preparation for Preservice teachers
  • Learning Management Systems
  • Connectedness
  • Understanding the modern student/learner

What are your hopes for education in the next 10 years?

At 54 years of age I certainly hope to retire within that time!
But, I want to see schools with well trained, tech-savvy young teachers who are focusing on in-depth learning within flexible learning spaces.

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