RE: 21st Century Learning Coordinator

International School of Beijing
Letter of application from Julie Lindsay, Head of Information Technology and E-Learning at Qatar Academy
Contact: Tel: +974 685 3776
December 2008

I wish to submit this letter of application and accompanying documentation for the position at International School of Beijing for 21st Century Learning Coordinator. I am particularly inspired to apply for this position as I find the job description visionary. I also had the opportunity to be part of a Leadership conference in Prague last January with Greg Curtis and welcome the opportunity to work more closely with him developing curriculum and pedagogy for 21st century learning.

As an administrator in information technology and e-learning I am looking for a position in a forward-thinking school where I can work with a dedicated team of leaders and teachers who want to improve learning outcomes and prepare students for the challenges of a digital world. I have a strong vision for learning using technology and for what a school in the 21st century should look like and be doing. This is supported by my own innovative classroom practice using educational technology.

I am an experienced international educator with diverse qualifications. As with my previous position as Director of E-Learning and Head of Technology at International School Dhaka (ISD), my current position at Qatar Academy (QA) as Head of Information Technology and E-Learning has given me the opportunity to further develop leadership and administrative skills and oversee curriculum development, professional development and infrastructure from PreK-12 as well as supervise an IT Department of technical personnel and educators. I am recognized worldwide for innovative programs using a wide array of Web 2.0 tools to transform learning for the emerging digital, "world-is-flat" educational landscape. From ubiquitous mobile technology programs to online global collaboration, I aim to bring front line experiences to share with teachers, school leaders and policy makers alike. I am a frequent presenter on the world stage, a tireless volunteer leader for professional associations, and hopefully an inspiration to colleagues and collaborators demonstrating just how different world-class education will be in this 21st Century.

As a co-founder of the Flat Classroom Project (a global, collaborative project using Web 2.0 tools, inassociation with Horizon Project and Digiteen) I am included in the latest edition of Thomas Friedman’s book, ‘The World is Flat’, as an educator who is out there doing it, not just talking about it. I have initiated an international event, the Flat Classroom Conference, to be held at Qatar Academy in January 2009. Sponsored by HSBC Bank and supported also by ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education), the conference will focus on development of leadership skills among teachers and school administrators to fully extend and foster connections and collaborations that will ultimately improve classroom practice and pedagogical approach using technology and Web 2.0 tools as part of a global flat classroom. Along with this will be a Student Summit to bring students face-to-face from diverse global areas with the aim of learning more about being a digital citizen in a connected world and how to harness that knowledge to make a difference to the world we know today.

While in Dhaka (ISD), I spearheaded the implementation of handheld and laptop, one-to-one computing and worked with curriculum leaders to make this flourish. I also supervised IT management and support staff as well as an educational technology teaching team Pre-K-12. As part of the senior management leadership team I was responsible for developing an e-learning strategy focusing on curriculum integration, innovation and viable solutions for teachers, students and the school community. Regular parent information and showcase sessions played a vital part in communicating digital citizenship ideals and sharing curriculum developments using e-learning. I was also directly responsible for coordinating the MYP Technology and ITGS curriculum and teaching staff.

My current administrative and technology facilitation position at Qatar Academy (QA) allows me once again to work as a member of senior management on a whole school approach to developing information and digital literacy using ICT tools. Leading a paradigm shift in thinking for educators is challenging and rewarding. I have spent the past 12 months developing the E-Learning for Life Strategy and, having gained Board approval, implementing plans for a 1:1 learning environment with associated online learning opportunities and systems for teachers and students. This has been complemented recently by whole-school strategic planning where ICT has been targeted as an essential part of the 5-year plan for development.
I work very closely with the Head of Libraries and Media and Curriculum Coordinator in developing a school-wide approach and operational efficiency. This includes developing curriculum standards and benchmarks and mapping across all school levels.

My position at QA also involves chairing the E-Learning for Life team composed of administrators and educators across the school; leading the Technology Integration Facilitators (TIFs) team (whole school); leading and supervising IT Support personnel including a whole-school drop-in support center; supervising the Systems Software Specialist for administrative and educational web-based application; working closely with IT Management and managing infrastructure requirements; managing an operating budget and associated hardware and software orders and planning for sustainability and growth; and implementing just-in-time professional development for all educators that supports a best-practice pedagogical approach with integration or ‘embedding’ information technology. On top of this I have developed and implemented curriculum for MYP Technology and worked with PYP teachers on an inquiry-based approach.
A recent initiative is our community-based ‘21st Century Learners’ group with a focus on pedagogy, research and technology tools.

Underpinning and in addition to my achievements at QA, more recently I have been appointed as an Ambassador for ISTE, continue to be a member of ISTE’s International Committee and contributor to ISTE's Learning and Leading magazine as an ICT specialist. Recent awards include co-winning for the Flat Classroom Project an Edublog Award for best Wiki 2006, ISTE's SIGTEL's Online Learning Award 2007 and Taking IT Global's Best Online Learning Project 2007. By invitation I was on the New Media Consortium and Educause Horizon Project 2008 Board determining the essential emerging technologies for the year, with the Horizon Report released in January 2008. I have also just been invited to be on the Horizon K12 Advisory Board for 2009 where we will investigate and determine the top emerging technologies for K-12 education. I am also a learning consultant for the IBO developing and delivering online courses for Web 2.0, digital citizenship and ITGS. The recent K12 Online Conference 2008 featured my work, once again by invitation, as a keynote co-presentation called ‘Time to Grow’ for the ‘Kicking it up a Notch’ section. I am also acting as an advisor for ICT Qatar for their forthcoming IT in Education conference in 2009.

I would consider myself to be a conscientious and caring educator who has always stressed the need to be at the forefront of educational change and innovation. My teaching experience has spanned five countries and two main curriculum areas. I am an accomplished jazz pianist and have also lectured in jazz theory and composition at a tertiary level. As well as two Master of Arts degrees in Music and Educational Technology Leadership, I have also trained in MYP Technology and DP ITGS and was appointed Area of Interaction, Homo Faber, coordinator for two years at ISD. I have worked on committees for CIS, NEASC and IBO accreditation in the past 5 years.

As a person I am very self-motivated and meticulous in my approach to detail. My professional learning network is strong and I communicate with other educators and colleagues globally on a daily basis. I write a regular blog at E-Learning Journeys and share my resources via online spaces, including wikis, social bookmarking and others. I am challenged by the opportunity to present and share experiences in education at conferences and have been an active attendee and presenter at the ISTE NECC event for the past 6 years. At NECC 2008 I was invited to be part of the ISTE Leadership Symposium as a presenter. My leadership skills are evident in the progress made with educational technology in my current and previous positions in international schools. I consider my collaboration skills to be high and I am also a change-agent who is willing to work within a system for the ultimate good of all.

Take-away 2-page Resume -
Online CV - including accountabilities and accomplishments for current and previous educational technology leadership positions.
Referees December 2008 -
Updated Educational Philosophy and Leadership Style
'A Day in the Life of a Global, Connected Educator' blog post written February 2007 and since re-published in modified format
E-Learning Journeys Blog –
Digital Portfolio –
Presentation Links –
Flat Classroom Project – Link to current project 2008 ‘About’ page
Flat Classroom Conference –
Flat Classrooms Ning - (for like-minded educators wanting to transform learning through global collaboration)
E-Learning for Life wiki - and E4L Admin. Retreat with links to planning and strategies