ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) Board Nomination for International Representative

March 2011

Question: What skills, level of involvement with ISTE, and experiences in the area of educational technology qualify the nominee to serve on the ISTE Board?

  • Currently E-Learning Coordinator at Beijing (BISS) International School
  • Originally from Melbourne, Australia - International educator for 13+ years across 6 countries
  • Master of Arts (Music) from the La Trobe University and Master of Arts (Educational technology Leadership) from the George Washington University
  • Chair of Educators Advisory Board for the Global Education Conference 2010
  • Advisory Board Member for Horizon Report 2008, and Horizon Report K-12 2010 & 2011
  • Apple Distinguished Educator
  • ISTE Ambassador - pilot program and also appointed from 2010
  • Presenter at ISTE / NECC conference for a number of years
  • Presenter at ISTE co-joined conference in Dubai
  • Learning & Leading Magazine author
  • Co-winner of SIGOL Award for Online Learning Collaborative Project “Flat Classroom Project”
  • co-founder of award winning Flat Classroom Projects LLC and Flat Classroom Conference and Live Events Inc.
  • Initiated an ISTE - led Leadership Workshop as part of the Flat Classroom Conference in Qatar, 2009
  • Flat Classroom Conference 2011 – Beijing China – initiated, planned (250 students and teachers from 45+ schools and 14+ countries coming for Student Summit and Leadership Workshop)

Question: Identify the three most salient issues in educational technology and discuss how the nominee thinks they affect K-12 education and the educational community.

1. Leading for Change in a flat world

Leadership in educational technology is essential for schools to move into 21st century learning with confidence and direction. A responsible technology leader must lead by example, encourage, be creative yet decisive and ultimately transform. It is only through strong leadership that teachers, students and the general community will be given opportunities to embrace new educational technologies and objectives. School administrators have a responsibility to promote leadership in educational technology and value the difference it can make in reform of educational systems. A 21st century leader leverages the technology and learns from a personal learning network that is global, provides immediate feedback and resources, and supports development of an international perspective to maximize learning.

2. Global (Digital) Citizenship

We talk about citizenship and attitudes and behaviors to support effective participation in society. However we should also be talking about and acting on the need for global citizenship, and in fact global digital citizenship where responsible, reliable and respectful learning scaffolded by appropriate technology use is a part of all education systems. Where teachers, leaders and students have the opportunity to connect, communicate, collaborate and create products using social media in an appropriate learning environment that is accessible to all globally. This will promote a better understanding of the world and the diversity around us.

3. Embedded Professional Development

The key to success in creating the future is embedding effective professional development into what a teacher/leader does regularly. Carefully designed PD ‘experiences’ to support ongoing development. A ‘doing’ rather than ‘watching’ approach in conjunction with a higher order thinking ‘create’ approach is needed to transform learning for all and foster the change we need to see in schools. This includes teacher accountability and opportunities for development of instructional design that includes emerging technologies as infrastructure for research, collaboration and creation. We should be evolving towards more streamlined PD opportunities that have clear and realistic outcomes in order to improve learning as a whole across all curriculum and age levels.

Question: How does the nominee envision leveraging his/her position on the ISTE Board to benefit ISTE members?

My teaching and administrative experience spans six countries and a number of curriculum areas including Australian, British and International Baccalaureate. My current position in a progressive K-12 international school has provided opportunities for me to participate in an educational environment that has as its underpinning philosophy an approach that is holistic, multicultural and promotes global communication. I believe in taking the best of what has been developed in the world for education and using it to benefit all learners.
I would encourage more global interaction and collaboration and awareness of educational systems and approaches to literacy around the world. Internet technologies will increasingly provide opportunities to transform our classrooms, enhance our learning experiences and connect schools. The flat classroom, or bringing the world in while sharing to the world, scenario has become a reality and meaningful cross-classroom learning experiences are now more easily available. I have a vision and a commitment to educational technology that includes fostering global citizenship and life long learning. My recent studies in Educational Technology Leadership and experiences as a technology leader have prepared me for being an active and valuable participant on the ISTE Board. I am able to provide a real and enhanced global perspective and will work towards fostering the ongoing development of ISTE as an organisation with a truly international clientele and focus.