RE: Technology Coordinator

Jakarta International School
Letter of application from Julie Lindsay
November, 2008



I wish to submit this letter of application and accompanying documentation for the position at Jakarta International School for Technology Coordinator

As an administrator in information technology and e-learning I am looking for a position 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 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, 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) 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. 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 as part of a global flat classroom. Along with this we are planning a Student Summit to bring together students globally with the aim of learning more about being in a connected world and how to harness that knowledge to make a difference to the world we know today. I have recently 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 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 for the Flat Classroom Project.

While in Dhaka I spearheaded the implementation of handheld and laptop, one-to-one computing programs and worked with support and curriculum leaders to make this flourish. My current administrative and technology facilitation position at Qatar Academy allows me to work with the senior management and IB coordinators 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 starting to implement plans for a 1:1 learning environment with associated online learning opportunities and systems for teachers and students.

The E-Learning for Life Strategy is a whole-school plan that provides essential conditions under these broad areas/headings:
  • Vision and Leadership – I have a strong vision for learning 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.
  • Curriculum Integration – (including mobile computing and online learning as well as technology facilitation)
  • Professional development – Planning and implementing a just-in-time approach to PD for all educators that supports a best-practice pedagogical approach with integration or ‘embedding’ information technology
  • Community engagement – A reciprocal and collaborative relationship that draws in and includes members from the entire QA community (students, teachers, local employees, parents, and the wider community of learners).
  • Infrastructure – This refers to hardware, software and networking available to support curriculum objectives, developing and managing an IT Support team, including a whole-school drop-in support center; managing an operating budget and associated hardware and software orders and implementation

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. I have a Master of Arts degree in music research. With the advent of online learning and the Internet I retrained in computer education and completed an MA in Educational Technology Leadership. I have also been trained in MYP Technology and DP ITGS and was appointed Area of Interaction, Homo Faber, coordinator for two years. I have worked on committees for CIS, NEASC and IBO accreditation in the past 4 years.

Having come originally from an Arts background I am interested in the 'human' side of computers and the de-alienation of technology in everyday life. I am also interested in how telecommunications and computers themselves can be used as a medium for communication and creativity as well as to promote a wider understanding of local and global issues. I would like to be able to develop solutions and strategies for educators and work with management teams in a school to introduce programs that give educator’s confidence with technology in order to improve the learning outcomes of students.

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 at the ISTE NECC event for the past 6 years. 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 at the same time like to push the limits. I am an ‘out of the box’ thinker that is sometimes confronting, but I am also a change-agent who is willing to work within a system for the ultimate good of all.

I invite you to read and explore some of my online spaces to learn more about my achievements as an educational technology teacher and leader over the past 10 years.

Take-away 2-page Resume:
Link to my keynote video for the K12 Online Conference 2008
Link to my updated CV, and 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 – http://123elearning.blogspot.com
Digital Portfolio – http://julielindsay.wikispaces.com
Presentation Links – http://julielindsaylinks.pbwiki.com
Flat Classroom Project – Link to current project 2008 ‘About’ page http://flatclassroomproject2008.wikispaces.com/About
Flat Classroom Conference – http://flatclassroomconference.com
Flat Classrooms Ning - (for like-minded educators wanting to transform learning through global collaboration) http://flatclassrooms.ning.com/
E-Learning for Life wiki - http://elearning.qataracademy.wikispaces.net/ and E4L Admin. Retreat with links to planning and strategies