Julie Lindsay's Personal Statement

I am an experienced international educator with diverse qualifications and currently at Qatar Academy as Head of Information Technology and E-Learning. As with my previous position as Director of E-Learning and Head of Technology at International School Dhaka, my position in Qatar 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.

My vision is for a ubiquitous and mobile environment for all learners. 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 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 conference to be held at Qatar Academy in January 2009. The Flat Classroom Conference, supported also by ISTE, will focus on developing leadership skills amongst 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 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 position at Qatar Academy is now administrative and I 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 and starting to implement plans for a 1:1 learning environment with associated online learning opportunities and systems.
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, where technology is a natural and essential part of everyday school life for teacher and student as well as community members. Where technology empowers students to pursue dreams, and purposeful uses of integrated technology inspire students to develop critical thinking skills and support continuous inquiry. 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) Supporting teachers and students with ubiquitous tools for interaction, collaboration and creation including online spaces as well as promoting information fluency and addressing the needs of standards and assessment within the technology-using framework
  • Professional development – Planning and implementing a just-in-time approach to PD for all educators that supports 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). In addition to this other global communities of learners can be drawn in to widen curriculum scope and create authentic learning experiences across all levels and for all participants. This includes professional website development and curriculum website development using Web 2.0 structures
  • Infrastructure – This refers to hardware, software and networking available to support curriculum objectives. It includes systems setup and maintenance, technical research and development, and technical support. In real terms this means 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 four 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. More recently, since leaving Australia, I have moved into the information and communication technology area. 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.

'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

Updated October 2008