CERTIFICATIONS: Texas Board of Education, USA: Vocational Technology, Computer Technology & ESL; Chinese Expert Certificate, PRC: Middle/Secondary School; Australia, Tasmania & Victoria Teaching Boards, General Studies
EDUCATION: Ph.D. U of Tasmania, AU: Technology Education (2016); M.Sc. U of Edinburgh, UK Design & Digital Media (2005); B.Sc. U of Texas, USA: Journalism (1985)
and I'm an Academic ICT Consultant & University Adviser
Learning is not difficult once you discover what you need to know!
In 2000, I began teaching in Texas and I quickly discovered that my multicultural, multilingual students needed creative curriculum relevant to their career goals. Using my corporate background, I developed Project IF: Ideas for the Future a rigorous curriculum that incorporates the best practices of entrepreneurship with the digital skills required for successful life-long learning.
Project IF: Ideas for the Future underpins the Pre-Grad ICT Training program. The skill sets include the 65 Academic ICT Baseline skills required for higher education. It is a fundamental preparation for university and in helping students become confident, creative young adults.
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University instructors expect all students to have basic ICT skills before entering university. In 2013, I asked university instructors to rank the importance of 65 basic ICT skills used daily in university coursework. From their responses I developed the Academic ICT Baseline, a unique planning and decision making tool for administrators and teachers.
For example: the most highly-rated ICT skills are in Research and Data Management:
All 65 ICT skills were rated important by the university instructors and are included in the Project IF: Ideas for the Future program. Students are creatively challenged to use their knowledge to work successfully on peer-support and in teams: important business and academic skills.
Project IF: Ideas for the Future can be seamlessly integrated into any educational level and underpins your Whole-School ICT Integration efforts.
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