I have great admiration for anyone who can write their autobiography – particularly when I struggle over these few word about me.
I generally use this short passage for those little bios on conference proceedings and such, lets start there.
Chris Waterman has spent more years than he’s willing to admit being in and around education technology and technology education. Starting his career in the IT-industry, gravitated into teaching, went back to industry to retain his street cred and finally after 15 years as an ICT-education evangelist (and more), found the door at the back of the wardrobe returning to education. Avoiding words like pedagogy, paradigm and especially obituary, he remains pretty good at supporting learning through technology. Currently he is the ICT Director at a large independent school; and is a keen supporter of Edupunk, if only for the cool name.
That’s kind of it. A teacher at heart, still spending as much time in a classroom as possible. It’s the most fun part of the job after all.
Now though, I’m old enough to have a much more pragmatic and whole system viewpoint. Still frustrated when ICT isn’t the number one priority of any organisation, but tolerant when I can see it must fit with all the other demands on education, teachers, students and curriculum documents. Being at the pointy end of the management of ICT, I constantly butt-heads with all the timetabling issues, the pressures of external exams, the demands for ‘grades’ meaningless as they might be, academic reports (I’ve yet to find a more useless document), and other faculty’s assumptions they have as much importance as ICT – go figure!. Luckily we can all sleep well at night knowing the integration of education into technology (word order chosen deliberately there) will triumph at some point. It’s likely to be a little after I retire though.
Apart from these major influences on my time – I’m a true eclectic mixture of interests.
I take the occasional photo or two, try my hand (actually feet) at a bit of the ballroom, build things, landscape, renovate, play games (insufficiently frequently though), write the family history (genealogy isn’t so daggy as it once seemed), travel as much as possible, compile photobooks so that I do actually look at the pictures and memories, and dote on my kids and remain proud of them on a daily basis.
If you find anything in the ramblings of use to you or just agree with the rants, I’d love to hear from you. I don’t mind being ‘out-there’ but occasionally it’s nice to have some company.
Posts here will be random, irregular to the point of being sporadic. This is all about working out how blogs can be used as part of the general classroom activities. Students should be able to interact with each others work, comment and learn from one another.
As always I won’t introduce anything to my students I’m not willing to do myself so here’s me attempting to be a good role model and maybe have some answers when asked difficult questions.