Introducing the New College Technologist

Hey I’m Eli, the New College Technologist and I’m borderline obsessed with learning and teaching, more importantly learning and teaching with technology.

I don’t have a childhood full of computers and programming to tell you about, in fact other than an Atari 2600 games console and a copy of PAC-man I had very little technology in my early life, what I did have was a father who instilled in me a passion for learning and even though I was a very average student with little academic interest, if it was a subject I was interested in, I had no problem spending hours pouring over books in the library. I guess I’m just a lifelong learner.

Fast forward on a few years and that little girl with a voracious need for “input” (Johnny 5 reference dates me huh?) became a woman in her 20s who found the internet for the first time. I have described this moment as being like someone handed me the key to the library of Alexandria. Suddenly the knowledge of the world was not only available, but was literally at my fingertips. I still get goose bumps remembering that moment.

From then on I was plugged in. I learned to build websites so I could share info with the world. I started working as a trainer, teaching people to use the internet and various other computer tools to enhance their lives, I specialised in what we called then, the “silver surfer”, or retired folk wanting to get to grips with this scary new technology. I ran the world’s largest internet cafe (as certified by the Guinness Book of Records), I ran an eLearning centre specialising in learning all things computerish through eLearning or computer based learning and that is where the seed was planted that would eventually lead me to being the New College Technologist. A hop and a skip took me through a couple of jobs building websites and I turned those skills into developing eLearning as a Learning Consultant. I was now combining my passion for learning with my love of technology. Could life get any better? And that as they say, is that – well almost but this post is already too long.

I started this blog as a way to share my thoughts, ideas and most importantly experiences of technology as an enhancement to learning and teaching. A chance to talk about the fantastic tools that are available to educators of all descriptions, to give my experiences of using various pieces of technology, their successes and failures and as a place to muse as I begin my studies in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh. A place to bumble on about learning taxonomies (my favourite is Bloom’s obviously) and to generally chew the cud without boring those closest to me.

So stay with me and we’ll explore together.


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