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Jan 23

In 2008 I have chosen to take up a new position with NextByte - a company I have long admired for it’s professionalism and technology support from a curriculum based perspective.

As Education Manager WA I continue my dedication to helping teachers and administrators find the most solutions for integrating ICTs into classrooms. This role will allow me to develop solutions specific to the needs of schools and learners. Also I will be able continue to provide professional development support to teachers/administrators in a similar manner to that I provided during the SLICT Project in 2007.

On the jobI continue to be passionate that ICT use in schools is/should be accessible to all 21C students and teachers. As an educator I have grown to believe we really do involve with the “digital natives” (Prensky 2004) and allow them the opportunity to move beyond a “rip-mix-burn” ideology to one where they “grip-fix-turn” (Flintoff 2006) this digital information into effective communication. This comes with experience, skills in self-expression and using online technologies with sound critical thinking to help solve the complex issues of our times. Specifically I remain interested in the ways effective integration of ICT into the curriculum can engage and enhance the school experience of the digital natives in our classrooms. At the core of this is the ability of students to communicate, are links to the experience of connectivism the have online at home, but with curriculum focus and sound critical literacy. This is also the heart of Rudd’s education revolution policy.
I look forward to working with OSX on an Intel Mac, as proof of the concept that Windows, Linux and OSX can peacefully co-exist simultaneously on the same machine with speed and ease of use - I believe that in the hands of adept educators this set-up has the potential to save schools money and put some really powerful cross-platform tools into the hands of students. I point this out as Macs are often discounted, but it never ceases to amaze me how simply and quickly staff and students use the iLife suite to communicate their ideas expressively across all learning areas. Music, text, video, sound, and online collaboration at their fingertips - all of these mediums of delivery are centred around communication.

To personally continue my lifelong learning via connectivism, along with my passion for web2.0 and Macs, I will continue to maintain a presence in the conversation online.


5 Responses to “New gig for 2008”

  1. "A balding mac mate" Says:

    You are a huge loss to the Education system!
    The “rob Peter to pay Paul” mentality that led to the “closure” of the fantastic SLICT project is hugely disappointing and the fall-out from this bandaid approach will be felt, with gurus like yourself leaving DET.
    I have learnt so much from you personally, much of it i have used with my 100 or so students. Some of which i will share with my 50 odd staff (did i say “odd”?).
    But improper planning and application of bandaids sees you lost to the system.
    Thanks for your inspiration and educational leadership.

  2. Judy W Says:

    Hi Paul, Congratulations on the new post. Keep up with the great work you’ve been doing in this new capacity. Look forward to catching up some time - hope “The A Team” can meet together sometime!

    Thanks also for your support on the SLICT team.


  3. Richard Hill Says:

    Fear nothing!
    It is not that we cannot do something, it is just that we forget our true potential. Go forth and conquer.

  4. Paul Reid Says:

    Thanks for the support guys. As discussed with my former and current work colleagues we are heading towards a tipping point in education. A time of student centred learning and engagement with global discussions via the ICTs available. I’m excited by it all and I look forward to helping make classrooms a fun and educationally challenging place to be.

  5. Brendon Wade Says:

    G’day Paul
    Congratulations on your new job and thanks for the inspiration you provided to everyone involved in the SLICT project. The staff at Spearwood PS have already started their year with a bang in ICT - one teacher has created and uploaded her first website, someone wants to set up a class blog, things have taken off thanks to the ‘Did You Know?’ you tube videos!
    I’m interested in having a chat with you about setting up a Word Press school website - have been checking out your Paraburdoo PS site and Orange Grove. We’ll chat soon. Take it easy mate.

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