Since 2002 when I kicked it all off with a CELTA course in Barcelona, I have been working in the field of English Language Teaching. I was a teacher of English, as well as working in management as an ADoS, DoS and Centre Director for just over ten years. Then I got a job in publishing, working as an editor at Cambridge University Press.
After three years in Cambridge, a combination of various things led me back to Spain, where I now work mainly as a freelance editor and editorial project manager. I also write materials, including teacher training content and blogs. I sometimes do some online tutoring on teacher training courses when time permits.
I have long been interested in educational technology, professional networks and how the web relates to the field of education in general. I have an MA in Educational Technology and TESOL from the University of Manchester and I am particularly interested in how teachers and students can get creative with technology – capturing or creating work digitally, then archiving, e.g. creating portfolios, and sharing.
I love to mess around with apps and web tools (why did we stop just calling these programmes ‘software’? Anyway…) and figure out some good ways of using them in the classroom. I love the idea of a ‘classroom 2.0’, or a ‘connected classroom’, which incorporates elements of what has become known as blended learning and the flipped classroom.
As well as being interested in software for education, I like to experiment with tools for editorial work, particularly those related to productivity and project management. I think that technology can be used to make life easier, but when used poorly it just makes life more complicated.
Back when I was a teacher, I used to blog here: