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Technology Consultant
What is your interest in ICT Enhanced Learning and Teaching?
Technology, and specifically the Internet, is a powerful tool that has brought fundamental change to industry. How a business is run now is significantly different to how it would have been 20, 10, and even 5 years ago. How we, as customers, interact with businesses has also changed as more and more people swap over to electronic bank statements or do their product research and bargain hunting via the Internet. Most people reading this will have lived in a pre-Internet world and been educated the same way as generations were before. However, most people under the age of 20, who enjoy education as a right, will only ever have known a world that includes the Internet. But even though we have changed how we run businesses and conduct our lives, we still tend to educate in the same old way - we even teach technology in a traditional style, where classes will learn about the Internet but not actually be allowed to use it. I cannot imagine studying without books; it should be equally hard to picture education today without technology - that is technology not as a subject delivered in isolation, but as a foundation that is integral to all learning, just as it is in everyday life.
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Screens damage young brains

Posted on February 5, 2018 at 21:00 1 Comment

Here's an interesting article in discussing the impact of screens on the developing mind. Dr Aric Sigman, a psychologist who talks about the dangers of TVs for children, is quoted as saying, "... ideally, quite frankly, with children, wait as long as possible before they use technology for too many hours. There will be intellectual advantages…


The art of asking

Posted on January 23, 2018 at 20:30 0 Comments

Amanda Palmer at TED proposing that artists can survive in an online world where everything is sharable - by making it free and simply asking to be paid. It works on me, but I have been a fan of hers for a few years now and more than willing to pay to download her music

It is an interesting talk, and it is clear that she (and others) are making this work. It is a great example of how our digital environment creates new opportunities for expression and learning and earning. Far more, I…


Coaching for everyone, not just leadership

Posted on October 20, 2017 at 14:00 1 Comment

When we created Cyma Limited, my business partners and I set out from the very start to do things differently. We wanted to find interesting and innovative ways to differentiate ourselves from our competitors - those organisations that we compete with for work and those we compete with for employees.

Finding the right people to join the team has been one of the hardest…


Listen, process, then action

Posted on September 11, 2017 at 9:33 1 Comment

I really enjoy reading Zac de Silva's blogs.  He shares a lot of valuable ideas that I have found useful on many occasions. His latest post,, touched on a very recent experience.…


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At 11:31 on August 7, 2010, Josie Evans said…
I thought I should join in and try to keep up with a fraction of what Hazel is upto. I'm
literally back to study, get the grey matter kicked into action, continuing one of the 4 courses I started years ago is the final exam, have to read everything again and more research the rest just need tweeking for the next module. Hope all is well - keep up the good work

At 17:08 on April 16, 2010, Helen Martin said…
Welcome aboard!




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