The founder of edtech-challenges is Alan Pollock.
Alan's professional experience as an educational technologist
- has been working as an educational technologist since 2002, appointed as the CALL (Computer Assisted Language Learning) Co-ordinator at a university in the Middle East whilst also teaching in the classroom
- took a leading role in training teachers in the iPad-only initiative at a college in the United Arab Emirates
- has delivered over 400 professional development sessions since 2006
- presented 20 workshops on using technology in the classroom at conferences
- co-designer of Digital Media Course for students and teachers
Alan's teaching experience
- has taught English as a Foreign Language, at universities and language schools in Western Australia and abroad
- has also taught Social Studies, History, and Biology in high schools in Western Australia and abroad
- has been a teacher trainer, Director of Studies and Deputy Headmaster.
- has a Masters in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
- has a B. Arts (History and Politics) and a Dip. Ed. from the University of Western Australia
- is qualified to teach in the Further Education system in Australia
- knows Western Australia as he was educated at Narrogin Senior High School and the University of Western Australia.
- his children are in government schools in Lesmurdie.
Alan travels to you
- no wasted time for teachers to journey to some other venue
- saves paying for cover teachers
- no extra cost to include all teachers that may be interested in the workshop
- may be possible to run workshops outside the metropolitan area
- face-to-face training is still the best way to deliver this form of PD, especially those who are not confident using technology
- For remote schools it is possible to offer webinars.
Not selling software or hardware
- The workshops promote best practices and most appropriate software. Most often, appropriate means free as teachers rarely have large budgets to purchase software or hardware. I am not tied to pushing any particular product.
- As a self employed educational technologist, the cost of training to customers is kept down as you are not paying for the usual company add-ons in training such as secretaries, offices, rent, shareholder profits, etc.