I am a qualified teacher, experienced in Secondary and FE settings, and since 2009 I have been working as a project manager, researcher and trainer for Wales (and Spain) based education research company, Pontydysgu Ltd. My specialist areas include technology enhanced learning, teacher training in ICT and, Digital media and information literacies. I work on a variety of EC-funded multi-national education projects. I headed up the media literacy pilot project “Media In Action” (co-funded by DG CONNECT) as well as the Erasmus+ Young Entrepreneurs Teaching Initiative project. I’m also responsible for the EmployID Academy, part of the 7th Framework EmployID project. I’m currently coordinating; a mobile learning in communities project, Our Town; a CPD in ICT for teachers and trainers project, TaccleCPD; and a Circular Economy for Youth project CEYOU, as well as being a key staff member on SMaRT-EU amongst others.
My role varies according to the needs of the project. In recent years I have produced teacher training materials in the field of ICT, created e-learning materials, delivered training in media literacy and community journalism, created online environments and helped build online communities of practice, delivered an online course in basic video editing, created and delivered an online introduction to creativity and been closely involved in the development and evaluation of a peer-coaching course. I even helped to set up a community food waste reduction scheme! I recently lead the creation of and tutored on a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) for Public Employment Service staff, with over 400 participants around the world. I also delivered workshops in Tallinn for primary school teachers to train them in delivering the new Digital Skills Framework and other Coding Curricula across Europe as part of Taccle3.