Joining the Saint John Bosco team
In those first few days, after discussing my skill set, Dee outlined possibilities for my involvement. My design skills were called upon for a few school documents using student illustrations, as well as creating a template for school presentations. I enjoyed the design aspect, the influence it can have in education and communication, but my real excitement lay with discussing the school’s direction. Specifically, I was intrigued with how Dee saw digital technology being introduced in a safe, effective, and inclusive way so the school’s vision was supported, not side-lined.
What have been some of your biggest frustrations when using DT personally?
My nature naturally sees myself looking beyond the frustrations and at the positives. I am always looking at the ways in which technology can enhance and enrich education. My very simple philosophy is if I can’t do it or work it out then my staff and students will more than likely be in the same predicament so I need to source an alternative or better option. I guess also as I am confident in my vision and what I want that I can also confidently engage with experts and ensure that they create what my vision entails.
When did you begin to realise the potential digital technology has in education?
I guess this happened very early on when I was teaching myself. I found technology to be a motivator and engager for children, not only for the talented but also those who found learning tricky. I discovered that programmes and resources available unlocked learning for all in different ways. Early on technology was a lot more basic. Of recent it is so exciting and empowering. I strongly believe that it is also a large time saver.
If you could sum up SJB’s DT journey in three words (at this stage), what would they be?
Deliberate, planned, purposeful.