|I am interested in positions where I can continue to develop programs that enable students to go out into the workplace with relevant and valuable practical skills. I hope to use links I have developed both nationally and internationally through the internet. These include an invitation to take students to Space Camp in the USA as the guests of the Americans and multinational data projects.
1991 > 2012
I have always found it easier to absorb new skills when they are demanded by a situation rather than for the sake of gaining new skills - and I am pleased that this job has consistently produced enough challenges to make it interesting. I had to work very hard to get our ISDN connection into an optimal configuration when the line was set up. I have set up and run three very different server configurations and I am currently installing a wireless network. Our latest server delivers Citrix Winframe and this has been a very good solution since it has allowed us to keep our legacy machines online as very potent workstations. Citrix lets us offer an up-to-date desktop with a very small bandwidth demand. I believe that the wireless network will eventually carry more than just computer data and may well be used for communications too. This makes it a very cost-effective exercise and will have big safety impacts as well. We also have Apple computers in the Art and Design areas and we have been able to get them to run a Citrix client making it easy to share data across the different platforms.
I have been involved in a support group for network managers through which I came to know Peter Cochrane (Head of Research at BT Labs) and Prof Stephen Heppell (from Anglia University). I have been invited to speak twice at Bradford University and was invited to the launch of their Internet Law degree.
If I was to try and sum up what I do briefly I would say that I facilitate an environment where students can become confident and progressive IT users. One of the times that we get positive feedback that this is happening is when they go on work experience - and we always get a high number of good comments on their IT skills.
I completed the first distance learning course with
I was a Visiting Assessor and Moderator for Cambridge Local Examination Syndicate in IT. I edited the magazine RM User, which went out once every half term to network managers and IT staff. This has given me very useful trade contacts.
I have been very active within the Area 8 organisation in their annual meetings for IT teachers from independent schools in the North West sector. I have either hosted or presented at each of the last three meetings. I spent a year on the subject committee (in IT) for the North Eastern Examinations Board.
Head, Ackworth School
Tel: 01977 611401
Head of Technology Dept.
Ackworth, West Yorkshire
Hillcrest Prep School
PO Box 30365
Tel: 002542 724782
Dr Brian Place