Validators

June Jelly (Enhanced Disclosure)

Scotland North East

June recently retired from a post as Education Support Officer with Dundee City Council. In this role, she has supported Dundee schools for the last decade in the use of ICT to support and enhance learning and teaching. In the early days her role had a focus on inspiring confidence in teachers to make use of simple digital opportunities, but as technologies have grown, so did the job. It was a varied and very enjoyable post: keeping up to speed with emerging technologies and supporting pilots such as wireless access for personal devices; providing staff professional development sessions on the use of Glow to bridge the gap between school and home learning; supporting the use of Glow-based e-portfolios for reflecting on learning and producing pupil profiles; flagging up e-safety at every opportunity and encouraging schools to self-review using the 360o Safe Scotland tool. June worked mainly with secondary schools but couldn’t fail to be aware of the excellent learning that goes on in early years and primary sectors – both in using digital means in learning across the curriculum, and, in delving into the study of technologies themselves. Before moving into her support role, June was a Principal Teacher of chemistry and chaired the Royal Society for Chemistry’s Education Division’s Scottish Committee. With her STEM background she is well aware of skills shortages in Scotland’s workforce and the current need for our pupils to have enhanced 21st century skills such as digital literacy in all its aspects. The acquisition of these skills needs to start from an early age.

June lives in Broughty Ferry. She is enjoying the freedom retirement is giving her – to spend more time getting fitter and finishing craft projects, to catch up with friends and to visit family near and far. She is also looking forward to visiting schools who are celebrating their use of the digital opportunities for learning that our modern world affords us.

 

Victor McNair

Victor is the Digital Schools Award Validator for Northern Ireland. He was a senior lecturer at the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland with responsibility for Postgraduate Technology and Design students at the University’s Jordanstown and Coleraine campuses. With 17 years’ prior experience in teaching technology and design, four of these years as Head of Department, his challenge has always been to enthuse learners, to provide a positive and constructive atmosphere and to create the spaces in which learning can flourish. He derives a great deal of enjoyment from watching this happen, striving to encourage learners to develop resilience, autonomy and innovation in their learning.

Victor’s research included the strategic deployment of ICT, e-portfolios and effective teaching strategies. He has been involved in teaching Masters and PhD students in a range of disciplines and in supporting professional development of teachers and lecturers.

 

Geraldine Timoney

Geraldine is one of the Digital Schools Award Validators for Northern Ireland. She recently worked as Education Manager (primary) in Using ICT for the Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment, providing support to teachers in their assessment of UICT in the classroom. Before that she worked for over 10 years as Education Consultant in e-learning for C2k where she held project management, software development and teacher training roles. Her focus was on the design and implementation of e-learning technologies including, e-learning platforms, video conferencing, cloud-based software and utilities and supporting their use to enhance learning and teaching and to facilitate school administration. For two years, she was lead primary judge for the Education Technology Awards, a former awards scheme for schools in Northern Ireland. Prior to working for C2k she taught and was ICT coordinator at a primary school in North Belfast. She currently works independently with primary schools and is a mentor at CoderDojo Belfast where she teaches a class of young children on Saturday mornings.

 

Avril Allen

Avril is a Digital Schools Award validator for Northern Ireland. She has worked in education in NI for more than 30 years, initially as a teacher and more recently within C2k as a Senior Manager with responsibility for delivery of C2k services to schools.

C2k provides infrastructure, resources and services to support the use of ICT in schools in NI. The delivery and embedding of e-learning solutions appropriate to each school sector and enhanced use of the Management Information solution provided within the C2k service were her key responsibilities. Avril has also worked closely with the Department of Education in several key area such as eSafety, personal data sharing and teaching and learning projects.

Although recently retired, Avril maintains an active interest in the education sector in Northern Ireland and is currently serving on the Board of Governors in a local school.

 

Anna Rossvoll

As a Primary Teacher, Depute Head, Curriculum for Excellence Officer (Aberdeenshire Council), Emerging Technologies Officer (Education Scotland) and Head Teacher Anna has strived to empower learners and practitioners to develop their digital literacy skills and creativity through the use of a variety of appropriate contexts and technologies. Anna’s particular career highlights have been learning about signature pedagogies through the context of Nintendogs and sharing this practice at Be Very Afraid at BAFTA. Developing the strategic implementation of Glow for Aberdeenshire. Working in partnership with the DCA to use Johanna Basford’s ‘Wonderland’ exhibition as a text to develop ‘Look, capture, create’ creativity challenges which learners from across Scotland engaged in through Glow. Developing a model from this and a National Learning Experiences Catalogue. Having the privilege of visiting schools across Scotland to gather evidence of pedagogical approaches in using a variety of devices for learning and most recently developing on-going reporting approaches and parental partnerships through blogging.

Anna continues to teach but is also taking time away from the classroom to develop her artistic talents and with her Google Goggles on is currently exploring new creative contexts for learning.

 

Jen McKay

Jen has worked in education for 26 years beginning her teaching career in a primary school in East Lothian. Having been asked to be the 'ICT Coordinator' for the school, Jen developed a passion for technology and using it to enhance childrens' learning. This passion saw Jen taking on the first ICT Development Officer role in East Lothian working with early years, primary and additional support needs bases.

From here she went on to work on the national Tesco SchoolNet 2000 Millenium project and then NOF training across Scotland. Then as a contractor with Learning and Teaching Scotland she had the opportunity to work on the successful online communities Masterclass and Heads Together.

This lead to a role working on Glow as a Development Officer, a role which allowed Jen to work across Scotland helping enhance teaching and learning for both practitioners and young people. Laterly in Education Scotland, Jen worked in the Digital Learning and Teaching Team managing Glow TV and ePortfilio implementaion in Scottish schools.

Having recently left Education Scotland Jen has set up her own private tutoring business which she feels has taken her back to her roots!

 

Andrea Ward

Andrea has worked in education for 25 years as a teacher, school leader and advisor. She currently runs Global Education Consulting Solutions (GECoS), leading and advising on education technology projects and specialising in effective use of digital resources to engage, enhance and extend learning.

Early on in her career, Andrea realised the incredible potential of technology to transform learning and engage students. She went on to pilot technology programmes for gifted and talented and special needs learners focusing on critical thinking skills. She has since been an advocate for the effective and inclusive use of technology in schools and has spoken about the importance of digital literacy skills at international conferences. She has lead research projects identifying challenges to effective use of technology, resulting in national curriculum changes and the publication of guidance for educators. Andrea has worked with schools, Ministries and Government agencies to implement technology to support learning, developing policy and self-review frameworks, managing change and ensuring best practice pedagogy through staff development and collaboration. She has also worked with suppliers, advising on quality, safety, local requirements and ensuring the needs of learners, teachers and parents are reflected in product development. 

Andrea has extensive experience of working internationally in settings requiring an understanding of different cultures, priorities and needs. In addition to working across the UK, she has worked in USA and across the Middle East and North Africa, supporting school improvement through effective use of technology for learning.

 

Jess McBeath

Jess is a consultant and trainer specialising in online safety and digital citizenship within a Scottish context. She provides online safety consultancy and training to schools, charities and public sector organisations, as well as to parents, professionals and young people.  Jess is an Online Safety Mark Assessor and CEOP Ambassador.

Following a degree in Linguistics & Artificial Intelligence, Jess began her career as an IT Specialist with a multinational corporation, before spending a roller-coaster year in a mobile software startup.  She then moved into the public sector, managing local authority services including learning & development, strategic planning, performance, quality and self-evaluation, as well as gaining an MBA along the way.  Jess has worked with schools, education services, child protection, social work, police, health, elected members and voluntary sector bodies to review and transform services, and to prepare for and respond to inspection.  Jess is passionate about child protection and has been awarded the NSPCC Childhood Champion Award as Schools Volunteer for Scotland 2018.