- Name: Richard Wells
- Nationality: British New Zealander
- Job: Head of technology at a state secondary school
- Why Blog?
As an ex-IT engineer who couldn’t stand working with IT engineers, I know what most teachers are going through when trying to get support with their use of IT.
“iPads for schools” is great but…
Many schools fail to setup good support networks or provide the sensible PD that’s required to use them effectively. This is the gap I hope to fill. This blog discusses simple sensible steps to using the iPad in your school and its obvious effect in delivering 21st Century, student-centred learning.
Thanks for visiting and appreciating my work.
Originally from the UK, my family & I moved to New Zealand in 2006 and have never regretted the move. ! !
After completing a degree in Fine Art Painting, I made the ‘obvious’ move in qualifying as a Microsoft Systems Engineer! After a few years of worrying about systems, I got bored and qualified as a Teacher. ! ! Teaching first in the UK before moving to and teaching in NZ, I started blogging about my educational iPad use in 2012. I was amazed at the response and have since been asked to present around New Zealand, Australia and the US.!
I have now taught for 12 years and have been Head of Technology in both private and public schools, currently residing at Orewa College, New Zealand’s first compulsory BYOD school. I specialise in student-centred learning, educational use of social media, augmented reality and providing effective professional development that is centred on the individual teacher’s requirements and current skill-set.
I also Discuss ideas using 2 Twitter accounts:
@iPadWells for Teacher & iPad Discussion
@iPad_4_Schools for blog announcements only