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Dean has become a learning technologist after teaching and mentoring in three continents (North America, Asia and Europe) with over 18 years experience. Dean is a an OLEVI certified Outstanding Teacher Programme (OTP) facilitator and has worked with Brunel University as well as the Institute of Education (University College London) as a PGCE mentor, interviewer and facilitator. His passion is making classrooms student centred and empowering students to direct their learning using technology.
In Japan, Dean taught for the Sobue school district and incorporated Audacity and Microsoft PowerPoint to help engage and empower his elementary and secondary English students. As a 4th grade teacher and PE coach in Katy, Texas for Nottingham elementary school, Dean was an advocate for using laptops in the classroom and utilising Microsoft Office in the classroom. He was recognised for his achievements in coaching, teaching and the community by the Texas Parent Teacher Association (PTA) in 2012. Dean helped to implement Google G suite apps at the Swaminarayan Prep School in Neasden, London. He used Google apps as a member of the senior leadership team and utilised sheets, forms and docs to help the school gain an ‘Excellent’ rating in their Independent Schools Inspection. Dean also initiated the use of Google classroom and Class Dojo digital portfolios to incorporate project based learning. Most recently, Dean has helped to integrate Microsoft Office 365, Google G suite and iPad apps with Seesaw digital portfolios working with the students at Oakleigh House School in Swansea before coming to join the wonderful team at Aspire2Be.
Dean is looking forward to work with teachers and students to innovate the use of technology in the classroom alongside implementing sound pedagogy and research. He is dedicated to helping teachers incorporate technology to make the classroom an open, sharing and challenging place to guide deep learning.