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Year of Award: 1998 Award State: Tasmania Education > General
I.T. And Communications > General
The ANTA Research Advisory Council Churchill Fellowship to investigate the latest trends in information technology and computer education - USA, Canada
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Ken’s Churchill Fellowship study involved looking at the latest trends in information technology and computer education in schools and school systems in the US and Canada.

Some of the findings were directly relevant to education in Australia.

At the time of the study, involvement of information technology companies in North American education was starting to become common. It was a reasonably innovative idea for companies like Microsoft, Cisco Systems, Novell, 3Com and others to involve themselves in education; this led to the development of ‘vendor certification’ courses, where students could achieve industry certification in technologies that were in demand and often desirable for employment.

Additionally there was a lot of activity in the use of the World Wide Web, which at that point was available in many schools but often used in superficial ways. It was valuable to see how schools provided students with training in website development and design, and how some then took this on as a career.

There were also some schools providing training in areas of employment that have continued to grow, such as laying optical fibre.

Ken also looked at schools refurbishing old technology and making it usable by others in the community. An unexpected discovery was a school that was having computer add-on cards made by inmates at the local prison!

The Churchill Fellowship provided a fantastic opportunity to see very innovative and practical programs in schools and discuss these with their practitioners. This was of enormous value to Ken professionally and personally. It proved useful in helping teachers in his own school and in other schools to extend the ICT education opportunities available to students.

Ken is currently working in the Department of Education Tasmania in the Curriculum Services area, helping with online tools for teaching and learning, and also with the implementation of the Australian Curriculum Digital Technologies subject area.

Ken and his wife live on a small property in the hills outside Hobart, where they are slowly completing an energy- efficient house. Ken spends his spare time restoring and fixing things, ranging from cameras, bicycles and motor vehicles to computers, old machinery and hand tools. 

Excerpt from “Bringing Knowledge Home” published by the Churchill Fellows Association of Tasmania (2016) 

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