Profile: Elizabeth Cranfield

Name:
Elizabeth Cranfield
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Science Teacher
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I am a British trained teacher who qualified to teach Science in 1996 following an Honours Degree in Physiology and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Secondary Education. I taught in the UK for about 5 years in total, with a few ski seasons thrown in, between 1996 and 2004. During my time in schools, I taught General Science to 11-16 year olds and Biology post-16. The first school I taught in, a government school, received technology status in the late 1990s. This meant that the school received government funding specifically for the provision of technology in the classroom. I was the ICT coordinator for my department which involved investigating resources for use in science and looking for opportunities in the programmes for incorporating ICT the classroom. I have been in Australia for just over 4 years and teaching Science and Chemistry at Loreto Normanhurst for 18 months. I regularly use a variety of different technologies as part of my teaching strategies. I implement the use of Smartboard on a daily basis and have found this an excellent tool for saving lessons, especially for senior classes, to whom the notes can also be sent via e-mail. It is also a great tool for sharing pedagogy amongst colleagues. Sourcing online animations or activities to enhance the understanding of the more difficult concepts or to liven up otherwise dry topics is also important. Our school is going 1:1 next year and finding out about new ways to incorporate ICT in the classroom is a priority for me as I embrace this development.

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