Disruptive Nostalgist/ Education Technologist
A professional educational technologist since 1978, after initially working as a secondary school teacher and head of dept. Along the way transforming from education technologist to information technologist, and latterly to disruptive nostalgist.
Since retiring from full-time role as Head of ICT Development at SSAT, a visiting lecturer at Roehampton University, teaching Computing in the classroom on initial teacher training courses for PGCE and BEd. Media work and journalism includes articles for TES, BETT, Merlin John Online, Bee-IT, Schools Week and elsewhere (samples at http://www.tonyparkin.wordpress.com).
Still undertaking a wide range of educational consultancy work, most recently in the area of AI and education. Significant social media work included working with Imagine as lead social media professional for Education Fast Forward. Ongoing involvement in the education technology startup and development space, especially mentoring those new to the area and organisations unfamiliar with educational culture and practice.
The challenge has always been, and continues to be, keeping the educational technology focus firmly on the first word, whilst so many want you to talk about the second. Pedagogy before technology, every time!