Mr Bell, or Jay as most know him, has worked in all aspects of ICT for around twenty years and has a particularly keen talent for developing computer software. He has worked with many of the major oil companies, multinational IT and Communications companies and governments around the world. As a contractor his portfolio of clients include BP, Amoco, Zoom Telephonics, Linksys, Queensland government and many smaller companies.
Since 1999 Jay has specialized in working with Special Schools across the UK, Europe and Australia. His role has been focused on consultancy with these schools, looking at the way the teachers use IT and how that could be improved.
Some of Jays more memorable or bizarre experiences include helping out in a literacy class in a tiny school on a floating reed island on Lake Titicaca, and another is being on an overseas military base, attempting a whole school presentation with anti tank missiles whistling overhead.
In his spare time Jay loves travel, particularly adventure travel. He also enjoys boating, fishing and cooking. Jay is married and lives with his wife and four children in Norfolk.
As an SEN teacher ICT plays an important part in our day to day activities. Think how many ICT based solutions are used every day – many of our students arrive by taxi which is all arranged by your School Management System. You may use an electronic attendance register and monitor your premises by CCTV. Your SEN pupils will have behaviour plans and IEPs generated with a click of the mouse. Your pupils will learn Numeracy and Literacy skills, even at P Levels, using a PC adapted with alternate pointing devices and viewing devices. Where does all this stuff come from? Many teachers inherit a classroom with all these things that have quite obviously been in place for years.
Imagine just how much one aspect of IT has developed in the time that your resources have been used. It’s probably fair to say some of that kit entered your classroom when the Internet was in it’s infancy used by a select few whereas now it’s in every home and most of us use it every day for all manner of life's tasks.