My name is Mike Tidd, and I am a ukulele-playing Head of Geography at Gillingham School in North Dorset. I have a deep interest in education developments and am motivated to learn from fellow practitioners and young people to achieve their potential. I write about new educational developments and new education-technologies, plus geography.
Over the past few years I’ve been shortlisted for two Education Blog Awards, written for Sec-Ed and TES, been involved in BETT 2014 as a presenter, been involved in several Speed Learning events across Dorset and I am an co-organiser and presenter at TeachMeet Dorset.
“We can be heroes” he sang, but to me, Bowie was the Hero. Like many people around the world, I was shocked and devastated by the news of David Bowie’s death last Monday. I’ve been a massive fan of Bowie all my life, from the highs of Ziggy Stardust, Soul Man and The Thin White Duke in the 1970s, to the period in the 1980s and early 1990s where he struggled with his writing, to the great comeback of The Next Day three years ago. He was quite simply the Picasso of Pop.
Bowie. David Bowie. Yes, that’s right, the chameleon of pop music. What would Bowie do if he was in charge of the education system? This is a question I have been coming back to over the last few months. With all the educational changes, upheaval and strikes, I have been thinking more and more about what would happen and change if Bowie was in charge.
For the past six months I have become a fan of Twitter. It has enabled me to network very freely with other like minded teachers and educators around the world. This can enable you to spread information very quickly on what is happening now or at a particular moment. It is an excellent resource to spread information, especially if you have updated your blog and are looking for instant readership. It is a great use of technology and is something I have found to be a great source of learning and enjoyment.
The BBC reported that Scottish teachers are being warned that their use of social networking sites could put their careers at risk. The Scottish Secondary Teachers Association believes teachers can reveal too much personal information on sites such as Facebook and Twitter.