Ep 48 Ms. Amanda Pickard, Primary School Teacher, #TeamsEduChat, Scotland
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Amanda Pickard has been a primary school teacher in Scotland for about 15 years with experience of teaching children from 3-11 years old.   She is currently on a secondment with her local authority as the Digital Development Officer, working with schools, teachers, and pupils to increase digital literacy and computing science skills.    She is passionate about leveraging digital technologies to support, engage, challenge, and inspire.   Her recent classroom experience has been with little learners, primary 1 in Scotland, who are around 5 years old. She has taught digital skills to this age group for a number of years and has seen first-hand the positive impact that this has on their confidence, independence, creativity, and communication.  Teaching keyboard skills is absolutely crucial to opening up opportunities for using dictate to 'write' a descriptive story and for immersive readers to listen to their own stories.  She's a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert (MIEExpert), MIE Master Trainer, and one of the MIE Fellows for Scotland.   She believes play and games are the best ways children (and her) learn and loves using Making Thinking Visible thinking routines to help give learners a voice.   A favorite digital tool of hers is ThingLink which allowed her wee class of little learners to become independent in their learning during the lockdown.  Outside of teaching, She's a power-lifting, crocheting, pet-owning, lifelong learner who loves to read.

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