Professor Marilyn Leask’s engagement with digital technologies started with her PGCE training where she took computing as an option. She was involved in the introduction of computers into schools in the 80s and since then has worked consistently on ways in which digital technologies can improve teaching and learning and ways in which technologies can be used for support professional development.
She is an expert on knowledge management in education using digital technologies to provide access to the evidence and knowledge base for teacher education and classroom practice. Her specialist areas are teacher education, change, improvement and development across large systems particularly through online networking and knowledge sharing, the development of approaches supporting evidence-informed policy and practice.
She is chair of the Education Futures Collaboration (www.edfuturescollaboration.org) which is developing and testing out new forms of publishing online with academics and teachers working together to produce research significant enough to influence policy and practice.
She has worked in schools, local authorities, universities and two national agencies. She was instrumental in establishing what became the UK DfE Teachernet, the European SchoolNet.www.eun.org, the contracting of the Teacher Training Resource Bank,and other associated web based knowledge repositories. She is co-editor of the Learning to Teach in the Secondary School series of text books the major text books for UK secondary teacher training which include several texts on the use of digital technologies in education.