Main Lecture room – West Downs 2
Chair: Andy Connell
Time 9.35 – 10.35

This presentation is concerned with the digital skills needed by practitioners for the teaching of and with new technologies; specifically for the pedagogy of VR filming. Drawing upon experiences in the teaching of a dozen young people in the creation of three Virtual Reality (VR) films during a BFI project, this presentation explores whether traditional teaching paradigms hold an anachronistic existence within the digital world of technology. This is done by considering Rancière’s theoretical stance and whether it might be suggestive of a paradigm for the digital citizenship of young people which embraces the concept of meeting expectations instead of raising them.

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I have lectured at a number of institutions on Music Practice and also Music Technology, as a discrete subject but also within the context of education; due in the main to my experiences within the Music industry as a singer, songwriter, producer and record label owner (soil records), and of course my 10 years as a Primary and Early Years teacher. In all, I have been song writing, singing, recording and releasing music for 17 years; I’ve now written a total of 7 albums and as ‘a loose kite’ I’m still writing today.

I lecture upon the Post Graduate and first degree programmes and also on the MA in Creativity. More recently  I have had a role in the implementation and provision of a TDA funded music module for generalist teachers as well as those with more musical expertise, working alongside CAMERATA (the Royal Northern College of Music). I and have worked with colleagues through a process of critical analyses of the revised ITT music provision for Palestine in the last year

Amongst my other current duties, I deliver Mentor Training to Professional Mentors based in Primary Schools and have the responsibility of being a Cluster Lead and University Tutor in Partnership with a number of schools in the North West. I also project manage the male recruitment and retention for the undergraduate BA QTS programme.  After undertaking the role of year 1 leader upon the BAQTS programme, I now lead the Masters in Creative Practice in Education.