Public Speaking

I have presented and facilitated at a number of events from school in-service courses, national networks to high profile conferences. The attached list give an illustration of the range of events I have been involved in:-

  • Institute of Education, University of London
  • University of Huddersfield
  • University of Oxford
  • University of Aberdeen
  • Presentations in Turkey and Former Yugoslav Republics on curricular reforms and innovative methodology.
  • Scottish Centre for Studies in School Admininstration presentation to faculty heads on educational leadership.
  • All staff in service training days (most reccent include all Curre High School staff (Edinburgh) on active learning; all assessment coordinators (Aberdeen) and all city headteachers (Aberdeen) on entrepreneurial learning.
  • Scottish Government / Learning Teaching Scotland Enterprise Practitioners Network and now the national Enterprise Practitioners Association
  • IPN Presentation to Norwegian headteachers and education managers
  • Scottish Training Federation Regional Events and Conferences
  • Scottish Learning Festival
  • Young Programme
  • Royal Society of Edinburgh

My main area of interest (and previous presentation topics) include:-

    • Teaching and learning
    • Pedagogy
    • Curriculum design
    • Tracking, monitoring and assessment
    • Enterprise
    • Building employer partnerships
    • History education
    • Social Studies / Citizenship
    • Innovation
    • Leadership
    • Skills
    • Use of IT in learning

The following presentation comes from 2009 when I was asked to present on possible uses of the Oxford University First World War Digital Poetry Archive for teaching and learning.  My presentation covered use of IT in learning combined with critical thinking skills.

(At the front right of my audiance sat the daughter of War Poet Edmund Blunden.  Needless to say it was a great pleasure to present on ‘how to teach war poetry’ to such a distinguished audiance at Oxford University.)

Pic (c) : Tom Finnie (24.10.2011)
Neil McLennan, President of the Scottish Association of Teachers of History, outside Marischal College in Aberdeen and in front of the statue to Robert the Bruce. Tom Finnie Photographic


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