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Digital Strategic Lead? Navigating the CPD journey #WomenEdTech

By Clare Erasmus  @cerasmusteach Welcome to the final blog in our series of seven tech blogs from the inaugural meeting of our new private space for #WomenEdTech. Here, Clare takes a look at her path to becoming a digital strategic lead. A few years ago I was Head of the Digital Tech subjects and the Senior Mental Health Lead at my school. In ...

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Virtual Reality In Teaching Must Be About More Than Riding Rollercoasters #WomenEdTech

By Kate Sida-Nicholls @SidaNicholls The use of technology in teaching and learning has developed exponentially since COVID.  Three years ago, colleagues from the #EdTech world were confused and disheartened about how teachers could not appear to accept the opportunities that the use of technology could have on supporting their teaching and wor...

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What is Jasper AI and how can it be used as a Virtual Assistant in education? #WomenEdTech

by Frances Akinde @frankietweetart I have become fascinated with the increasing use of AI platforms and how this can be applied to Education. Jasper AI is an artificial intelligence (AI) platform that allows users to create virtual assistants and automate processes. It can be used to create an AI-powered assistant to help with tasks, such as schedu...

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Embrace Equity #EmbraceEquity #IWD2023

By Lisa Hannay @lhannay1 During the week of March 6-12 #WomenEd networks around the world will host assorted events and activities celebrating International Women's Day.  The theme for 2023 is #EmbraceEquity.  Each Global Strategic Leader for #WomenEd will share a blog leading up to March 8 to create excitement, build knowledge, and explo...

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Sensible self-review - why all the fuss? #SeatAtTheTable

by Tracey O'Brien  @tob22 In an attempt to fill in less paperwork and do something with much more purpose, more interesting, and more insightful instead, I've thought about all the monitoring and review activities that we carry out in schools.  It's all too much. Too much top-down accountability, monitoring instead of trust, review for th...

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I am woman, hear me roar!

by Lisa Hannay  @lhannay1 Vivienne Porritt and I collaborated on the piece below for a possible submission into a book designed to amplify tiny voices. Now, it didn't get selected but we use the #WomenEd platform to grow a network of empowered women, create impact on the status quo and carve a large dent in the patriarchy! Connect with @WomenE...

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Why Create a #WomenEd Network?

by Jess Gosling @JessGosling2 To write this blog, I scrolled through the MANY messages between myself and my #WomenEdTW team (Taiwan), which officially began on 12th August 2021. These messages brought back wonderful memories; particularly of organising events I could never have envisioned being part of. Before setting up this group, I had contacte...

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Representation Matters: The disabled workforce in our schools

by Vivienne Porritt @ViviennePorritt and Ruth Golding @LearnerLedLdrThe highlight of my decade was being honoured with an OBE in the New Year's Honours list on January 1st. Wouldn't it be great if every day feels even better than this! Most of you will know this was for the impact of #WomenEd and it was wonderful to see the community celebrate toge...

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Looking back and Looking ahead - #Highlights2021 Canada

By Lisa Hannay @lhannay1 @WomenEdCanada  2021 saw the collaboration of our Canada networks. From the far West in British Columbia and Alberta to the Prairies of Manitoba, to Central Canada and our team in Quebec, women leaders in Education looked for ways to build our visibility and grow our networks.Our vast geography, expensive travel, and w...

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So proud: #Highlights2021 by Vivienne Porritt

By Vivienne Porritt   @ViviennePorritt 2021 has been a roller coaster of a year. I felt marooned from my family who live 300 miles away, from my wonderful sisters in our Global Strategic Leaders' team, and worried for school leaders who carried a very heavy burden.Once again, #WomenEd has been my saviour as I used the available time ...

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#Highlights21 from WomenEdEastern

By Flora Burt  @MrsB_FCCT    Network Leader @WomenEdEastern       2021 has been a challenging year for all. However, it was also the year that I became a Network Lead for WomenEd and connected with a truly inspirational group of women in education. In recent years, I had engaged with WomenEd, howeve...

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Reflections on #Highlights21

By Nancy Lhoest-Squicciarini @NancyinLux1 Although COVID-19 had a dominant presence, January 2021 started with a festive dinner with my family. Yet within weeks, I experienced the greatest loss, the death of my father. He was a man of great wisdom and strength … a no-nonsense type of man. I kept his death private because I did not have the words to...

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WomenEd Thailand Career Clinic

by  Jacqui Brelsford @BrcounsellorJ

On Saturday 23rd October, WomenEd Thailand hosted its first ever international career clinic! Women from around the world shared their expertise, advice, cheerleading, and general awesomeness with aspiring leaders in education. As one of the WomenEd Thailand Network Leaders, it was my responsibility to live-tweet the event and my fingers could not keep up with all the brilliant things being said. Here are my top takeaways in short bitesize tweets:

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Encontrar el permiso para ser creativo

by Maria @CreativityMrs

Hay muchos obstáculos para la creatividad. Antes pensaba que no tenía tiempo, ni tenía las cosas, ni la inspiración. Busqué por internet y en las revistas y me dejo tan completamente abrumada que no sabía cómo empezar – y por eso, no empecé. Reflexioné sobre si mi falta inicial de creatividad no se basaba en los obstáculos que se me  ocurrieron, y por eso no le hice. Las actividades creativas que deseaba tener, a menos que se reconocieran, parecían ser una enorme pérdida de tiempo. Pensé que a menos que estuviera creando un ejemplo para que los niños lo usaran en mi clase, era un ejercicio inútil.

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Finding the permission to create

by Maria @CreativityMrs 

There are many obstacles to creativity. I used to say to myself that I didn't have the time, or the resources nor the inspiration. Trawling through countless websites and magazines would leave me completely overwhelmed, that I didn't even know where to start—so I didn't! I wonder if my initial lack of creativity wasn't based on the obstacles that I came up with, but with the thought of permission. The creative pursuits I wished to have, unless validated, seemed to be a huge waste of time. I thought that unless I was creating an example for the children to use in my classroom, it was a pointless exercise. And yet, I was encouraging others to be creative, but not giving myself the permission to do the same.

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