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Schome => Introductions => : Spiral Schomer May 30, 2016, 11:29:42 AM

: Hi everyone!
: Spiral Schomer May 30, 2016, 11:29:42 AM
Good afternoon everyone.

I thought I'd just post to see if anyone still visits Schome, and if so to see what everyone is up to.

I am just coming towards the end of my teacher training. I'm training to be a secondary school teacher of science, with a specialism in chemistry. It's been a tough, yet enjoyable year. I'm very much looking forward to the summer holidays now, before starting as a full time teacher of science in September.

How is everyone? What is everyone else up to?

Looking forward to some replies!

Best wishes,
Spiral
: Re: Hi everyone!
: PeterT May 31, 2016, 12:09:11 PM
I still keep an eye on the site - though due to having obtained a government grant in 2009 my focus moved from Schome to http://EdFutures.net (sadly). It is pretty quite most of the time - though occasionally someone gets in touch - so, for example, some of the team met up with Topper in March - he was visiting the OU. Most of the core team still work at the OU on a range of different things.

Great to hear from you.

PeterT

: Re: Hi everyone!
: Fox Phlox June 01, 2016, 03:33:31 PM
Hi Spiral,

Great to hear from you and to hear such positive news. I hope teaching works out for you.
As Peter said, we heard from Topper recently (in fact, we met him when he came for an interview at the OU) - he is putting in applications to do a PhD in planetary science. I think Kali is also well into a PhD, though we haven't hear from her for a couple of years. I see Kit on Twitter occasionally, but that's mostly day-to-day stuff. Are you still in touch with Baso?

Several of us are still based at the OU, working on a variety of projects. Elsa has an OU job that involves whizzing around the world - she is in Addis Ababa at the moment, and was in Kathmandu last month. Mark Cabaret is doing various projects around Maker Culture, and Phloozie is running Evidence Cafés. Rowan is now at Lancaster Uni, while Faji and Gaia are at Bristol Uni. Woop was leading on mobile applications at Tesco for a while - I think he's leading on something technical at Dominos Pizzas at the moment (although what I get most from his Facebook stream is a series of pictures of his pet snakes). I'm working on projects around MOOCs and learning analytics, which has also led to a lot of world travel this year - Malaysia and Uruguay most recently.

Let us know how the teaching goes - and I hope you fit in a good summer break beforehand.

Fox
: Re: Hi everyone!
: Spiral Schomer June 03, 2016, 08:02:36 PM
Hi Spiral,

Great to hear from you and to hear such positive news. I hope teaching works out for you.
As Peter said, we heard from Topper recently (in fact, we met him when he came for an interview at the OU) - he is putting in applications to do a PhD in planetary science. I think Kali is also well into a PhD, though we haven't hear from her for a couple of years. I see Kit on Twitter occasionally, but that's mostly day-to-day stuff. Are you still in touch with Baso?

Several of us are still based at the OU, working on a variety of projects. Elsa has an OU job that involves whizzing around the world - she is in Addis Ababa at the moment, and was in Kathmandu last month. Mark Cabaret is doing various projects around Maker Culture, and Phloozie is running Evidence Cafés. Rowan is now at Lancaster Uni, while Faji and Gaia are at Bristol Uni. Woop was leading on mobile applications at Tesco for a while - I think he's leading on something technical at Dominos Pizzas at the moment (although what I get most from his Facebook stream is a series of pictures of his pet snakes). I'm working on projects around MOOCs and learning analytics, which has also led to a lot of world travel this year - Malaysia and Uruguay most recently.

Let us know how the teaching goes - and I hope you fit in a good summer break beforehand.

Fox

Hi Fox,

Great to get a reply from you, and it's fantastic that several of you are still based at the OU.

Teacher training has been tough, but it has been well worth it. I can't wait to start in September as an NQT.

Baso is studying for a PhD in Helsinki!
: Re: Hi everyone!
: PeterT June 06, 2016, 08:01:42 AM
Teacher training has been tough, but it has been well worth it. I can't wait to start in September as an NQT.

Baso is studying for a PhD in Helsinki!
My daughter recently qualified as a primary school teacher - the workload and pressure for pupils to do well in SATS is horrendous.

Great that you are still in touch with Baso - and to hear what he is up to.

We are very interested to know what impact, if any, taking part in the Schome Park Programme had on folk. It featured heavily in my promotion case - so helped me in getting promoted to be a professor. Maybe one day we will do a quick mini-project to try to find out ...

PeterT
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: Kali Schomer June 25, 2016, 10:38:01 AM
Hi!  :)

It has been a long while. And it is really good to hear from you Spiral

I finished my BSc (Hons) Physics a couple of years ago and finished my MSc last December in Nuclear Science and Technology. My plan was to do a PhD afterward in the nuclear field. But I decided that it wasn't for me, and my focus shifted somewhere else. I thought really hard about it and have decided that, whilst fascinating on a scientific and technical level, the everyday work in the nuclear industry isn't something I would enjoy and I couldn't image myself doing it for the next few decades.

After some experience this year with some of my family members, I've decided that radiotherapy/medical physics is the area that I want to go into. I'll be starting a postgrad MSc in January so that I can go into radiotherapy and then work in an oncology hospital (like the Christie etc). It has been a long road, but now I've finally found a subject and area that is a good fit for me, after a few years of things not being quite right in terms of further education and jobs.

I hope you enjoy your teacher training. I have friends who have done it and they say it is hard work but mostly rewarding. Are you planning on teaching in the NW, London etc?
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: PeterT July 04, 2016, 07:56:25 AM
Hi Kali. Great to hear from you. My kids always thought I was crazy when I said I didn't know what I wanted to do when I grew up (aged 40, 50, even now). I imagine that radiotherapy/medical physics will be very rewarding (and at times emotionally draining). I hope it works out well for you. Do let us know how you are getting on ...

PeterT
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: Fox Phlox July 05, 2016, 07:55:36 AM
Hi Kali,

Good to hear from you - although I'm sorry to learn that it is family experience that has taken you in the direction of radiotherapy. I hope they have made a good recovery.

It's great to hear that you have found a career that is a good fit - I tried several before finding a career path I was happy with.

I wonder if we could arrange a face-to-face Schome meet-up in the autumn? Maybe to do something in London together?

Fox/Rebecca
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: Dan July 05, 2016, 08:51:40 AM
It's been a while!  Thanks to Fox for tipping me off that a few of the originals were checking in.  Great to hear about what people are up to.

For me I moved out of the OU around 2007 to work as a Producer in a couple of games development studios.  Then made a challenging move to Tesco to head up Mobile app ecommerce development followed by heading up development on their international eccomerce sites and apps.  And for the last 7 months I've been Head of Software Delivery at Domino's Pizza, heading up the teams that build all the ecomm systems.

(and as Fox mentioned, my Facebook is little more than pictures of my snakes, and more recently chickens!)

If ever my professional journey/experiences/choices might be of any assistance I'm always happy to be contacted.  There's rarely been a plan but it's been quite a ride and lots of lessons along the way :)
: Re: Hi everyone!
: KitKatKid Schomer July 05, 2016, 02:53:27 PM
Hi All!

It's good to see what everyone's been up to, I can't believe how long ago the SPP was!

I've just finished my 4 year integrated masters in Biology at Sheffield. For the past couple of years I've been involved in outreach work with primary schools visiting the department and I'm currently doing that and have a part time arrangement doing so up until Christmas. Teacher training is something I considered, but I decided to leave it a year to see if any other opportunities came up.

Kit
: Re: Hi everyone!
: PeterT July 06, 2016, 03:23:38 PM

(and as Fox mentioned, my Facebook is little more than pictures of my snakes, and more recently chickens!)


Great to hear from you Dan. Worrying that you are feeding the chickens (or their offspring) to the snakes - haven't looked at your facebook page incase it is too gruesome!

It sounds like you have had a rich and varied time since leaving the OU - what every became of the hunting game that you were leading the development of?

PeterT
: Re: Hi everyone!
: PeterT July 06, 2016, 03:31:30 PM
It's good to see what everyone's been up to, I can't believe how long ago the SPP was!

I've just finished my 4 year integrated masters in Biology at Sheffield. For the past couple of years I've been involved in outreach work with primary schools visiting the department and I'm currently doing that and have a part time arrangement doing so up until Christmas. Teacher training is something I considered, but I decided to leave it a year to see if any other opportunities came up.

Kit

Hi KitKatKid. I too am finding it fascinating to hear what folk have got up to over the last - blimey is it really 8 years?!

We keep saying that we should do a little follow up study to find out what folk remember about the SPP and what influence it had on them ... you have been warned! ;O)

Do you have plans to travel - or how are you going to take maximum advantage of your 'deciding year'?

Like Dan - if anyone feels that having a chat with me about my 'professional journey' would be helpful then I'd be happy to do that. I was a primary school teacher back in the 1980s (teaching has changed a lot since then) and have been involved in teacher education and then at the OU as an academic. Over the last few years I have been doing research in schools in the UK and Australia, with a particular focus on the ways in which ICT is used and influences practice.

PeterT
: Re: Hi everyone!
: Dan July 07, 2016, 02:06:32 PM

It sounds like you have had a rich and varied time since leaving the OU - what every became of the hunting game that you were leading the development of?


My move to Emote Games resulted in www.thehunter.com which is still running to this day.  Unfortunately Emote Games itself was wiped out in the credit crunch, and the game was bought out of administration and carried on by one our partners in Sweden (longer and more harrowing version of that story is available).

I moved briefly through Channel4 to a small studio called Preloaded, made a great game called Boccia for the Paralympics (was a huge hit in Brazil!), a few games for Channel4 and an awesome Disney Fairies game for the Disney team in Hammersmith (coincided with a film release, and went live in 10 countries and 7 languages).

Then it all got very serious with the move to retail and Tesco and Domino's.  Games was fun, but retail is about massive volumes and resilience and a real challenge.  Full on tough, but very rewarding in a different way.

: Re: Hi everyone!
: PeterT July 07, 2016, 04:02:21 PM
... Games was fun, but retail is about massive volumes and resilience and a real challenge.  Full on tough, but very rewarding in a different way.

££££ ?!  ;)
: Re: Hi everyone!
: Dan July 12, 2016, 10:01:13 AM
Ok, yes that's one way in which it's more rewarding.  Not the only one though!
: Re: Hi everyone!
: Fox Phlox July 12, 2016, 07:38:37 PM
It struck me that, as several people currently have access to university libraries, you might be interested to read about yourselves in some of the academic papers abut Schome http://www.schome.ac.uk/wiki/Schome_publications
: Re: Hi everyone!
: KitKatKid Schomer July 18, 2016, 05:32:32 PM
Hi KitKatKid. I too am finding it fascinating to hear what folk have got up to over the last - blimey is it really 8 years?!

We keep saying that we should do a little follow up study to find out what folk remember about the SPP and what influence it had on them ... you have been warned! ;O)

Do you have plans to travel - or how are you going to take maximum advantage of your 'deciding year'?

Like Dan - if anyone feels that having a chat with me about my 'professional journey' would be helpful then I'd be happy to do that. I was a primary school teacher back in the 1980s (teaching has changed a lot since then) and have been involved in teacher education and then at the OU as an academic. Over the last few years I have been doing research in schools in the UK and Australia, with a particular focus on the ways in which ICT is used and influences practice.

PeterT

Well... as it turns out now I'm not having a deciding year - I start teacher training at a secondary school in September!
: Re: Hi everyone!
: Topper Schomer July 27, 2016, 08:54:11 PM
Hi everybody,

It's very interesting to hear what people have been up over the past few years. Seems to be a lot of variety in what people are doing!
 
I've also now graduated and am supposed to be a geologist. As previously mentioned I was applying for PhD's earlier this year, and will be starting on one at the OU in October (had been meaning to email some of you, but only manged to send my contract in yesterday as the wheels of administration turn slowly and I didn't want to jinx until I had sent in the contract!).
: Re: Hi everyone!
: Fox Phlox August 03, 2016, 08:28:13 AM
Yay! Congratulations Topper. That's fabulous news that you will be joining us in October. See you then  :)
: Re: Hi everyone!
: Baso Schomer August 30, 2017, 01:15:09 PM
Ok, it took a year for me to notice that people were giving updates, but actually I've been quite engaged with video game designers who are looking into VR, and the prospects of virtual environments for games, educational and otherwise, and Schome actually came up in conversation.

Yeah, I'm now doing a PhD (although they call it a D.Sc.(tech)) in Engineering Physics at Aalto University in Helsinki, specifically looking at the interface between thermodynamics and quantum physics, making and measuring chips with superconducting quantum bits (the same used in quantum computers) and other elements.   

Actually I did my undergraduate masters in physics at Lancaster University, if I had known Rowan was there, could have arranged something. I frequently visit anyway to check up on collaborators and friends in the physics department (it's a minor detour when I'm home for christmas).

I also spent a while in the physics department in Bristol, spending a summer there funded by the Ogden Trust working on an experiment that ultimately ended up in Nature Physics (biggest journal in the field).

Very interesting to hear what people have been up to, and congratulations to all those who've recieved promotions and new jobs.



: Re: Hi everyone!
: PeterT August 30, 2017, 01:50:34 PM
Hi Baso. Great to hear from you - it sounds like you are doing scarily well in your academic life - though I'm not sure I understood much of what you said you were doing - is there a link between the VR for games and the PhD stuff?

Schome keeps cropping up in conversations I am having with folk too. There is something very powerful in what we did that is totally missing from mainstream education in most places that I know about. I do keep wondering about how we might build upon that to make education better.

However, I keep being distracted by other (externally funded projects) - most recently NP3 which was/is looking at young people's use of ICT outside school and the extent to which that influences pedagogy inside primary schools ( see http://www.np3.org.uk).

: Re: Hi everyone!
: Baso Schomer August 30, 2017, 02:27:11 PM
There is no link, but it's an area of interest, partially inspired by Schome, that I try to keep on the back burner.
I also have a number of friends and aquaintances in the video game industry, at various studios in the Nordic countries (notably Rovio, Supercell, Image and Form) who work mostly in the mobile game industry, but are getting excited about the prospects VR offer, and are ready to capitalise on that.

I'm somewhat detatched from the young education field, but in tertiary education there is quite a lot of interest, especially with the rising prominence of online courses and MOOCs, to work out how to improve them and, in technical courses, how to still transfer the practical knowledge. How do you build a chemistry lab, or a physics lab in a way that somebody can do it from home or a library? Platforms like Second Life and other VR environments seem to be a favoured solution...but I'm not actively involved in this research. Teaching at the moment is not a huge role in what I do.

In quite a biased opinion, I would agree that there is something in Schome, or something like it, to provide an environment for students to engage with each other and solve community focused problems that todays society is not actively engaging with. But you're the expert ;)

Finland is doing a lot of work focusing on bringing ICT into the schools, but I dont think much is being done outside.  But then, the schooling system is very different to the UK.


 
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: Rowan October 10, 2017, 08:53:50 AM
many thanks to Fox for alerting me to this thread!  Baso I would very much like to meet when you come near Lancaster.  I am here most of the time.  Even thought I left the OU 10 years ago to come to Lancaster I still have some contact with the OU including some work with the Benevolent Dictator on NP3.  I'm also working on a European project concerned with digital literacy practices of young children in homes and communities, another projectwith deaf young adults and children learning English literacy in India, Ghana and Uganda and doing lots of PhD supervision and UG and MA teaching.

As always, asking for help on technical matters.  Why can't I add a URL that acts like a seamless hyperlink? Tempting to go away and try again later but it's such a busy day I might not get back today so I will post and wait for advice, trusting the Schome Community.  Maybe it's because I am using Chrome.
: Re: Hi everyone!
: PeterT October 10, 2017, 09:11:12 AM
As always, asking for help on technical matters.  Why can't I add a URL that acts like a seamless hyperlink? Tempting to go away and try again later but it's such a busy day I might not get back today so I will post and wait for advice, trusting the Schome Community.  Maybe it's because I am using Chrome.

If you type the URL then it should turn into a hyperlink - so http://www.np3.org.uk (I just typed it out, no codes or anything) should I hope be an active link when I save this message.