My Résumé

John Connell

My full resumé is available HERE.

I live in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.

I am an educator, technologist, consultant, trainer and speaker. In my early career in schools, I was a classroom teacher, depute headteacher, headteacher (in two very different schools), and local authority education manager. I also spent some time as a national policy analyst with the Scottish Government.

I founded the I Am Learner independent education & technology consultancy early in 2013, and most recently I have carried out work for RM Education, European Schoolnet, Promethean, UNESCO, Skills Development Scotland and Pearson. I am affiliated to international consultancies Blacklin Associates and GoToMarket Group and Partners.

I joined Cisco Systems in January 2007 as an Education Business Development Manager covering the Emerging Markets – this takes in South America, the Caribbean, Africa, Middle East, Eastern Europe, Russia and the Caucasus. While with Cisco, had the privilege of visiting more than 50 countries around the world to learn about education and to advise national and regional governments, universities and other agencies on the effective conjunction of education and the digital and networking technologies.

In 2001 I was asked by the Scottish Government to initiate a national project called the Scottish Schools Digital Network. Today the result of that project are still developing in the form of Glow, a national learning platform for every school in the country. Supporting Glow is a national digital networking infrastructure that was built as a precursor to the design and development of the learning platform.

I have a long-standing interest in the use of technology in teaching and learning – the BBC A computer was introduced to me in the year I started teaching, 1980. We have come a long way since that time – but with a longer way still to go!

I believe that my generation (I come in somewhere between the baby boomers and Gen X) has probably experienced the greatest step-change in technology since time began, but our children, and their children, will see massive changes that my generation (or theirs, for that matter) simply cannot foresee at this time.