Mr Marc Smale

Senior Lecturer in Primary Education

Email address: msmale@wlv.ac.uk Phone number: 01902 32 2879 Location: WE119, Walsall Campus Faculty: Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing School/Institute: Institute of Education Areas of expertise: ICT to support and enhance teaching and learning, Enhancing the transition from FE to HE; improving first year experiences at HE.

About

Teacher Educator and Senior Lecturer in Primary Initial Teacher Education; Learning & Teaching Catalyst for Faculty of Education, Health & Well-Being; Year 2 Course leader for the undergraduate BA QTS programme and Awards. Learning & Teaching Adviser to primary educators in schools; Cluster and Module Leader for Computing postgraduate and undergraduate ITE courses; Module leader for Early Primary Mathematics; Specialist in Computing and Technology and adviser to Institute of Education colleagues for technology enhanced learning; Assessment and Moderation Module Leader for CPD Masters accredited module for primary teachers. Primary lead in tracking and monitoring progress and intervention to meet student needs.

 

Since becoming a Teacher Educator in September 2005 Marc’s research interests have focussed on innovative use of technology to support teaching and learning. Leading on developments in technology enhanced learning projects to support and enhance student learning.

Marc was previously an AST in primary schools. He view’s himself not as a research academic but a research practitioner where he digests and reflects upon research findings within education field of study to deliver manageable and practical solutions to disseminate to schools. Marc often disseminates and promotes good practice for student teachers and experienced teachers through his webspace.


https://plus.google.com/+PrimaryTeacherTrainingWolverhampton

 

Employment History Brief summary of work attainments (teaching, research, administration, innovation, contributions to organisation)

 

 

Visiting Lecturer, University of Wolverhampton, Sept 2004–2005

AST, Primary teacher with various senior responsibilities (Sept 1994-2005)

Student, Bath College of Higher Education, Sept 1993 – July 1994

Sponsored undergraduate Student, Marconi Electronics

Research interests

  • ICT to support and enhance teaching and learning
  • Enhancing the transition from FE to HE; improving first year experiences at HE.

 

 

Qualifications

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy 2017

Masters of Education (Higher Education) 2010

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, 2007

Post Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, 2007 (with distinction)

Post Graduate Certificate in Education in Primary Education, 1994

B.Eng (Hons), Electronic Engineering, Class 2:1, 1992

NVQ Level 4 Engineering Manufacture (Technician Engineer), 1991

BTEC HND Electronics and Communication Engineering, 1991

A-Level Mathematics, Physics and Art, 1989

GCE O-Level x 8 subjects, 1987

Publications

 

Publications

 

2014-15 Roving Reporter Project: publication of support material including NC 2014 lesson plans targeting primary school children to aspire to a University education.

Heath, R., Smale, M. & Weatherhead, S. (2008), "An investigation into the implementation of using an ePortfolio as a record of professional development for initial teacher trainees". In Jackson, B. Innovations and Development in Initial Teacher Education, The Higher Education Academy, Cumbria, pp.30-38

 

Enterprise, Knowledge Transfer & Consultancy

Current Project activity (state project/ consultancy title, duration, funding body, funding awarded, whether lead or collaborator)

 

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  • 2014-15 Roving Reporter Project: publication of support material including NC 2014 lesson plans targeting primary school children to aspire to a University education.
  • Heath, R., Smale, M. & Weatherhead, S. (2008), "An investigation into the implementation of using an ePortfolio as a record of professional development for initial teacher trainees". In Jackson, B. Innovations and Development in Initial Teacher Education, The Higher Education Academy, Cumbria, pp.30-38.

 

Conference Presentations

 

Presented June 2014 worked alongside current Year 3 undergraduates: Transversal Study

Visit. Delivered a session on using ict to support primary teaching to 11 Polish teachers

 

 

Keynote Speaker at Going Places with Languages in Europe Final Conference, 11th June 2013. Presented “Using ICT – common approaches in UK schools. Midland Leadership Centre.

 

 

Presented paper at Institute for Learning Enhancement 2011 Internal Learning and Teaching Conference “Rich Exchanges”. Paper-based versus digital approach: a comparative study of recording professional development for initial teacher traineesDissertation submitted in part fulfilment of the degree of Masters of Arts (Education) 28th June, 2011

 

Paper presented at International Technology, Education and Development Conference (INTED) 2011,  5th Edition. ”. Paper-based versus digital approach: a comparative study of recording professional development for initial teacher traineesDissertation submitted in part fulfilment of the degree of Masters of Arts (Education)  – Valencia (Spain) 7th – 9th March, 2011

 

Paper accepted at MLearn 2009. THE USE OF MOBILE TECHNOLOGIES TO ENHANCE AN EPORTFOLIO IN INITIAL TEACHER TRAINING: REDUCING THE PAPER TRAIL. Mlearn, Autumn 2009.

 

Paper Accepted at EDULearn 2009, THE USE OF MOBILE TECHNOLOGIES TO ENHANCE AN EPORTFOLIO IN INITIAL TEACHER TRAINING: REDUCING THE PAPER TRAIL. EDULearn the International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies will be held in Barcelona (Spain), on the 6th, 7th and 8th of July, 2009.

 

 

Poster presented ‘Stepping into Higher Education at the University of Wolverhampton at fourth European First Year Experience Conference to be held at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands, on May 13-15, 2009

 

Poster presented Stepping into Higher Education at the University of Wolverhampton’ at SRC, School of Education, University of Wolverhampton, May 6 2009

 

Developing Teachers of the Future: An eRoPD using PebblePAD, Handheld Learning Conference, The Brewery, London 15th October, 2008

 

ESCALATE Conference Innovations and Development in Initial Teacher Education: An investigation into the implementation of using an ePortfolio as a record of professional development for initial teacher trainees. Cumbria University, May 2008.

 

The eRoPD. 'Telling Eportfolio Stories' Conference,  University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton, UK, 5th June, 2008.

 

An investigation into the implementation of using an eportfolio as a record of professional development for initial teacher trainees. Presented at the School of Education Annual Research Conference, Wolverhampton University, Walsall Campus, UK, 30th April, 2008.

 

Personalising Learning – The Use of On Line Tasks (OLTs) and Learning Sets to Support Differentiation in Higher Education. Presented at the School of Education Annual Research Conference, Wolverhampton University, City Campus, 9th May, 2007.

 

E-learning Celebration held at Wolverhampton University, presented to colleagues and external educators, showing work on using voting systems to enhance learning, 29th June 2006.

 

Using interactive whiteboards to support interactive teaching and learning for pupils. A classroom based investigation of interactive whiteboards as an interactive, management tool. Presented at the School of Education Annual Research Conference, Wolverhampton University, City campus, 10th may 2006.

 

Seminar to lead Mathematics Teachers of Solihull LEA, ‘Effective use of interative whiteboards to support the teaching of mathematics, 24th November 2005.

School of education staff development day at Walsall campus, presentation of ACTIVote workshop, 7 April 2006.

 

Paper presented to Primary staff for a development day ‘Teaching and Learning responsibilities in schools’ 26th October 2005.

Previous professional experience

  • Visiting Lecturer, University of Wolverhampton, Sept 2004–2005
  • Advanced Skills Teacher, Yew Tree Primary School, Solihull, Sept 2000 – Aug 2005
  • Primary School Teacher: Yew Tree Primary School (Sept 1994-1998 & Sept 2000-2005); Coppice Junior School (Sept 1998-2000)
  • Student, Bath College of Higher Education, Sept 1993 – July 1994
  • Sponsored Student, Coventry University/GPT Marconi Electronics.

2014-on-going Alternate educational setting, India. Lead the programme of international AES opportunity with over 50 students each year.

2014-present CPD trainer to Cambridge International Schools, India.

April 2014 Continued to lead in e-t&l : continue to develop the eRoPD, e-observations and recording feedback and disseminate good practice amongst team members in Primary ITE. Presented ways forward and to explore and consider various ICT approaches to enhancing the student experience at Away Day at Easter 2014.

2011-12 Action research project exploring the use of iPADs to support learning within a KS2 setting.

2011-12 Transversal Study Visit. Delivered a session on using ict to support primary mathematics teaching to 11 delegates from 9 European countries.

2011-12 Level 3 further education students: developing closer links through design of a transition module.

2010-11 Exploring further opportunities to enhance and support attendance and retention of first year trainees

2009-10 Exploring the potential of e-observations and use of audio files to support trainee teacher development.

2009-10 Exploring the use the web-based application Twitter to support tutor/trainee engagement during taught sessions.

2009-10 Enhancing personal tutoring through a web based application, Dim-Dim.

2007-08 Led Primary Subject Leadership CPD Project for ICT, supporting ICT co-ordinators of primary schools in the West Midlands

2006-07 Presented research findings on EVS to REVEAL Project. DVD produced as a result of project and disseminated to schools in UK and abroad.

£3000 LTPR bid accepted to research use of ePortfolios to support trainees’ Record of Professional Development (RoPD).

 

External Examiner 

 Current From Sept 2018: St Mary’s University, Twickenham. BA Education with QTS

Further information

Current appointment

Senior Lecturer, Teacher Educator (primary) University of Wolverhampton, Sept 2005 – present

Learning & Teaching Catalyst to Faculty.

Technology Enhanced Learning consultant within the Institute of Education

Year 2 Course leader for the undergraduate BA QTS programme and Awards.

Tutor of post graduate, Master accredited modules in assessment and moderation


CPD trainer to qualified teachers of our Partnership schools within the West Midlands and Cambridge International Schools, India

Lead tutor with interests and responsibilities in improving the student learner experience, tracking trainee progress and enhancing attendance and retention

Lead tutor in evaluating of survey data analysis and action planning and intervention.

External Examiner for BA Primary with QTS Programme for St Mary's University, Twickenham, London

Sixth form transition liaison tutor promoting teacher training and encouraging young adults to aspire to become qualified teachers

Continue to support local primary schools teaching on a voluntary basis within all 3 Key Stages