Day 12: Who is your EdTech icon

The inevitable mushroom risotto
The inevitable mushroom risotto

This post is part of the #JuneEdTechChallenge series.

When I thought about this challenge there were quite a few names that I thought about, but upon reflection I realised that there was one person for whom I would call my EdTech icon and that is the most amazing Josie Fraser.

I first met Josie back in the early 2000s and I went to see her at a Sixth Form in Leicester, the wonderfully named Wyggeston and Queen Elizabeth I College. I was then Director of the Western Colleges Consortium and we discussed the concept of the shared VLE.

Over the years I have shared conference platforms with Josie, seen here speak, chatted and discussed Edtech stuff and loads more.

She encouraged me to enter the Learning Technologist of the Year award, she had won in 2008 and I won in 2009.

She did an amazing job in chairing the infamous VLE is Dead debate at ALT-C 2009. Keeping myself and others in check.

She invited me to attend and present at the #140Conference at the O2 on the use of Twitter in education.

Along with Frances Bell, Helen Keegan and others, she developed some great Web 2.0 Slam sessions at various ALT conferences which were so much fun.

We had a great time chatting at the LILAC Conference in Dublin on 2016. 

I was particular proud when she was awarded Honorary Life Membership of ALT in 2017.

She has had such a varied career and is a real inspiration and so she is my Edtech Icon.

Though I didn’t post these posts each day in June (and to be honest I didn’t post it each day on the Twitter either) except the final day, I have decided to retrospectively post blog posts about each of the challenges and back date them accordingly. There is sometimes more I want to say on the challenge then you can fit into 140 characters (well 280 these days).

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