I’ve got a long established relationship with Intel. This has not only included the various gizmos and gadgets that I have bought over the years with ‘Intel Inside’ but also nearly five years of working with the Corporate Affairs Teams on various education Intel Education projects and programmes.
I’ve delivered training and given advice in Poland, Bulgaria, Romania, Russia, Albania, Germany, Czech Republic and of course the UK. It’s been great fun and the work has been purposeful. One of the great things about Intel is that because they are inside most things I can concentrate on promoting the good use of technology in education rather than having to be bias towards one operating system or another.
In 2012 Intel launched the European Intel Ambassador programme and I was one of the first members. Since then I have been involved in the phase two, three and four of the extended role out.
This October, with a number of other Europeans I was invited out to the Intel Global Headquarters in Santa Clara, California with approximately 40 other educators from across the globe to take part in workshops and extended discussion on education Transformation. The programme was called the Intel Visionaries programme.
Now, I’m not particularly sure I am a visionary but those who know me best would probably testify to my enthusiasm and commitment to try and improve the education system and my interests in education transformation certainly extend beyond Scotland.
In this series of posts I’ll pull together some of my thoughts on the event, the conversations (that were not covered by NDA) and my personal learning on my whirlwind trip to the California.
In this introduction post I would like personally thank Intel for the invite and the EMEA Team for nominating me to attend. Particular thanks to Liz Crawford who is leading the visionaries programme for Intel.