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I work in education for over 35 years. Studied in the 70s Dutch Language and Literature, Language teaching and Educational Sciences at the University of Groningen.
My experience in education is broad: I worked from 1981-1993 as a teacher trainer, and trainer/ consultant at the teacher training institute of the Utrecht University of applied sciences, was from 1993-2003 head of Language Department at an Institute for Educational Reform APS, were I from early on participated in the project ICT and learning, and a language teacher at schools in secondary and higher Ed.
At the moment I am a language teacher, researcher, speaker and trainer consultant.
I work as a Language Teacher at Helen Parkurst, a Dalton school for secondary ed. in Almere. I have been international coördinator and ict-coach there as well.
I am also a independent researcher in the field of Digital Literacies, a speaker at national and international conferences, and an educational consultant. I work with teachers in teacher development teams on implementing and researching digital literacies into the language curriculum.
I’m a member of the International Reading Association (IRA) since 1988, the president of the Dutch affiliate of the IRA and the representative of the Netherlands in the International Development in Europe Committee (IDEC), and a member of the Federation of European Literacy Associations (FELA).
We see that the modern network society communicates, collaborates and learns mostly online. But we also know that a lot of students have problems with online literacy, online literacies or what you would like to call it. The ‘digital natives’ are not always very good at using and comprehending online texts.
Research shows (PISA, ORCA) that’s a real problem and students need additional skills and strategies. I think that schools have to prepare students for the real world outside, but in the Netherlands online texts and online communication are not part of the regular curriculum, which is a shame.
I have done a literacy study in 2012, and a survey / baseline study amongst language teachers in 2013-14. I worked with sevaral schools with language teachers in teacher development groups, developing materials and new didactics, implement this in the classroom and research the outcomes.
I also made a Duch version of a part of the Online Research and Comprehension Assessment (ORCA) tool from Don Leu c.s. Here fore I use three of my smart 15 old students. I’m very interested in collaborating on this with other researchers and teachers.
I am also a speaker, trainer and consultant and work with schools, teachers, teacher trainers and other professionals in the field of literacy, specially new literacies or online literacy. I work in the Netherlands and abroad. See my freelance page.
You can find my English post in the category English