Finding out what former students are doing now they are qualified, is one of the joys of teaching. In this series I am featuring interviews with those who have gone on to become qualified teacher. This is number seven in the ongoing series.

Lloyd Chilcott studied a BEd degree (specialising in ICT) at Plymouth between 2011 and 2015, achieving first degree honours and a dissertation award. He completed his NQT year last year at an inner city school in Plymouth. Since then he has been backpacking through North America, Australasia, and now Asia.

Some time ago I wrote a blog post on innovative teaching - where teachers take risks, stand back to let students learn for themselves, and provide challenging and engaging experiences. Well, that is exactly what some of my student teachers practised this week when we crossed over the river to spend the day in one of our local primary schools.

It's great to catch up with former students and discover what they are doing. That is exactly the purpose of this series of blog posts. This is number six in my series, asking former students on the B.Ed primary education degree programme what they are doing now. It's also a chance for them to voice their hopes and fears about teaching, now they are actually in the thick of it.

Here's an interview with Naomi Hancock (@Hancock_Naomi on Twitter), who graduated from Plymouth University in 2014.

This is number five in my ongoing blog series about the lives of former students who have gone on to become successful educators. This post features Chris Nesbitt (@cnesbitt1811 on Twitter), who graduated from Plymouth University in 2015 with a first class B.Ed degree in primary education in the same group as Hannah Shelton and Megan Douglas. Chris is now leading computing and teaching Year 5 at a primary school in Bristol.

In this follow-on from one of my previous posts entitled Going to the wall, I'm going to highlight some of the features we plan to incorporate into our new experimental learning space (eXSpace) at Plymouth Institute of Education. I mentioned that among the many 'sand box' tools and technologies in the space will be a number of touch surfaces. We hope for example, to purchase several units of the new SMARTboard 6000 and 7000 series interactive whiteboards for institute wide use.
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This is post number four in my ongoing series of interviews with former students.

Hannah Shelton (@HannahSheltonTT on Twitter) graduated from Plymouth University with a B.Ed degree in primary education in 2015. She now teaches Year 3 in a one form entry school in inner city Bristol, England. She says it has been a great learning curve as she found the autumn terms of her first year very challenging in comparison to her training.

Here is the third of my series of blog posts celebrating the achievements and progress of former students.

Tyla Elworthy (@TyElworthy on Twitter) graduated from Plymouth University in 2015 with a 1st Class Honours Degree and moved to London. It was there she began working in a wonderful school in the middle of Angel, Islington. Since joining the school she has had some amazing experiences, including arranging a successful Teachmeet and becoming ICT Co-ordinator.

This is the second of my series of blog posts celebrating the achievements and progress of former students.

Megan Douglas (@MegDouglasTeach on Twitter) graduated from Plymouth University in 2015 with a B.Ed degree in primary education. She is half way through her second year of teaching. On graduation she wrote a blog post about her time at Plymouth University. She now teaches in Berkshire where she grew up.

Last year I celebrated 40 years in educational technology and tracked some of the history of this relatively new discipline. This year I'm celebrating 20 years as a teacher educator, all of it at Plymouth Institute of Education.

In a recent post entitled Teacher Voices I promised I would celebrate by interviewing some of my past student teachers to see where they are now and what their professional responses are to ten questions.
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