Her ICT odyssey

7th September 2007 at 01:00
The head of geography at the High School of Dundee has become the first Scot to receive an award from the Royal Geographical Society.

Val Vannet (above) was presented with the Ordnance Survey Award at a ceremony in London at the end of last session. According to the RGS, Mrs Vannet was singled out because of the enthusiasm with which she has embraced new technology.

Rita Gardner, director of the Royal Geographical Society, said: "What particularly stood out was Val's drive to make ICT central to geography teaching at Dundee High School and her enthusiasm for sharing her new-found knowledge with other members of the teaching profession, to inspire young people to continue their study of geography in higher education and beyond."

Mrs Vannet's interactive whiteboard is central to her teaching and pupils and colleagues benefit from her online blogs. "The possibilities which the digital revolution has opened up for networking are amazing," she said. "Networking and the exchange of ideas and resources which the internet has made possible are the best form of professional development."

She has not, however, always been comfortable with new technology. "It's been a steep learning curve I call it my ICT odyssey," she said.

Mrs Vannet's love for geography blossomed in her final year at the High School of Dundee, where she was a pupil in the late 1960s. "I had a place to study English and French at St Andrews University but the then head converted me to geography and I've never looked back," she said. "In geography, I found something that I am hugely passionate about."

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