Ian McLean is a retired Australian primary (elementary) teacher-librarian with the NSW Department of Education, based in Sydney, who spends way too much of his spare time blogging in cyberspace. He is a former editor of the Department’s professional journal, Scan (1998-2002), and a past President of the School Libraries Section (NSW Group) of ALIA (Australian Library and Information Association). Ian especially enjoys integrating information and communications technologies (ICT) in education. He has also reviewed children’s literature and teaching resources professionally for Scan journal, CBCA NSW (Children’s Book Council of Australia’s NSW Branch) and the NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge Committee.
This blog began life as a series of personal, professional reflections, always taking the “glass half full approach” to any problem. Over time, it became an online program for collaborative teaching and learning, and a repository of useful URLs and video clips that puts such resources in a context of how Ian intended to use them. Ian worked collaboratively with all class teachers K-6. Aspects of that collaboration are expanded upon in his professional journal articles and teaching resources. This web log commenced: 22nd January, 2008.
In 2019, he commenced a full-time Diploma of Remedial Massage Therapy course with Endeavour College, Sydney. Currently, Ian is pondering how this blog might evolve to encompass the new challenges of his latest ventures into further education. Send him an email from here.