The Global Enterprise Challenge begins in 20 countries around the world in one week's time.
If your school or classroom has decided to take part in the Global Enterprise Challenge (GEC) – and I hope you have – you will soon meet Chloe Farrant. As the GEC Project Coordinator, Farrant is front and center with the schools and staff taking part in the challenge, which kicks off next month.
Farrant, an educator at Broadclyst Community Primary School (a Microsoft Mentor School), plays a key role in the project, ensuring it runs smoothly from start to finish, and working closely with each of the Enterprise Challenge schools from around the globe. Whether it’s managing project deadlines, working with the sponsor companies, or simply ensuring the program’s success, Farrant has it covered. She has been a part of the global partnership projects at Broadclyst for nearly a decade, travelling to partner schools, forging relationships and technology links, and expanding the school’s scope and purview globally.
“The defining moment in my educational career was when I travelled to a partner school in Ethiopia and was able to reflect on my own practice and what the essence of education was all about,” says Farrant. “Many of the teachers were volunteers who wished to provide an education for the children. It proved to me that teaching is not a job but a vocation and we are all in it ultimately for the same purpose; to provide our children with the best possible opportunities in life. It makes me extremely proud to work in education, to work alongside these inspirational people and share my experiences with our pupils, teaching them that we are privileged to be provided with so many opportunities in life.”
I’m proud to share today’s Daily Edventure with Chloe Farrant…and hope you will soon get to know her personally, as a participant in the Global Enterprise Challenge (It’s not too late to sign up - registration closes on September 30).
Please tell us the story of what inspired you to become an educator. Can you think of a particular moment in your life when you realized education was the right field for you? Was there a person in your life (teacher, relative, etc.) who inspired you?
My inspiration to become an educator stemmed from my father, a natural teacher who never had to opportunity in his life to pursue this career. He had a gift to inspire and explain things to me in a way that made anything achievable and he made me want to inspire others. Now I know education is the right field for me as I continue to be inspired by the individual people around me (pupils, parents, teachers, support staff and community members).
Why do you feel passionate about innovation and technology in the classroom? Can you share a particular instance in which technology helped transform the work of your students (share specific project descriptions and results if possible)?
Our children will be digital citizens and our responsibility as educators is to equip our students with relevant, purposeful knowledge and skills to develop into responsible adults. Using technology in the classroom has revolutionized teaching and helps to support and engage every student. Through technology, a class project does not need to be static, set within the four walls of the classroom. A child can use a green-screen and video editing to digitally travel to Egypt and discover Tutankhamen’s tomb! They can broadcast the discovery, travel through time to interview Howard Carter, create an online newspaper; hold debate with their friends on OneNote and add fact and information to their Wiki. Technology has made the possibilities within education endless!
Whether it’s a day-to-day challenge or larger problem, what’s the biggest obstacle you or your country or region has had to overcome, or will have to overcome, to ensure a quality education for students?
In our region, the day-to-day challenge has been to develop a curriculum that is broad, relevant and challenging in a fast-paced society. As we and society are changing, so are the relevant skills and expectations on children. Our pupils are acquiring the knowledge and skills to equip them for the future in a relevant and purposeful way. It’s not about teaching the ABC’s of skills, but allowing children to take risks and deal with real-life problems, as this is what they will be dealing with in their adult lives. Working in Broadclyst Primary, a technologically advanced school, our challenge has been to work with others to promote children into being life-long learners.
In terms of education innovation, what are you most excited about for the future? What is your biggest hope for today’s students?
I’m excited about the opportunities that technology offers us, that education transcends the walls of the classrooms or school. That children can communicate with others across the world. That educators can plan and work together, and support one another to reflect and develop best practices in the classroom and develop a rich and dynamic curriculum.
As an educator, my biggest hope is to nurture and develop today’s children, our future, into sympathetic, respectful and responsible citizens.
About Chloe Farrant
GEC Coordinator/Specialist Art Teacher
Broadclyst Community Primary School
Birthplace: Torbay, Devon, England
Educational background: Degree in Art History, Primary Postgraduate Certificate of Education
Website I check every day: BBC News
Favorite childhood memory: Spending time with my family on campervan holidays.
Favorite book: Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
Favorite Microsoft product, tool, technology: Currently I love Office 365 for the impact it is having on children’s ability to collaborate and present their thinking in diverse and dynamic ways.
What is the best advice you have ever received? Those who never made a mistake never made anything.