I believe strongly in giving my students choices and empowering them to take control of their own education. My job is to carefully craft a framework that gives them the support, structure and skills they need to make informed decisions.

My name is Phil Macoun. I am currently the Digital Learning Coordinator at the International School of Penang (Uplands), Malaysia. In this role I provide professional development for teachers, and strategic guidance in regards to technology integration. Previous roles I have worked in include: Key Stage 3 and IGCSE Design Technology teacher; MYP Design teacher and MYP Coordinator.

Ever since I studied ecology at university I have been fascinated by ecosystem boundaries, the transition zones between different habitats. These areas often have a lot of species diversity and are areas of high energy flow. I have called this blog Transition Zone because I find I learn best, and am happiest, on boundaries. Whether it is the physical boundary between land and sea, or the many pedagogical and technological boundaries that currently exist in education, I am fascinated by the forces that act in these spaces and enjoy trying to understand them.

I can be contacted at phil.macoun [at] gmail [dot] com

A little bit about how I learn …


  1. rgarcia38

    Hi Phil
    Thanks for your recent article about Inquiry in a Digital Environment. I am working with a staff whose school-wide focus is on Engagement and this is a very nice segue into summer reflections about what engagement means to them personally! You’ve offered a very readable summary of Roland’s ideas on Critital Thinking and Inquiry.Thank you!

  2. Jonathan Longe

    Hey Phil, Alex and I were just looking at your blog and we came across your video about being a “boundary learner”. I’d never heard that expression before, but I like it. Expanding the boundaries is how we grow. Thanks for posting the video.

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