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 Head of the Technology Faculty at the International School of Penang (Uplands), Malaysia. In this role, I oversee the Design & Technology and ICT/Computer Science Departments from Years 7 to 13. Previous roles I have worked in include: Digital Learning Coordinator; 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 …