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 lead the Design & Technology and ICT/Computer Science Departments as well as teaching IGCSE Resistant Materials and IB Design Technology. Previous positions I have worked in include: Digital Learning Coordinator, K-12 Technology Coordinator, MYP Coordinator and MYP Design Teacher.

Since studying 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 …