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If you weren't in education, what do you think you'd be doing and why?
I am a technologist by trade - not an educator, but my passion has always been for how those two areas mix and how using technology effectively can and does make a massive impact on education. With those two in mind and the passion I feel for both, I would always be led back to a combination of the two.
When you were a kid, you wanted to be a ______? Why?
When I was young, I only ever wanted to be an astronaut - I was enthused about the exploration aspect and at that time the possibility of visiting alien life!
What's your idea of happiness?
Being surrounded by a healthy family. There is no greater joy in life that that.
Twitter changed my life because:
It provided an instant way to extend my knowledge, and a platform to exchange ideas that never before existed.
What are your favorite books and authors?
I am not a big fiction fan, but I do compulsively read biographys - mainly business and science.
The teacher who had the biggest impact on me and why:
My P4 (when I was 8 years old) teacher, Mrs Gawn - she encouraged me endlessly that I could do anything I wanted if I put my mind to it. That has stayed with me forever.
If you were dictator and had total control, tomorrow education would:
Put technology into the hands of every child
If you could live anywhere other than where you are, it would be:
Right here. Ireland has had its share of problems in the past, but the people are the warmest and friendliest around.
The biggest problem with K-12 education is:
Certainly in the UK and Ireland, bureaucracy, and the constant emphasis on exam results as the only measure of achievement.
Do you have a motto you live by?
Its a cliche, but Carpe Diem - seize the day. There is no greater way in my opinion than to leave your life foe the moment and the here and now.
I've always wanted to visit:
Red Square in Russia - the history and architecture fascinates me.
What are your most treasured possessions?
The things that mean most to me are my wife and daughter. I donít put much stock in physical possessions - experiences are what matter most to me.
If you never had to worry about making money, what would you do?
I am fortunate that I run my organization as a non profit. It does not need to make money, it just needs to enable change. It is right where I want to be.
What kind of kid were you in high school?
If I am honest - lazy yet popular. Lazy about school work. I had the smarts but never the motivation.
What's the best piece of advice someone ever gave you?
Reach for the stars and you will touch them. From my father