After graduating from Essex University, Janet Thomson completed her post graduate teaching qualifications at Leeds University and spent seven years teaching in a large comprehensive school in the UK. Once in South Africa Janet spent on year teaching at an independent girls' school in Durban followed by eleven years lecturing at teacher education college in rural KwaZulu-Natal during which time she complete her M.A. at Durban Westville. She worked for two years at Natal College of Education in Pietermaritzburg with the next five years being spent at the KwaZulu-Natal Education Department in the field of technology-enhanced learning and independent education. Janet has been associated with SchoolNet SA since 1998 and involved in creating their professional development programmes such as the Educator's network, Intel Teach, and Microsoft's Partners in Learning as well as the Commonwealth Certificate for Teacher ICT Integration. She has been an external examiner for teacher qualifications at two universities in South Africa. Janet is the Executive Director of SChoolNet SA and is passionate about the effective use of technology to improve learning.