Teaching is high-tech

CHARLIE O'Sullivan has been teaching for 22 years, but these days he can teach from home.

Mr O'Sullivan runs three web-based businesses, including internet-based educational business, PrimarySchool.com.au from his Sawtell home, looking over Bonville Creek and out to sea.

It may seem an idyllic way to operate a business, but it is based on more than 20 years of face-to-face work with computers and students.

PrimarySchool.com.au is an internet database of 8000 les- son plans and educational resources designed specifically to support primary school teachers, students and their parents.

Although designed for the NSW curriculum, it has attracted users from all Australian states and overseas.

The database is currently averaging 15,000 hits a day and has 5000 subscribers to its weekly newsletter.

Mr O'Sullivan said PrimarySchool.com.au was popular because it was simple to use and navigate even for young students; safe to use because all links were carefully screened and easy to find, rating highly in www.google.com and www.yahoo.com searches for primary school sites, lessons and resources.

A part-time lecturer in Education at SCU, Mr O'Sullivan is an enthusiastic foundation member of the Coffs Harbour Innovation Centre's IT Cluster and its network. This was formed last year to bring together people working in IT in the city. People interested in joining the IT Cluster can contact Janelle Mawhinney on 0402648848.

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