Tonner-Saunders, Sharon


  • Lecturer (Teaching and Scholarship), Education
  • United Kingdom

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Sharon Tonner-Saunders is lecturer in Technologies-ICT and Music in the School of Education. She joined the University in August 2008 after working for seven years as a primary school teacher, where the last four years were spend teaching ICT to all primary pupils.  During this time, Sharon was awarded the British Council's eTwinning Award for Excellence in using innovative methods to connect children with their peers around the world. This followed shortly with Sharon becoming a British Council eTwinning Ambassador where her role is to promote and train European educators how to use technologies to create collaborative projects with schools around Europe.  

Sharon has developed this innovative approach to using technologies in education. This has been acknowledged at the University where she has been awarded:

  • CASS Award for Professional and Public Research Graduates - Jan 2012
  • DUSA Innovation in Teaching Award - May 2011
  • Honorary Graduates Award for Innovative Teaching - May 2010

Sharon's innovative and forward thinking approach to using technologies has also been acknowledge by a wider community where she was awarded the prestigious titles of:

  • Apple Distinguished Educator - Jan 2011
  • SMART Exemplary Educator - March 2011

Sharon is also a trained Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Ambassadaor, where she delivers workshops pertaiing to protecting young people online.

She is also part of the PGDE management team through her role as Assessment Convener and Group Lead.

Sharon is currenlty leading a large collaboraive innovative project with the British Council and schools across the world to develop youn peoples intercultural awareness through the use of musc and Makaton.


  • 2011-2012: Postgraduate Module (Research Methods & Design) - University of Dundee
  • 2009-2010: Postgraduate Certificate in Learning & Teaching in Higher Education - University of Dundee
  • 2006-2007: Postgraduate Module (Progressive Enquiry & Knowledge Building Society) - University of Strathclyde
  • 2005-2006: HNC ICT (Web Page Design & Internet Services) - Dundee College
  • 2003-2005: Postgraduate Modules - (Computer Based Learning & Teaching, Internet Resources and Emerging Technologies) - University of Aberdeen
  • 1999-2001: BEd (Hons) Primary Education - Dundee Northern College (First Class Honours Degree)

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor of Education

30 Sep 200130 Jun 2030

External positions

British Council Ambassador

1 Jul 2008 → …

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Projects 2016 2018

Research Output 2011 2016

  • 2 Chapter (peer-reviewed)
  • 2 Paper
  • 2 Discussion paper
  • 1 Commissioned report
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Education in an Interconnected Global Space

Tonner, S., 2015, Teaching and Learning with ICT in the Primary School. Younie, S., Leask, M. & Burden, K. (eds.). 2nd ed. Abingdon: Routledge

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

small group
primary education

Exploring the use of mobile technologies for teaching and learning

Tonner, S., Jindal-Snape, D. & Smith, D., 18 Jun 2013.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Activities 2008 2019

  • 10 Oral presentation
  • 2 Schools engagement
  • 2 Invited talk
  • 1 Public engagement and outreach - media article or participation

An innovative model of incorporating intercultural education into TTis

Sharon Tonner-Saunders (Speaker)
27 May 201929 May 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

How to involve student teachers in intercultural projects

Sharon Tonner-Saunders (Speaker)
23 Mar 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Radio interview "On mobile technology project with primary student teachers"

Sharon Tonner (Interviewee)
8 Sep 2015

Activity: Other activity typesPublic engagement and outreach - media article or participation

Using mobile technology - Engage Dundee 2014

Sharon Tonner (Contributor)
6 May 2014

Activity: Other activity typesSchools engagement

Using mobile technology - Engage Dundee 2013

Sharon Tonner (Contributor)
15 May 2013

Activity: Other activity typesSchools engagement