Visiting address:
045 Lulham, Froebel

Phone: +44 (0)20 8392 3241

Biography

I'm a principal lecturer and the subject leader for Computing Education at the University of Roehampton. I teach initial teacher education courses as part of the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, as well as tutoring masters students. I run a combined blogging / e-portfolio platform for ITE students as well as acting as technical lead for the Creative Connections EU Comenius project. My principal research focus is the role of online communities in the professional formation and development of teachers. Other professional interests include knowledge management in education, use of open source software and principles in schools, provision for the gifted and talented and independent learning. I have a number of consultancy projects, particularly in the field of curriculum development, both in the UK and internationally. I was part of the drafting groups for computing in the 2014 national curriculum.

I'm a chartered fellow of the Brtish Computer Society, am a member of its digital literacy panel and e-learning specialist group and serve of the management board and primary task force of Computing at School. I'm also a fellow of the RSA, HEA, Mirandanet and Naace, serving on the latter's board of management. I also serve on the Self Review Framework steering group, the Teaching Schools New Technology Advisory Board, Computer Science and ICT expert groups for the NCTL and OCR's IT and Computing consultative forum. I am an Apple Distinguished Educator.

Until 2009, I was head of Alton Convent Prep. In my former post as deputy head of St Ives School, Haslemere, I pioneered the use of Moodle and Elgg in primary education. My work on implementing Moodle was documented as the dissertation for Leicester University's MBA in Educational Management, and won the 2006 Becta ICT in Practice Award for primary teaching. Other interests include classical music, creative cookery and photography. My wife, Clare, is a primary school teacher and we have one daughter, born December 2010.

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Consultancy work

  • Computer science education
  • Curriculum development
  • Online learning
  • Web 2.0
  • Social networks
  • Assessment
  • CPD

Consultancy for Nokia, the BBC, Glasshead, Cambridge International Examinations, the Teaching Agency, the TDA and Becta, plus schools and local authorities.

2013 Panel member, ITT mathematics tests standard setting, NCTL
2013- Member, Computing at School primary taskforce
2013-Consultant (ICT curriculum), Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools, Kazakhstan, for Cambridge Assessment
2013- Member of BCS digital literacy panel
2013Member of UKIE CS in London panel
2013Vice-chair of Primary Computing Expert Group, DfE
2012-13 Lead consultant, BBC Bitewise primary ICT resources and activities
2012-13Programme Consultant, 'Cracking the Code', Glasshead TV for BBC
2012-13Chair, Naace
2012Member of drafting group, 2014 National Curriculum programme of study for ICT (BCS/RAEng for DfE)
2012-Member of OCR IT and computing committee
2012-Member of computer science experts group, DfE, including CS Subject Knowledge working party
2012-Member of Teaching Schools New Technology Board
2012-Reviewer, Research in Learning Technology (ALT)
2012 Advisor, Scouts Association IT badge revisions
2011-13Member of advisory board, Vital (Open University)
2011-Member of judging panel, Impact Awards (Naace)
2011-Co-chair of Self Review Framework steering group (DfE/Naace)
2011-Co-convenor of ICT Research Network (ALT/Naace)
2010-2012Member of programme committee, ALT-C
2010-Member of management board, Computing at School (BCS Academy)
2010Member of organising committee, Computing at School Conference
2010-2011Member of UK Public Sector Group, Open Forum Europe
2009-Associate, AlphaPlus Consultancy
2009-2012Consultant, Nile Egyptian Schools ICT curriculum (Cambridge International Examinations)
2009-2011Community manager, Open Source Schools (Becta)
2009-2011Co-author, TDA QTS ICT tests

Professional affiliations

1998: Member of the Insitute of Mathematics and its Applications; Chartered Mathematician (MIMA CMath)
2004: Member of the British Computer Society (MBCS)
2005: Chartered Scientist (CSci)
2005: Member of Naace
2005: Mirandanet Fellow
2008: Naace Fellow; member of the board of management, chair 2012-13
2008: Apple Distinguished Educator
2008: Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufacturing and Commerce (FRSA)
2009: Fellow of the British Computer Society; Chartered Information Technology Professional (FBCS CITP)
2009: Member of the Association of Computing Machinery and Computer Science Teachers' Association
2009: Working Member of Computing at School, member of management board
2012: Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Qualifications

MA MBA FBCS FRSA FHEA

Research interests

  • The role of online communities in professional formation and development for teachers
  • Computing education
  • Online space as a platform for learner voice
  • Knowledge management
  • Informal learning
  • Open source software and principles

Research projects

2004-06: Implementation of a virtual learning environment in a primary age school
2008: Children's informal learning using technology
2010-: The role of online communities in teachers' professional formation
2012-: Creative Connections

Teaching

As well as general modules on ICT as a subject and its broader contribution to learning and teaching I'm responsible for specialist modules on Creativity and Computing and Leading Learning in ICT. I'm also working on the development of Roehampton's new Secondary PGCE in Computer Science.

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