Being in someone else’s shoes

On Tuesday this week, I made an unscheduled visit to a shoe museum in Northampton. Speaking as someone who prefers being unshod, shoes are low down my list of interests – you could say they’re at the foot. All the same, I was curious to see what stories a shoe museum might reveal. Until my…

#GirlsinSTEM Minecraft Hack Jam

Durham Arts Council have commissioned a group of award winning architects to design a £4m public monument in celebration of local astronauts Holly and Lola who christened the ninth planet in our Solar System ‘Zues’ after the Greek god of sky and thunder when they visited the planet recently. Both astronauts are former pupils of…

Education Technology – A solution in search of a problem?

I recently read a sensationalist news story which claims that nearly half of teachers don’t feel adequately trained to use the technology they have available to them. The article in the Telegraph, suggests that half of the £623 million invested in school technology is under used due to lack of training. There is a response…

TRUST in me. It’s for your own good.

How would you feel if you asked someone for support with your training & development needs but a third party was pro-actively blocking you from accessing this support? That’s exactly what I discovered was happening for some schools; at first I couldn’t believe that it was true. When I dug a little deeper, I uncovered…

Minecraft Mini Hack Jam at MozFest

Mozilla Festival takes place over the weekend of 6th – 8th November at Ravensbourne College, London. #MozFest as it’s more affectionately referred to, attracts a world wide audience of digital makers ranging from journalists, teachers, community leaders to web and software developers. I submitted a proposal together with David Whale earlier in the year to…

An interview with… myself

On Thursday 1st October, I officially started my new role at Exa Networks. Over the last few weeks, I’ve encountered similar kinds of questions from people I’ve met on my travels and so I thought it might help to answer some of them here. If you’ve got a question I’ve not answered, try me. What…

The UK Cyber Security Challenge

If you have watched “The Imitation Game” (the film that dramatises Alan Turing’s code breaking adventures during World War II) you will recall that in the early part of the story, the interceptions team that Alan Turing is working on are desperately short of enough talented code breakers to help analyse and later decrypt the…

Post-Script: Girls, Coding & Raspberry Pi

I’ve got super excited about something this evening, and I want to shout about it. Once upon a time, in 2011, I decided I really wanted to make Computing a big thing in the school I was teaching at. That year, we entered some of our pupils in a national coding competition and I was…

Alan’s Most Exa – llent Adventure

Imagine you’ve been presented with a unique career development opportunity; you are offered the option of doing more of the aspects of your current role that you find most fulfilling, in place of those duties you value the least. At first, it might be difficult to refuse such an offer, especially if it represented a…

“I got a 1” , thanks to #JamPackedUK

2014 has certainly been an event-full (pun) year for me in many respects from the highs of winning awards and funding grants to the lows of losing cherished colleagues and friends in tragic circumstances. This November, we launched our Jam Packed UK tour with the aim of developing outstanding teachers of computing through a programme…