Alan

Alan O’Donohoe has more than 20 years experience teaching and leading Technology & ICT in schools in Northern England. He converted to Teach Computing in 2010, starting from zero (with no qualifications in Computer Science), he first introduced Computing into his school in Preston, then supported many others to do the same.

Awards: Shortlisted for a number of awards including the NAACE ICT Impact award in 2013; in 2014 he won a TalkTalk Digital Hero Award and in 2015 was named as a BBC Make It Digital One To Watch digital influencer.

Projects: In 2011, Alan started Hack To The Future events [report] [film] to inspire & engage the digital makers of tomorrow, then in 2012 established the Raspberry Jam community [site] [film] to share his love for the educational potential of the Raspberry Pi computer. He broadcast nearly 300 episodes of the Teach Computing podcast [iTunes] [Audioboom] to support fellow educators. Grant funded by the Department for Education & the Raspberry Pi Foundation, Alan took JamPackedUK [site] [film] [photos] on a road tour from 2014 to 2015 to reach a wider audience around the UK.

Philosophy: Alan is passionate about pedagogy (the craft of teaching and learning) and has shared creative approaches to teaching problem-solving including Sabotage, Code Dojos and Hack Jams.

“The role of the teacher is to create the conditions for invention rather than provide ready-made knowledge.” —Seymour Papert

Employment: In September 2015, Alan joined [Exa Education], Bradford based multi-award winning supplier of broadband to schools to enable him to continue to support education, technology & Computing through advice, [training and events]. He is currently building Exa Foundation to inspire and engage digital makers, support the teaching of Computing and promote safe, secure and appropriate use of technology.

Trivia: Alan appeared on [BBC Breakfast in 2013], tweets as [@teknoteacher] and creates [urban sketches].

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