Events June/July

A list of events I’m offering throughout June & July

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#31WaysInMay

I know from my own experiences that it’s challenging to build a compelling case to be released from school to attend any event taking place on a school day, whether that’s an important meeting, vital in-service training or an inspiring conference. ‘Rarely Cover’ policy and diminishing staff development budgets make it even more difficult for…

How much should a conference cost?

“So, what’s the best resource you have available?” – It’s a question I’ve asked teachers on more than one occasion. Yes, it’s a trick question that I throw out occasionally to catch out those who might reply “iPads. Raspberry Pi computers. Google. The Internet.” and so on. While these are all extremely useful tools, the…

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…

“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…

CPD Events Calendar

“You don’t need glossy textbooks, iPads or a class set of Raspberry Pi computers to be an effective teacher. The best resource you have available is you. Invest as much as you can in your own development and your pupils will reap the rewards.” Alan O’Donohoe Attending a high quality professional development course has the…

Tech Fest Dubai, Teaching With Raspberry Pi

This week I’ve been teaching/training in Dubai as a guest of Dubai English Speaking College. While I was there I led a series of Raspberry Pi workshops for teachers, children & families to discover the potential of the Raspberry Pi On the first day I led a day long workshop for 20 computing teachers from…

Computer Science CPD Training Opportunities

This week I ventured into some new territory as I led two training events in Birmingham for teachers new to Computer Science. My school has entered into an arrangement with Dragonfly Training for both Vikki Dodd and myself to deliver Computing training to teachers at venues in Birmingham and London. This academic year, both Vikki…

From ‘Blonde’ to ‘Geeky & Proud’

Since Michael Gove’s announcements regarding the curriculum changes for ICT & Computing in the UK, each week I receive email and telephone enquiries from schools wishing to convert from ICT to Computing in their curriculum. The first response to support other teachers was to introduce a range of training courses which have been hugely popular,…

Winning the Digital Makers Fund

Update: I am delighted to announce that I did actually receive the grant that I applied for. Nesta, Nominet Trust and Mozilla will be providing my school with a £50,000 grant to enable me to scale up the Raspbery Jam and Hack To The Future events to make them more accessible to families everywhere. With…

Computing…more famous than the Angry Birds?

When I hear myself say, “I can’t believe so much happened in just 12 months”, it sounds like an embarrassing cliché, but I honestly can’t believe all the things that have happened this year. At the start of the year I was determined that I was going to do everything I could to raise the…