Hack Jam 1 #MakerParty

Last summer, as part of Young Rewired State (YRS), we ran a summer coding camp at our school. I wrote a blog post (here) about it at the time. The YRS 2012 Festival Of Code really opened my eyes to what children can achieve with just a few small coded ingredients and oodles of imagination…

Hack To The Future IV, 03.05.13

Hack To The Future IV We held our 4th Hack To The Future Event on Friday 3rd May 2013. This was a lot different from our previous events, Hack To The Future I, Hack To The Future II, and Hack To The Future III.¬† In all, 210 pupils from 3 schools took part, 15 teachers…

Shortlisted for Education Innovation Awards

I’m thrilled to discover that the Hack To The Future events we organised with the aim of “inspiring the digital creators of tomorrow” have been nominated and shortlisted for an award. We held 3 of these events in 2012, with 700 participants taking part from across the North West of England and beyond. The winners…

Shortlisted for NAACE Secondary Impact Award

Of course, I was thrilled and delighted to learn that I was first nominated and then later shortlisted for the NAACE Secondary Impact Award. Although I curl-up cringing at the whole notion of “blowing my own trumpet” – I hope that just the shortlisting alone might raise the profile of some of my activities (not…

How Can We Get More Boys Into Ballet?

This week while I was in Germany training British Services teachers, I received a phone call from a researcher on Radio 4 Woman’s Hour, ultimately inviting me to speak live on the programme. As you can imagine, I was delighted to be invited since I’ve been trying to raise the profile of girls in Computing…

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 clich√©, 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…

Hack To The Future III, 11.10.12

On 11th February 2012, we opened our school on a freezing cold Saturday morning to 365 children, parents, teachers, developers, computer scientists and more for an engaging and inspiring experience that was the first Hack To The Future event. The aim was to use the digital creators of today to inspire the digital creators of…

PyConUK – What’s in it for me?

I arranged a CAS online meeting on Tuesday 4th September at 8pm (GMT) The main reasons were… 1. to introduce Nick Tollervey, an enthusiastic Python developer I met at the PyConUK conference last year with a keen interest in supporting Computing education. 2. to allow Nick to explain what plans he has to include teachers…

‘Ignite’ at The Preston Social

This evening, I took somewhere between a small step and a giant leap forward to my first ‘Ignite’ event, at the 14th Preston Social. I include links to the photographs I took here and links to previous Preston Social events as well as the Preston Social twitter account which I recommend you follow to learn…

Manchester Game Jam, 25th August

One of my most favourite places to go when I’m not at school is MadLab, Edge Street, in the Northern Quarter of Manchester. You really do meet the nicest kind of people there; well I suppose that’s because I always happen to meet other people there who share similar interests to me. In addition to…

My Audioboos

If you follow me on twitter, you may have noticed that I try to make frequent use of the Audioboo service, I posted something about this before. It’s a great, free to use app that helps record and instantly upload to audio online. I’ve recorded 190 of these so far on my journey to bring…

Young Rewired State, 6-12th August 2012

You can probably tell by now that I find it difficult to rest during the holiday periods. I suppose the reason is that my work never actually feels like work – it actually feels pleasurable to do the kind of work that I do, and I derive my energy from the enjoyment that others get…