30+ Revision Resources & Strategies

This time of the year, as teachers complete marking their coursework, attention in lessons focuses on revision, exam technique and exam preparation. In the online communities and forums I belong to, teachers have been discussing the best way to approach revision with their classes. In this post, I’ll share three strategies that I’ve used for…

“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…

Little Man Computer (LMC) on the Raspberry Pi, #pyconuk

I remember a Sunday night, 11th May 2014, there was a discussion on Twitter started by Alex Bradbury questioning the extent to which the Little Man Computer was required for teaching computing in schools. I recorded a podcast episode in which I tried to explain my rationale for using the Little Man Computer. You can…

Raspberry Jamming

“Raspberry Jamming” is a blog post featuring an interview written up by Neil Brown of University of Kent.

Inspire and Engage Learners with “Play, Hack + Share”

Play Hack & Share In the 20+ years I’ve been teaching I’ve watched our UK education system become increasingly focussed on results. It’s clearly going to be difficult to persuade teachers to step out of their comfort zones to be more innovative and creative in their pedagogy, when their performance is subjected to high levels…

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…

Programming for GCSE Computing

I’ve mentioned quite a few times before that people often ask me which particular GCSE Computing specification I would recommend. Having only ever taught one of them (OCR GCSE Computing), I find myself in the position of a mortgage advisor in that I can only really offer advice on one product. As the availability of…

Using Raspberry Pi in class

A practical guide for using Raspberry Pi in class – This is a modified version of an article I was asked to write for The Guardian Teacher Network. What exactly is the Raspberry Pi? Computer Science pioneer, Seymour Papert wrote, “The role of the teacher is to create the conditions for invention rather than provide…

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,…

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 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…