Alan

A short biography with information about past and future projects and links to resources.

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…

Jam Packed roadshow, to tour up North

Those of you who follow my activity on twitter as @teknoteacher, may well have seen or heard me make recent reference to my latest project titled ‘Jam Packed’. Jam Packed …is an 18 month programme with two main aims: To support the development of outstanding teachers of Computing To inspire & engage the digital creators…

CAS Hub: Next Steps in Python

With extra revision lessons after school, marking exams, writing reports, reviews, school productions to prepare for, and curriculum planning for next year; the Summer Term can be one of the busiest for teachers. So, you can probably predict the responses I received yesterday after school when I asked a large group of teachers how they…

Teach Computing CPD

“To achieve great things, two things are needed: a plan, and not quite enough time.” Leonard Bernstein On Friday 30th March we had 9 teachers visit our school from schools across the country with one common goal: to find out how to introduce computing into their curriculum. They had all signed up for our popular…