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…

Post-Script: Girls, Coding & Raspberry Pi

I’ve got super excited about something this evening, and I want to shout about it. Once upon a time, in 2011, I decided I really wanted to make Computing a big thing in the school I was teaching at. That year, we entered some of our pupils in a national coding competition and I was…

Alan’s Most Exa – llent Adventure

Imagine you’ve been presented with a unique career development opportunity; you are offered the option of doing more of the aspects of your current role that you find most fulfilling, in place of those duties you value the least. At first, it might be difficult to refuse such an offer, especially if it represented a…

“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…

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…

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.

Do girls prefer to code in groups?

I consider myself an active member of the Computing At School community, and regularly read and contribute to the forum discussions there. This morning, I had a bit of a rant in response to a post by one of the non-teaching members of CAS. If you’re a member you can go and read the discussion…

“How do we teach programming in schools?”

On a busy forum that I subscribe to, a forum member started a very active thread with the question “How do we teach programming in schools?”. Although the original poster of the thread asks “How?” can we teach programming in schools, there are many responses to “What?” we should teach. Maybe rephrasing the question might have…

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…