I’m a principal lecturer and the subject leader for Computing Education at the University of Roehampton. I teach initial teacher training courses as part of the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, as well as tutoring masters students. I ran a combined blogging / e-portfolio platform for ITT students, and acted as technical lead for the Creative Connections EU Comenius project. My principal research focus is on pedagogies for computing education. Other professional interests include knowledge management in education, use of open source software and principles in schools, independent learning and online communities in professional learning.
Over the years I have contributed to a number of computing related projects including: the national curriculum computing programmes of study, the CAS / Naace guide to the computing curriculum for primary teachers, training of CAS Master Teachers, Rising Stars Switched on Computing, an e-book on computer science for Microsoft Education, Barefoot Computing, Code Club Pro‘s training materials, BBC Bitesize primary computing resources, QuickStart Computing for the BCS and Microsoft, CAS TV and currently Project Quantum, a crowd sourced national assessment item bank for computing, and Hello World, a magazine by and for computing and digital making educators. I give keynotes and run workshops at CPD events in England and abroad and am a consultant on a number of international curriculum development projects.
I’m a chartered fellow of the British Computer Society, am a member of its e-learning and open source specialist groups and serve on the BCS Academy of Computing board and the management board of Computing at School. I’m the international rep on the CSTA‘s board of directors. I’m also a fellow of the RSA and the HEA and a member of the Raspberry Pi Foundation.
Until 2009, I was head of Alton Convent Prep. In my former post as deputy head of St Ives School, Haslemere, I pioneered the use of Moodle and Elgg in primary education. My work on implementing Moodle was documented as the dissertation for Leicester University’s MBA in Educational Management, and won the 2006 Becta ICT in Practice Award for primary teaching. Other interests include classical music, creative cookery and photography. My wife, Clare, is a primary school teacher and we have one daughter, born December 2010.