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 run a combined blogging / e-portfolio platform for ITT students as well as acting as technical lead for the Creative Connections EU Comenius project. My principal research focus is the role of online communities in the professional formation and development of teachers. Other professional interests include knowledge management in education, use of open source software and principles in schools, provision for the gifted and talented and independent learning. I have a number of consultancy projects, particularly in the field of curriculum development.
I’m a chartered fellow of the Brtish Computer Society, am a member of its e-learning and open source specialist groups and serve on the management board and primary task force of Computing at School. I’m also a fellow of the RSA, HEA, Mirandanet and Naace, serving on the latter’s board of management. I’m an Apple Distinguished Educator. I’m also a member of the DfE/NCTL computing expert panel, the Self Review Framework steering group, the Teaching Schools New Technology Advisory Board and OCR’s IT and Computing consultative forum.
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.