About Mark

I am a former school leader with more than twenty years of experience in the classroom, leading successful faculty departments, being a local authority lead teacher for my subject and I am responsible for some of the world’s most innovative 1:1 programmes. For example, my work in 2010 – 2013 where I led on the teaching and learning and delivery on one of the world’s earliest and biggest 1:1 rollouts at Clevedon School.

My mission has always been to impact positively on the futures of children which has led to me leaving the classroom to pursue that aim on a larger scale. My ICT Evangelist blog won the Education Blog of the Year award in 2015 and I have picked up numerous other accolades over the years. Many know me from my blog and Twitter handle as @ICTEvangelist. In addition to my highly successful ‘Perfect ICT Every Lesson‘ book which has topped the Amazon education charts on numerous occasions, I have contributed to many more books, such as the recent ‘There Is Another Way: The Second Big Book of Independent Thinking‘.

I am now one of the UK’s most in-demand keynote speakers, independent strategic consultants and trainers. I am a passionate advocate for the purposeful use of technology linked to pedagogy. There are few others that have such experience of classroom practice, teaching and learning, management and technical knowledge. My experience has led to me working with schools and keynoting at conferences all over the world.

My pedigree is further reinforced by my associate status with Independent Thinking Ltd; an organisation with such high regard attached to it with some of the most talented and in-demand speakers and authors from around the world. It is a privilege to be a member of this group of forward thinking individuals in education.

With more than two decades of classroom experience, I know the power and importance of student voice in developing sound practice having co-founded the Digital Leader Network in the UK. I am also an Apple Distinguished Educator, Google Certified Innovator, Microsoft Certified Educator and expert in mobile learning and associated pedagogies.

Perfect ICT Every Lesson

My first book for Independent Thinking Press examines how to successfully embed technology across the curriculum. It contains ideas covering the KS1 to KS4 age range and has been very well received. Containing numerous success case studies it has topped the Amazon Education charts a number of times and has received critical acclaim.

Following the publication of my successful ‘Perfect ICT Every Lesson‘ book I was invited to become an Independent Thinking Associate. Independent Thinking are a collection of speakers, thought leaders and educators headed up by the highly regarded Ian Gilbert.

Since joining ITL in 2013 it has been a real privilege to work alongside some of the most inspiring people in education. Our recent collaborative book ‘There Is Another Way – The Second Big Book of Independent Thinking’ has been very well received and has already sold thousands of copies. 

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Times Educational Supplement

I’ve written for a lots of different publications over the years such as ‘UKEd Magazine’, ‘Innovate My School’ and more recently ‘Teach Secondary’.

I always wanted to write for the TES though and since late 2015 it has been a privilege to write for the TES a number of times.

I have written a variety of articles around the topics of technology and leadership.

Articles written thus far include:

  • Essential ICT That’s Free for the Taking – 16 October 2016
  • Understand licensing to get with the programs – 1 January 2016
  • Wanted: A trusted team of advisers – 15 January 2016
  • Don’t get stuck in a virtual world – 29 January 2016

In recognition of my innovative work with Apple technologies, in 2013 I became an Apple Distinguished Educator. This role has seen me speak at local and national events with Apple such as the national RTC conference and other events too. I have also worked with a number of Apple Solutions Experts at various events around the UK.

Each year Apple hold summits for ADEs which you have to apply for. Press the play button on the right hand side to watch my most recent application including some testimonials for my work.

On 30 April 2014, I started a sharing show on Google Hangouts that I called AppSmashLive. It was an ad hoc affair with educators from around the globe, coming on to the show to share ideas about how they use apps in the classroom to enhance learning. 2 years on it’s developed into something really special. It still follows the same format although now it’s called AppShareLive.

It takes place every month and is held on a Saturday at 10am in the UK. It attracts many educators looking to develop their use of technology and to date has given more than 40 different educators the opportunity to come on and share their use of technology. The rules are a bit stricter now with presenters having just 6 minutes to present their ideas. It’s almost like a virtual Teachmeet but where, because we use Google Hangouts on Air, the episodes can be viewed forever on the YouTube playlist (see right).

Strong success

Your happiness with my work is my ultimate aim. My clients are happy with my work. Check out my success stories page. 


I will never tell you what to do but always work with you to help you make informed choices. 


Always focussed on teaching and learning, you can be assured that the needs of the students are at the forefront of my thinking. 


I will always spend time with you prior to any event or training to ensure outcomes are discussed and mutually agreed upon to ensure success. 

Mark has enabled us to develop programmes and courses at a more strategic level, influencing school leaders.

Emma OvertonPrimary Trust Director and Headteacher

Mark always starts with pedagogy! The success of the 2 days working with us has resulted with schools in our neighbouring LEA wanting us to hold similar events & a KidsMeet too! Mark's passion for education was evident at all times & I love learning from him!

Claire JonesAssistant Headteacher, Layton Primary

Your keynote and workshops were entertaining and inspirational, and valued enormously. The keynote was fantastic, and really started our day off with a buzz.

Julie ParkerConference organiser, Derbyshire Advisory & Inspection Service

Mark's keynote was engaging and interactive, coupled with his great stage presence, it has only received positive feedback. Mark's breakout sessions were just as successful. He not only introduces the tools, but also gives many practical creative lesson ideas for its use in classrooms aligned to meeting teaching outcomes. I would not hesitate to work with Mark again in the future.

Corey AylenTeach Tech Play Conference Organiser, Melbourne, Australia

Mark is a wealth of knowledge on using ICT effectively to support learning. He is always willing to offer advice and share ideas. I recently attended one of his CPD days at which I gained a deeper insight into the incredible world of educational apps. I came away totally inspired and buzzing with new ideas. I would highly recommend working with Mark.

Cathy YoungOur Lady of Mount Carmel RC Primary, Doncaster

Having had the pleasure of working with Mark at a conference recently I would wholeheartedly recommend his training. His ideas are current, highly engaging and are simple to use! They can be easily adapted to engage children in all areas of their learning. I am excited to put his recommendations into my everyday practice, share with my school and better the education of my pupils. Thank you Mark!

Rebecca WantL. E. A. D. Huntingdon Academy Primary School, Nottingham