I read a blog post the other day it resonated because so much of its content was on a level with my thinking around technology use in the classroom too. The post written by Paul Moss (@EDmerger) was called ‘Is that edtech tool pedagogically valid?’ and at the end of…
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My Passion For Education Transfers Into My Work
Given my 20+ years in education, particularly in the whole school leadership of ICT across the curriculum and teaching of Computing you’d think I was all about the technology – not true. The focus is always on teaching and learning. The strength of great teaching and learning is to know when to (or not to) use technology to enhance learning and this is where I can really help.
I got into teaching to make a difference in the world and it’s a real privilege to be able to work with educators and schools to help, support and share in the way that I do. I’d love to be able to come and share some of my knowledge and experience with you.
Will the technology enhance learning?
If the answer is no, then you probably shouldn’t be using the technology. Learning (with technology) is too important (and expensive) to leave to chance. That’s where I come in – to work closely with you to develop pedagogy first approaches linked to ideas such as SAMR and TPACK to ensure teachers are able to feel confident to make informed decisions about what technology to use in the classroom. My experience of working and supporting many schools with their digital learning journey will be invaluable to you in making informed decisions about how you move forward.
Simply the best CPD I’ve ever had. Refreshing ideas grounded in pedagogy with so much to take away.
How Can I Help?
I can deliver bespoke technology training in your school. Whether it’s a department or all of your staff, I can work with you to develop the training you need to make your planned impact.
I have worked closely with many schools to deliver training tailored to meet their needs. I don’t do events with more than one organisation per day so you will be guaranteed my undivided attention while I am working with you. My feedback for events is exemplary as noted on various pages on this site and regularly commented upon on social media.
People often find working with and learning with technology to be geeky, difficult, boring and not relevant. My approach to training with technology makes it immediately relevant to teachers and I always focus on the learning which is of course how it should be.
I have delivered many whole school Inset sessions on both half and full day engagements in both Primary and Secondary. Topics have included raising standards through the use of technology, developing the Primary Maths curriculum, developing staff confidence in using iPad and Google Apps, Chromebooks and more.
I will work closely with you to build a bespoke Inset solutions that meets your needs. Inset time is a rare opportunity to inspire, impact and train teachers to improve standards. I never want to leave that to chance. Schools that book me for their events do so safe in the knowledge they’ve made a solid choice.
“Thanks for such an amazing day at our conference. You inspired teachers with different levels of confidence and expertise.” – Caroline Creaby, Assistant Headteacher, Sandringham School.
I have much experience of working with leadership teams on developing their technology strategy. An informed decision is a good one. Use my experience, knowledge and expertise to help you.
There are lots of ways in which that can work. I offer three packages (below) but the size of my business means that I am completely flexible to meet the needs of your school. I have experience of supporting Primary, Secondary and Tertiary sector schools.
One-off visit: a one-off visit to help support your plans
Critical friend: an agreed number of visits with the opportunity to get support along the way by email to support you in realising your vision
Part of the team: as above but a year long sequence of visits which see me work closely with leadership and teachers to help realise your vision.
I have keynoted at conferences all over the world. For me, the keynote is a very special opportunity to inspire and innovate with a large group of people. If you’re looking for that special introduction for your conference please do not hesitate to get in touch. I am always happy to build in workshops into days that you have me in for a keynote.
“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 Aylen, Teach Tech Play Conference Organiser, Melbourne, Australia.