If Technology for Learning is an area that your school is interested in developing, I would love to discuss how I might work with you, from broader discussions about digital strategy to delivering bespoke training across a range of curriculum areas. I’m based in West Sussex and am a certified Microsoft and Apple Trainer. I can travel anywhere in the UK and, by staying close to your school, can offer up to a week of training and consultancy, allowing schools maximum flexibility in terms of timetabling leaders and staff to spend time with me, individually, in small groups and sometimes as departments.
Most recently, in October 2021 and March 2022 I spent two separate residential weeks at King Edward VI Grammar School in Louth, helping them refine their digital strategy as they begin their personal device journey, and training Heads of Departments and others in Microsoft OneNote, as well as running workshops on the best tools for accessibility, zero-prep AFL, engagement and interactivity. I look forward to returning in the near future to continue supporting their journey.
In March 2022, I also spent an intensive and very enjoyable residential week at Stamford School , working with the Girls, Boys and Junior Schools on the practical benefits of Microsoft OneNote and other tools for productivity, accessibility and engagement, and I look forward to a continuing role in upskilling their staff.
Between September 2020 and April 2021 I enjoyed a two-term appointment as the ‘Learning Technologist in Residence’ at Sherborne Girls, developing their Digital Strategy, training staff in all curriculum areas to use Microsoft OneNote, Teams, Stream, Forms, Immersive Reader and Whiteboard, along with a wide range of other tools such as Flipgrid, Adobe Spark Video and Socrative, to engage the pupils during live, remote and hybrid lessons. This work led to preparing the school for an AMCIS Digital Impact award, a TES Best use of Technology award, and a Microsoft Showcase School application. This video gives a good flavour of the school’s direction of travel.
In 2021 I also spoke at Sherborne Boys School on Creating a 21st Century Learning Environment and undertook consultancy work with Port Regis Prep School in reference to best practice in embarking upon a 1 to 1 student device programme.
From 2011-2020 I was Head of Technology for Learning at Tanglin Trust School in Singapore, responsible for:
- Devising and implementing the school’s digital strategy.
- Implementing a 1 to 1 pen-enabled student device programme (iPads and Microsoft Surfaces)
- Moving teachers to Windows 10 pen-enabled devices, untethering them from the whiteboard, adopting Microsoft Teams and OneNote class notebooks to achieve seamless communication, planning and workflow.
- Training teachers in the effective use of technology, both internally and across the Asia-Pacific region as a Microsoft Fellow and Trainer.
This video , filmed at our school by Microsoft, nicely articulates our digital transformation journey.
For further background, I was a French and Spanish teacher from 1989 to 2020, teaching to GCSE, A Level and IB in both languages. I started at Monmouth School for Boys (Wales) and then held Head of Modern Languages posts at Saltus Grammar School (Bermuda), Brentwood School (Essex) , Cayman Prep and High School (Cayman Islands) and 9 years as Director of Languages at Tanglin Trust School (Singapore). With this background, I am particularly well-placed to train MFL teachers in the use of technology to enhance language learning. I also tutor students online in Spanish and French, with a particular focus on GCSE, A Level and IB exam preparation, and run adult evening classes in both languages.
You may contact me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @stevesingapore