WORKING WITH MARK

Mark Dorling is a multi-award winning and internationally recognised educator and an accomplished public speaker. He has earned a reputation for being at the cutting edge of Computing education and is probably best known for founding the Digital Schoolhouse project as well as leading various national projects for the Computing At School group on the behalf of the Department for Education.  

Mark’s work has gained him national and international recognition via the Royal Society Report publication ‘Shutdown or restart’ in 2012, winning a Times Educational Supplement (TES) Award in 2013, Informatic Europe: Best practice in Education Award in 2014, and was a BETT Award Finalist in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Mark is so passionate about seeing all young people receive a high-quality Computing education that he left his office role helping to lead Computing At School to continue developing the Computing education and EdTech agenda by turning ‘teacherpreneur’ whilst also studying for a part-time PhD in Computer Science Education at Queen Mary University of London. 

If you would like to collaborate with Mark he is always open to new and exciting opportunities. 
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About Mark Dorling

Who is Mark? Why work with him?
Mark's vision is to see all young people, across the world, receive a high quality Computing education

Mark has a first-class computing degree and is a primary-trained teacher with many years of both primary and secondary teaching, lecturing (teacher training), commercial educational training and industry experience. He has taught in both all ability and selective schools, leading the introduction of computing across all school key stages several years ahead of government changes. Mark played a leading role in developing the 2014 National Curriculum Computing Programmes of Study. In 2015, he was involved in the Department for Education consultation on ‘Assessment without levels’.

Mark is a former founding Board Member of the Computing At School group and later went to work for them as National CPD Coordinator where he led various national initiatives funded by the Department for Education and other partner organisations. He also architected, co-authored and co-edited the best-selling Hodder Education Compute-IT series for Key Stage 3 but is probably best known for founding the and internationally recognised Digital Schoolhouse project, now delivered by UKIE and powered by Sony Play Station. 

With his business partner, Somesh Selvachandran, a former programmer from the city, together they founded an online market place, resource repository, planning and assessment platform which they successfully sold to investors in June 2017. These experiences led Mark to contribute to the Department for Education working groups for both education text book guidance and EdTech.  

In 2016, Mark was awarded fellowships of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT. He was also invited to be a founding member of the Innovate My School Educational Advisory Board as well as judging both the 2017 BETT and ERS Awards.

PROJECTS AND PUBLICATIONS

Here are just some of the projects & publications Mark's recently been involved in:
Computational thinking rubric
Computational thinking rubric
CO-AUTHOR:
Computational thinking dispositions, attitudes and behaviours rubric created for all phases of education
Teaching Computing Unplugged in Primary Schools
Teaching Computing Unplugged in Primary Schools
CONTRIBUTING AUTHOR: Code breakers: Dpef Csfblfst
Presenting practical ideas that support teachers and trainees with the planning, teaching and assessing encryption focused unplugged activities at Key Stages 1 and 2.
Digital Schoolhouse 101 #ComputingFAQs
Digital Schoolhouse 101 #ComputingFAQs
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Suitable for all education professionals at all stages and in all settings, this series of FAQ guidance has been developed to support schools embed the new Computing curriculum.
Computational thinking guidance for teachers
Computational thinking guidance for teachers
CONTRIBUTING AUTHOR:
This guide seeks to help develop a shared understanding of the teaching of computational thinking in schools. It presents a conceptual framework of computational thinking.
A guide to support Senior Leaders with embedding Computing
A guide to support Senior Leaders with embedding Computing
CONSULTANT & CONTRIBUTING AUTHOR:
It provides advice to headteachers and senior leaders on introducing and embedding the new computing curriculum into schools.
Computing At School QuickStart Computing
Computing At School QuickStart Computing
CONSULTANT & CONTRIBUTING AUTHOR:
The aim of the CPD toolkit for teachers, funded by the Department for Education and Microsoft, is to help teachers design, develop and deliver the computing curriculum tailored to the specific needs of their school.
Innovate My Curriculum
Innovate My Curriculum
CO-FOUNDER:
Online resource repository, planning and assessment tool
Primary Computing in Action
Primary Computing in Action
CONTRIBUTING AUTHOR:
Planning and assessing computing and computational thinking
Presenting practical ideas that support teachers and trainees with the planning, implementation and assessment of the 2014 Primary Computing Curriculum in the Early Years, Key Stages 1 and 2.
Introducing Computing: A guide for teachers
Introducing Computing: A guide for teachers
CONTRIBUTING AUTHOR:
Teaching networks and communications
Provides an accessible introduction to teaching Computing. Specifically designed for non-specialists who need to develop new skills in Computing in order to meet the new curriculum requirements, it offers a useful guide to the subject, alongside worked examples of good practice.
Compute-IT SERIES
Compute-IT SERIES
SERIES EDITOR & AUTHOR
Compute-IT will help you deliver innovative lessons for the new Key Stage 3 Computing curriculum with confidence and ease, using resources and meaningful assessment produced by expert educators.
Computing at school secondary guidance
Computing at school secondary guidance
CONSULTANT:
This free guidance has been developed by Computing at School to help secondary school teachers get to grips with the new Computing curriculum.
Computing Progression Pathways
Computing Progression Pathways
CO-AUTHOR:
This is a highly popular interpretation of the Computing curriculum from aged 5 – 14 (KS1 – 3).
Lessons in Teaching Computing in Primary Schools
Lessons in Teaching Computing in Primary Schools
CONTRIBUTING AUTHOR:
Embedding computational thinking: moving from graphical to text-based languages.
The new Computing curriculum is explored in manageable chunks and there is no “scary” language; everything is explained clearly and accessibly. You will find example lesson plans alongside every element of the curriculum as support and inspiration when planning your own lessons.
BBC TWO: Megabits Programme
BBC TWO: Megabits Programme
CONSULTANT:
A compilation of short-form videos which give students studying computer science an insight into how computers actually work. Filmed in real-life work settings, the videos look closely at what a computer science is.

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