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.

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 agenda by working on a range of exciting projects whilst also studying for a part-time PhD in Computer Science Education at Queen Mary University of London.

Mark is currently working with a number of Multi Acedemy Trusts (MATs) to support school improvement, setting up new free schools and develop school direct initial teacher education (ITE) provision. He also works with a range of education suppliers and training providers, charitable organisations, lecturing at University ITE providers and international governments.

Get to know Mark a little better by watching one of his presentations or interviews listed below. If you would like to work with Mark he is always open to new and exciting opportunities.

Taiwan Interview 2016

Interview on teaching Computing and Computational Thinking

Learning and Teaching Expo 2016

Keynote presentation in Hong Kong talking about ‘Planning, teaching and assessing Computational Thinking’

DfE Interview 2014

DfE interview focused on the changes to the National Curriculum and Computing At School group

BETT Arena 2013

Part of the OCR team giving a keynote presentation in London on ‘Tips to Improving Teaching Computing Science’

DfE Interview 2013

DfE interview on ‘Teaching Computer Science through dance’

DfE Get into teaching 2013

DfE interview focused on encouraging more people into a teaching career

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 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, However, Mark is probably best known for founding the Digital Schoolhouse project at Langley Grammar School and this pioneering work into the teaching of Computer Science gained him national and international recognition.

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’ and was part of the successful Livingstone Free Schools bid team. More recently, Mark contributed to the Department for Education working groups for both education text book guidence and EdTech.

In 2016, Mark was awarded fellowships for both MirandaNet and the 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.

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
CO-AUTHOR:
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.
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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