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.
About Mark Dorling
Who is Mark? Why work with him?
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 and SEGA.
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 October 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 the BETT and ERS Awards from 2017 to present.
PROJECTS AND PUBLICATIONS
Here are just some of the projects & publications Mark's recently been involved in:
Computational thinking rubric
Teaching Computing Unplugged in Primary Schools
Digital Schoolhouse 101 #ComputingFAQs
Computational thinking guidance for teachers
A guide to support Senior Leaders with embedding Computing
Computing At School QuickStart Computing
Primary Computing in Action
Planning and assessing computing and computational thinking
Introducing Computing: A guide for teachers
Teaching networks and communications
Computing at school secondary guidance
Computing Progression Pathways
Lessons in Teaching Computing in Primary Schools
Embedding computational thinking: moving from graphical to text-based languages.