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Who am I?

Mark's vision is to see all young people, across the world, receive a high quality Computing education

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My passion is to: learn, teach and create.

I love long walks and cuddles with my dog, Koda. I also enjoy travelling, skiing, cycling, rock climbing, playing golf, upcycling and cooking.

 

What I do?

So I’m currently…

  • Studying for a PhD in Computer Science Education at Queen Mary University of London. I’m researching the use of concept mapping techniques in Computing education.

In my past lives, I’ve…

  • Setup and lead the Computer Science team at Mangahigh.com, developing an adaptive learning platform designed to teach children the precursor coding skills and coding constructs through quiz styled questions and a range of intractive inputs. It was successfully launched at BETT 2019.
  • In 2017 and 2018, I contributed to the Department for Education working groups for both EdTech and education text book guidance.
  • Co-founded an online market place, resource repository, planning and assessment platform which we successfully sold to investors in June 2017, and was renamed to Magpie.Education
  • Setup and lead the Computer Science Initial Teacher (secondary) Education programme at Harris Academy Teaching School.
  • Co-authored and edited the best-selling Hodder Education Compute-IT series.
  • Played a leading role in developing the English 2014 National Curriculum Computing Programmes of Study.
  • Setup the Computing At School Master Teacher programme. Developed it from just an idea into a network of 10 Regional Centres with 380+ active teachers.
  • Founding board member of the Computing At School group.
  • Founded the internationally recognised Digital Schoolhouse, a school based Computer Science outreach programme. It is now delivered by UKIE and powered by Sony Play Station and Saga in 40+ satellite schools across England and Northern Ireland.
  • Worked at Langley Grammar School leading the introduction of Computing across all school key stages several years ahead of government changes.
  • First class bachelors (honours) student in Computer Information Systems Design at Kingston University, Surrey, England. 

In 2016, I was awarded fellowships of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, for my work that gained me national and international recognition via the Royal Society Report publications in 2012 and 2017, winning a Times Educational Supplement (TES) Award in 2013, Informatic Europe: Best practice in Education Award in 2014, and BETT Award Finalist recognitions in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

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If you would like me to speak at a conference or attend other events, please know that these days I’m likely to decline because I most enjoy being at home working on my PhD and walking my dog. I’m more likely to say yes to your invitation if your invitation extends to my dog as well. ;)

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