director, software developer, qualified tas / ict teacher.

Published: 6 months ago

Adaptive Parenting

As adaptive learning products reach more and more learners, we are starting to see exactly how the impact of adaptive learning is changing the way we teach and learn, not just in the classroom but in the home as well. When I was teaching, …

Published: 8 months ago

7 Things I learned at BETT 2016

For the last several years I’ve tried and failed to attend BETT, between being on the opposite end of the planet and then never being in London when It was on, I missed them all. This year, everything seemed to align and I was …

Published: 10 months ago

Adaptive learning is the tech solution to personalised learning plans we desperately need.

I remember my first class at university, a stifling hot tuesday morning, in a packed lecture theater of hundreds of soon to be teachers. It was in an aptly named course called “Introduction to Education” and funnily enough, the lecturer talked a lot about …

Published: 2 years ago

Microsoft Partners in Learning & Cortana, an unofficial experiment in the future of Education Technology

I was recently inspired by a blog post from Ray Fleming, about the new academic potential found when using the intelligent voice-activated assistant on Windows Phone called Cortana. Ray lists a few things that you can do with Cortana, like creating shopping lists and …

Published: 2 years ago

Rest(ish) Toolkit for Windows 8 / 8.1

When I first started building apps on Windows 8, I wasn’t doing it that seriously, as I built more and more apps, it started to make sense that given their content, perhaps some of them talk to each other or back to a central …

Published: 2 years ago

How to stop sucking at academic referencing thanks to Word

With Microsoft Word being pretty much the ubiquitous document editor for students and teachers, I’m still puzzled to see just how poorly done references can be. What most people don’t realise is that Word isn’t just a basic document editor, but a fully featured …

Published: 2 years ago

Windows 8 App Review Helper

Sometimes the hardest part of releasing software isn’t actually writing it, but how you deal with it once it’s released. If you’re a small start-up or have limited budget, advertising might not be a top priority (even sometimes with budget, it’s still not!). The …

Published: 2 years ago

Basic Windows 8 Settings Wrapper

Here’s a simple helper that might make some basic tasks easier in Windows 8.1 development. This is a generic wrapper around the Windows 8 / Windows 8.1 Roaming Settings methods. It’s great for basic types and is all but bulletproof when used correctly. It …

Published: 2 years ago

Windows 8.1 C# PasswordVault Wrapper

The vast majority of my Teacher Collection apps allow users to communicate with the web service in some way. This includes allowing teachers to do things like save their lesson plans to the cloud, backup classes and students, and manipulate their data from the …

Published: 3 years ago

Getting meaningful data from the Bing API, using C#

For a recent side project, I wanted to be able to take some user given content, scour the web for it and see if it pops up anywhere else. It’s a pretty broad requirement and something I’ve thought about a lot off and on …