director, software developer, qualified tas / ict teacher.

Published: 2 months ago

The Fetishization of Educational Data

As the term “Big Data” muscles into education, we’re starting to see what that collection of data means for learning outcomes, and it’s not pretty. Within the last few years “Big Data” has easily become one of the biggest trends in education. Everyone wants …

Published: 3 months ago

Educational technology continues to evolve, but supporting content still lets us down

Over the past few years, I’ve been fortunate enough to meet some of the world’s biggest players in the education product space. Working with them on their products, and witnessing the teacher / learner adoption, you get to see the common patterns and problems …

Published: 12 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: 1 year 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: 1 year 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: 3 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: 3 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: 3 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: 3 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 …