I have a love-hate relationship with technology. With over 20 years of observations with digitality as a senior teacher, creative technologist and STEM programme manager, I’m interested in the human relationships with ever-increasingly hidden technology in the world today.
Starting out as a Technology teacher, the drive for inclusivity took me down a path to become a SENCO and senior leader in an 11-18 setting in Leeds, later pivoting to a national role focused on teacher professional development programmes with Computing, Maker Education and Ed Tech. It was during that time as a part-time research assistant on a sabbatical that ignited a passion for research about maker education in schools, and one that has helped me to fill in the blanks through philosophical underpinning.
During 2017 I launched the Foundation for Digital Creativity with a colleague and friend who encouraged me to pursue my dream of becoming a researcher, so now I’m literally living that dream of doing what I love, both in terms of development and contribution through academic research and working with teachers, children, young people and adults in the formal and informal education sectors.