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.

Current and completed digital making programmes and activities include thingQbator Manchester, Connected Hull, the @JamPackedUK tour and opening the door for the Raspberry Jam community in Leeds.

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