Dr David Lewin
Senior Lecturer in Philosophy of Education
Dr David Lewin is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy of Education at Strathclyde University. His research examines the intersections between philosophy of education, philosophy of religion and philosophy of technology. As well as numerous articles and edited books, he is the author of 'Educational Philosophy for a Post-secular Age' (Routledge, 2016) and ’Technology and the Philosophy of Religion’ (Cambridge Scholars, 2011). https://www.strath.ac.uk/staff/lewindaviddr/
CEO and Founder, Turing Trust
James Turing is the founder and CEO of the Turing Trust a social enterprise that has supported 142 schools in sub-Saharan Africa by reusing over 5,600 computers and improving teacher training using ICT. The Turing Trust also provides skills development in the UK while reducing waste and contributing to an environmentally friendly society by offsetting over 2,700 tonnes of CO2.
James is also currently completing a PhD in International Development at the University of Edinburgh. James has previously presented his work at international conferences in the US, Japan and Kenya.
Director, CALL Scotland
Paul Nisbet is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh and Director of CALL Scotland. CALL is a service, development and research unit funded primarily by the Scottish Government to lead the application of inclusive digital technologies in Scotland. Paul has worked in the field of Assistive Technologies for many years and has developed a number of innovative projects that have helped Scottish education take a lead in the field internationally, such as SQA Digital Examinations, the Books for All Database, national provision of core assistive technologies such as free Scottish computer voices, and the CALL Smart Wheelchair. Paul is a member of the CALL assessment and support team working directly with learners with additional support needs, which helps him to see at first hand what works and what doesn’t in terms of inclusive digital technology.
Dr Lorna Arnott
Lecturer, University of Strathclyde
Lorna Arnott is a Lecturer in the School of Education, University of Strathclyde. Lorna’s main area of interest is in children’s early experiences with technologies, particularly in relation to social and creative play. She also has a keen interest in research methodologies, with a specialist focus on consulting with children. At the University of Strathclyde, Lorna teaches on the BA (Hons) Childhood Practice, The Early Years Pedagogue as part of the modular Master’s of Education, BA (Hons) Education and the PGDE course. Lorna is the convener for the Digital Childhoods Special Interest Group as part of the European Early Childhood Educational Research Association and is the Editorial Assistant for the International Journal of Early Years Education and for the Journal of Early childhood Research. She was also the editor for the book Digital Technologies and Learning in the Early Years by SAGE.
Quality Improvement Officer
Charlie Love leads digital across education in Aberdeen City. A digital entrepreneur with a passion for learning, he sold his first computer programme at age 14 and can tell you many random facts about computing in the 1980s.
With a background in Computing Science and Digital Skills, he has worked nationally and internationally to support computing science through his input to Heriott Watt’s SCHOLAR programme and as Principal Assessor (Computing) for the Cambridge Examination Board and Singapore Government.
He has worked closely with government, Education Scotland and SQA to develop the digital landscape for learning and teaching across Scottish Education. Previously he has held roles in the Consolarium (the Scottish Centre for Games Based Learning), Scottish Government’s ICT Excellence Group, SQA’s National Qualifications Design Team for Computing Science and was Co-Chair of Scottish Government’s Technical and Operational Advisory Group.
Chief Executive, Royal Blind & Scottish War Blind
Mark O’Donnell is CEO of Royal Blind and Scottish War Blinded, which are legally separate ‘sister’ charities. Founded in 1793, Royal Blind is the world’s oldest sight loss organisation for people of all ages and Scotland’s largest, with over 500 staff. It runs the Royal Blind school, educational outreach services, residential services for young adults with complex needs, two nursing homes for the elderly and the Scottish Braille Press. Scottish War Blinded was founded in 1915 by Royal Blind and nowadays provides support to over 1200 veterans, irrespective of when or how they lost their sight, through national outreach and activity centres in West Lothian and Paisley.
Mark previously held CEO and National Director roles in other health charities. He has also been a Deputy Director and Acting Director in Scottish Government working on a wide-range of policy, quality and delivery issues. Before joining SG, Mark was Head of Planning and Performance at the Scottish Ambulance Service. He is currently on the Scottish Advisory Board of Marie Curie and is a Trustee of Veterans Scotland and Action Against AMD (Age-Related Macular Degeneration), a new medical research charity.
Tracy Atkinson is a Teaching Fellow in Digital Education in The School of Education at The University of Strathclyde. She is also a Validator for Digital Schools Awards and a CEOP Ambassador. Her interests lie in technology-enhanced learning, and span both theory and practice. Exploring the development and implementation of effective digital pedagogies, the use of digital tools to enhance teaching and learning and the impact of research and innovation on present and future practice. Further interests also include the role of metacognition and self-regulation in relation to the use of technology to enhance, and potentially transform, teaching and learning ‘beyond the school gates’. She is part of digital education team, managing the integration of digital education across the BA in Primary Education. She also teaches on postgraduate courses and runs a Primary/Secondary Professional Specialisation Module on Digital Pedagogy & Tools. She is also part of a Strathclyde Teaching Excellence Programme, faculty-wide group, exploring the use of social media and technology to enhance teaching and learning. She is currently working towards Certified Membership of The Association for Learning Technology.
ICT Curriculum Development Officer, Falkirk Council Children's Services
Malcolm Wilson is ICT Curriculum Development Officer for Falkirk Council Children’s Services in which role he supports and encourages educators to make best use of digital technologies to support learning and teaching. He had 20 years of experience as a classroom teacher including in promoted roles. He leads many professional development sessions with teachers, as well as working with pupil Digital Leaders in Falkirk schools. He created and maintains several blogs including the award winning ICT for Learning and Teaching in Falkirk Schools, and the blog for Mobile Devices in Falkirk Education, as well the Central e-Safety Partnership blog. He makes extensive use of social media to support and encourage teachers in their use of digital technologies. He achieved Apple Teacher and Skype Master Teacher recognition and has been accorded Microsoft Innovative Educator Fellow status.
Taylor Anne Kelly
Early Years Officer
Taylor Anne is an Early Years Officer working in Bathgate Early Years Centre. Taylor Anne began her career in Early Learning and Childcare working with community playgroups. Since joining West Lothian Council at Bathgate Early Years Centre over four years ago her passion for digital technology has excelled. Through their digital journey her setting was recognised and awarded with a ‘Digital Schools Award’ - the first early learning and childcare setting in Scotland to be presented with this award. This achievement was then followed by becoming an Education Scotland Finalist in the Digital Learning and Teaching category. Taylor Anne aims to help promote and embed digital learning within her setting to help equip every young learner with the early digital skills to assist them growing up in a digital age.
Depute Head Teacher
With over twenty years in the education sector Alan has a wealth of experience in school, local authority and national settings. Originally trained as a Design and Technology teacher, Alan is as passionate about technology as he is about learning and teaching and looks for innovative ways to combine the two. He continues to develop his own knowledge and practice, sharing his enthusiasm and experience with colleagues within his school and beyond. Having previously presented at the Scottish Learning Festival on use of its collaborative tools, Alan has been an active glow user since its launch. In his current role he leads the Digital Strategy at Mackie Academy which has been listed in the 2019 EdTech 50 awards.
Digital Pioneer for Welsh Government and Teacher, Broughton Primary School
Kellie is a teacher and Digital Learning Leader at Broughton Primary School. Kellie is passionate about enhancing teaching and learning by embedding digital technology within the classroom. She has recently returned to the classroom after a secondment as Regional Digital Leader for North Wales. Kellie is a Digital Pioneer for Welsh Government and was part of the team who produced the Digital Competence Framework for Wales. She continues to work with Welsh Government to create the new curriculum for Wales. Kellie’s work has been recognised nationally resulting in her receiving national awards for her approach to digital learning, including being awarded Pearson Teacher of the Year for Wales and being named in the Edtech50 2018.
Lecturer, Writer, Journalist
James McEnaney is a former secondary school teacher now lecturing in English and Communication in a Glasgow FE college. He is also a freelance journalist (specialising in Scottish education and Freedom of Information) and author, with his first book, A Scottish Journey, having been published in 2018.
Principal Teacher and Digital Leader of Learning
Donald Feist is currently Principal Teacher and Digital Leader of Learning in Mosspark Primary School, Glasgow. In this role, Donald has responsibility for raising attainment in Digital Literacy and STEM subjects across the school and provides staff development and training. Donald was also one of the 2017-18 Primary STEM Glasgow leaders, and has worked with numerous teachers across Glasgow to develop the recognition of STEM subjects and tackle gender bias within these subjects in schools. Moreover, Donald is a DLoL mentor and was involved in the GCC working party tasked with developing a framework for digital learning in Glasgow.
In addition to presenting at teach meets and other events and delivering CPD events in school and across Glasgow, Donald has presented a Live Stream entitled ‘The Digital Revolution’ for Twinkl Scotland, presented to student teachers at Strathclyde University and was a guest speaker at the Holyrood Learning Through Technology event in June 2018.
You can connect with Donald via twitter @mrfeistsclass or for more information visit his blog: https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/gc/mrfeistsblog/.
Head of eLearning and Professional Learning
Joanna is a dedicated educator with over 26-years expertise in embedding technology to enhance lessons and engage students of all ages: nursery, primary, and secondary. She is a Microsoft Innovative Education Expert and Apple Teacher.
Her Primary school was the first in Scotland to receive the Digital Schools (DS) award in 2016, and her Secondary was the first in the UK and Ireland to receive this coveted award in 2017. She is currently a DS mentor helping other schools with their digital journey and is a member of Education Scotland’s ‘National Technologies Network’.
As well as pedagogical expertise Joanna administers all of the school's management information, virtual learning, elearning, 1-to-1 devices, MDM & BYOD systems.
As school Regent and Head of Professional Learning, she is also in charge of developing effective research-based 21st-century teaching techniques and is part of the GTCS's National PRD & Professional Learning Steering Group.
As part of a small team, she recently developed Scotland’s first practitioner based distance learning teaching qualification (TQPR) endorsed by GTCS.
Joanna is currently working towards her PhD in Educational Technology at Lancaster University.
Senior Lecturer, University of Dundee
Derek Robertson’s career in education has seen him work as a primary school teacher, an ICT staff tutor in a council education department, a lecturer at the University of Dundee, as the National Adviser for Emerging Technologies and Learning with Scottish Government’s educational agencies and now back at the University of Dundee as a member of the lecturing/research team at the School of Education and Social Work. His main interest has been centred around the exploration and promotion of the effective use of digital tools and spaces in teaching and learning with a particular focus on the effective use of commercial computer games in teaching and learning in schools. His leading work at a national level in Scotland saw him speak to audiences around the world about the way in which Scottish schools embraced and developed the practice of game-based learning.
Assistant Head Teacher of STEM, Founder of Osi’s Tech Tips
Osi Ejiofor is currently an Assistant Head Teacher of STEM in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham and founder of Osi's Tech Tips (@osistechtips). Within 13 year of experience in Primary education, he has taught and led in Computing and ICT for over 9 years across three London boroughs, developing the use of technology in each school. He uses his experience in the use of technology in the classroom to provide professional training and is an event speaker, helping schools transform their use of the technology they already have.
Osi's passion and enthusiasm for the use of technology to develop young minds is contagious and has impacted professionals, pupils, and parents that have attended his training sessions. His YouTube channel is aimed at providing people with simple tech tips to help them use features of their devices and software that are readily available and free. He continues to develop his knowledge and applies what he learns through his classroom practice, then trains people to repeat the process. His passion is based on a vision to prepare pupils for their future, and give them the ability to create their own jobs through the transferable skills they acquire while learning with technology.
Learning and Development Manager, Activate Learning
James has a wealth of teaching experience, having accrued 20 years teaching across further and higher education. He is passionate about teaching and learning and how technology can be used to enhance it.
In 2014, he was joint individual runner up for the ALT learning technologist of the year for his work with Google sites, Google+ and other web apps and sites which he promotes through his blog. In 2018 he was included in #Edtech50 - a list that celebrates the work of the education technology sector in the UK, and shines a spotlight on those pioneering a new future in education through technology.
He also appeared in the #JiscTop10 - a competition that celebrates the excellent social media work being done by FE sector professionals whose innovative ways of using social media add value to their practice.
Dr Stavros Nikou
Digital Education Lecturer, University of Strathclyde
Stavros Nikou is a Lecturer in Digital Education in the School of Education, University of Strathclyde. He is also a research member of SMILE (Smart Mobile and Interactive Learning Environments) Laboratory and Ambassador for Scientix - The Community for Science Education in Europe. Stavros has many years of experience in K-12 STEM and ICT education, vocational education, lifelong learning and mentoring teachers in ICT and technology-enhanced learning. His research interests include technology-enhanced teaching and learning, teacher education, computational thinking and innovative emerging technologies to support STEM education. He also has published in scientific peer-reviewed journals and international conferences.
Teacher and Past President, NASUWT
First and foremost I am a teacher. I am now in my 33rd year of teaching although time passes quickly when you’re enjoying yourself. I Teach physics/Chemistry in a comprehensive Secondary school. I have just completed my term as National President for NASUWT. I currently chair the Policy Committee of the NASUWT National Executive Committee. I have been an Association Secretary for NASUWT North Lanarkshire for almost 10 years. I represent NASUWT on a number of national bodies for the Scottish Government, SQA and West Partnership Regional Improvement Collaborative. After my initial degree I completed a postgraduate Diploma in Educational ICT and have keenly followed EdTech advances and developments in education throughout my teaching career. Out with teaching I make a valiant but variable attempt to play football and although as a physics teacher I have a fair understanding of how projectiles work this does not seem to permeate my lack of mastery of the game of golf, which continues to both frustrate and bemuse me in equal measure. Perhaps we shouldn’t take pastimes too seriously!