- I'm working in the background to up-date these pages, but its taking a while! (14/10/2012)
I’m always interested in potential projects. If I can’t do the task myself, there is a conflict of interest or if I don’t have the time - I can normally recommend you someone for the job.
Here are some of the past projects I have been involved in and I am most proud of:
Speaking at a wide range of seminars, workshops, spotlights and keynotes on variety of education topics to local, national and international audience (further information here).
This project involved the production of three education textbooks for Hodder Education. I sole authored Exploring People and Place – Level 3 and was the series editor and contributory author for the other two books in the series (People and Past & People and Society).
Exploring People and Past was awarded textbook of the year by the Scottish Association of Geography Teachers in October 2010.
I produced Dynamic Learning Digital content to support all three of the textbooks in the CfE Social Subjects level 3 series.
An innovative project involving the use of the computer game Guitar Hero as a context for learning and social interaction. The project won first place in the European Microsoft Innovative Teacher Forum (further information here).
The training of over 1000 adults in Internet Safety and Responsible Use. Training courses mainly took place in East Lothian, Scotland and developed a sustainable and effective model to engage with the parental body. (further information here).
I was the lead author and consultant on the Do-Be Teach-It. Teach-It contains technology lesson ideas designed to spark creative thinking and support the integration of new technologies in the classroom. The lesson ideas are jargon free, fun and inspirational. The main topics covered include Google Earth, Digital Imaging, MP3/4 Technology, Games Based Learning and free web based resources on the Internet.
Over the past twelve months I have become a regular contributor to ‘Teach Primary’. Teach Primary is a magazine aimed at practitioners working with children between 4 – 11 years old.
My featured articles include:
- Rock On (August 2009)
- Blog, search & PLAY (July 2010)
- Endless Ocean and Immersive Learning (October 2010)
Along with Martin Duddin I wrote the first section on Rural Land Resources for this popular Scottish Textbook. (link)
I wrote a number of spreads for this modern textbook to support the teaching of Standard Grade Geography. I also wrote most of the teachers' resource file to support the resource. (link)
I worked as one of the editorial advisors for this project which has produced two very successful textbooks to support the teaching of Geography at early secondary level. I also advised on the associated teacher resource material that accompanies the series. (link)
I like the guys at Boardworks and over the years I have storyboarded and written a number of presentations for them including materials that appear within the following products:
I remain particularly proud of the Mountain Mystery that I created as part of the Geography Teacher Toolkit.
Times Educational Supplement
From time to time I write articles for the Times Educational Supplement and they also sometimes write articles about me!
Recent articles include:
- Secondary ICT - Search party
- Secondary ICT - Under construction
- Secondary ICT - Glacier gazing
- BETT 2010 ICT Special - Twit to woo: how to harness social media
I worked on the team to write the NAB’s for the Advanced Higher Geography Course.
I’ve consulted on a number of BBC projects including the New Lives, New Landscapes and the European Environmental Inequalities TV programmes. I also consulted on the primary Central Lowlands ‘landscapes’ project which consisted of web and TV resources.
Learning and Teaching Scotland
I contribute to the PGDE programmes at the University of Edinburgh and the University of Strathclyde as a guest lecturer.
The creation of audio and video revision podcasts to support Higher Geography (some of the first on the web). This project was supported by Microsoft and the SQA. These materials are now hosted on the Do-Be website.