About

Oliver is a writer, researcher and educator. He has been a school teacher, a university lecturer, and run digital education and research programmes for UK charities.

He is Research Manager at The Raspberry Pi Foundation, leading the foundation’s research into learning and teaching in digital making and computing.

His book, ‘The Thinking Teacher‘, was published in January 2014 and takes ideas from business, the arts and other varied fields to challenge assumptions and paradigms in education.

Throughout his projects and writing technology and learning have been a strong theme, particularly the way in which new and social technologies affect how we learn and work.

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Speaking

27th April 2017

Digital Jobs Action Summit – Tech North (Panel session), Leeds

21st March 2017

Code Club Evaluation Launch event, Nesta, London

20th March 2017

Let’s Get Real: Cultural organisations & young audiences 2017 (Keynote), Museum of London

7th March 2017

Solved! Making the case for collaborative problem solving launch event, Nesta, London

4th March 2017

The Raspberry Pi Big Birthday Party Weekend

27th January 2017

Do ICT programmes need an upgrade? (Panel session), BETT, London

12th November 2016

Keynote, Independent Schools Association Conference

10th September 2016

ResearchEd National Conference, London

7th July 2016

Sheffield Digital Making competition prizegiving

24th June

The Telegraph Festival of Education, Wellington College, Crowthorne

10th June

The Art of Computing conference (Keynote), Newcastle

3rd March 2016

The Raspberry Pi Big Birthday Party Weekend 

22nd Jan 2016

BETT show (various speaking), London

2nd December 2015

Digital Disruption of the Educational ‘Institution’, University of the Arts London

25th November 2015

Fundamentally Children: Great Tech Toys This Christmas, Apple Store, Covent Garden, London

23rd – 24th November 2015

Internetdagarna, Stockholm, Sweden

16th November 2015

Nesta Flipped Learning Research Launch, London

13th October 2015

UCL BASc Arts & Sciences guest lecture

18th-19th June
Sunday Times / Wellington College Festival of Education

15th-16th May
Oppi Festival of Learning, New York, USA

25th-26th March 2015
NAACE Strategic Conference 2015, Nottingham

19th March 2015
The Education Show, NEC, Birmingham
Transforming Maths teaching with new technologies (Main stage), and How do I create young digital makers (seminar).

28th February 2015
London Festival of Education, Institute of Education, London

27th February 2015
Education Innovation Conference & Exhibition, Manchester

23rd Jan 2015

BETT Show: School Leaders’ Summit, London

21st November 2014
The Mayor’s Education Conference, London

19th November 2014
Sound Connections Conference: Music, Creativity and Innovation in Challenging Settings – in partnership with Ableton, London

12th November 2014
Master Your Class: Top Techniques for Teachers Conference, Devon

6th November 2014
The Disruptive Innovation Festival, Online

16th October 2014
Master Your Class: Top Techniques for Teachers Conference, Surrey

6th September 2014
ResearchED National Conference, London

4th July 2014
Teachnology ICT Conference, London

26th May 2014
Plymouth University On & Up conference

13th May 2014
‘Learning technologies: design for impact’ – London briefing event, The RSA, London

6th May 2014
IC Tomrrow Digital Learning Workshop, Nesta, London

11-12th April 2014
Oppi Festival of Learning, Helsinki

3rd April 2014
UCL TeachMeet: Deeper Learning, London

28th March 2014
Ed Invent, Cambridge

26th March 2014
Flight: Teacher Networks in the Sharing Economy, London

8th March 2014
TeachMeet Pedagoo, London

21st February 2014,
Leicester ITE ICT & Computing Conference, University of Leicester

18th February 2014
TeachMeet New, University of Roehampton, London

30th Jan 2014
Westminster Forum: Primary Assessment, London

24th Jan 2014
TeachMeet BETT 2014, London

23rd – 24th Jan 2014
BETT Conference, London

9th November 2013
UCL, London

4th September 2013
Rovaniemi ICT Conference, Rovaniemi, Finland

28th June 2013
Vice Chancellor’s Teaching & Learning Conference, Plymouth University

14th May 2013
ICT in Education conference
Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, London

 

Writing

Astro Pi: Running your code aboard the International Space Station

Acta Astronautica journal, May 2017.

#Insights – Regular research feature in ‘Hello World: The magazine for computing & digital making educators‘.

Imagine a nation of inspired digital makers

Association for Learning Technology, Online Newsletter, May 2015

‘Time to think’

ATL Magazine, April/May 2015

Two Technology Innovations
SecEd Magazine, November 2014

Teachers need not fear the new Computing curriculum
TES blogs, July 2014

‘Kicking the habit’
Teach primary magazine, May 2014

‘The View from Here’
ICT in Education Newsletter, March 2014

Can you think on your feet?
Nursery World Magazine, 10th February 2014
http://www.nurseryworld.co.uk/nursery-world/opinion/1142046/feet

The great debate: is the removal of national curriculum levels a good thing?
Teach Primary Magazine
http://www.teachprimary.com/learning_resources/view/life-after-curriculum-levels

Educating educators with social media, edited by Charles Wankel (Book Review)
Journal of Education for Teaching: International research and pedagogy, Volume 38, Issue 2, 2012
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02607476.2011.651954

 

Bios for media

100 words

Oliver is a writer, researcher and educator. He has been a school teacher, a university lecturer, and run digital education and research programmes for UK charities. He is Research Manager at The Raspberry Pi Foundation, leading the foundation’s research into learning and teaching in digital making and computing. His book, ‘The Thinking Teacher‘, was published in January 2014 and takes ideas from business, the arts and other varied fields to challenge assumptions and paradigms in education. Technology and learning run throughout his work, particularly the way in which new and social technologies affect how we learn and work.