Confirmed Speakers

Adele Botha

Adele is a researcher at the Meraka Institute, working on the MobilED initiative and heads up the IT at a College in South Africa. She is currently completing her PhD at the University of Pretoria and has had extensive experience in Educational Technology. Her area of specialty is mobile learning for development.




Adesina Iluyemi

Adesina Iluyemi is a dentist by profession with Masters Degree from University of London, UK and postgraduate Royal College of Surgeons, England diploma in Dental Public Health. Adesina has experience in implementing and evaluating small scale mobile ICT projects in England. He has also attended and presented in various national and international conferences. Presently, he is Scholar at Mobile Medical Computing Reviews and undergoing a PhD research degree programme exploring the human and organizational issues in the implementation and use of mobile/wireless information and communication technologies (ICTs) in the health systems in developing countries (Africa). His first and master degrees theses were written on the use of ICTs in health services. He is a Young Fellow of The Royal Society of Medicine, England, and a UKCHIP Registrant. A Full Member of the Association for Healthcare Technology and Management and a member of International Society for Telemedicine and eHealth, Member Mobile Consortium International, England. He is also an Observer to International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Q14 eHealth Working Group and a Member of European Technology Platform eMobility Application Working Group. He has attended, published and presented in various national and international conferences on these topics.


Adrian Hall

Adrian Hall’s role with Steljes Limited, one of the UK’s leading technology integration companies, is to develop thought leadership around the use of technology in education. He represents Steljes on the Project Inkwell Group, an American based international think tank/lobby group for one to one access to technology for children.

Prior to this, Adrian worked for the UK’s Department of Education and Skills as a senior policy advisor on educational software. His responsibilities included developing the government’s policy in relation to the educational software industry, commissioning new and innovative curriculum software, including software to work on mobile devices, and developing thinking on the use of games in education.

Prior to this Adrian worked as an Archaeologist.


Dr Alan Beecham, Teaching & Learning Consultant (ICT) Education Bradford

Alan has been in education for over 37 years, spending over thirty of those years teaching in a variety of schools. Within schools he has held posts from class teacher to head teacher, usually working around the subject areas of ICT, mathematics and design and technology. In 2003, Alan started working as a National Strategy Teaching and Learning Consultant (Secondary ICT) for Education Bradford. Within ICT he has particular interests in mobile learning and control and robotics. In 1995 Alan gained a Master of Education degree from the University of Leeds and completed my doctorate in 2000. He started working on ‘Handheld’ projects in Bradford in 2005.

Alan has attended all the Handheld Learning Conferences presenting at the last two. Alan also presented on the DfES stand at BETT2007 and was a keynote speaker at the NE Yorkshire ‘Classroom of the Future’ Conference. Paul is a member of the ‘Community of Practice’ group set up by Steljes on our visit to San Diego in 2006 and also the QCA/DfES Mobile Learning Focus Group.


Andrew Pinder CBE, Chairman, Becta

Between October 2000 and August 2004, Andrew was the UK's E-Envoy, responsible directly to the Prime Minister for co-ordinating the development of the knowledge economy in the UK. During that period, the UK moved to the top of world league tables for the use of digital technology. His responsibilities included helping to ensure internet access for everyone in the UK, and working with business and the public sector to make services accessible online. During that time Andrew had significant involvement with the education sector, especially in relation to the large investment that has been made over the last few years in technology.

Before becoming E-envoy, Andrew had a long career in both the public and private sector. He was a civil servant in the Inland Revenue for 18 years, working in a wide range of senior jobs, including Director of IT. He then moved to Prudential, where he ran operations and technology for almost five years, before having a stint at Citibank, initially as European Director of Operations and technology, before moving to the US to take up a global role with the Bank. He left Citibank in 1999, and became involved with venture capital, as well as carrying out some consultancy assignments within Government, including leading the first ever 'Gateway Review'. During this period, he was also Chairman of the Shropshire Learning and Skills Council, during its set up period.

Andrew left the E-Envoy role in August 2004. He now runs a small management consultancy, and has advised a number of other Governments in Asia, North America and Eastern Europe on how to develop the use of technology in their countries.

Andrew is a non executive director of United Utilities plc, and Spring Group plc, and Senior Vice President, Global Solutions, Entrust, a Dallas based software company. He is a member of Intel's Global Advisory Board, and a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars here and abroad.

He was awarded the CBE in the 2004 new year's Honours list.


Andy Black

Andy Black has worked in the Education sector for more than 20 years, primarily in the land based college sector. Major interests are the how the use of ICT can overcome barriers to learning among disengaged and disadvantaged learners. He has worked remote rural communities on this, changing staff attitudes to e-learning. He has written extensively on the subject and role of emerging technologies He has developed a sideline demonstrating gadgets and gizmo’s, such as 40 gadgets in 40 minutes. He lives on line via his blog

Andy joined British Educational Communication Technology Agency (Becta) in July 2003 and was involved in supporting the Learning and Skills Sector. His current focus is as a Technology Research Manager. He is most proud of a project involving an ICT terms glossary in British Sign Language on the web The project and a proof of concept mobile device version was show cased in October 2006 at Mlearn in Canada. . He has attended all three previous HandHeld Learning conferences and is regular contributor to the HHL forum.

His raison d’être is “don’t forget the learners” and “flexibility is the key to the future”. He intends to write a book titled “What do when the kit doesn’t work”, apart from tell jokes.


Anna Rossvoll

Anna Rossvoll, is currently seconded from her post as a Depute Head of a primary school to her current post as ICT Project Officer with Aberdeenshire Council. She supports and develops the use of new technologies in learning and teaching. Anna is currently working to support the implementation of Glow across schools in Aberdeenshire, but she is also working very hard to develop accessible and innovative applications of games based learning. She has been instrumental in the development and success of initiatives such as the use of Guitar Hero, Myst, Endless Ocean and computer games design in Aberdeenshire.


Ben Dalton

Ben Dalton is a Principal Lecturer & Researcher, Faculty of Information & Technology, Leeds Met University. He teaches Game Design and has a background in experimental physics, electronics, art and design.




Benjamin Halsall

Benjamin Halsall teaches Digital Media in the School of Contemporary Art & Graphic Design, Leeds Metropolitan University. He is an Apple Certified Trainer for Final Cut Pro and has a background in Fine Art, specialising in moving image and web-based projects.




Carl Smith

Carl Smith is a developer for the Reusable Learning Objects CETL at London Metropolitan University. His recent work has concentrated on exploiting the various ways that computer based modeling can be used in the design, construction and generation of RLO’s (Reusable Learning Objects) and MLO’s (Mobile Learning Objects). His primary research involves the investigation of these micro forms of learning from the point of view of their units of construction - to see across the whole range of constituent parts, schemas and key narratives involved in their successful development and application. His other research interests include visual learning His previous projects include the Cistercians in Yorkshire Project, Palace of Darius, and Materialising Sheffield. He has previously worked at the Humanities Computing departments at Glasgow and Sheffield University.

Further information about his work is available at


Dr Cathy Lewin

Cathy Lewin is a Research Fellow at Manchester Metropolitan University. Her research interests concern young people and ICT, particularly the uses of technology to link home and school, the tensions and overlaps between formal and informal learning with ICT, how technological developments (eg Web 2.0, hand held devices) can disrupt and change social practices, and the implications of these for formal education. She has conducted research for Becta, DCSF, ESRC and European Schoolnet including Gridclub, ImpaCT2, ICT TestBed, and the Evaluation of the Primary Schools Whiteboard Expansion Project. Most recently she has directed a project on models of online learning at Key Stage 3 and 14-19 for Becta. She is currently engaged in a range of projects including a synoptic evaluation of learner response systems (which facilitate text responses as well as voting) in Higher Education. She is Editor of the Routledge journal Learning, Media and Technology, now in its 33rd volume.


Cathy Morgan

Cathy recently joined RM Education from Ofsted where she was HMI and the specialist subject advisor for ICT. Prior to this, Cathy worked in the schools directorate at Becta having previously spent over eighteen years teaching and managing ICT. Cathy is now part of the RM team working in strategic partnership with Leeds City Council and Education Leeds. As the Education Development Manager, Cathy leads the team of educational consultants and works closely with the school improvement, advisory, national strategy and senior leadership teams to ensure the effective use of technology to improve learner achievement in Leeds.


Christopher Murray

Christopher is currently employed at the School of Medicine, University of Leeds. For the last 3 years he has been working on a variety of JISC-funded projects, ranging from the use of e-portfolios in enhancing transition (ELP) into university and the workplace to the use of Web 2.0 technologies and the role played by handheld devices and mobile technologies (ELP2 and Reflect 2.0).

Before being employed at the University of Leeds Christopher spent 7 years working as a careers guidance specialist and assessor, managing and teaching personal development planning to students in schools, FE colleges and to a wide range of adults at various stages of their employment history. During this time he developed online guidance materials and has utilised this exprience to build and develop e-portfolios,career materials and e-environments to assist students in the decision making and transistion process.


Cindy H. Rose, Senior Vice President & Managing Director Disney Interactive Media Group Europe, Middle East & Africa

Cindy Rose was appointed Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Walt Disney Internet Group EMEA in February 2007. Cindy joined Disney in 1995. She was appointed Senior Counsel of European Legal Affairs for The Walt Disney Company in 1996 and Vice President, Government Relations Europe for The Walt Disney Company in 1998. In 2001, she was promoted to Senior Vice President and Regional Managing Director for Walt Disney International, UK and Ireland, and in 2003, her territory was expanded to include the Middle East and Southern Mediterranean regions.

Prior to joining Disney in 1995, Cindy worked as a private practitioner in a number of different law firms both in the US and UK specialising in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions. Cindy obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Columbia University in New York and a law degree from New York Law School. Cindy is admitted to the practice of law in the State of New York, Massachusetts and in England and Wales.

Based in London in her current role as Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Cindy is responsible for all aspects of Walt Disney Internet Group’s European regional operations, which encompass premium subscription content and Internet-based services, including advanced broadband, interactive television and mobile applications, as well as the 14 local European versions of


Dan Sutch, Learning Researcher, Futurelab

Dan's main research interests are in mobile learning, radical innovation and the role of the teacher in technology-rich learning environments. He is part of the team that organises and runs the Innovations Workshops that bring together stakeholders from various backgrounds to investigate future learning possibilities with digital technologies. Prior to joining Futurelab, he taught at St Michael's Primary School in Stoke Gifford, where he used a variety of ICT tools to develop pupils' interest in language, including using Virtual Learning Environments to enable access to a wider range of learning styles.


danah boyd

“One of the chief thinkers of the MySpace age” – Financial Times

danah boyd is an internationally recognized authority on the ways people use networked social media as a context for social interaction—who inhabits the world of online social networks, what they do there, and why.

danah has advised a wide range of companies on social media, including Yahoo!, Google,, and Intel. She has studied how people develop online identities and how they use them to socialize on the internet, and she’s designed tools for enhancing online identity presentation. Danah’s blog (Apophenia: is a valuable resource for anyone interested in social media. Much of her current work focuses on how youth and those under 25 use social media to socialize.

danah boyd is a Ph.D candidate in the School of Information (SIMS) at the University of California-Berkeley and a Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School.


Dave Taylor, Developer, Imperial College

Dave heads up a new unit at Imperial College developing the use of Virtual Worlds for Healthcare. He previously set up and ran the UK National Physical Laboratory’s Virtual Worlds business area.

Dave is a founder of the SciLands, a Second Life continent for Science and Technology and has managed many new media projects such as ‘Second Health’, a virtual hospital to engage clinician and patient communities and NanoLands, an SL network and islands for the global Nanotechnology community.

Prior to Web 2.0 he was Vice President of Global Web for a leading multinational. Before that he managed Letraset’s European Software business, working with Adobe Systems, Pixar and Apple Computer where he developed an award-winning graphics software product.

Dave is a member of the British Computer Society and has a BSc in Mathematics and an MSc in Experimental Psychology.


David Cameron

David Cameron lectures in journalism and social media at Charles Sturt University (CSU), in Bathurst, Australia. His research areas include flexible learning, drama, mobile media and digital game-based learning. He has recently worked as a social media consultant for several Australian corporate and government clients, and is a foundation Teaching Fellow of the CSU Flexible Learning Institute. He is co-author with John Carroll and Michael Anderson of the book Real Players? Drama, technology and education (Trentham Books, 2006). He is part of a project team researching drama and game-based training resources for the Australian Defence Force.


David Cavallo

Dr. David Cavallo is the Chief Learning Architect at One Laptop per Child (OLPC). He also was OLPC’s coordinator for the Latin American and Caribbean region. As Chief Learning Architect Cavallo is responsible for helping countries develop a vision, local teams, and an operational framework to create a large-scale, high-impact change in the learning environment of their countries; for the development of materials to support learning projects; for coordinating efforts to instantiate initial sites of 1-to-1 learning with connected laptops; for coordination of a new international network of 1-to-1 educators; for conception and development of all electronic support materials; and creating and writing the philosophical basis for the learning effort.

Prior to taking a leave from MIT to join OLPC, Cavallo was a Research Scientist, Principal Investigator and co-director of the Future of Learning Group at the MIT Media Laboratory. His work focuses on human learning, designing technology to facilitate learning, and large-scale reform of educational systems. He designs, implements and helps deploy new technologies for learning through design, expression, and construction. Through his work on “models of growth,” he has focused on comprehensive approaches to large-scale change, including content development, educational methodology, teacher development and organizational change. His recent project work has focused on educational reform in urban areas in the United States, as well as in Brasil, Costa Rica, and other Latin American countries.

Prior to MIT, Cavallo led the design and implementation of medical informatics as part of a reform of health care delivery and management at the Harvard University Health Services. He was also the founder of the Advanced Technology group for Digital's Latin American and Caribbean Region. Dr. Cavallo holds a Ph.D and Master of Science degree from the MIT Media Laboratory where Prof. Seymour Papert was his advisor, and did his undergraduate work in Computer Science at Rutgers University. He has published widely on these issues, and has served as an advisor to governments and international agencies national efforts of educational change catalyzed by technology.


David Major, Senior Adviser ICT Redcar and Cleveland

ICT Adviser for Redcar and Cleveland LA in the North East of England leading the ICT Team (RACIT) supporting all schools - have worked for over 25 years in various secondary schools as a teacher of History and as a Senior Leader developing ICT across the curriculum. Excited by the opportunities offered to learners by new technologies and helping to embed this across schools but worried that sometimes projects may be unsustainable or fail to deliver because of unrealistic expectations. Have given a lead for authority solutions in Learning Platforms, Computers for Pupils and Access for All with some success and some failures! Working closely with partners in the Northern Grid and the e-learning Foundation to share experiences and learning developments in a region with low access to ICT for many of our learners at home. Trying hard to work with schools to develop suitable strategies but know that at times hard decisions need to be taken by those wishing to innovate! Sometime solutions do not work out as planned….then what?

Am seeing ultra-portable devices and handhelds as the way forward in making developments like Learning Platforms actually happen for our creative and talented young people. However, keen for schools to analyse and really understand what they really want the technology to do. Our aim must be one device per child and connectivity for all – plus inspirational teachers with the energy, skills and talent to make the difference working alongside an industry determined to deliver high quality support and hardware – if we get everything in place how far can we go?


Dr David Whyley, Consultant Headteacher, Learning2Go, Wolverhampton

Recently awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Technology by the City of Wolverhampton University for his contributions to education, David has worked as a teacher and educationalist in the City of Wolverhampton for over 30 years. He is an Ex- Primary Headteacher, who now, has the role of Headteacher Consultant - Learning Technologies for the City of Wolverhampton. David’s expertise has fed into National educational agencies, and contributed to the Primary National Strategy Leadership team Toolkit and a number of the NCSL/BECTA on line self evaluation matrix tools. He is an ICT Mark Lead assessor and an accredited National College for School Leadership facilitator. David has specialised in developing new ways of teaching and learning, exploiting both broadband and mobile technologies. As David was awarded the BECTA 2006 ICT in Practice award for Collaboration, and more recently the inaugural Management Today Award for Mobile Working for his work on Learning2Go. His experience speaks for itself.


David Yarnton, General Manager Nintendo UK

David Yarnton joined Nintendo UK in September 2003 from Nintendo Australia where he was Director of Sales & Marketing for Nintendo in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. Since moving to the UK David has joined the board of ELSPA and has worked with many of Nintendo’s business partners in looking to build upon Nintendo’s strong gaming heritage. David Yarnton has been with Nintendo for over 10 years; he first joined in March 1994 as National Sales Manager and was promoted to Sales and Marketing Manager for the launch of Nintendo 64. In January 2002 he was promoted to Director of Sales & Marketing and was responsible for launching Gamecube and Gameboy Advance SP into the Australian market.

David was born in England and moved to Australia in 1961. He studied at the South Australian Institute of Technology and has a Bachelor of Business in Marketing.

Yarnton has a keen interest in sport having represented South Australia in both Hockey and Rugby Union. As a gamer David loves Strategy games, First Person Shooters and Racing Games especially Mario Kart. His favourite game of all time is Golden Eye closely followed by Advance Wars and perhaps showing his age Arcade Classics that were released on Game Boy Colour (Galaga & Galaxian).


Deb Polson

Deb Polson is an academic and independent designer. Debra holds an academic position at Queensland University of Technology, Communication Design Department and has recently been seconded to the Australasian CRC for Interaction Design (ACID) as Senior Research Fellow. Deb has conceived and implemented a number of multi-discipline research and production projects, such as CIPHER CITIES, MILK and SCAPE, that endeavour to improve human relationships in and across environments such as schools, museums and everyday public places by exploiting unique aspects of computer games, mobile devices and digital social networks. These projects aim to transform how students identify and interact with learning, subject areas, teachers, other students, family, organisations and more broadly how learning tools can create connections that permeate students' life worlds now and in the future.


Derek P Robertson, Learning and Teaching Scotland, National Adviser for Emerging Technologies and Learning

Derek began his teaching career in Dundee in 1994. During his time in class he witnessed two boys, who were in his lower ability maths group, engaging with a complex problem-solving environment on the Super Nintendo console. He was astonished at how they engaged with the problems, how they were challenged by them and how they used their own suite of strategies to solve the problems in order to be successful at the game. Derek noted that this behaviour did not happen in the traditional maths setting and it made him reflect on the context of the game and why it facilitated such impressive abilities in children who had not shown it in the world of learning that they were expected to engage with in class. This chance observation gave birth to Derek’s interest and passion for games based learning. Two years as an ICT staff tutor in Dundee City Council was followed by a position as a lecturer on the B.Ed(P) and PGDE(P) courses at the University of Dundee. This position allowed him to establish games based learning as a topic of study for his teaching students and then to his successful application to lead games based learning initiatives for Learning and Teaching Scotland via the Consolarium. Derek is now partnering local authorities and teachers throughout Scotland to explore the impact of computer games in the classroom and is contributing to the growing body of work that is helping to change the discourse about the position and practical application of games based learning in classrooms.


Donald Clark

Donald was CEO (and one of the original founders) of Epic Group plc, which established itself as the leading company in the UK e-learning market. He is now a board member of Ufi (learndirect), Brighton Festival and Caspian Learning, and a school governor. Donald has produced over 40 papers, dozens of book reviews and many articles on e-learning, and has been involved in games, simulations, mobile learning and informal learning. He has also won many awards for the design and implementation of e-learning, including the "Outstanding Achievement in e-learning Award" at the World Open Learning Conference. He is a regular speaker at national and international conferences and a regular blogger:


Dov Bruker

Mr. Dov Bruker is the CEO and a member of the Board of Directors for Fourier Systems, LTD, a high technology company based in Israel that has been making award-winning products for schools since 1989. Under Mr. Bruker’s leadership, Fourier has developed expertise and a worldwide reputation in the area of science probeware that is second to none. Over 100 Fourier school science products are in use in 50 countries around the world and in many school districts in the United States. Most recently, Mr. Bruker was the driving force behind Fourier System’s development of a wireless computing device with an integrated data logger truly tailored to the needs of schools, the Nova5000. The Nova5000 was developed specifically to provide affordable student computing to all students and support the company’s mission of improving mathematics and science teaching and learning.

Mr. Bruker studied at the Haifa Technion, Israel where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronic Engineering. Mr. Bruker's experience in electronic prior to Fourier Systems includes work at companies such as APTEL, the Israel Air Industry (IAI) where he was responsible for satellite communication systems and Intel’s design Center in Haifa. Mr. Bruker joined Fourier as an Electronics Engineer in 1991 and is now a major shareholder of the company.


Ewan McIntosh

Ewan McIntosh helps people understand how emerging tech- nologies such as social media, mobile ubiquitous computers and gaming can help them learn better, work better and live better. He currently works for Channel 4 Television Corporation's Innovation for the Public Fund, as Digital Commissioner for Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Previously, Ewan worked in the world of education, latterly as National Adviser on Learning and Technology Futures for Learning and Teaching Scotland, the education agency responsible for curriculum development, and a member of several advisory boards, including the Channel 4 New Media Education Advisory Board.

As a teacher of French and German in the high school sector and an educational technologist working with children aged 3- 18, he frequently gives talks and workshops around the world, trying to find new and better ways of using emerging technologies in education.

Ewan has also consulted for Governments around the world, and organisations including the BBC, British Council, General Teaching Council of Scotland, RM and Scottish Enterprise, advising on how social media can be harnessed for to improve learning in the organisation, leadership and communication. More information and previous talks are available on his website:, and you can follow his take on current trends on his regularly updated blog:


Gareth Frith, Technology Enhanced Learning Manager, School of Medicine, University of Leeds

Gareth is the Technology Enahanced Learning Manager for the School of Medicine at Leeds and is leading a team of learning technologists implementing technology enhanced learning for the teaching of undergraduate and taught postgraduate medical students in both the University and work place settings.

Gareth Frith was until recently the Mobile Technologies Project Manager for the Assessment and Learning in Practice Settings (ALPS) Centre for Exellence in Teaching and Learning. Assessment and Learning in Practice Settings (ALPS) is a collaborative programme between five Higher Education Institutions with proven reputations for excellence in learning and teaching in health and social care: the University of Bradford, the University of Huddersfield, the University of Leeds; Leeds Metropolitan University, and York St John University. Gareth has led this major project to introduce mobile technologies in to the learning and assessment of health and social care students.

Gareth came to the ALPS CETL after working with Hewlett-Packard as an Account Manager for clients in the Telecommunications Industry and worked on developing strategies for mobile computing. He previously held positions with Compaq, Digital Equipment, Philips and the University of York.



Geoff Elwood, CEO, Etech Group

As the founder and CEO of the company behind one of the world’s leading learning platforms - Studywiz, Geoff Elwood spends much of his time travelling the globe talking to students, educators, government officials, academics and other major providers in the education sector. Often quoted by major press publications around the world, Geoff’s global perspective, limitless energy, drive and passion for technology in education have earned him a reputation as an industry spokesperson.

At a time when wireless internet access is about to change everything, Geoff strongly believes that “the challenge is to create strong partnerships and provide clear leadership to avoid the digital divide, devise safe and acceptable use practices within education, and to address the constraints and controls placed over copyright – who owns what content and where and how.”

In this presentation Geoff will share some of the successful strategies being implemented around the world, including those of the well established 14-19 Kingswood Partnership, talk about the findings of research studies investigating the impact of mobile devices on teaching and learning and inspire you towards striving for your own vision. Passionate about building learning environments that are geared for future technological innovation and convergence of data systems and devices, Geoff will explain how building the right partnerships is the key to success.

Geoff is a master relationship builder and has orchestrated school partnerships in 22 countries, a strategic alliance with Apple Inc (USA), a joint venture with Gould Group for environmental education and integration allegiances with numerous companies including Google and Microsoft. He has established worldwide operations teams in Australia, Malaysia, Russia, Germany, the United Kingdom and the USA.


George Saltsman, Director of the Adams Center for Teaching and Learning

George Saltsman is director of the Adams Center for Teaching and Learning at ACU and recent author of An Administrators Guide to Online Education, part of the USDLA Book Series of Distance Learning. Saltsman was one of the original writers of the ACU Connected initiative. He trains faculty in the use of mobile learning technologies in the classroom. Along with teaching in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, he currently serves as Director of the Library Learning Commons and the Non-Programmatic Distance Education Program.


Graham Francis, Director of IT Services, Havering Sixth Form College

Graham Francis is the Project Manager for MoLeMINT, Havering Sixth Form’s MoLeNET project. Graham Francis is the Director of IT Services at Havering Sixth Form College, where he has been employed since May 2000. His role includes recomending how Web 2.0 technologies can be used in teaching and learning and he is currently involved in investigating how Second Life can be used for this purpose.


Helen Shreeve, Editor, BBC News School Report

Helen Shreeve is an editor in BBC News. She currently leads BBC News School Report. With the long term ambition of turning UK secondary schools into news broadcasters via the internet, School Report helps 11-14 year olds find and make their own multimedia news. To create impact and therefore an audience the BBC produces a UK wide News Day every March when hundreds of schools and thousands of School Reporters work to a single deadline with extensive BBC coverage on all broadcast platforms from mobiles to the red button, from BBC One to Radio 4. Just under 300 schools broadcast their news on School Report News Day 2008, the projects’ second year.

Helen joined the BBC in 1990 and before creating School Report worked as a journalist and manager across a variety of radio, TV and online services. Originally specialising in UK politics she has also worked on Breakfast News, Woman’s Hour and as Business Manager for BBC News. She was seconded by the BBC to run a childrens’ charity specialising in teaching media production skills and outside the BBC has spent many years as a school governor and local authority councillor. 


Ian Hughes, Metaverse Evangelist, IBM

Ian Hughes a.k.a. epredator is an IBM Consulting IT Specialist who has worked on leading edge emerging technologies for the past 18 years, a programmer since he was 14. As a gamer he has seen a massive increase in the capability and design ethics within games and the rise of online gaming. In 1997 Ian started working on all things web, changing his perspective on the technology and the business due the much richer mix of people involved in the web revolution. Graphic Designer, Producers and Programmers all having to work together.

At work he has seen and been part of the Web 2.0 revolution has a top rated blog inside IBM and jointly writes outside. As a digital native his epredator persona spans many places, blogs, Eve Online, WoW, Xbox Live, Twitter, Flickr etc.. He is officially an IBM Metaverse Evangelist having led in band of colleagues into Second Life (as epredator potato) and other virtual worlds for the past 2.5 years with a view to understanding what the social, business and technical implications are of virtual world technology. When this people powered approach is used with a web 2.0 mentality what happens? What makes this work now? How can business benefit behind the corporate firewall from a new set of ways for employees to communicate in a richer way. How can business become involved without killing the spirit? Who are we online? Where are these new metaverse platforms going?


Ian Stuart, ICT Coordinator, Islay High School, Argyll & Bute

Ian Stuart has been on Islay since 2002. He is an engineer to training with a passion for both Learning and Teaching. He is one of the leaders in Islay High Schools transformation over the last 5 years from ‘bog standard’ secondary to Learning and Teaching Scotland’s ‘School of Ambition’ 2008.

Islay High School (IHS) has radically changed its curriculum, bringing in vocational courses and teaching to multi age classes. To support these changes IHS has developed the use Ultra Mobile PC’s (UMPC) for curricular delivery in every area of the school.

Every pupil has a UMPC which they use in all classes and take home with them to do homework. That homework may well be 'Make a film about....' or 'watch this video before the next class' or 'Interview your parents about..............'

To find out move have a look at and learning.


Jacquelyn Ford Morie, PhD, USC-Institute for Creative Technologies

Jacquelyn Ford Morie is a Senior Researcher at USC’s Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT), working in immersive and mobile technologies with a focus on their convergence. Before ICT, she spent six years in the animation and effects industry in Hollywood, creating specialized training programs for both traditional and digital aspects of production.From 1990 to 1994, Morie worked as an artist, researcher and educator at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. Her Virtual Reality work at UCF’s Institute for Simulation and Training involved creating scenarios and environments designed to evoke emotional responses from their participants. Morie has been a vital member of the ACM SIGGRAPH Education Committee over the years, active in both research and conference activities for the group. Morie was also instrumental in the startup of the ACM SIGGRAPH Digital Arts Committee, whose focus is to expand and enhance SIGGRAPH’s presence in the global arts community. She will serve as Co-Editor of the upcoming ACM SIGGRAPH Journal for Art and Computers. Morie has recently earned her doctorate on theories of space and embodiment in immersive virtual environments from the University of East London, studying with Dr Lizbeth Goodman.


James Clay, ILT & Learning Resources Manager, Gloucestershire College

James Clay has been with Gloucestershire College since November 2006.

James is responsible for the VLE, the use of learning technologies, e-learning, the libraries, digital and online resources and the strategic direction of the college in relation to the use of learning technologies.

James’ current interests include researching learning on the handheld devices that learners have. How can we create learning activities which work on personal mobile devices. He also likes to experiment on how we use Web 2.0 to support learning.

James Clay previously was Director of the Western Colleges Consortium he was responsible for the management, strategic direction and development of e-learning using a shared MLE across the four partner FE Colleges of the WCC.

Before the WCC he worked for at-Bristol, a Millennium project within the Harbourside of Bristol - a job which involved delivering hands-on science education and designing educational websites on subjects as diverse as handheld learning experiences, Antiguan racer snakes, space science and the mummification process of the ancient Egyptians.

Prior to the above, James spent ten years in Further Education as a lecturer in Business & Economics, employing a variety of learning technologies.


Dr. James Langford, Director of Web Integration and Programming

James Langford is responsible for developing ACU Mobile (, ACU's web portal for the iPhone. ACU Mobile is a set of web applications that integrate with existing administrative and academic applications. He created the first mobile site for the iPhone and has led the cross-departmental tech team for converged media devices. He is an adjunct assistant professor in ACU's iSchool and serves on Apple's iPhone task force for higher education and on Google's customer advisory board for education.


Jane Lunsford

Jane Lunsford has over 10 years’ experience of using communication technologies to support student learning at the Open University (OU). She is a researcher and lead instructional designer working within a team responsible for providing online student and associate lecturer support resources, for example study skills and careers advice. In addition she has been an associate lecturer with the Open University, making use of her own experience as an OU student. She is dedicated to ensuring that students get the right support at the right time and in the right format for them.

She has been leading a team of associate lecturers in a heuristic research project. This team has been developing a variety of low cost mobile-accessible materials, using open source software, to explore how these alternative communication methods might better support students at the time when they need support and using suitable media. This work is contributing towards her Doctorate in Education which she will complete this year.

She is a graduate of the OU. She also has an MA in Online and Distance Education, Postgraduate Diploma in Information Systems, and Diploma in Management Studies. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


Jan Lepeltak

Jan Lepeltak studied theoretical linguistics at the University of Amsterdam and is working on ICT and education since 1985. He worked for more then 10 years at the National Institute for Curriculum Development (SLO) in the Netherlands. He was several years an educational publisher and became from 2003-2007 professor ("lector") at the Noordelijke Hogeschool Leeuwarden (NHL-University for professional education). There he developed with George Plakké ( a former NHL-student) and Keur ICT the Veenquestpackage based on PDA and GPS.

Currently he is working on E-learningprojects in Friesland and as a projectmanager at the Mathematics, Science and Technology Education Laboratory (AMSTEL institute) of the University of Amsterdam.
Jan Lepeltak lives in Amsterdam. j.lepeltak (at)


Jill Attewell, Learning & Skills Network

Jill Attewell leads the Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) Research Centre at the Learning and Skills Network (LSN). TEL centre research focuses on the use of ICTs to facilitate, enhance, support or improve access to teaching and learning, especially post-compulsory learning. Jill is also Programme Manager of the Mobile Learning Network (MoLeNET).

Jill’s experience includes 13 years in education, mostly with LSN and predecessor agencies, and 10 years in the IT industry in the UK and the Far East.

A particular focus of the TEL centre’s work for seven years has been new and emerging technologies for learning including mobile phones, PDAs, computer games and interactive digital television.

Jill led m-learning (2001-2004) the first large mobile learning project funded by the EU. She co-chaired the MLEARN2003 and MLEARN2004 international conferences and is Vice President of the International Association for Mobile Learning.


Jim Scott

Jim Scott is the Headteacher of Perth High School. One of first computing teachers appointed in Scotland Jim Scott has become a well-established and highly respected member of the Scottish educational landscape. He has been heavily involved at a national level with the flexible curriculum and he chairs the Perth and Kinross ICT strategy committee.

He is a great advocate of ICT in education and was a co-founder of the MIICE initiative. He has pioneered various ICT initiatives such as live TV broadcasting, games based learning and has helped to develop the school’s award winning website. He is currently working to develop the Confucius classroom initiative in his school.

He is a master of statistics and always wins at Trivial Pursuit! His particular areas of expertise are the American Civil War and the Swiss train system!

Visit the school website at


John Devonshire, Managing Director, JD Connect, imJack

As someone close to the educational ICT Industry since childhood John Devonshire, Managing Director of JD Connect understands the conflicting pressures of affordability and accessibility experienced from both sides of the fence – as a student and latterly as a provider of affordable and accessible ICT solutions.

As a student in his teens at a successful Specialist School in Barking and Dagenham and as a family member of one of the team that brought forward events such as BETT and The Education Show his early experiences at the grass roots of educational technology have shaped his commitment to the market.

At Handheld Learning 2008 he and his team will present imJAck, a Web 2.0 service that aims to lead the way for the next generation of collaborative technologies for education. In the coming months they will be working in collaboration with the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust supporting a research programme to further the collective understanding of “what works” and “what next” for ICT in education?

imJack allows learners to communicate, collaborate and exchange ideas and interact in an enclosed and private environment – with participants centrally administered with each school deciding “who can” and “who cannot” be a part of the network.

imJack provides the perfect solution for instant messaging in education, designed to give students a truly effective means of online communication whilst protecting their privacy and security.


John Low, ICT Education Officer, West Lothian Council

John is ICT Education Officer for West Lothian Council, Education and Cultural Services (ECS) and a member of their ICT Curriculum Development & Support Team (ICT CD&S). John’s background is in Secondary school teaching and he is currently on secondment to Learning and Teaching Scotland as a National Adviser: Learning & Technology Futures. West Lothian Council was UK Council of the Year 2006 and a recent HMIe report found that WL ECS provided very effective support to schools to improve the quality of learning and teaching, schools are resourced to a high level, and there was very strong provision of ICT.

John and his colleagues in the ICT CD&S team are educationalists with professional interests in sustainable and effective integration of ICT to enhance learning. Through continuous partnership between ICT CD&S and schools, the use of wireless laptops, integrated into classroom curricular activity, has been commonplace for many years. During this time the ICT CD&S Team have monitored and assessed developments in Low Cost Mobile Devices and procurement models. Supported by increasing research evidence, recent technological developments and convinced of the potential learning benefits of increased availability of student accessed ICT, West Lothian have embarked on an authority wide programme to enable a sustainable model for increased availability of ICT for learning.


John Traxler

John Traxler is Reader in Mobile Technology for e-Learning and Director of the Learning Lab at the University of Wolverhampton. He works with the University’s nationally-funded Centre of Excellence in Learning and Teaching looking at innovative technologies to support diverse communities of students and with the University’s Centre for International Development and Training exploring ways of using appropriate innovative technologies to deliver education in developing countries especially sub Saharan Africa.

He is a Director of the International Association for Mobile Learning, Associate Editor of the International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning and Conference Chair of mLearn2008, the world’s biggest and oldest mobile learning research conference. John has co-written a guide to mobile learning in developing countries and is co-editor of the definitive book on mobile learning: Kukulska-Hulme, A. and Traxler, J. (2005) Mobile Learning: A Handbook for Educators and Trainers, Routledge.

John has written over 10 book chapters and publishes regularly on evaluating and embedding mobile learning, and is interested in the profound consequences of universal mobile devices on our societies. He has been invited to present at the South African national science festival, SciFest, at Rhodes University, and invited by Microsoft to the Mobile Learning Summit in Seattle and by the Canadian government to the ICTD conference in Bangalore. He will shortly start a two-month spell as visiting scientist at the Meraka Institute in Pretoria supporting mobile technology projects rolling out across South Africa.

He is jointly responsible for national workshops on mobile learning for UK universities and has delivered similar workshops to university staff in Germany, Kenya, South Africa, Canada and India. He advises UK universities on mobile learning projects, for example in large-scale-messaging, podcasting and broadcasting with Bluetooth.

He advises the Swiss BioVision Foundation on appropriate technologies to support Kenya farmers and continues to work with the Kenyan government implementing national support for teachers’ in-service training using mobile phones and video. He has links Avallain AG, one of Europe’s leading e-learning system developers. He was the Evaluator for the EU FP6 m-learning project.


Jon Trinder

Jon Trinder is a part-time Ph.D. student in the Robert Clark Centre at the University of Glasgow. His Ph.D work involves the use and analysis of automatic logs of device usage and the use of PDAs for Computer Aided Assessment. He's been a PDA software developer since 1999 authoring shareware and bespoke applications for His first involvement with learning and PDAs was in 2002, providing the software "PocketCites For Windows" for the Cornell University Mobile Mann PDAs/Library Project and the TourDiary application for educational travel company Explorica.

Jon's software has been used for many diverse purposes such as interfacing magnetic tag readers to PDAs to count cattle in Montana; interfacing PDAs to magnetic stripe readers to collect USA driving licenses; catching criminals via remote surveillance using PDAs (; and remote image capture for ''. His educational applications, such as NinePoll and NineColours, have been used in schools around the world.

Recent work has included Red Flipper and Media Composer as parts of the RedHalo suite for HandheldLearning. He is currently writing applications to link mobile devices in the real world to those in virtual worlds.

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Joyce Ness

Joyce spent 14 years as a senior lecturer for e-learning in Further Education. She moved to JISC as an e-learning advisor for the Yorkshire and Humber Regional support centre before joining RM Education to work on the South Yorkshire E-Learning Programme. She is now part of the RM team working in strategic partnership with Leeds City Council and Education Leeds. As a senior educational consultant, Joyce works primarily with high schools in the Leeds BSF programme to provide a bespoke Continuing Professional Development programme for all staff to support them through the BSF process. Joyce leads the ‘innovative use of new technologies’ project in Leeds.


Kathryn Trinder

Kathryn is a research fellow & educational development advisor (e-learning) in the Caledonian Academy at Glasgow Caledonian University. Her background is in learning technology and she has worked in the fields of visual communications, development of teaching & learning materials and learning technologies, lecturing (e-learning) and staff development for nearly 20 years. Initially self employed with a media production company, she later went on to work at GCU as a learning technologist and developer with involvement in a variety of teaching and learning projects. During this time she furthered her interest in the use of mobile and personal devices to support learning. Prior to joining the Caledonian Academy in 2007, she worked as a lecturer on post graduate e-learning modules and as one of the research team on the JISC funded LEX ‘Learner Voices’ research study which explored the learner perspective on e-learning across post-16 sectors in the UK. Her recent work is in exploring Emerging Technologies for teaching & learning and working with teachers to help embed good practice. Most of this work currently is about exploring social networking technologies, with the introduction of Web 3.D being a particular enthusiasm at this time.



Keri Facer

Keri Facer is a leading researcher in children’s digital cultures and education and works across creative media, policy, technology and education fields to explore radical and transformative approaches to education. She is Research Director at Futurelab, the not-for-profit 'think lab' for innovation in education, where she leads the R&D team responsible for developing experimental technology enhanced learning environments and practical interventions to model the future of education. These include projects such as Create A Scape, which allow teachers and learners to create their own mediascapes to overlay onto school playing fields and communities, and Enquiring Minds, a three year investigation of what is required to really develop negotiated curricula in schools through learner-led enquiry based learning in schools. She also leads Futurelab’s partnership with Department for Children Schools and Families on a long term strategic Futures programme for education, and acts as an advisor in a range of research and policy contexts. In previous roles at Bristol University’s Graduate School of Education, she has worked on a range of research projects, including ESRC projects Screen Play, InterActive Education and the DFES Evaluation of the National Grid for Learning. She has published widely in the field of children's digital cultures including the book ‘ScreenPlay: Children’s use of computers in the home’ (2003) and papers on issues from digital divides, to mobile learning. Keri’s personal interests relate to questions of social justice, sustainability and children’s rights.


Kirsty Tonks - Deputy Manager, Shireland Collegiate Academy

With 10+ years teaching experience cross phase, Kirsty has brought her expertise in Primary Education to the Learning Gateway team. Initially appointed as Learning Gateway Schools Manager at Shireland Learning in 2007, Kirsty now acts as Deputy Manager of the Shireland Learning Gateway team with responsibility for training and embedding educational content via the Learning Gateway into school life. The Shireland Learning Gateway has been cited by Microsoft as one of the most developed examples of a Learning Platform and Kirsty has been instrumental in guiding schools in their adoption of this platform.

Kirsty’s experience of embedding ICT in a broad range of situations, brings together technologies to benefit a community of learners through the concept of Class Sites in the Shireland Gateway where it is possible to effectively manage learning within the classroom and beyond at a practical every day level. .. She now works closely with BECTA as a member of the Universal Home Access Support strand, where she has been able to advise on how best to embed Platforms into both school and home life


Kurt Squire

Kurt Squire is an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the Educational Communications and Technology division of Curriculum and Instruction and a research scientist a the Academic Advanced Distributed Learning Co-Lab. Squire is also a co-founder and current director of the Games, Learning, & Society Initiative, a group of faculty and students investigating game-based learning. Squire's research investigates the potential of video game-based technologies for systemic change in education. Squire's work integrates research and theory on digital media (particularly games) with theories of situated cognition in order to understand how to design educational environments in a digital age. Squire earned his doctorate in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University and is a former Montessori and primary school teacher. Before coming to Wisconsin, Squire was Research Manager of the Games-to-Teach Project at MIT, Co-Director of the Education Arcade, columnist for Computer Games magazine, and co-founder of In addition to writing over 50 scholarly articles and book chapters, he has given dozens invited addresses in North America, Europe, and Asia.


Dr. Kyle Dickson, Associate Professor of English & Co-Director of Mobile Learning Research

Kyle Dickson has been a member of the ACU LINK team since 2001 and served as co-writer and editor for the ACU Connected proposal. Since 2005, Kyle has given numerous campus and conference presentations on podcasting and evangelized early adoption of iTunes U. Kyle has worked closely with third-party developers and academic departments on iPhone-focused learning tools for teaching across the university, including media flashcards and timelines, smart phone clickers, and coursecasting.


Laurie O'Donnell

Laurie is Director of Learning and Technology with Learning and Teaching Scotland. His current remit includes: responsibility for the world leading Glow schools intranet programme; developing innovative practice, including new technologies for learning; and The Scottish Learning Festival.

He sees his role as an enabler of educational change and is focussed on improving outcomes for Scotland’s children and young people. Laurie is passionate about learning and the supporting role of technology in education.

He joined LTS in 2001 to take up the post of Head of Future Learning and Teaching, having previously been ICT education adviser for Dundee City Council. Laurie’s professional background is in secondary teaching and school management.

He was recently honoured by the George Lucas Educational Foundation as one of Edutopia Magazine's prestigious Global 6 for 2008. He was even more honoured when his daughter sent a text to her friends claiming that her dad was a global hero.


Lilian Soon, xlearn

Lilian Soon is an independent trainer and consultant who has worked in FE for many years. Starting out as a lecturer in FE, she spent some time as a multimedia producer in the private industry before returning to education as an e-learning coordinator. In 2003, she won the Nilta ILT Champion award and in 2004, she was awarded runner-up in the Leadership category for the Becta ICT in Practice awards. As an independent consultant, her clients include companies in the private sector as well as the public sector. She is currently a MoLeNET mentor for the LSN and a projects adviser for the RSC YH.

Lilian has presented numerous workshops and presentations at regional, national and online conferences and offers an active and entertaining insight into the simple uses of 'e' to stimulate active learning. Having been a mobile learning champion in FE for many years, she continues to develop e- and m-learning materials for clients and to trial new technologies and pedagogies in FE with colleagues. She runs her own text messaging system which she hopes to develop into an open source solution for education.


Lord David Puttnam of Queensgate, C.B.E.

David Puttnam spent thirty years as an independent film producer. His many award winning films include The Mission, the Killing Fields, Local Hero, Chariots of Fire, Midnight Express, Bugsy Malone, and the Memphis Belle.

He retired from film production in 1998 and now focuses on his work in education and the environment. He is Chancellor of the Open University. He was the founder (in 1998) and is Chair of Trustees of the National Teaching Awards (until October 2008), and he served as the first Chair of the General Teaching Council (2000-2002), and on a variety of other public bodies. He was founding Chair of the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts, and for ten years chaired the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television, as well as serving as a Trustee of both the Tate Gallery and the Science Museum.. He was also Vice President and Chair of Trustees at BAFTA (British Academy of Film & Television Arts) from 1994 to 2004, and was awarded a BAFTA Fellowship in 2006.

He was appointed President of UNICEF UK in July 2002, and has played a key role in promoting UNICEF’s advocacy, awareness and fundraising objectives.

In February 2006, became Deputy Chairman of Channel Four, and in April 2006 Chairman of Futurelab. In April 2007 year became the Chairman of Profero. In the same month he was also appointed Chairman of the Joint Parliamentary Climate Change Bill Scrutiny Committee. His most recent appointment is as Chairman of North Music Trust, The Sage Gateshead.

David was awarded a CBE in 1982, received a Knighthood in 1995 and was appointed to the House of Lords in 1997. In France he has been honoured as a Chevalier (‘85), Officer (’92) and, most recently (2006) Commander of Arts and Letters.


Malcolm Reeve

Malcolm Reeve is Chief Executive of Chelmsford New Model Special School which is one of the largest special schools in the country and is a sample school in the Essex Wave 4 Building Schools for the Future project.  The school caters for children aged 3-19 with severe and complex learning difficulties and has as its main aim the social inclusion of its pupils and students in society.  To this end the school is developing the use of personalised communication and control devices tailored to students’ needs.  The school is exploring the opportunities for social inclusion created by personalised handheld or portable devices.


Marco Minoli, Marketing Director, Slitherine

With background studies of Political Sciences in the Catholic University of Milan, Marco Minoli entered the videogames industry in 1997. He never left the industry since then.

10 years in the videogames market always on the marketing and production side, Marco Minoli has been working as a Product Manager and Senior Product Manager on Eidos and Electronic Arts titles from 1998 to 2003, working on games such as Who Wants to be a Millionaire, Harry Potter and The Sims.

He moved to Senior Management positions within Italian publisher Black Bean effectively starting the company from a product perspective.

Marco Minoli is now marketing director of UK-based independent developer Slitherine Software and a major contributor to Gamestore Magazine, the leading Italian Videogames Trade magazine.


Margaret Allen, European Education Market Development, Promethean

Margaret is one of Promethean’s best known faces. With a strong background in primary class teaching, she is extremely passionate about education and the role of technology in enabling collaboration, discussion and engagement in the classroom.

She joined the company in 2002 and was a key architect behind products such as the award-winning Promethean Activprimary software. She champions the use of interactive technology in the classroom to teachers and education professionals all over the world, inspiring them to try it for themselves.

In her current role she visits schools to discuss and solve a range of education issues, enabling her to understand how ICT is being used in a range of countries and curriculums. One key area of focus is advising teachers on how to stimulate children born in the digital age, including how they can learn skills that will be critical in future employment.

Margaret has helped train PGCE students on the application of ICT and works with major publishers and software houses, advising them on how their products can be enhanced by technology.

A keen writer and blogger, Margaret regularly contributes to teacher forums and discussion groups around teaching and learning and ICT in education. She has become a sought-after author of articles about the positive effects of the use of whiteboard technology in the classroom, and how it can enrich learning.

She contributes to a number of publications and TV programmes including Scholastic, NAACE,TES, Ictopus, BBC Child of our Time and Education Today.


Margaret Cassidy

Margaret is a Curriculum Development Officer for ICT in Stirling Authority. She is active in rolling out GLOW and is the key contact for all the GLOW mentors in the Authority. Prior to her involvement as a CDO, Margaret was a Primary teacher where she enjoyed using ICT to motivate her pupils, starting with the BBC computers and progressing to laptops.

The majority of her time is spent in schools working with children on various projects such as Power Point to enhance a persuasive talk, animation to improve literacy across the curriculum, and digital video to promote collaboration.

The introduction of Interactive Whiteboards into classrooms has led to Margaret becoming greatly involved in training teachers in their use. She particularly enjoys watching the confidence develop in those teachers who are willing to embrace the advantages offered by the new technology. As a result of her work in this area Margaret is now a recognised trainer for Promethean.

Margaret is a firm believer in the integration of ICT into all areas of the curriculum. Teachers should see that ICT is fundamental in the planning and implementation of Curriculum for Excellence.


Margaret Wallace BA (Hons), LLM, DipM, TQ(FE), FBILD

The European Pedagogical ICT Licence is an international CPD programme specialising in the improvement and enhancement of educational practice through ICT. EPICT provides recognition, training and support for teachers and lecturers enabling educators to increase their confidence with technology whilst being supported by their expert colleagues. Elective modules include Games-Based Learning and the use of online resources.

As the Academic Director of the EPICT programme, Margaret oversees the roll-out and integration of the certification within the UK and has an active role in the international development of the programme. Margaret began her educational career at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh teaching on undergraduate programmes in business and law and assisting with research. Joining the NHS in 1998, she advised on staff development in the area of ICT integration before returning to academia and spending the next eight years as a Senior Lecturer in Computing and E-Learning. She has been involved with many sector wide initiatives involving the applied use of ICT in education projects and she is well-known in educational circles as a regular speaker and author of articles in the field of elearning, online copyright and educational reform. She serves on both the Boards of the British Institute for Learning and Development and her local Further Education College.


Mark A.M. Kramer

Mark A.M. Kramer is an early adopter and informed critic of mobile information and communications technologies. He served in the US Air Force as a Surgical Technician and Combat Field Medic while completing his bachelor’s degree in World Classical Literature and Anthropology at Antioch University in Yellow Springs, Ohio. He continued his studies in Vienna, Austria, by completing his Master’s degree in International Relations at Webster University. Currently, Mark is teaching in Salzburg and conducting his doctoral research within the general field of e-learning, concentrating on applying mobile technologies to enhance personal and cooperative learning communities.

Mark spends a great portion of his time between Vienna and Salzburg traveling on average 16-24 hours a week on the Austrian Railway. This time is spent in part by conducting real-world research and developing strategies for extreme-mobile learning scenarios. Mark's long-term goal is to apply his medical background and anthropological field-experience to help develop mobile ICT solutions and infrastructure to assist medical & humanitarian staff located in geographically and politically (democratically) challenged regions. Research Focus: e-Learning, e-Literacy, e-Inclusion, ICT Enhanced Acquisition of Learning, e-Health, e-Government & e-Democracy, m-Learning.


Mark Pentleton

Mark began his career in 1996 as a teacher of French and Spanish in East Renfrewshire. His interest and experience in using technologies within language learning led to the development of the Linguaweb website. In 2000 Mark took up the post of co-ordinator of the Partners in Excellence (PiE) project which aimed to increase motivation and attainment in languages among upper secondary school pupils of Argyll & Bute, East Ayrshire and North Ayrshire. The project was highly successful, winning a European Award for Languages in 2003. Following the conclusion of the PiE project in 2007, Mark took on the post of Curriculum for Excellence Development Officer in East Ayrshire, working with colleagues to support the implementation of Curriculum for Excellence in the authority.

Mark’s work with digital creativity was recognised by Apple and in 2006 Mark was appointed as an Apple Distinguished Educator. He regularly leads digital creativity workshops across the UK and throughout Europe.

In 2006 Mark set up the Radio Lingua Network, which aimed to produce free language-learning materials delivered by podcast. The flagship programme, Coffee Break Spanish, was launched in October 2006, and quickly became one of the most-downloaded podcasts in iTunes. Radio Lingua has since launched 16 other podcasts in 9 languages, and the company’s podcasts regularly feature in the top education podcasts in the UK, US and all over Europe.

Mark has recently decided to concentrate fully on developing Radio Lingua further, and in the coming year intends to develop an Education Services element of the company, providing digital creativity workshops in schools and local authorities, linked to the existing podcasting work of the company.


Mark Richardson, Teacher, Thomas Hardye School

Mark has a lifelong interest in design and the performing arts. Mark completed a Foundation Course at Lincoln followed by a combined honours degree in Design, Film and TV at St. Johns College York and then a PGCE in Design and Technology. He has wide teaching experience over 17 years including working as KS3 coordinator for Design/ Technology and as Year Coordinator for years 9, 10 and 11.

Mark is the Assessment for Learning Manager at the Thomas Hardye School, and has contributed to the work of the first and second Leading Edge National Collaboratives (LENC), studying the impact of classroom based interventions to improve the academic performance of the lowest 20th percentile KS3 pupils. This work has been documented in publications produced by the Innovation Unit of the DFES, NESTA, Demos and the Network Continuum Education series on Personalised Learning.

Mark conceived and is currently managing the ‘Films for Learning’ project, which received NESTA funding, support from the LENC and now sponsorship from Microsoft.


Mark Robinson, Group Head of Education Product Strategy, Promethean Ltd

Mark has been involved in education technology for many years and has been recognised nationally with several major awards for innovative use of technology in teaching and learning. Popular online resources and websites he designed with his classes are still accessed tens of millions of times each month by teachers and learners around the globe and continue to be an inspiration to many.

After teaching, Mark held Research and Development roles in Education technology companies particularly involved with the specification of online learning platforms and the application of education technology standards. Before joining Promethean nearly four years ago, Mark was an Executive Producer at Pearson Education.

At Promethean, Mark has been a key part of a committed team of educators and engineers helping bring forth an innovative series of multi-award winning products and initiatives that focus on addressing the real needs of educators. These products now meet the needs of millions of learners in over 90 countries around the world.

Mark can currently be found online as the 'geekiest' blogger on Promethean's popular 190,000+ teacher portal - "Promethean Planet", which aims to provide that most essential feature of all - a vibrant web based community of like-minded practitioners willing to openly share and learn from each other as they tackle the exciting challenges of a digital future and making the best of technology in education.


Mark Standley

Mark Standley is Principal of Highland Tech High, an innovative Charter School in Anchorage, Alaska. Mark has led thinking in the use of portable and mobile technologies for investigative science activities outside the school environment. His Science and Digital Storytelling camps have run in several locations in the US over the past five years and he was instrumental in setting up similar camps for students in Manchester which have run since 2005 as well as the first BSF Science and Digital Storytelling Camp run in collaboration with the Field Studies Council in 2006.


Matt Locke, Commissioning Editor for Education and New Media, Channel 4

Matt Locke is Commissioning Editor for Education and New Media at Channel 4. He works with the Education team to commission online services that will deliver informal learning in innovative and exciting ways to teenage audiences.

Before Channel 4, Matt was Head of Innovation for BBC New Media & Technology. He was responsible for developing and running research programmes within the BBC and with external partners, including developing academic and industry partnerships, and developing open innovation initiatives like and .

Before joining the BBC, Matt worked as a curator and writer, specialising in the social adoption of technology and the cultural impact of digital technology, and still continues to write regularly about these themes for journals, websites and his own site at


Megan L. Smith

Megan L. Smith is a practice-based researcher in the School of Contemporary Art & Graphic Design at Leeds Metropolitan University. Her PhD explores perimeters of personal space defined and informed by new technology combined with the increasing complexities of navigating multifaceted ‘online’ identities. Our City, Our Music is a collaborative project between herself, Ben Dalton & Benjamin Halsall.




Michael Kasloff

Michael Kasloff is a senior product manager at Wireless Generation, responsible for flagship literacy assessments mCLASS®:DIBELS® and mCLASS®:Reading 3D™.

Prior to joining Wireless Generation, Michael had been working as an educator in the New York City public schools for approximately ten years, both as a middle school math teacher and most recently, as a school administrator.

He served as Director of Operations for NEST+m (New Explorations into Science, Technology, and Math) the first K through 12 public school in the City. Prior to assuming that position, he served as a member of the design team for NEST+m, tasked by then Chancellor Harold Levy with the creation of a K-12 model for the system.

Before entering the education field, Michael served as Manager of Systems at Pfizer Inc., serving the needs of the pharmaceutical sales and marketing team and outfitting the 2,000+ member sales force with laptop computers and a custom-developed suite of sales information tools providing unprecedented access to detail-level retail/hospital prescription data.

Prior to joining Pfizer Inc., Michael worked as an information technology consultant at Coopers & Lybrand.

Michael holds an Ed.M. from Bank Street College and dual-degrees in business management and computer science from the Univ. of Pennsylvania.


Mike Sharples

Mike Sharples is Professor of Learning Sciences and Director of the Learning Sciences Research Institute at the University of Nottingham. The focus of the LSRI is to explore theories and practices of learning and to design and evaluate novel learning technologies and environments.

Mike's research interests include human-centred design of new technologies for learning, mobile and contextual learning, and the application of studies of human cognition and social interation to the design of novel interactive systems. He inaugurated the mLearn international conference series. He is Deputy Scientific Manager of the Kaleidoscope European Network of Excellence in Technology Enabled Learning and leads the Kaleidoscope SIG on mobile learning. He is co-Investigator of the PI: Personal Inquiry project to support inquiry learning of 21st century science topics between formal and informal settings. As a member of the MOBIlearn European 5th Framework project he led the design and evaluation of its context awareness subsystem. His previous projects include L-Mo with Sharp Labs Europe to develop mobile technology for language learning, the design of a Writer's Assistant, an exploration of writing as creative design, computer implementations of story generation, and the development of a knowledge-based tutoring system for neuroradiology.


Dr Mike Short, Vice President R&D, Telefonica O2 Europe

Mike’s career spans 32 years in Electronics and Telecommunications, with the last 19 years in Mobile communications. He is a member of the Universal Home Access Task Force and UK Home Office Internet Task Force. He was elected Chairman of the GSM Association for 1995/96, and served on the Executive Board for 5 years, and has been chairman of the UK Mobile Data Association since September 1998. Mike is a visiting Professor at Surrey University and a Board Member University of Coventry.


Ollie Bray

Ollie Bray is Deputy Head Teacher at Musselburgh Grammar School ( and Geography subject support coordinator for East Lothian. He has won numerous awards for classroom practice and project development, including a Royal Geographical Society Innovative Teaching Award, two Learning and Teaching Scotland ICT Enhancement Awards and a Microsoft / SQA Partners in Learning Award. He has contributed to the publication four textbooks and various other on-line and off line resources. Recently he became one of the first teachers in Scotland to be appointed as a CEOP Ambassador (Child Exploitation Online Protection Agency).

Ollie is a member of the Association of Outdoor Learning and a full member of the Association of Mountaineering Instructors (AMI).

His learning log can be found at


Patrick Mork, Marketing Director, EMEA

As marketing director EMEA, Patrick manages the development and execution of the company’s marketing programs across the region and also oversees the company’s PR strategy.

Prior to joining Glu Mobile, Patrick spent nearly 2 years as head of EMEA marketing for I-play where he helped the publisher establish itself as a solid regional player in markets like the UK, France and Italy.

Patrick has over 10 years of marketing experience and his career includes positions at both Pepsi-Cola and Diamondcluster. He holds on MBA from INSEAD and an undergraduate from Georgetown University in the US.


Paul Doherty

Paul Doherty has 30 years experience teaching in Arts and Technology in South Australian Secondary Schools. He is currently working as a Project Officer with the Department of Education and Children’s Services (DECS), Learning Technologies team in Adelaide, South Australia. Paul provides ICT professional development and consultancy services to High School teachers across South Australia and has a particular interest in mobile technologies, Virtual Learning Environments (Moodle) and digital media tools.


Paul Quinn, Vice Principal, Harefield Academy

Paul Quinn is Vice Principal at The Harefield Academy, North West of London. Paul's teaching specialism is ICT and he leads on “curriculum design” and “new technologies” in the school. Originally from Glasgow, he has been teaching "down south" since 1992. Paul is married with two lovely girls aged 5 and 3 and their learning processes have given me deeper insight into how all young people can be engaged into learning.

Paul tries to engage students in using ICT to support their learning using self developed websites, blogging, texting, learning through gaming and using accessible technologies, hence his work with the Sony PSP in his teaching. Paul has overseen a dramatic improvement in ICT results since joining the school in 2005, always well above predicted data and school averages. His interests include Doctor Who, both the new and the classic series, football and orienteering.

A few enigmatic facts to finish with – the first time Paul flew in an aeroplane he jumped out of it, he once dated a TV soap star, he is a former British Champion,he has scored for Celtic playing at Celtic Park and is part owner Ebbsfleet United.


Rhodri Thomas

Rhodri is responsible for promoting mobile learner support and looking after the requirements of Open University students and tutors, who are using mobile technologies or working away from their regular environment. Recent project work includes delivering podcasting and offline access to courses. Interest areas include social and user-generated content on-the-move, educational and professional development. Rhodri's background is in research and development in teacher education, lately as part of Digital Education Enhancement Project (DEEP) work in Sub-Saharan Africa. He has also been closely involved in the Open University's Digilab, working with the operations manager, Keren Mills, to promote mobile learning within the university in particular.


Ray Maguire, Managing Director, Sony Computer Entertainment UK

Ray joined the company (then known as SEPL - Sony Electronic Publishing Limited) in 1993 as Director of Sales for Europe. Ray was instrumental in setting up the infrastructure of SEPL in Europe prior to the establishment of SCEE as a separate company.

Sony Computer Entertainment was formed in 1994, and in 1995 Ray was promoted to Managing Director of SCE UK. In 1997 Ray was promoted to Vice President/Managing Director, and in August 2002 he was promoted to Senior Vice President/Managing Director.

Ray is responsible for all sales and marketing activities of the UK & Ireland PlayStation Divisions and their operational functions. His current position as Senior Vice President and Managing director UK was extended to include the Nordic region in 2003.


Ren Reynolds

Ren Reynolds is a philosopher, academic, consultant and founder of the Virtual Policy Network a think tank dedicated to examining the relationships between virtual words and public policy.

Ren has written on the ethics of technology and he blogs at



Ron Edwards

Ron Edwards is the Co-founder and CEO of Ambient Performance, a UK based firm specializing in 3D mobile and virtual world applications. Ambient is the European distributor and service provider for Forterra Systems OLIVE virtual world platform. Ron is a pioneer and thought leader in helping organizations apply emerging technologies for better communication, collaboration and training with over 17 years experience. He is especially excited about the nascent metaverse and is developing projects in the core metaverse areas of mobile augmented reality, virtual worlds, mirror worlds and mobile lifelogging for a variety of clients in industry, government, consumer brands and education. Ron is from Seattle, lives in London, is a SMARTlab PhD student at University of East London researching collaboration in the mobile metaverse and blogs @


Richard Barkey, Chief Executive of Imparta

Richard Barkey is the founder and Chief Executive of Imparta, a global company that specialises in helping companies to achieve and sustain significant improvements in sales and marketing performance. Richard worked at McKinsey & Co., where he was a pioneer in the development of simulation-based training. Imparta’s approach embraces a wide range of technologies, from online measurement and accreditation to sophisticated computer-based simulations and mobile learning and reinforcement. Clients include GE, O2, Motorola, WPP and Microsoft. Richard holds a first class degree in Engineering from Cambridge University and an MBA with Distinction from the Harvard Business School.


Richard Crook, Child Mental Health Specialist, NHS Rotherham Community Services

After studying Marketing Engineering at Huddersfield Polytechnic Richard retrained as an Occupational Therapist in 1995. For the last eight years he has worked in Rotherham developing services for children and families as part of the STEPS team. Richard is a passionate believer in prevention and in working together across agencies. This belief has led to the production of interactive DVDs for parents with learning difficulties, amongst other resources.

Since 2007 Richard has been working closely with education colleagues to develop creative projects that meet the shared vision of an integrated children’s service. Richard has led the creation of a virtual team comprising of professionals from behaviour support, learning support, educational psychology, mental health as well as teaching and mentoring.

As a mental health practitioner Richard is an advocate for making everyday interactions positive and healthy, and collapsing traditional boundaries in order to achieve this. He believes that the agendas of emotional wellbeing and attainment are one and the same.

As far as challenges for the future are concerned Richard is looking forward to utilising social networking, web-based media and multimedia devices to help celebrate the daily achievements of young people.


Richard Kimbell, TERU, Goldsmiths College, University of London

Richard Kimbell was the first professor of Technology Education in London University. He has taught technology in schools and been course director for undergraduate and postgraduate courses of teacher education. In 1990, he founded the Technology Education Research Unit (TERU) at Goldsmiths College London as the base from which to manage his expanding research portfolio. In the subsequent period, research sponsors include research councils (e.g. ESRC, NSF [USA]), industry (e.g. LEGO, BP), government departments (e.g. DfES, DfID), as well as professional and charitable organisations (e.g. Engineering Council, Royal Society of Arts, Design Museum).

He has published widely in the field including three single-authored books, several books in which he edited contributions, as well as reports commissioned by UK Government Departments, the Congress of the United States, UNESCO and NATO. He has written and presented television programmes and regularly lectures internationally. He is a consultant to the National Academy of Engineering and the National Science Foundation in the USA, and is a Visiting Professor at the University of Stockholm.


Richard Warmsley, Head of Beyond Voice, T-Mobile

We are currently witnessing a massive change in the way that we socialise and work, driven by the ability to access the internet, through mobiles, at broadband speeds. Richard Warmsley, Head of Beyond Voice – Internet and Entertainment, will be revealing how the fast pace of change in the mobile industry is such that we are already seeing mobile technology start to deliver education in a new and exciting way that will benefit pupils and teachers alike

Richard will be identifying some of the trends that we have been witnessing with mobile usage which will highlight the ability mobiles give us as consumers the freedom to access the information we need from wherever we are.

Should schools be thought of us just as buildings? Mobile technology means they might also start to become the name we give to virtual learning communities, with online learning no longer tied to the home or campus.

Richard brings with him a wealth of experience working with Beyond Voice solutions and will provide an insight into some of the innovative ways that this technology is being deployed within businesses, schools and by consumers themselves.


Robert Heath, Senior Lecturer, Wolverhampton University

Robert is a senior lecturer at Wolverhampton University where he is Technology Supported Learning Co-ordinator for the School of Education. In this role he advises and facilitates the use of technology throughout the School of Education for teaching and learning. Robert teaches science and ICT as part of the Primary Initial Teacher Training team. His main research interests are in the use of handheld devices to enhance teaching and learning and podcasting as a teaching and learning tool.

Prior to his career in Higher Education Robert worked in secondary education where he taught science to A level before moving into primary education where he co-ordinated science and ICT.

Currently Robert is a member of the steering group for the recently formed Podcasting SIG (Special Interest Group) and has presented a workshop on Podcasting – the Student Perspective at a recent conference at Chester University. He is also active in the Learning Technology and Pedagogic Research cluster within the University of Wolverhampton where he has recently researched the effect of podcasting to deliver feedback to students following the submission of assignments. His other main research interest is in the use of the ePortfolio and handheld technology to record progress towards the ‘Standards’ required for trainee teachers to achieve before they are awarded QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) and allowed to teach in schools.

When he is not involved in technology Robert is a keen musician and plays the saxophone in several bands as well as being chairman of the Friends of Staffordshire’s Young Musicians.


Sally Drummond, Teacher, William Angliss Institute

Sally Drummond mentors young people assisting them to make the transition to an adult learning environment, she specialises in using mobile technology and mobile filmmaking to engage youth. In 2007 the Australian Flexible Learning Framework funded the Turning Point project to research youth engagement with mobile learning and the transfer of data using Bluetooth® technology. She received the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning award for designing the Leaving Home program in 2006 and an Innovations award for program development in 2007; she has written computer training manuals and designed an online communication arena for adult learners.


Sandra Taylor – ILT Co-ordinator, Ashton Under Lyne Sixth Form College

Sandra has been teaching IT for the past 25 years in General FE with the last 10 years at Ashton Sixth Form College. Through the Learning for Living and Work project, she introduced mobile technology for students with specific learning difficulties, and is passionate about the positive impact technology can have on young learners. In her current role, Sandra is responsible for ensuring students at Ashton have access to technology to enhance their learning.


Sean Kane, Global Head of Mobile, Bebo

Sean Kane is Global Head of Mobile at Bebo and is responsible for the development of relevant and compelling mobile experiences for Bebo's 45 million plus users worldwide, ensuring Beboers can interact and engage with friends, media and content whenever and wherever.

Sean recently joined Bebo from his role as General Manager International at Intercasting Corporation, a mobile social networking platform provider, where he was responsible for leading international markets and key product initiatives. Prior to this, he served as Senior Vice President, Business Development for Vivendi Universal Net, managing digital assets globally, and was General Manager, Japan. Sean has launched and expanded new revenue and product categories in large and small organizations, having successfully delivered consumer and technology products over the last fifteen years in the United States, Asia, Latin America and Europe.


Professor Stephen Heppell

"Europe's leading online education expert" - Microsoft 2006

Stephen's founded Ultralab in the 1980s, moving there from the UK Government's groundbreaking Microelectronics Education Programme. Over a score of years Ultralab grew to become Europe's leading learning technology research centre with projects that pioneered multimedia CD ROMs and on-line communities in the 1980s - before the web!

"Ultralab is Europe's leading leading research institute pioneering leading edge applications in support of proven educational precepts." - Oracle Corporation 1999

"One of the most respected research centres in e-learning in the world" - Financial Times 2001

In recognition of this work, Stephen became an Apple Master in the 1990s.

Stephen was the guiding "father" of a number of social networking projects including *ESW in the 1980s, Schools OnLine for the Department of Trade and `industry in 1995/6, Tesco Schoolnet 2000 from 1999, from 1999.
Stephen left Ultralab to found his own flourishing policy and learning consultancy which now has a portfolio of international projects including: Learnometer and HorizonTAL. Stephen chairs the charity Inclusion Trust with its flagship project for children excluded from school by behaviour or circumstances

Stephen is a board member of Teachers.TV - a Uk public service TV and broadband channel for professional development of teachers.

Stephen sits on BAFTA's Film Committee guiding the BAFTA Film Awards and other cinema related work.

In June 2006 Stephen was awarded the Royal Television Society's Judges Award for Lifelong Services to Educational Broadcasting.Stephen is retained by a number of organisations to help with future policy and direction, including the BBC, is an Associate of KPMG, and is retained by UK government in Horizon Scanning work to advise of future directions for educational policy.

"The most influential academic of recent years in the field of technology and education" - Department for Education and Skills (DfES), UK, 2006


Stephen Quayle

Stephen Quayle worked in secondary schools as a teacher of science for 15 years. He gained an MSc in ICT in 2000. He went on to become a senior technical instructor at a software company for 2 years and then taught ICT in secondary schools for a further 2 years.

For the last 4 years Stephen has a been Teacher Advisor at Foulstone City Learning Centre in Barnsley, where he is responsible for developing the innovative use of ICT across all primary and secondary phase schools as well as promoting learning using ICT within the local community. The position requires an understanding of how the use of ICT can raise achievement, standards and motivate both learners and teachers.


Steve Moore

Steve is in the business of connecting people, generating new conversations, promoting creative collaboration and creating the conditions where innovation can flourish. He has been doing this throughout his career as a Director of a PLC in his 20's, as a Director of the UK's largest public body in his 30's and as founder of his own companies and as an strategic consultant to Channel 4 over the past four years.

Steve’s particular areas of interest are education, innovation, media, technology, the Internet, entrepreneurship and increasing the study of well being and happiness. Over the course of the last two years Steve has brought thousands of people together online and face-to-face to explore these issues in novel and rewarding ways.


Steve Moss, Strategic Director (ICT), Partnerships for Schools

Steve Moss joined Partnerships for Schools as Strategic Director (ICT) in April 2005. Steve has specialist responsibility, within PfS, for ICT in the Building Schools for the Future programme. He leads the ICT team in their work with local authorities, national agencies and the ICT industry to ensure that the ICT solutions procured as part of BSF can have a transformational effect on the processes of learning, teaching and administration in schools.

Prior to joining PfS, Steve was Assistant Chief Education Officer with Manchester City Council from 2003-2005, Senior Inspector / Adviser (ICT) in Cumbria from 1988 – 2002 and, prior to that, lectured in initial teacher training following a school-based career which culminated in headship of a school in Walsall.

Steve has wide-ranging experience of the strategic development of ICT in education and has worked with Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) on local and national inspection and evaluation projects. He was Chairman of the Board of NAACE, the professional association for ICT advisers and consultants, in 1998.

From 2000 – 2002, Steve worked with the Ministry of Education in Jordan, developing the use of ICT in the teaching of English, mathematics and science in high schools. He has also supported schools and educators in Australia, Hong Kong, Sweden, UAE and the USA.


Steven Berlin Johnson

Steven Johnson is the best-selling author of five books on the intersection of science, technology and personal experience. His writings have influenced everything from the way political campaigns use the Internet, to cutting-edge ideas in urban planning, to the battle against 21st-century terrorism.

Steven has also co-created three influential web sites: the pioneering online magazine FEED, the Webby-Award-winning community site,, and most recently the hyperlocal media site

Both social critic and technologist, Steven has a genius for mapping the future—for predicting and explaining the real-world impact of cutting-edge developments in science, technology and media.

Steven is a contributing editor to Wired magazine and a Distinguished Writer In Residence at the New York University Department of Journalism.

Named by Newsweek as one of the “Fifty People Who Matter Most on the Internet,” Steven has also written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Nation, and many other periodicals.

He blogs at


Stuart Anderson, Senior Systems Engineer, Apple UK

Stuart Anderson has a background in working in education for over 20 years before joining Apple's Education team nine years ago.

Now working in Apple's UK System Engineering Group, one of Stuart's roles is to evangelise some of Apple's core Web technologies, including QuickTime, AppleScript and WebObjects.

Recent activities have centred around iPods and Podcasting using RSS as a distribution medium, including iTunesU.


Susan Jacobson, PhD

Susan Jacobson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Journalism at Temple University. Her research interests include the impact of new technology on the practice of journalism, new narrative forms created by new technology, and the development of mobile media. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Florida, her master's degree from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University and her PhD from NYU. She has more than 10 years' experience in the new media industry. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Area New Media Association.


Suzaan Le Roux

Suzaan Le Roux is currently employed as a lecturer in the Financial Information Systems Department at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) in Cape Town, South Africa. She has been teaching at CPUT since 1999 and specializes in the areas of Programming, Software Engineering and Systems Analysis and Design. She holds a Masters degree in Information Technology and is currently extending her qualifications with a D.Tech degree at CPUT. Her current research interests are in mobile technology and mobile learning.


Tess Watson

Tess currently holds the post of Acting Education Support Officer (ESO) for ICT in East Lothian, Scotland. Sheis also a Glow Mentor.Within East Lothian, she is actively involved with the Authority's 'EduBuzz'project. This includes developing social software such as podcasts and blogs with staff, pupils and classes. EduBuzz is an ongoing, informing development that is now feeding into Glow in East Lothian.

She has been teaching for nearly nine years. Prior to her secondment, she was (is) a Teacher of Biology and Science at Knox Academy Before she was appointed in East Lothian she spent two years teaching with Edinburgh City Council and one year as a Supply Teacher for Fife, Midlothian and West Lothian Councils.When she is not in the classroom Tess enjoys a number of activities. If there is snow she skis, if there is water she sails and if there is rugby on you will find her watching. She also enjoys playing my piano, although her neighbours don't!

You can read her professional weblog at


Thomas McNeal

Thomas McNeal has worked with teachers and students for 24 years as a 5th grade teacher, educational in-service instructor for a PBS television station, and as a computer and applications instructor for an educational service center. He currently directs the Desktop Videoconferencing Collaboration Project that facilitates the connection of Internet video communication between the staff of Kent State University and K-20 educational institutions. Mr. McNeal holds a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Master's in Instructional Technology from Kent State University.


Tim Chaney, CEO, Virgin Play SA, Spain

Tim Chaney describes himself as an interactive geriatric having joined the industry in 1981 at the UK outbreak of Vic 20 fever. From hardware sales at Commodore, Tim joined start-up publisher U.S. Gold in 1985 as Managing Director, which by 1989 was the biggest software 'house' in Europe (as they were referred to then). Approached by tiny Virgin Games in 1991, he built Virgin Interactive Entertainment to a joint No. 1 position with EA by 1995. The company was sold to Blockbuster, which was subsequently swallowed by Viacom and Tim bought the company back from Viacom in 1998. Sold to Titus Interactive in 1999, Tim moved to Spain and later purchased Virgin Interactive Entertainment España from Titus in 2002. Virgin Play S.A. (as it was renamed) is Spain's only independent publisher and distributor with titles based on Real Madrid™, Pocoyo™ and others. Its own new 2008 IP 'Mind Your Language™' on Nintendo DS will be launched at HHL'08.


Tony Vincent, Educator

Tony Vincent taught at a primary school for eight years. He started his school’s podcast, Radio WillowWeb, in February 2005. Radio WillowWeb has been called “the gold standard” in student podcasts. As one of the first teachers to podcast with students, Tony has been conducting podcasting presentations and workshops in nearly two dozen states. He is also the developer of the successful Our City Podcast, a collective podcast where classes around the globe are encouraged to submit a podcast about their hometowns. Tony also co-hosts two podcasts for educators: Soft Reset and Learning in Hand: iPods. Certainly, Tony is an avid creator and listener of podcasts. In fact, he is co-author of Handhelds for Teachers & Administrators, a book about podcasting, iPods, Palm handhelds, and Pocket PCs. While he enjoys the technology, Tony is first and foremost an educator whose mission is to engage students in their learning. He has earned recognition with the 2002 Nebraska Teaching with Technology Award, the 2003 University of Nebraska\'s Distinguished Alumni Award, and the 2004 Milken Foundation National Educator Award.


Valerie Thompson

Valerie is the Chief Executive of the national e-Learning Foundation. Born in Yorkshire, she was educated through the state school system leading to Cardiff University where she gained a degree in Animal Behaviour. Armed with this useful qualification, and an MBA she gained later at City University, she worked for a number of companies in senior marketing roles including BT, Price Waterhouse, Redland Bricks and Reed Exhibitions. In 1995 she set up the central London Business Link and ran that until March 2001 when she was invited to get the e-Learning Foundation operational. Now in its sixth year, it is chaired by Estelle Morris and focussed on out of school access to ICT for disadvantaged children.


Dr. William Rankin, Associate Professor of English and Co-Director of Mobile Learning Research

In the spring of 2007, Bill Rankin, along with Saltsman, Langford, and Dickson, began work on ACU's "Connected" mobile-learning initiative. Bill acted as lead editor of the initial proposal that became ACU's Connected initiative, and he worked closely with undergraduate student Matt Maxwell in producing the "Connected" movie, developing the software mockups and animations for the film. He has spoken about ACU Connected at Rutgers and Princeton. During 2008-09, Bill will serve as a Scholar-in-Residence in the Adams Center for Teaching and Learning, continuing to explore educational applications for the iPhone and iPod touch. 


Yishay Mor

Researcher and Phd student at the London Knowledge Lab. Current projects: Pattern language network (Planet), formative e-Assessment (feasst). Recently completed: CoMo, London Pedagogy Planner, Learning patterns, WebLabs, Kaleidoscope vision. Education and experience: MSc in computer science from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem (Multi-agent systems). Senior software engineer with Cisco systems and AgentSoft. Independent software and e-learning consultant. tags: Design for learning, Participatory technologies, Participatory education, Mathematics education, Constructionist programming, Open Source and education, empowering learning communities, Democratic education, mobile learning, hacktivism.