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Mark Anderson

Learning Technology - Teaching and Learning - Software Training

It has to be said, the controversy that still rages over whether the use of technology in our classrooms can improve teaching and learning is all a bit of a red herring. After all, as Mark Anderson, the self-styled ICT Evangelist, will show you, it’s not what you’ve got that’s the issue but what you do with what you’ve got.

At its heart, the debate boils down to one question – what does teaching look like in the 21st century?

It’s through answering such a question in way that combines classroom experience, practical common sense and a breath-taking awareness of what’s possible - all the more so now that AI such as ChatGPT is on everyone's minds - that has helped make Mark such an important figure on the world stage.

He first came to our attention when he was working with former Independent Thinking Associate Jim – The Lazy Teacher - Smith and was involved in the introduction of various technological innovations and projects across the school.

It wasn’t an easy task and Mark soon learned that the challenge isn’t so much in teaching teachers how to use the new technology as in teaching them how to challenge the classroom habits that have been with us since a teacher from Scotland started writing on a large piece of slate hung on the wall where everyone could see it in 1801.

Which is where Mark is in his element – showing classroom practitioners the many benefits of learning technologies once they have started to reflect on the very nature of what teaching and learning looks like.

Which makes the work of the technologically-savvy 21st century teacher very exciting indeed.

Recent titles include:

  • Equity, accessibility and the moral imperative
  • What the best schools in the world are doing with learning tech!
  • Effective and impactful evidence-informed teaching and learning with (and without) technology in the classroom

As you might expect from someone with Mark’s knowledge and experience, he is a prolific blogger with various awards to his name and is also a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert.

He has his finger on the commercial pulse of educational technology too, working with many companies where he can boast clients such as Apple, Microsoft and Google, is a leading voice on the use of Artificial Intelligence in Education and has authored a number of guides and books too, such as A Guide To Creating A Digital Strategy In Education.

Despite such an enviable grasp when it comes to all things technological in the classroom, Mark is very much a practitioner and never lets the shiny and the new get in the way of implementing the right strategy at the right time for the class in front of him, regardless whether technology is involved or not. It’s an approach to the effective use of learning technologies that will save a lot of schools a great deal of time and money.

For an understanding of using learning technologies to bring the best out of children and students by knowing what to use and how – and what not to use and what to do instead – Mark Anderson is very much the speaker you need.

Mark struck the right balances between doing and listening, theory and practice, able and less able (teachers!). He was able to engage the audience for the entire day and was still smiling at the end of the day! Book this man!

It's fantastic to have Mark Anderson as a speaker, sharing insights into independent thinking.

If your training provider or school hasn’t had Mark Anderson visit to show you all the incredible tech that’s out there to help you teach to the fullest... ask them! Amazing day.

Thanks to Mark for delivering our first session today! So many good ideas - it will definitely be worth watching again

Great morning and talk by Mark. Cannot wait to explore some ideas shared for our pupils

Mark Anderson In His Own Words


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