Google Certified Educator Philip Nottingham is a teacher and Computing coordinator at Springwell Park Primary School in Bootle, Merseyside. Teaching for approximately 10 years, he has worked in a variety of settings including specialist provision for pupils with additional needs. His lifelong love of technology and gadgets led to him creating his current role, to creatively incorporate technology across the curriculum at Springwell Park and beyond. Philip is a Raspberry Pi certified teacher and part of the Discovery Educators Network. He is a regular contributor to Staffrm as well as maintaining his own blog and Youtube channel.
I love technology. I also love teaching. You would therefore think that teaching using technology would be right up my street. However, I often hear of technology being used for technology’s sake and it makes me cringe. When applied effectively we can all agree that edtech is an incredibly effective and engaging tool. But what about the more traditional approaches to education; should we throw out decades of proven pedagogy because “there’s an app for that”? I have spent the last academic year working with small groups within my school experimenting with fusing traditional methodologies with technological advances. Pedagogy smashing if you will. What follows is a short record of some experiments from this year.