Phil Worms

Phil Worms

Phil Worms is currently Chief Marketing Officer for Glasgow headquartered iomart Group plc, one of Europe’s leading cloud computing companies. He has spent 30 years in the IT industry having worked in a variety of roles with BT, Centrica and Texas based VarTec Telecom. During his career, Phil has led many technology firsts including the roll out of consumer broadband across the UK. Phil has sat on several national and Parliamentary advisory committees and regularly contributes internet and “new media” related features for trade publications and national newspapers. He writes an award winning blog, is a board member of eSkills Scotland and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He is currently leading a charitable campaign to create a Digital Skills Academy in Helensburgh, Scotland, birthplace of TV pioneer John Logie Baird.

25 years ago, 33-year-old British scientist Tim Berners-Lee created one of the greatest tools the human race has ever seen. The World Wide Web opens doors for billions of people worldwide and makes the impossible possible - plus, Innovate My School couldn’t exist without Berners-Lee’s invention. Phil Worms, Iomart’s director of Marketing & Corporate Comms, comes to IMS to discuss why the net is so invaluable for education.

Happy Birthday World Wide Web! It is 25 years since a young British computer scientist named Tim Berners-Lee submitted his idea for allowing scientists to share information between educational faculties across the world to his manager at CERN. The idea that his boss described as a “vague, but interesting” started a revolution in learning which continues today. It has changed the way we teach, the way we learn and how we access information and communicate with each other.

Before the World Wide Web entered the classroom, we learned by rote from a teacher who wrote things on the blackboard with white chalk – the traditional ‘talk and chalk’ approach. If we wanted to source or research information, we either made notes, referred to our text books or visited a library. This doesn’t compute for the school child of today. Today’s students are better connected, have millions of sources for reference and are more globally aware than ever. It’s quite incredible how much knowledge can be accessed at the click of mouse or the swipe of a screen.

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