Chris Sharples (@gr8ict on twitter) is Head of Computing at Lady Lumley’s School. He and his colleagues work on a simple objective:
“Competent and confident students focussed on effective collaborative learning of Computing that is simple to use, and works at home and at school”.
Please contact him as @gr8ict on twitter or using this contact form.
Chris is an outstanding classroom practitioner. His teaching has been judged outstanding in both previous Ofsted inspections, and then in June 2013, rated outstanding against the new framework by the LEA inspecting the school.
QCA judged the department as providing exemplary courses with outstanding leadership (2007); we have been nationally recognised for the quality of our Edexcel CiDA course and the department has A-level results that have been red ALPs (top level) for 5 years in a row. Like most ICT teachers, he is now facing a computing juggernaut and working hard to integrate it into a meaningful curriculum for all Lady Lumley’s students. His Digital Leaders helped build a PiNet class set of Raspberry Pi’s which are used at KS3 and for networked Minecraft. He has embarked on the Eduqas 9_1 Computer Science GSCE and working with a group of like-minded teachers from other schools. He is a CAS Master teacher, running the Ryedale hub, and leading on courses at the National Stem centre – see Micro:bit in secondary computing 20/21st November 2017. He lead a course with Jon Witts at #Exabytes17 and presented with Laura Heels on #CASResearch at CAS North East Regional Conference 2017. He has finally gone over to the ‘dark’ side and migrated gr8ict.com to gr8computing.com.
Previous ICT and Digital Leader work: Chris had given talks on a range of ICT and computing topics – outstanding teaching and learning, VLEs and most commonly Digital Leaders (at both National and regional conferences, posts of which are available here www.gr8ict.com/category/conference) and classroom use of Raspberry Pi’s. At one North Yorkshire conference – the NYCC eLearn We Learn conference – delegates rated the workshop by two Primary colleagues and he as “9 totally satisfied and 5 very satisfied that it was useful”. In addition “many delegates mentioned the DL lunchtime presentations as a conference highlight and said they were inspired to start a DL scheme in their own schools.”
He has run Digital Leaders for more than 4 years with Lady Lumley’s School DLs speaking at Microsoft, the first Teach-the-Teachers Teachmeet; BETT2013; BETT2014 and in the main arena at BETT2015 and BETT2016 several North Yorkshire conferences including a Digital Leader’s conference where more than 80 DLs gave talks and shared experiences. Chris has helped develop the National Digital Leaders’ Network Blog and is a regular on twitter as @gr8ict and as part of #dlchat on Thursday evenings. He has worked in partnership with Makewaves; DigitalMe and @curricinnov to develop the free-to-join Digital Leaders Network www.makewav.es/digitalleaders and the earning and awarding of Digital Leader Badges using the Framework (linked with Mozilla #OpenBadges).
Previously, Chris has taught in two other secondary schools as well as working for 5 years as ICT Development Officer for City of York Council.