Chris Sharples (@gr8ict on twitter) currently works as the Head of ICT at Lady Lumley’s School, and during the nine years there, he and his colleagues have worked on a simple objective:

“Competent and confident students focussed on effective collaborative learning enabled by information and collaboration technologies that are simple to use, and work at home and at school”.

Chris is an outstanding classroom practitioner.  His teaching has been judged outstanding in both previous Ofsted inspections, and 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.

Chris has given talks on a range of ICT related topics – outstanding teaching and learning, VLEs and latterly Digital Leaders – at both national and regional conferences, posts of which are available here www.gr8ict.com/category/conference.  At the last North Yorkshire conference – the NYCC eLearn We Learn conference on November 7th in Harrogate – 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 2 years with Lady Lumley’s School DLs speaking at Microsoft, the first Teach-the-Teachers Teachmeet; BETT2013; and several North Yorkshire conferences including the Digital Leader’s conference in June where more than 80 DLs gave talks and shared experiences.  Chris has helped develop the National Digital Leaders’ Network and is a regular on twitter as @gr8ict and as part of #dlchat on Thursday evenings.  He is currently working in partnership with Makewaves and DigitalMe to develop the Digital Leaders Network on Makewaves and the earning and awarding of Digital Leader Badges (linked with Mozilla Open Badges).

This year – 2013-14 – he is fortunate to be employed again as a consultant on a part-time basis by North Yorkshire LA to coordinate and promote Digital Leaders in North Yorkshire schools.  There is a growing network of schools in North Yorkshire developing Digital Leaders See www.gr8ict.com/digitalleaders  with DLs and Coordinators sharing ideas and stories at www.makewav.es/digitalleaders

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.


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