About

Matt Britland

I am Director of ICT at a The Lady Eleanor Holles School and I’ve been teaching for 7 years.

When I am not teaching I write and advise for the Guardian Teacher Network I am also Director of Realise Learning.

I am also a big hip hop fan and I have been for 20 odd years, so every now and again I may blog about that. I hope that you can forgive me. :-)
You can contact me at: matt@realiselearning.com.

11 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Matt, I am an ICT teacher from Liverpool and think your projects are fantastic they have given me so many ideas to try out in the classroom, I love reading your blogs and I too am excited about mobile technology. Last year I tried quadblogging with one of my year 7’s it was amazing and the kids loved it. This year I want to do more coding and if possible use some of your resources could you email me if this will be possible.

    Thank you so much :))

  2. Hi Matt,

    I am doing a DPhil at the University of Oxford. My study seeks to develop teacher voice for education reform by investigating what teachers think might be the futures of secondary school education in England over the coming twenty-five years.

    I have read some of your writing on the Guardian website. I would really like to talk to you about your thoughts about the English school system, the challenges you think that it is facing and how you would like to see it develop over the next couple of decades. I’m in the very early stages of my research and you would not be part of my research project proper (although you could potentially become involved later on). I’m currently looking for teachers to talk to me informally about their thoughts and visions for education and I’d be really interested in hearing from you.

  3. Hi Matt,

    I am an Ed Tech enthusiast. Always had a passion for education, but got to work on EdTech over the last 2 years, thanks to a friend’s startup on m-Learning. I currently do independent consulting on EdTech.

    Prior to EdTech, I worked for 10+ years in IT in various roles, in India and US.

    I am looking for Ed Tech opportunities, especially in strategic planning, product research & design, and EdTech policy design.

    Can you please guide me?

    Regards
    Varadu

  4. Hi Matt,
    I love your blog. With your use of iPads in the Classroom I thought you would want to hear about the new Classroom Carrots from School Stickers.

    http://www.ClassroomCarrots.com is a new online tool to help improve pupil engagement in the classroom using avatars, physical stickers and matching virtual rewards. Hundreds of teachers have signed up since it launched in October 2012 and feedback has been great. We would love to know what you think. You can have a look using the free trial available on the website, but let me know if you would be interested in using it at schools as we would be happy to send you some free stickers so you can give it a proper try.

    Its main advantages are that it…
    – Improves behaviour and engagement
    – Enables instant recognition of achievement
    – Combines the benefits of physical stickers with the many benefits of technology
    – Saves time and effort managing and reporting on classroom achievement
    – Easily informs parents when rewards are given
    – Compatible with multiple devices including PCs, Macs, Smartphones and iPads

    Each student is assigned their very own avatar and when rewards are given out teachers simply drag and drop the virtual sticker onto the relevant avatar. Immediately the pupil’s name and reward flash up on the classroom whiteboard or computer. Pupils are then given the matching physical sticker, and if requested, an email can automatically be sent to parents to keep them informed.

    The rewards are automatically recorded, so teachers can easily create reports, and give feedback to pupils, other staff, and parents, saving valuable time and effort managing and reporting classroom achievement.

    Please let me know if this is something you would be interested in looking at.
    Thanks
    Cath
    @classroomcarrot

  5. Hi!
    I’m Brian Johnson, Academichelp.net manager. I have just found your resource https://mattbritland.com/

    Our team launched our project just recently and it has quickly gained popularity among students and teachers. Our resource is visited by more than 120,000 students and teachers per month.

    Our website includes lots of materials, resources and guidelines for academic writing. We have also tailored a great number of writing samples. Additionally, our writing experts answer live questions that come from website visitors.

    Taking this into consideration, I think that our website will be highly appreciated by your website visitors. Please do visit our website and if you find it interesting please consider adding it to your website to URL

    I’ll greatly appreciate your input.

    If you happen to have some questions regarding the website, I am always ready to answer them.

    Regards,
    Brian Johnson

  6. Hi Matt,

    My name is Rosie Rainforth and I am a second year journalism student at Leeds Trinity University. As part of my coursework we have to develop a specialist blog and create some news stories to publish online. I have chosen education and how technology is helping children in classrooms. I have read your articles on the Guardian and also on here and I was wondering if I would be able to ask you some questions on this topic? Any help you could give me would be greatly appreciated!

    Thanks,

    Rosie Rainforth.
    @RosieRainforth

  7. Matt,

    I’m starting out in September as an NQT in ICT/Computer Science. I need to create the curriculum to teach KS3 and have been studying yours carefully. It was exactly what I was looking for and would really like to base ours on this. There are some limitations at the school with resources available so some things need swapping around and changing but I want to use yours as the base.

    I was thinking of setting up a hub (small at first) of teachers who could modify your version in a collaborative/open-source way using something like Github, hopefully to create variations that are more appropriate to their school with some elements cut-out, modified or kept the same. If you were properly credited with links to your website/twitter would you have a problem with this? It would be an excellent point for us to start on and ‘forking’ the ideas to create variations.

    Many thanks for your work.
    Tristan

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