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In defence of lesson observations (sort of)

Tonight Ofsted hosted #sltchat on Twitter. This was a pretty huge thing in my view and I really hope it marks the beginning of a more human Ofsted. Time will tell I guess. A great deal of the conversation though tonight was on the subject of lesson observations and...

MSGridView – A grid of grids UITableView equivalent

I had a project recently where I needed to create a horizontally scrolling paged grid of grids. The app started as a single 3 x 3 grid so I did the obvious and created a UIView with sub views. This evolved into each subview being a UIButton subclass that took a number...

How to innovate

I go to quite a few networking events; dinners, talks, conferences and the like. I go to them because I almost always learn something and because I almost always meet someone interesting. A favourite of mine is 9others, which limits the number of attendees to 10 and...

A workshop on algorithms for primary schools

I recently ran a workshop on algorithms in the school where I am a governor (Bewdley Primary School) for a more able group of upper Key Stage 2 pupils (aged 9-11) from three of our four local primaries. This was in many ways the follow up to a workshop I ran last year...

Karmr and startup metrics for fat pirates

As some of you may know, Karmr is a social network for actions. It works a lot like other social networks except that, in the same way as Instagram and Vine chose to focus on a specific media type, we chose to focus on a topic type – things that people did....