About David

David is passionate about developing engaging ways to raise digital literacy with school students. Having worked in the tech industry, he's excited to help show children how they can make the world a better place.
23 Dec, 2017

3 highlights from students coding their own music

By |2020-09-21T11:04:01+00:00December 23rd, 2017|School Program|

After the previous Digital Inventors program at Cheltenham Primary School, I worked on creating a new program experience that focused more on coding, but combined a different discipline to provide a unique context and purpose.  This led to the creation of the Jam Pi program which is based on the awesome Sonic Pi, which engages students in computing [...]

22 Aug, 2017

How these primary school students learnt more than coding

By |2020-09-21T11:04:01+00:00August 22nd, 2017|School Program|

"Oh no!  This is going to be SO hard!!" 11 students in Years 5-6 from Cheltenham Primary School put their hand up to tackle a new STEAM challenge - our Digital Inventors program, where they had to design and create a website to solve a problem they were passionate about. They thought they [...]

22 Apr, 2017

How coding develops essential skills to thrive in the future

By |2020-09-21T11:04:01+00:00April 22nd, 2017|School Program|

When I was growing up in high school, I always wondered about the high achievers in the traditional sense.  The type that would excel in their studies, their sports, their craft. More recently, I wondered about those that rose up the corporate ladders, built their own successful companies, or the ones who everyone seemed to [...]

23 Feb, 2017

What could students learn about digital literacy and entrepreneurship in two days?

By |2020-09-21T11:04:01+00:00February 23rd, 2017|School Program|

Over the summer holidays, I wanted to see if children could come together, in a short amount of time, to brainstorm ideas and problems they wanted to solve.  I wanted to simulate a real world environment where they had to work together and deliver their digital project at the end of two days. But, I [...]

28 Jan, 2017

Why three primary school students built a Google Chrome App for their school

By |2020-09-21T11:04:01+00:00January 28th, 2017|School Program|

I was lucky enough to work with Cheltenham Primary School to trial a digital program over two school terms, where they identified a problem they were passionate to solve - creating a safe internet environment for their school. Watch the video to hear all about the journey from: Ellen Hollowood (Grade 6 teacher and ICT [...]

10 Nov, 2016

3 strategies to engage students on digital literacy

By |2020-09-21T11:04:01+00:00November 10th, 2016|School Program|

Back in April I wrote about why and how I was going to tackle the diversity issue in tech, and was grateful for the support I received.  I’ve just completed two pilot programs over two terms, where students formed their own startup to solve a problem they were passionate about. One startup called themselves SIFE [...]

17 Apr, 2016

3 Leadership lessons that 11 year olds taught me

By |2020-09-21T11:04:01+00:00April 17th, 2016|School Program|

Earlier in the year I wrote on LinkedIn on how I was going to address the diversity issue in technology, and why I believe it’s important. I must admit before my first class I had some nerves - almost like I was about to go for a job interview.  I had no idea how the [...]

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