Senior Consultant at NoTosh Limited
Primary/Secondary Education | Melbourne Area, Australia, AU
Tom Barrett is one of the UK’s best known classroom teachers, working in the elementary schools sector. He curates and shares thousands of practical ideas from teachers across the globe on his blog edte.ch, and puts into practice the very best thinking on educational technology to inspire and engage children in their learning.
Tom works on leadership, technology adoption and improving teacher capacity with NoTosh in schools across the UK, and inspires teacher audiences with fresh ideas for engaging young people in learning.
His reputation for seeing worthwhile trends in educational technology is well founded: he was the first teacher in the world to work with multitouch tables in the classroom, pre- dating iPads by some three years in a partnership with Philips. He currently sits on the steering group for Durham University's SynergyNet project that is researching the future path of multi-touch pedagogy.
He has a keen interest in improving the engagement of teachers with professional development. Tom:
• was a key figure in spreading the popularity of “for teachers, by teachers” unconference TeachMeet;
• devised the commercial partnership model of TeachMeet Takeovers at the world’s biggest education show, and;
• worked with Google to bring their teacher academy event to Google HQ London. It was the first time Google held the teacher training event outside of the US.
He has a particular passion for helping teachers connect and learn together through the use of online tools. He has been instrumental in supporting and encouraging thousands of teachers, the world over, to connect and to build networks that help support their professional development.
He frequently gives talks and workshops around the world, exploring new and better ways of using emerging technologies in education.