Meet our Ambassadors, a team of educational advisors who bring our mobile learning research to life by sharing their experiences to help other educators see it in practice from both a student and teacher perspective.

Tim Cross

Tim Cross – Leigh Academies Trust

Tim has been an ICT teacher, Director of Technology and is now the Strategic Leader for the use of technology for the Leigh Academies Trust, who are fully committed to a mobile learning strategy for all its academies. Tim is passionate about using technology to bring transformation in teaching and learning and exploring how to change learning environments to meet the needs of 21st century learners. He leads on large scale iPad and Chromebook rollouts and training teachers in using Google and Apple tools for learning.

I have been involved with the team as one of their first research pilot schools. When we first launched our iPad scheme no one in Europe had done a project on the scale we were planning, so it was a hard road. There was no one to ask for advice, no place to get information so we guessed, bluffed and stumbled our way through the first year. Things have moved on since then but Techknowledge now fill a crucial role of providing independent and quality advice in an increasingly over-crowded and confusing landscape of technology in schools”

Read Tim’s Edtech Blog

Mark White

Marc White – Honywood School

Graduated from the University of Essex with a degree in Computer Science. Worked for PC World for year while completing work experience in schools, awarded top performer award in 2006. Was accepted onto ICT PGCE at University of East London and complete a PGCE in 2007. Joined Jo Richardson Community School in September 2007 as ICT teacher. Held roles of KS4 ICT coordinator and Virtual learning coordinator whilst also being a member of the Barking and Dagenham virtual learning steering group. Joined The Chafford School in Rainham in January 2010 as Director of ICT. Acted as the ICT Diploma line lead for the London Borough of Havering leading six schools and colleges in development of the IT diploma for havering. Joined Honywood School in Coggeshall in September 2012 as Subject Leader for Computer Science. Acted as Computer Science external tutor for Essex SCITT (school centred initial teacher training).

Renaldo Lawrence

Renaldo Lawrence – Chiswick School

Renaldo Lawrence works at Chiswick School where he helps teachers use their curriculum and turn it into interactive learning materials. Renaldo is an Adobe Educator Leader, Apple Distinguished Educator, Microsoft Innovator and Teacher developer, Advanced Skills Teacher and holds his Masters in Education.

Renaldo is also the 4th leading scorer in the history of British basketball and listed in the Guinness Books of Records for scoring 73 points in a single game. HIs son Andrew Lawrence also played basketball for Great Britain in the 2012 Olympics.

Phil Spores

Phil Spoors – Cramlington School

Assistant head teacher with responsibility for eLearning across the school at Cramlington Learning Village. Our school has had a fantastic ICT journey which began well over a decade ago and has led to an international reputation for effective and innovative use of technology for learning. We have been a 1:1 mobile device school for 4 years beginning with Samsung Galaxy Tablets and now progressing to Chromebooks. In the UK we are one of only seven Google Lighthouse schools and one of six Elearning champion schools.

I am a Google Certified Teacher. I am soon to begin a secondment working with the Teacher Development Trust as North East lead for their NTEN program. This is aimed at researching the impact of CPD in schools, sharing best practice and improving the quality of CPD. When I’m not at my day job(s) I enjoy many sports, family time, songwriting and I also write books.

I am lucky enough to have been appointed as the lead teacher for the UK in a EUN led Creative Classrooms project looking at the impact of tablets in the classroom. Despite my experience firmly being built around the effective use of ICT my passion is teaching and learning and everything we do with technology is developed with teaching and learning at the heart.”

Abdul Chohan

Abdul Chohan – Essa Academy

Abdul Chohan is an award-winning Learning Technology consultant based in the UK. Working with international educational organisations as well as devising learning strategies based on mobile technology platforms, Abdul has pioneered the embedded use of learning technologies for students and teachers alike. His programmes focus on ‘Simplicity and Reliability’ and have extended beyond the traditional school environment to impact families and the wider communities that the schools serve.