My name is Nicki Cooper (@GeekyNicki on Twitter) and I am an award-winning former subject leader and Advanced Skills Teacher in Computing. I hold a degree in computing and was teaching for 10 years before abruptly taking a career break to raise my children. Before this my main focus in school was developing our key stage 3 curriculum to meet the new computing requirements and rolling out Google Classroom as our new VLE.
A particular passion of mine previously was the use of Kodu Game Lab as a tool for teaching basic programming skills to young people. For this I received the award for “Cutting Edge Use of Technology for Learning” at the Microsoft Partners in Learning Global Forum in 2012. I also won a NAACE Impact Award in 2014.
I live in Kent with my husband and children and work part-time as a photographer as well as undertaking occasional Computing-related outreach work.
Just found you on Twitter!
I used to support your school with some of their ICT plans and ideas. Say hello to Tony Davies for me please…
I’m still supporting schools in Kent with ideas and joining up thinking… would be good to get a strong network of ICT fans going in Kent. KCC are not the best at doing this…
Would be good to chat… (I am not trying to sell you anything!!!)
Hi Neil, good to hear from you. I will be sure to say hi to Tony! I like the sound of getting a strong ICT network going in Kent. I’m hoping to run a free event soon to deliver training to local teachers and hopefully hold a TeachMeet at the end, I’ll post details on here and on Twitter once I have it finalised.
I have been reading through some of your ideas with interest and wondered if it were possible to discuss some of these in more depth particularly your work with computer programming and the use of Kodu to support learning. I would like to develop a new SOL for our KS3 students being as adventurous as p0ssible with it to bring students into ICT.
I would love to hear from you
Head of ICT
Would be happy to discuss further with you. Would be best for you to contact me by email, you can find the address on the “Contact” page on this site 🙂
I’m blown away with the standard of this work. Thank you so much for sharing. This is an inspiration to all of us who believe in building learning communities
Thank you for the kind comment Robert 🙂
I found this website by chance on the internet and I have found the standard of your resources inspirational.
Thank you very much for sharing.
i have been waiting for my school to install kodu for 6 months so interesting to see your resources
Thank you for the great & useful resources you kindly share. Great job!
Fantastic! How did you find the time to produce such high quality resources. Thank you Nikki.
Thanks for the lovely comment Lynne, it’s very hard to find the time sometimes! Hence taking so long to reply to your comment!
Thanks for this. Been struggling to find decent SoW and resources as a non specialist with lots of KS3 ICT to teach.
Much, much appreciated!
Rydal Penrhos Senior School, North Wales
I am looking for a partner to help me setup a Learning Management System (using Joomla LMS King) and put together a number of online self study courses for IT Professionals. I have produced over 100 hours of webinars and would like to build the courses around these, and offer CPE credits (as a NASBA sponsor) to those who take the course.
Please let me know if you would be interested in working together on this.
This sounds great but unfortunately I just don’t have enough spare time to contribute.