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John Galloway

John Galloway

London, United Kingdom

I am a specialist in the use of technology to promote educational inclusion, particularly for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. I am based in London, UK.

About me

I am a specialist in the use of technology to improve educational inclusion, particularly for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. I work part-time for Tower Hamlets in London's East End as an Advisory Teacher, and as a freelance consultant, trainer and writer. I cover all phases of schools and work with learners with the broadest range of SEN.

I have been fortunate to speak at conferences across the UK and internationally, and am widely published as a writer, including several books, most recently co-authoring ‘Learning with Mobile and Handheld Technologies’ – winner of Best Book in the 2015 Technology and Innovation Awards.

Why do you want to be a part of the HundrED Community?

People involved in education have a sharing and caring attitude, otherwise they couldn't do it. What Hundred does is to take the approach of spreading good ideas - which happens across all, good, educational establishments -  and magnify it to a global scale. Offering suggestions that feed the innate creativity of the teaching profession and giving them kernels from which to build. 

How can education support students to flourish?

Children were born with curiosity, creativity and playfulness. Education should be about nurturing these in-built characteristics and helping them to grow. Schools should be places that offer opportunities to explore, engage, communicate, experiment,  collaborate, create and so much more. We need a curriculum that connects with the basic, human, urge to learn, rather than one that prescribes a set body of knowledge to be ingested. 

What role does innovation play in education change?

Not enough. Good teachers are innovative in finding ways to engage pupils in learning and get across to them many challenging concepts, providing the space for them to understand, evaluate, and learn. 

However, change is often driven by systemic demands - new syllabuses, grade changes in exams, a shift in balance between academic and vocational learning (if there is a difference). 

The innovations that are successful often start at a small scale then catch on because they make such good sense we wonder why we didn't always do it that way. 

Three HundrED innovations you love. (and Why?)

Lyfta - whilst it is a very good use of technology, this is really a programme that teaches about 'humanity,' what it is to be human 

School on the move - which shows that change at an institutional scale is possible. 

Speed school - offers fresh hope when all chances seem to be ended. 

Three innovations you would love for HundrED to know about. (and Why?)

Cosmo from Filisia Interfaces. An innovative tool for pupils with complex and challenging special educational needs. 

THATLL.com - an approach to getting assistive technology to those that need it. 

Mangahigh - Combines gaming characteristics with research on learning maths  to create an engaging resource.