My name is Ray Chambers and I’m the Head of IT/Computing at Uppingham Community College. I’m 28 year’s old and I’m from Corby, Northamptonshire in Englnad. I have always had a passion for computer programming after studying a degree in computing at De Montfort University in Leicester.
I have been teaching for the last 7 years and trained at Nottingham Trent University for my PGCE joint GTP. I enjoy teaching ICT and using innovative technology to get the students more involved.
I have a few passions in my Teaching. I love to make use of Minecraft, Kinect and Touch Develop. They’re all great tools and can have a positive impact on learning when used efficiently. I have managed to build a library of Kinect applications up just by teaching myself through video tutorials and online videos. All of these applications are available for you to download and trial and if you have any questions you can feel free to tweet me: @lanky_boi_ray.
In 2011 I was fortunately enough to be picked as one of the finalists in the Microsoft Innovative Teachers forum. I was picked to showcase my work on the use of the Kinect in the classroom. In 2014 I was picked to showcase my work on the use of TouchDevelop at the Global Forum in Barcelona. It was a great experience and it gave me more ideas for code.
This year has been a very successful year. I have been shortlisted for a National Teaching Award and have won a Silver Award. I’m now through to the top 5 in the category of innovative use of technology. I have also more recently been shortlisted for a Bafta in the Young Game Designers competition. My students had nominated me for the time I had spent with them encouraging them to code.
I’m always looking for other opportunities and I look forward to working with like minded, passionate teachers in the future.