Andy Dickenson joined BGU in 2015 as a Senior Lecturer and a member of the New Technologies and Computing team in the School of Teacher Development, after many years as a visiting tutor and lecturer at the university. After working as a class teacher, ICT coordinator and advisor for a local authority, Andy struck out on his own and formed learnNEWstuff, in 2011. Since then, he has lectured in universities and taught in schools across the globe, become an Apple Distinguished Educator (one of only 2800 worldwide), given keynote speeches linked to his passion for creativity in 21st Century education and become part of the writing team for Lego after-school clubs in the Far East, which sees him regularly commute to Denmark. Andy is currently engaged in research into serious play and the role of Lego in teaching and learning. His Apple iBook, ‘Creating a Spark with Authoring: Building Interactive Books for Students’ is part of the ‘One Best Thing’ range for Apple Inc, which led to him becoming an Ambassador for the Book Creator app in 2015.
Andy’s work on visual literacy and games based learning has been recognised with nominations for both Learning Without Frontiers and Handheld Learning Award and his digital multimedia books have been recognised as having impact on boys’ reading and girls’ maths by OfSTED. He is also involved in bringing computing to life in the classroom and developing programming and coding in schools across the UK.
Andy mainly works as part of the TD undergraduate team, but he also supports other courses. He contributes to: DT, Computing, Creative Curriculum, Classroom environment, Visual Literacy, Multimedia/Animation and computing across the curriculum.
MA – Serious play with Lego – constructing learning (currently writing)
What makes a 21st Century Classroom fit for learners?
ARNA-CARN report – published by BGU/ ARNA Conference 2015.