Andy Dickenson

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. Andy has worked as a class teacher, ICT coordinator and advisor for a local authority, teaching in classrooms as diverse as nursery and all the way up to secondary level. Since then, he has lectured in universities and taught in schools across the globe, been awarded Apple Distinguished Educator status in 2013, 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 commute to Denmark. Andy is currently engaged in research into Fear and how this impacts children. His Apple iBook, ‘Creating a Spark with Authoring: Building Interactive Books for Students’ is part of the ‘One Best Thing’ range for Apple Inc, This led to him becoming an Ambassador for the Book Creator app in 2015. In 2012 Andy co-authored the computing curriculum for the Saudi Arabian education ministry. 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 acknowledged as having great 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. Teaching Andy mainly works as part of the TD undergraduate team, but he also supports other courses across different schools at the university. He contributes to: DT, Computing, Creative Curriculum, Critical thinking, Classroom environment, Visual Literacy, Storytelling, e-safety, Multimedia/Animation and computing across the curriculum.

MA – Serious play with Lego MA – Fear (Research) MA - Images of horror - fearful and fascinating: in what ways may images and texts of horror in cultural text affect the mental wellbeing of children? What makes a 21st Century Classroom fit for learners?

ARNA-CARN report – published by BGU/ ARNA Conference 2015. Chapter within: Building Skills for Effective Primary Teaching (SAGE, 2017)