Building our community across the pond :)

Building our community across the pond :)

We are thrilled to announce the newest members of the ClassDojo Community team: Clare Lotriet, Mark Anderson and Julian Wood! 

Claire Lotriet

Claire Lotriet has been teaching for six years and is currently a Year 6 teacher and Upper Key Stage 2 phase leader at a south London primary school, where she also leads computing and enterprise. Claire is a Google Certified Teacher, Raspberry Pi Certified Educator, a Microsoft Innovative Expert Fellow 2015 and was a mentor at the last Google Teacher Academy in London. Passionate about technology in and out of the classroom, including social media (you can find Claire on Twitter as @ohlottie), Claire has recently presented to a variety of audiences about preparing for the new UK primary computing curriculum.

Claire is always looking to take on new challenges and is passionate about constantly learning and growing as a professional. Claire is the author of Switched on Computing: take your first easy steps with Microsoft and the new Learn to Code series. She has written several articles on computing and enterprise education for Teach Primary magazine and The TES. Claire exudes positivity and has even started the #proudofmyselfie movement, where students are encouraged to take positive selfies of themselves, sharing something they are proud of at school! We couldn’t be more excited to have such a positive role model joining the ClassDojo team.

“I’m really excited about the role of Community Lead for two main reasons: the people and the technology – both are equally important to me. I love connecting with teachers and educators from around the world and am constantly inspired by the practice of others. Building a community of teachers around a great tool like ClassDojo is really an exciting prospect.”  -Claire

Mark Anderson

Mark has been teaching for 20 years. During that time he has worn many hats: IT, Business, Economics, Head of Year, Head of Computing and IT, Lead teacher for IT across the local authority, Director of Digital Strategy and Assistant Headteacher with numerous roles linked to use of technology. Mark is an Apple Distinguished Educator, Google Certified Teacher and Microsoft Certified Educator. He is the author of Perfect ICT Every Lesson has has written several other books that focus on Student Digital Leaders and Augmented Reality.

Outside of the classroom Mark is passionate about sharing his practice. He has organised more than 15 Teachmeets, helped with tens of others and shared at far too many to mention. Mark regularly shares his best teaching tips and strategies at ICTEvangelist.com. You can also find mark on Twitter, YouTube and Pinterest under ICTEvangelist. Outside of the education field, Mark enjoys spinning house music and has experience as both a producer and a DJ! Who would have known?! 🙂

“I’m excited about the role because for me, whether it’s technology or not, successful schools are all about positive culture and ethos, and this is 100% what ClassDojo is about. My integrity is something I am really passionate about – I’m not a product promoter. I’m proud to be able to say that when I recommend something it’s because I have used it myself and can see the benefit of it in the classroom. ClassDojo sits very firmly in that camp and I’m very happy to talk and share about it because it is something I feel that can really help schools and communities develop and support their culture for learning.” -Mark

Julian S. Wood

Julian S. Wood is a Primary Assistant Headteacher in Sheffield, UK. In his 15 academic years of teaching, he has taught in 5 different schools and has covered all year groups. Julian has also been part of the Senior Leadership Team for eight years. He loves using new technology to create, inspire and provoke.

Julian continues to look for opportunities to improve his knowledge of recent advances in education. He considers himself a life-long learner and loves finding new ways to add to his pedagogy. He has researched, designed and implemented an innovative whole-school creative curriculum that has been recognised at a city-wide and national level and has been the leader of five Creative Partnerships projects. Julian won the Microsoft Innovative Educator award in 2010 for a project about QR codes and Oral Storytelling. He is also currently a DFE/CAS Master Computer Teacher, meaning he trains teachers in the new coding curriculum in England.

Julian is a passionate advocate of using technology in education and has presented at 15 Teachmeets at around the country. You can find Julian’s fantastic teaching blog at ideasfactory.me and can connect with him on Twitter at @ideas_factory. Those who know Julian can attest that he has one of the best sense of humours out there — we can only imagine how much fun his classroom must be 🙂

“I am delighted to be a ClassDojo UK Community Lead. The ethos behind ClassDojo closely mirrors my own pedagogy of Creativity, Collaboration and Innovation, using new technology. I feel lucky to be part of the exciting times ahead for ClassDojo in the UK and think that together with Mark and Claire we can really use our expertise to further enhance the ClassDojo experience for all UK users. Looking forward to working with the global ClassDojo team and promoting this excellent resource around the UK.” -Julian