Meeting deadlines can sometimes be a bit of a challenge, but I always seem to manage to do so!

Meeting deadlines can sometimes be a bit of a challenge, but I always seem to manage to do so!

I've been a Freelance writer and author since 1989. This page lists much of the work I’ve done and periodicals I’ve written for. I could write for your organisation too. If you don’t see anything here that seems like what you’re looking for, enquire anyway. 

I love writing about education and technology, and education technology, and seem to be pretty good at it. I'm especially good at turning hard-to-understand stuff into easy-to-understand stuff. One of the finest compliments I've been paid is that I made an incredibly abstruse press release easy enough for an 11 year old to understand.

I can also turn out articles very quickly, and several editors have told me they are impressed both with my speed and accuracy: they rarely have to do much editing, if any.

I have written books for a wide variety of publishers, including Pearsons and Hodder, and articles for The Guardian (supplement), The TES and PC Pro's ICT Review. I also write for various magazines for teachers, and company websites/blogs. 

I am a member of a number of professional bodies (Fellow of Mirandanet and the RSA, member of the British Computer Society and the UK's Society of Authors), and an ex-Chair of Naace.

Please see below for a list of articles, books, papers and other things, like software manuals.

On this page

  • Case studies, reports, vision statements, strategy documents and publicity.
  • Manuals, how-to guides and course materials.
  • Published articles.
  • Published books.
  • Self-published books.
  • Blogs.

Case studies, reports, vision statements, strategy documents and publicity

Having worked for and with schools, Local Authorities and Government bodies, I’ve often been called upon to write documents for a number of purposes and for different audiences. such as:

  • Briefings for Headteachers on different aspects of ICT.
  • Case studies.
  • How-to guides (please see below).
  • ICT strategic planning documentation.
  • ICT vision statements.
  • Press releases.
  • Project management reports, both interim and final.
  • Staff handbook for e-learning team.
  • Web copy for parents and the general public.

Something which is not obvious from this list is that on many occasions I have used the same information for different audiences. For example, a project I evaluated led to my creating the following documentation:

  • Full project evaluation report for senior managers and staff.
  • A one page executive summary of the report for interested professional parties.
  • A case study for distributing to parents and publishing on a website.

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 Manuals, how-to guides and course materials

I have written a number of manuals, how-to guides and course materials, including:

 

  • A Practical Guide to Excel .
  • A Practical Guide to Mail-merging with Word and Excel .
  • A Practical Guide to Word .
  • A Practical Guide to Write-On .
  • Activities for Key Stage 3 ICT (for OU/Vital).
  • An Introduction to Atari ST Word .
  • An Introduction to the Framework for ICT Support .
  • An introduction to Windows (for RM) .
  • Blogs, wikis and other great tools (+ lesson plans and classroom activities) (for the Association of Citizenship Teachers) .
  • Diploma Resources in London MLE -- QuickStart Guide.
  • Every Child Matters: PowerPoint Resource Pack (for the Association of Citizenship Teachers) .
  • Every Child Matters: What it means for the ICT teacher (later expanded into an ebook) .
  • ICT for Trainee Teachers (for Post-Graduate Certificate in Education course) .
  • Introduction to the London MLE.
  • Key Stage 3 ICT Activities (for an online teachers’ course provided by the Open University) .
  • Learning from inspections: primary schools .
  • Learning from inspections: secondary schools .
  • London MLE Diploma Rooms QuickStart Guide.
  • Modelling with spreadsheets.
  • Modelling with Word and Excel.
  • The Framework for ICT support: A Briefing for Senior Leadership .
  • The Framework for ICT support: A Quick Guide for Busy People .
  • Using Excel Across the Curriculum.
  • Using Excel in Numeracy.
  • Various ICT-based courses and materials for both students and teachers.

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Published articles

I have written for many publications and websites, including the following :

  • 2Simple:

 

  • The ICT Co-ordinators’ Bulletin
  • The SEN Co-ordinators’ Bulletin
  • Times Education Supplement
  • Westminster Forum
  • Writers’ Page
  • Writers’ Weekly
  • Writing World

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Published books

In addition I have had the following books published, and am a member of the UK’s Society of Authors:

  • A Guide to Desktop Publishing.
  • A Practical Guide to Timeworks on the Atari ST.
  • A Practical Guide to Timeworks Publisher 2 on the PC.
  • A Practical Guide to Calamus Desktop Publishing on the Atari ST.
  • Make Time with IT.
  • Managing ICT.
  • The Ami Pro Project Book.
  • The Students’ Guide to Desktop Publishing.
  • The Timeworks 3 Tutorial Book.
  • This is DTP! A Young Person’s Guide.

In addition to the above,  I have contributed a chapter on using macros for controlling events, in Pearson’s ICT for Life Book Series.

 

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Self-published books

I have also self-published the following books (bold type indicates recently published):

  • A Practical Guide to Display.
  • Coming of Age: An Introduction to the NEW Worldwide Web (Editor).Creating a Technology-Rich School.
  • Education Conferences: Teachers' Guide to Getting the Most out of Education Conferences.
  • Get Organized.
  • Getting a Job as an ICT Manager in a School.
  • Go on, bore ‘em: how to make ICT lessons excruciatingly dull.
  • Management Information Systems in Schools -- Briefing Paper.
  • Recruiting an ICT Manager.
  • Using computers in classrooms.
  • The Amazing Web 2.0 Projects Book (Editor).

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Blogs

I have three active blogs. They are:

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