I’m a teacher, teacher trainer and materials writer. I’ve taught English since 2001 in the Czech Republic, Spain and Hong Kong, and have trained teachers in using technology in the classroom in countries as diverse as Hong Kong, Japan, Kazakhstan and Jordan.
I’m particularly interested in mobile and digital game-based learning. I co-wrote the British Council teacher development course, Learning Technologies for the Classroom, and my current job involves managing, developing, and writing other British Council global online teacher training programmes. I live in Hong Kong.
I got into video games in the mid-80s when my parents bought our first computer, a BBC Micro. It came with two great educational games: Granny’s Garden, an interactive fiction game where you used maths, spelling and logic to defeat a witch, and Podd, which allowed you to control an avatar by typing in commands:
In my final year of primary school I bought a second-hand C64. One of my favourite games was Monty on the Run, an adventure classic with a catchy theme tune:
I spent hours in my early teens developing an interest in town planning through SimCity on the SNES:
Now, after 20 years of not playing games, I’m getting into them again and exploring how they can support English language teaching and learning. Two games I’m playing at the moment are Papers, Please and This War of Mine: