David is a Google Certified Teacher and is currently Deputy Head Teacher at Heathfield Primary School in Bolton. he is known to most people as @DeputyMitchell as Twitter is where he spend much of his time if I’m not in school or not on blogs!
David introduced blogging to Heathfield Primary School in December 2009 and in this time both Heathfield and David have seen interest from media but more importantly other schools who are looking for a new tool to engage their learners. Heathfield Primary recently featured live on BBC1, you can watch the footage below:
David’s enthusiasm to let blogging evolve in school and allow the pupils the opportunity to develop their use of blogs keeps on making national headlines. Here are a selection of links that tell you a little more about David Mitchell and Heathfield Primary School:
David Mitchell the Innovator
Independent Newspaper Article
David’s innovative Projects: Feb29th.net and QuadBlogging in the TES
TES Article: Maths – Blogging Brilliant
TES Article – Those that can Tweet!
David and Heathfield in the NZ Herald
International Reading Association Article about QuadBlogging
It is projects like this that have enthused and engaged learners at Heathfield Primary School. SATs levels in writing shot from 9% Level 5 in July 2009 to 60% Level 5 in July 2010. Blogs playing a major part in engaging and enthusing the pupils and allowing them to write to an international audience each night.
However, David believes that this is still just the beginning!
As part of his mission to bring Blogging to teachers and pupils in every corner of education he has developed a project called ‘QuadBlogging’. To learn more about QuadBlogging please visit the site. Born out of the need to drive audience to a fantastic blog that wasn’t getting the audience it deserved, this project now has had over 50,000 pupils involved from 1500 classes in 30 plus countries.
A new project aimed at stripping blogging down to its simplest form is Feb29th.net. This blog opens on 29th Feb 2012 for one day only and will capture posts from all over the globe on this special Leap Year day. What is extra special about this project is that in just one click anyone will be able to leave a blog post recording this day from many different people. Posts will be moderated for obvious reasons. David hope as many pupils as well as adults from across the globe begin to see the impact of audience from this project.