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Karl Jones

BA, PGCE

Subject: Computer Science

Growing up I had a keen interest in computing; always excited by the opportunities new technology would bring. I gained a vocational qualification in computing and went on to study Creative Computer Games Design at university. During my studies, I volunteered in secondary schools and worked on summer schemes with young adults, and this is where I found my second great passion for education.

I completed my degree, and due to my enthusiasm to teach, I promptly moved on to a Post Graduate Certificate in Education. Since qualifying, I have taught for ten years, covering a range of levels from GCSE to Higher National Diploma. As well as teaching, I work with a number of awarding bodies, as an examiner and as a team leader for standards verification. I have also written for published textbooks for Pearson qualifications.

My passion for multimedia and gaming is still with me. My core subjects taught include web development, 3D computer modelling and games development, as well as the more technical subjects including computer programming and web server side scripting. I recently worked with both the Royal Society of the Arts and the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching on a project to see if gaming can help improve literacy and numeracy skills in teens. I have also recently returned to education myself and am about to complete my MSc in Computer Science.

When not teaching, or gaming, I enjoy reading. I am also a keen cyclist, having recently ridden from London to Paris in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

I look forward to sharing my passion for computing with you.

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