“David Mitchell has a proven track record of using ICT to raise standards. Inspirational, highly practical and visionary, David is one of the key ICT communicators in Education in this country.”
Pie Corbett – Author and Educational Consultant
“Getting children to blog is like getting overweight children to exercise by holding strictly Come Dancing competitions: an intelligent and overdue harnessing of the pop culture that we can diss all we like but that remains the backbone of most people’s non-working lives. Some stories make me really love the modern world and this is one of them. David Mitchell deserves a medal at the very least.”
India Knight – Sunday Times 13th February 2011
“Ministers have ploughed millions of pounds into trying to solve the problem of boys’ writing and reading standards, creating a “boys into books” scheme which introduced more fact-based books for boys to read in the classroom and a “reading champions” programme in which Premier League footballers spoke about their favourite books. Neither, though, seem to have had as big an effect as the opportunity to blog at Heathfield primary school.”
Independent Newspaper – Friday 11 February 2011
“The changes to the ICT curriculum,matched by the advances in technology for teaching and learning and the digital expectations of each new intake of pupils mean schools need to be constantly evaluating and reflecting on their professional practice. From my experience of teaching and learning teachers learn best from other teachers who have been innovative and taken risks with pedagogy and technology and there is no better example of that than David Mitchell. His experience at Heathfield Primary School of raising standards and his worldwide reputation for his “quadblogging” initiative mean he is the perfect person to stimulate, inspire and challenge your teachers to reflect on their own use of technology to enhance learning.”
Bob Harrison Chair of DfE ICT Experts group and Chair of Teaching Schools Technology Advisory Board.
“Engaging children in their learning so that they are motivated to do more and do it better, is the corner-stone of the class teacher’s role. It can be really hard though to convince pupils that it is worth their efforts and that there is a purpose to their school work.
Through his story about class blogging and the amazing results it has produced, David Mitchell inspires both adults and children. His relaxed presentation style suits any audience and enthuses them to have a go at his many suggestions for improving writing, providing an audience for learning and the use of new technology.
His work in schools has kick started many initiatives and given confidence to staff of all ages, experience and roles. The ‘Mitchell Menu’ of bespoke packages including coaching & mentoring to improve teaching & learning, IT strategy planning to improve cost effective future planning. All this will certainly bring about improvements for everyone in that ˜learning business!”
Julia Skinner – Founder of the 100 Word Challenge
“David Mitchell is one of the true trailblazers of learning technology. His work on quadblogging is inspirational and has transformed the way schools are now using social media to promote engaged learning.”
Steve Wheeler – Associate Professor of Learning Technology, Plymouth University
“As a class teacher, I attended one of David’s training sessions where he showcased the numerous successful blogging adventures he has participated in with schools around the world. His passion and enthusiasm for blogging was evident, as was the obvious impact that it has had on enriching the experiences of the learners in his classroom. What was even more impressive was how he uses technology to enhance teaching and learning, facilitating outstanding successes in raising standards and more importantly self-efficacy amongst all learners.
His experiences in the classroom proved that his innovative approach and pedagogy worked and I wanted to engage and motivate my class in the way he spoke so ardently about. With David’s support, I was able to do just that. His training, advice and guidance have helped to ensure that blogging is now firmly embedded in our school and is having a huge impact on raising standards across the curriculum. If you are looking for someone who empowers teachers to feel competent and confident in driving forward innovation in today’s classrooms ready for tomorrow’s future, then Deputy Mitchell is definitely you man!”
Cherise Duxbury (Education Blog Award Winner) – High Lawn Primary School