After several months of waiting, on Friday it was announced that I had won the 2014 Naace Impact Award for Technical Support in Schools!

Naace Impact Award 2014Late last year, out of the blue, I was nominated for a Naace Impact Award by a number of lovely people working within Bedford Borough Council.

Fast-forward a couple of months and I was amazed when it was announced at the educational technology show, BETT, that I had made it to the award short-list.

I was pleased just to get down to the final four nominees, and honestly didn’t expect it to go any further. However, on Friday, at an awards ceremony during the annual Naace conference, I was  awarded the 2014 Naace Award for Technical Support in Schools Service Impact.

The National Association of Advisors for Computers in Education (Naace) is a community of education and technology leaders whose purpose it is to promote the use of technology in education both in the UK and internationally.

Naace awards are given to those working in education who use technology to achieve the greatest impact and is a formal recognition of outstanding work in this area. I received the award for my work improving IT use at Biddenham International School, providing support for other local schools, and sharing my work and experience on ClassThink.

It’s fantastic to receive recognition for my work, particularly as it’s something which I enjoy doing. Thank you to those at Naace who considered my work important enough to justify an award, and also to those who nominated me and got the ball rolling.

The last twelve months have been exceptionally exciting. I can’t wait to see what the next year holds in store!

Naace Impact Award 2014


About Author

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Karl is an award winning Director of IT for the Royal Grammar School Guildford, based near London, England. He has been working in education for more than ten years and founded ClassThink in 2013 to share technology best practice with other schools. In 2014 he won the NAACE Impact Award for support services in schools, and writes edtech articles for Education Executive Magazine.


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