Welcome to my blog!
My name is Martin Willis and I am a Primary Teacher from Edinburgh, Scotland. I qualified as a class teacher twelve years ago but in recent years I have developed a specific interest in how technology can be used to enhance both Teaching and Learning. In my current role, I still teach my class two days a week, but then the rest of my week is dedicated to supporting staff in our efforts to enhance lessons and strategy through our use of technology. We are a 1:1 iPad school and in 2017 I became an Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE).
I had the privilege of attending my first global ADE institute in 2018, which took place in Austin, Texas and in 2019 was brave enough to step out of my comfort zone and present a 3-minute showcase at the EMEIA institute in The Netherlands.
The focus of that presentation was the intergenerational project that I have been involved with in recent years, guiding our students through the process of researching their family history and creating a short documentary using iMovie. On the back of the EMEIA institute, I have been overwhelmed by the number of interested schools and I have now embarked on leading an international collaborative project with the support of ADEs from across the globe. For more information on this project and to register your interest in becoming involved, please visit the 'Who Do We Think We Are' page on this site.
I regularly post blog posts to this site, reflecting on lessons, activities and CLPL opportunities that I have encountered or am making available. There is also a page of free resources which can be downloaded and used in your classroom. More resources will be added to that section in the near future, so please visit again soon!