Carl Simmons

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Computing Subject Leader

 Computing Subject Leader

Carl Simmons has worked at Edge Hill University for over eight years as a Course Leader and subsequently was appointed as subject co-ordinator for Computing. He has broad and varied experience in the education sector working across secondary schools, Further and Higher Education over the last two decades. . In these roles and through his E-learning research Carl has developed expertise in computing, teaching and learning practices, formative assessment practices and course development. His most recent research has explored screen-casting as a tool for formative assessment and the affordances of augmented reality in education.

Carl is co-author of Teaching ICT (2009) a common text used in many Computing teacher training courses. In addition he has a number of forthcoming publications, including: Hello App Inventor!: Android programming for kids and he rest of us (2014) and Teaching Computing (2014). Evident from his academic work and practice Carl is committed to improving the teaching of Computing in schools so that both children and teachers are inspired and empowered by the possibilities of new technology.

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Beer, P and Simmons C (2014) Hello App Inventor!: Android Programming For Kids And The Rest Of Us, Manning: New York

Simmons, C and Hawkins, C (2009) Teaching ICT. Sage: London

Simmons, C and Hawkins, C (2014) Teaching Computing. Sage: London


Simmons (2013) ‘Exposing formative assessment: Comparing the use and impact of screencast feedback with “traditional” written feedback’ ISATT Conference, Ghent University, Belgium.  July 2013.

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