• SANDBOX EDUCATION

    APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT

    Sandbox Education Mentors of National Finalist at Young Rewired State 2013, EU Nante Hackathon and Rewired State Hack Parliament

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  • SANDBOX EDUCATION

    HACK DAYS
    Computing Hackathons to learn, prototype and build applications in Scratch, Python, Ruby, HTML5 and CSS

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  • SANDBOX EDUCATION

    TECHNOLOGY ENHANCED LEARNING
    Teacher Workshops and Classroom Projects to build a digital toolkit for Learning

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    NEW MEDIA
    Computational Arts and Video

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    STEAM
    Teaching Projects in Science, Technology, Engineering and Art Project and Games based learning.

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SERVICES

We support you by becoming a partner in innovation.  You transform the teaching and learning of Computing and Technology Enhanced Learning within the curriculum.

We help.

We work with schools  across all sectors to share insight, build confidence and hands on expertise.

We advocate design-led, project and challenge based pedagogies, foster creativity and the ability to problem solve real world challenges.

We have a unique way to add value to professional development workshops, courses and Jams with the Sandbox Education Learning System. We offer free online access to the learning materials we  use served up in bite-size videos and interactve tasks  to flip or  consolidate professional learning

We run a hack club on the North of England  where youngsters 8- 18 code, build applications with open data, create the Internet of things and computational art.

We support communities of practice in partnership with the Raspberry Pi Jam Movement,  Computing at School, Naace, Mirandanet, MiT, Young Rewired State, Rewired State.

We curate instructional videos and infographics, about Making with code and electronics for young programmers teaching themselves to code

” If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” Albert Einstein

“For most people on Earth, the digital revolution hasn’t even started yet. Within the next 10 years, all that will change. Let’s get the whole world coding!”

Eric Schmit 2013 

  • Leadership

    We provide thought leadership to schools on emergent technologies and strategies to deliver Computing.

  • Workshops

    We run bespoke interactive workshops and courses that equip teachers to deliver the new computing curriculum.

  • Teaching & Mentoring

    We run code clubs, lessons, run hackathons & mentor coders teaching programming and computational thinking.

  • Digital Curation

    We create online tools to facilitate collaborative learning  and translate professional learning into change in the classroom.

  • Webcraft

    We specialise in building responsive, retina ready web sites for schools that look great and work perfectly on all devices!

  • Physical Computing

    We research and supply low cost electronic kits to schools exploring programming with physical computing.

  • Open Source Tools

    We provide advice on the use of open source tools user friendly tools to teach coding in the classroom.

Siobhan Ramsey

Siobhan Ramsey

CEO

Computing Evangelist, Working Member & Official Partner of Computing at Schools, Naace PD Tutor, Fellow & Certified ICT in Education Professional, MirandaNet Fellow. Bsc Hons, PGCE, MSc

Web Developer & Technology Adviser to the Burma Education Partnership

NEN Nantes, France, European Hackathon Winner of EU residency 2013 -2014

Short listed for Naace Impact Award 2014 for Global Community Impact at BETT.

Recent Events include:

Conference Speaker, Hackathons, CodeFests and Hackdays, at the Education Innovation and Technology Conference, Manchester Central, Feb 28th 2014

Workshop Leader, Raspberry Pi Mastery Workshop Code & Canvas, Raspberry Pi annual Jamboree 2014,

 STORY

Sandbox Education was founded in 2003 by Siobhan Ramsey.  Driven by a passion for innovation in education, computing and web technologies  Siobhan forged bridges between schools and a network of open source developers in the UK, India, Germany, Holland, Slovenia, Pakistan and USA.

Sandbox Education went on to design open source applications to podcast and audioblog and run projects teaching web technologies in UK schools.  We set up a web and digital communications agency for schools and built online applications to utilise open data.

Success within education led to commissions from Charities and Third Sector Organisations to deliver web services and run a digital  community of practice for 12 charities.

In 2013 Sandbox Education took part in the UK Festival of Code at Young Rewired State, mentoring young programmers to reach the national final.

This led to creation of  region wide hack club with industry partners for youngsters age 8-18 to learn to programme, code and build applications.

A working member of Computing at School, we lead on Digital Badges for the CAS Network of Excellence and are a member of CAS #include.

In October 2013 Siobhan Ramsey was one of 50 Artists and Technologists invited to take part in an international Hackathon in Nantes, France and was successful in being awarded a team residency for 2013-2014 to build a gamified art and science web application.

Daniel Lopez

Developer

Daniel Lopez is a experienced and creative programmer with a longtime interest in music, games and the interplay between them.

Music HackSpace London residency 2013,
NEN Nantes, France, Hackathon Winner, EU residency 2014-2014

Matthew Hall

Intern

Back end developer working with Python and Django on bespoke applications for education and creative use of open data.

Young Rewired State 2012/2013

 COMPUTING & EDUCATION PROJECTS

APPROACH

Simplicity

We convey complex ideas simply in intuitive guides and interactive workshops.

Creativity

We create and drive innovative works through research and  direct experience.

Equality

Equality is our touchstone. We tackle disadvantage and barriers to inclusion.

Community

We ‘pay it forward’  in CAS, Young Rewired State and run a community hack club.

 PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

 
 

TESTIMONIALS

The new curriculum for Computer Science is exciting and challenging for educators and learners. Siobhan brings strong leadership, intelligent advice and rich innovation into any event or classroom with passion.  I believe that computer programming in education is the most crucial subject in the curriculum today for the future economy. I recommend and value Siobhan’s help at the Industrial Centre of Excellence at Shipley College and as a Young Rewired State mentor. Working with Siobhan in the community coding clubs has introduced me to new ‘must have’ ways of using, enjoying and teaching computer science technology.

Martin CottrellSection Leader Media, IT & Business Coordinator of L3 Software Development & Games Programmer Shipley College

Siobhan worked with pupils and staff at Summerfield Primary school on a number of projects including using new web technologies to inspire and improve learning. The ideas she introduced to pupils and staff were amazing and sparked lots of interest and learning not just in ICT and digital literacy but across the curriculum. Her knowledge was detailed and she was always able to suggest or find digital tools that we could use straight away.

Jon FarleyEducation Development Adviser Modern Technologies, North Yorkshire LAnorthyorks.gov.uk

Siobhan created an excellent website for our charity. Siobhan provided a high level of professional expertise being creative, innovative and very knowledgeable. Her sense of humour and commitment to the task make her a pleasure to work with.

Bob AndersonDirector, Burma Education Partnershipburmaeducationpartnership.org

Siobhan knows more about web development and creating websites with schools and their pupils than anyone I have ever met! I could say that her abilities are scary for someone who lacks experience in this field but this would be completely untrue as she is able to break everything down to very small steps so that those involved, whether adults or children, understand the why as well as the how!

Julie FranklandDirector, The School House Partnershipshp-vle.com

“Siobhan is a real innovator with considerable expertise in developing exciting ways of teaching the coding aspects of the new Computing curriculum. Her work with the 2013 Festival of Code clearly shows that visual and text based programming can be both challenging and fun.”

Paul HeinrichICT Consultant, NAACE BoardPaul Heinrich & co

Siobhan of Sandbox Education, supplied an excellent service for our school – she is very knowledgeable and helpful. She was always on hand with support and provided useful training sessions. Her expertise was invaluable to us. I would be very happy to work with her again and therefore would definitely recommend her.

Claire CousinsComputing and Data Manager, Normanton Common Primary Schoolnormantoncommon.wakefield.sch.uk

Siobhan was a massive help throughout the Young Rewired State week where she helped us on the design and architectural aspect of our project. With her help we managed for our project to become runner up in the Best example of Code category at the National 2013 Festival of Code in Birmingham.

Rafal ChmielRuby Developer, Young Rewired State Participantrafalchmiel.com

Advocacy United hired Siobhan Ramsey, Sandbox Education, to create a website for all the advocacy providers in the Bradford district. Siobhan was professional and consulted all service providers and produced an outstanding website.

David NaylorAdvocacy Unitedadvocacyunited.org.uk

Many thanks for your excellent input to our ICT work during the recent training session. We found your session inspirational, very relevant and informative.

Andrew PhoenixHead Teacher, Hampsthwaite Primary Schoolhampsthwaite.n-yorks.sch.uk

Siobhan responds to requests for support quickly and her advice is always well thought out. She is also sensitive to any issues surrounding the task in hand.

Rob EllisDirector, Southern eLearning Associatessouthernelearningassociates.co.uk

Her approach displayed professionalism, integrity and good knowledge about accessibility issues. It was a pleasure working with Siobhan. Bradnet and I would highly recommend her.

Reem HamidPublic Relations and Communications, Bradnetbradnet.org.uk

Siobhan is able to consult with a wide client group to achieve outcome focused results that are to a high standard and accessible. Siobhan has experience in producing complex information in an easy access format which is informed by equality of access principles.

Sharon CullertonBMHAGbamhag.org.uk

Very creative in the use of ICT in education. Very experienced as a consultant and trainer. Dedicated to quality CPD and customer experience.
Enthusiast for all types of digital learning and technology. Wrote Espresso KS2 lesson plans for Espresso Coding product, which has been very well recieved by customers.

Andrew Wilkinson Professional Development Regional, Manager Espresso Education

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