digital strategy or barefoot running


I think about, design and implement the practical application of technology in classrooms that adds value to learning. I am Head of Digital Strategy for Education at a large co-ed independent boarding school in Oundle UK, where I teach Computer Science.

Given the choice, I do not wear shoes – unless it’s very chilly outside.


I co-host (with Doug Belshaw) a weekly podcast called Today In Digital Education, which is hosted here. Why not have a listen? If nothing else, you’ll hear me singing and playing a chaotic remix of The Tide is High by Blondie.


Should anything on this blog offend or be inaccurate, please let me know and I’ll check it out. All content is shared under a creative commons zero licence unless stated otherwise.


7 thoughts on “Welcome

  1. jen says:

    hi there! i’m wanting to reference a piece of your work for my masters assignment. would this be okay? and i wondered if you could give me your full name!

    1. jen says:

      I read your work on distributed leadership and have used this line… “A distributed leadership perspective shifts the focus off the individual leader and on to ‘leaderful’ organisations” in my assignment. I really liked this idea. I hadn’t heard leaderful before but looked up a definition… Leaderful organisations lead all together (collectively) and at the same time (concurrently). I am working on my Masters in Educational Leadership and my first assignment is around Distributed Leadership. Thank you SO much. I really appreciate it!

  2. daibarnes says:

    Indeed. I put it on a week or so ago after seeing it somewhere else and thinking “yeah, that’s neat” – but I totally agree with you. It just annoys. And now it’s gone. Thanks for saying so.

  3. Mark del Calma says:

    Good day Mr. Barnes, I have read some of your works and I would like to reference your work on the critical analysis of distributed learning on one of my works in my m.a. class I hope this would be okay. 

    Many thanks,

    Mark del Calma

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