Tim’s biog

‘I stepped out into a landscape of almost unbearable beauty, a feathered sky stretching out across the silken sea, warm sand beneath my feet. Turning, I saw steps, foot worn and timeless, winding downwards. Where would they lead me?’ Ben, aged 10

If you are sufficiently motivated you can achieve ANYTHING!

Tim, a primary school teacher for over 25 years had always maintained that in order to gain experience you need to do it. In order to do it you need to want to do it!

“Children need to be inspired if they are going to pick ideas up and start to juggle with them.”

Tim Rylands was described as “an extremely gifted and inspirational teacher, with a love of the creative potential of technology and an excellent rapport with his pupils”.

With over 25 years of classroom experience, in the UK, and beyond, including 4 years in West Africa, Tim was  in demand for training days, conferences and seminars around the world, presenting the results of his work in an inspiring, practical and often humorous way.

Observers commented on his imaginative and encouraging style of teaching, which allows children to express their creativity and make significant gains in attainment.

He received notable recognition for using computer games, and Web 2 technologies to inspire children’s creative confidence in many areas of the curriculum – writing, speaking and listening, music, thinking skills, collaboration, interaction and much more.

Tim received a vast amount of press coverage for his innovative use of ICT, and has featured on the BBC, ‘Teachers TV’, CNN, in The Times, The Guardian, The Independent, and many others. In 2005 he won the 2005 Becta ICT in Practice Award. In addition, Tim was also well known for the musicals he has written for children, which have been performed to great acclaim.

Tim was a firm believer that ICT is about communication more than technology … and that it should be FUN!

Read some of what the press have said about Tim HERE

See Tim in action HERE

Whilst Tim used MANY different elements such as Web2.0 interactive technologies, and has received a vast amount of press coverage from around the world for his original use of ICT, he also gained notable recognition for using the games in the Myst series to inspire childrens creative confidence in many areas of the curriculum including creative writing, speaking and listening, music and art. Children enjoying themselves – AND – achieving remarkable results!

With over 25 years of classroom experience, in the UK, and beyond, Tim was much in demand for training days, conferences and seminars around the world, presenting the results of his work in inspiring, practical and often humorous ways.

Working alongside Tim, was Sarah Neild (sarahneild1@aol.com)

Sarah is an award winning teacher with experience of inspiring schools with many creative uses of ICT. Sarah was awarded Advance Skills Teacher status in 2003 being described as an ‘exceptional teacher… teaching of the highest calibre, particularly in her dynamic use of ICT’.

In 2004 Sarah was a finalist in Becta’s ICT in Practice Awards, where she was described as ‘an evangelist’ in her use of ICT. Sarah was chosen as a Beacon School Teacher in a primary in the North West of England. She provided demonstration lessons in the use of ICT across the curriculum and supported colleagues, both in her own school and beyond, in developing their ICT skills.

As part of her local authority’s ‘Hands on Support’ team, Sarah guided many schools in their development of ICT. She has presented at BETT on the use of interactive technologies and worked with teacher training colleges.

Since 2008 Sarah worked alongside Tim Rylands, developing imaginative ways of using ICT to enhance learning in schools across the country.