Mark Martin aka
@Urban_Teacher
Changing the world one classroom at a time.

Mark Martin MBE CITP, known as @Urban_Teacher, is an Assistant Professor in Computer Science and Education Practice. With an expertise spanning AI and data science, he has been at the forefront of championing EdTech and computer science education, delivering digital skills for the last two decades. His deep knowledge has made him an influential voice in the UK tech scene, serving as an advisor to the government, big tech companies, institutions, and charities. He fervently champions home-grown talent, digital skills, and education equity. As a testament to his dedication and impact on the UK, he co-founded UKBlackTech in 2017, now one of the UK's leading tech communities that champions innovation and digital transformation. Mark's contributions to education, technology, and diversity in UK technology were recognised in 2019 when he was honoured with an MBE. In May 2022, he was listed among the top 50 most influential people in UK IT by Computer Weekly.

Areas of Work

Education

I first entered the classroom in 2004 as an ICT Teacher, progressing through roles such as Head of Department and Second in Charge of Faculty. Now, I serve as an Assistant Professor in Computer Science and Teaching Practice.

Computing

As one of the most qualified practitioners in the field, I have shown excellent teaching in computer science and am recognized globally for using EdTech tools to promote teaching and learning.

Innovation

As a practitioner, I've formed some of the biggest tech communities in Europe, championing home-grown talent to use their skills to solve real-world problems. I have worked with various sectors to encourage new talent and drive innovation.

Leadership Roles

MEMBER
2023 - Present

Trustee
2023 - Present

Education Advisor
2024 - Present

Tech Advisor 2013 - Present

Air Pollution Research

My Book

"My Teaching Routine" takes you on a journey. It's not a linear book or one with a fixed narrative sequence which requires you to start at the beginning. The book takes you through different phases of the classroom and gets you to think about each stage and process."

The Book

The Website

Co-founder

UKBT is an organisation managed by specialised professionals, whose main aim is to increase the wealth of its community by promoting the culture of innovation, tech and digital skills. To enable these goals to be met, UKBT stimulates and manages the flow of knowledge and technical insights amongst universities, R&D institutions, companies and markets; it facilitates the creation and growth of tech companies & tech talent through events and spin-off initiatives; and provides other value-added services to the sector.

10k Twitter
6K Linkedin
2k Meetup
3k Instagram
1k Newsletter
60% Women
35% Enthusiast

The Website

EdTech Accolades

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