Ewan McIntosh is a teacher, speaker and investor, regarded as one of Europe’s leading voices in developing engaging experiences through digital media for public services. He is a former National Adviser on Learning and Technology Futures for the Scottish Government, and blogs about learning and teaching at edu.blogs.com.
As Founding CEO of NoTosh Limited, he develops the skills of startups and creative media companies to take their ideas from paper pitch to a product in the market. NoTosh then works with partners in schools and universities in the Middle East, Australasia, Africa, North America and Europe to apply the ways of working from the world of the creative industries to the world of schooling.
He is a Trustee of the RSA’s Opening Minds Curriculum and sits on the Board of Interactive Ontario’s INplay conference, showcasing where play, video games and learning meet.
He launched the world’s first iPad Investment Fund in 2010, has been at the centre of $5m of creative media investments since January 2010, including $2.5 of non-profit projects with the MacArthur Foundation to improve the learning of students from North America to India. Companies in which he has invested have won a Media Guardian Award for the Best App of 2010 and another developed one of Apple’s Top 30 All-Time Best Selling Apps, appearing in the Guardian’s Tech Invest 100, 2010.
A high school teacher until 2005, the Scottish Government’s first National Advisor on learning futures until 2008, he was then the first Digital Commissioner for Channel 4’s £50m Innovation for the Public Fund.
As a teacher of French and German in the high school sector and an educational technologist working with children aged 3-18, he frequently gives talks and workshops around the world, trying to find new and better ways of using emerging technologies in education, and exploring the changing physical environments that are required to best harness these opportunities.
Recently, Ewan helped co-direct the digital campaign that led to an amazing victory for the Scottish National Party, a re-election back to Government that leads to a referendum for Scottish independence. The campaign, from a non-political standpoint, has revealed some brill lessons for educators seeking to build learning communities in the same way as we are/have built a nation back to its feet again.
More information is available on the company website: notosh.com, and you can follow his take on current education trends on his regularly updated blog: edu.blogs.com.