Meet the team
There are two digital literacy teachers and we have our own computer suites, each with 30 super-fast PCs. As well as these, we have filming and photography equipment, digital art equipment and the BBC Micro:bit mini computers. We use the Adobe Creative Cloud professional software suite as well as Microsoft / Office 365 and Teams.
"Hi everyone I'm Mr Halston, leader of digital literacy at Appleton. I've been here for 11 years now, which sounds like a long time, but it feels like a new job each year. This year I am excited for the new technology and ways of working we have in store for you as well as the fun and creative topics. When I was your age we had just got a brand new Apple Mac room and it inspired me to work with computers for my career. I studied computer animation at University, ran an animation and video production company and then trained as a teacher. I love creating artistic and professional products with computers from 2D art, games design and animation to photography and film editing. I also love playing guitar and fixing up my old sports car in my spare time: we are definitely the coolest department at Appleton.."
"Hi, my name is Mr Ali and I teach Digital Literacy at Appleton Academy. I’ve been here for a year now which really has flown by. Before joining Appleton, I taught Computing and ICT for 8 years across a diverse number of schools in West Yorkshire. We didn’t have a super-fast internet or high-tech computers when I was your age but I was always fascinated by how they made something so small do so many things. I studied ICT with Marketing at University and then spent another year training to become a teacher. I love creating games as well as playing games, I also love editing photos and creating websites. I enjoy playing a lot of sports and go to the gym in my spare time."