Thursday, 16 October 2014 09:54

Behind the learning scenes of the World's Youngest Ever TEDxKids Event by Ewan McIntosh

Ewan McIntosh was asked to help students who were struggling with Speaking and Listening at one North-East England Primary School, back in 2011.

The suggestion made to Ewan was that, with the right technology as a hook, these students might find an interest to get over their challenges with literacy. The project Ewan developed with the school team made use of children's natural curiosity above all as a vehicle to permit all children to achieve greater heights in their speaking, writing, listening and creative confidence.

Ewan McIntosh

Ewan-McIntosh2Ewan McIntosh is the founder of NoTosh Limited, a Scotland and Australia-basedcompany with  a global reputation for researching and delivering new learning opportunities for some of the world’s top creative companies and school districts.

McIntosh’s company, NoTosh Limited, develops products and services with creative companies on the one hand, and then takes the processes, attitudes and research gained there to the world of education. The company works in hundreds of schools and districts every month, providing ideas, inspiration and research on how to better engage kids.

Ewan was a French and German High School teacher, Scotland’s first National Advisor on Learning and Technology Futures and has been advisor on the digital agenda to the Vice President of the European Commission, Mrs Neelie Kroes. He currently sits on the ICT Excellence Expert Group advising the Cabinet Minister for Education in Scotland.

Outside the world of education, he helped set up one of the most ambitious investment funds from a public service broadcaster in the UK, the $100m 4iP Fund from Channel 4 Television, and was Commissioner of that fund for the North of the UK. Companies in which he has invested have won Media Guardian Awards for the Best App of 2010; another developed one of Apple’s Top 30 All-Time Best Selling Apps, appearing in the Guardian’s Tech Invest 100, 2010.In 2010, McIntosh launched the world’s first iPad Investment Fund.

Ewan and his team are all about engaging people, whether they're voters, customers or kids in a classroom.

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His latest creative projects include helping to redesign the 40th anniversary summit of the ITU, the United Nations agency responsible for telecommunications technologies, and codirecting the digital side of the Scottish National Party's 2011 re-election campaign, resulting in a historic landslide majority win that technically "wasn't possible". Education projects are varied, working with hundreds of schools on design thinking and developing leadership, helping create the world’s first TEDx event by and for eight year olds, and turning the textbook on its head through our interactive developments.

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. More information is available on the company website:, and you can follow his take on current education trends on his regularly updated blog:

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