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Douglas Butler



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Personal Statement

Douglas ButlerAfter graduating in Mathematics and Electrical Sciences at Cambridge University, and a spell with EMI Records, Douglas has taught mathematics for 30 years.

In 2000 he founded the iCT Training Centre, at Oundle School (Peterborough, UK), which he combines with managing the development of the mathematics software Autograph.

He is a keen dinghy sailor and pianist.

ICT Interests

To support his training, Douglas keeps up with ICT developments in mathematics, but also music and science, and runs a number of web sites from his tsm-resources page.

From Oundle he runs a busy program of TSM Workshops for teachers in the UK and abroad (Technology for Secondary Mathematics). The course he likes delivering the most is entitled How to make Word Mathematically friendly. He has to date also run four workshops on technology for teaching music.

He actually programmed the first Acorn version of Autograph himself all in BBC-BASIC, but is glad now to leave the sophisticated world of object-oriented C++ to the highly talented Autograph programming team.

Recent Projects

Douglas' main activities have recently centred around running workshops for teachers in the UK and abroad, and sharing ideas on using ICT in the classroom by speaking at conferences.

See, for example, an interview in the Mumbai Sunday Times (India) and a recent interview at the annual ICT Qatar conference in Doha.

In February 2012 he was the principle trainer and speaker at the South East Asia Mathematics Contest (SEAMC) in Singapore. Previous keynote opportunities have included the big Texas Instruments' T³ Conference in the Colorado Convention Center, Denver, USA (Feb 2006) and other events in South Africa, Indonesia and Australia.

Each July, he runs the TSM 3-day residential workshop (Technology for Secondary Mathematics) based at Oundle School in Northamptonshire, which regularly attracts a lively gathering of mathematics teachers from the UK and abroad.

TSM Logo

Douglas has presented several times now to various Ministries of Education in the Middle East. Many of the Arabic speaking countries are taking a serious look at teaching Mathematics and Science in English and need a lot of help presenting their ideas on screen. Autograph now runs in full right-to-left Arabic and in English, which will help the teachers to make the transition.


Using the Internet, Mathematics (revised 2002) - Pearson Publishing, Cambridge

Autograph, dynamic mathematics software: latest version 3.3.10, May 2012 - Eastmond Publishing Ltd

Short Autograph Tutorials and Longer Autograph Tutorials and Still Images
YouTube Channel

Translations of Autograph into 21 languages have been published, including French, Italian, German, Spanish, Korean, Chinese, Russian and Arabic. This has already provided a fascinating insight into notational differences and curriculum variations.

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