Honorary Associate, School of Physics, University of Sydney

Simon Crook has recently completed his PhD with the Sydney University Physics Education Research (SUPER) group looking into the the impact of 1:1 laptops and the Digital Education Revolution (DER) on teaching and learning in the sciences in high schools in Sydney, Australia.

Simon has taught high school physics in 5 schools in the UK and Australia since 1994 and was an Adviser to around 150 schools, K-12, in the Catholic Education Office Sydney. In 2015, Simon started his own STEM education consultancy, CrookED Science, helping primary schools implement the new Science & Technology syllabus and assisting secondary schools deliver HSC Physics through a blended learning approach.


  • 2015–present
    Founder, CrookED Science
  • 2008–2014
    Adviser, Catholic Education Office, Sydney
  • 1994–2008
    Science Teacher, 5 schools in UK and Australia


  • 2017 
    University of Sydney, PhD (Physics Education Research)
  • 1994 
    University of Warwick, PGCE Physics & Science
  • 1993 
    University of Manchester, BSc (Hons) Physics


  • 2017
    Watching the pendulum swing: changes in the NSW physics curriculum and consequences for the discipline, Australian Physics
  • 2017
    Evaluating the Impact of 1: 1 Laptops on High School Science Students and Teachers, University of Sydney (PhD thesis)
  • 2015
    An Evaluation of the Impact of 1:1 Laptops on Student Attainment in Senior High School Sciences, International Journal of Science Education
  • 2015
    Comparison of technology use between biology and physics teachers in a 1:1 laptop environment, Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education
  • 2013
    Bloom-ing heck! The activities of Australian science teachers and students two years into a 1: 1 laptop program across 14 high schools, International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education
  • 2013
    Seeing eye-to-eye on ICT: Science student and teacher perceptions of laptop use across 14 Australian schools, Australasian Journal of Educational Technology

Professional Memberships

  • Science Teachers' Association NSW