Maidstone

Conference schedule

07:45

Delegate registrationICT supplier exhibition opens

08:30

Introduction

Sarah Underwood, editor, ICT for Education

08:35 – 9:00

View from the top

Steve James, KLZ services manager, Education iT Services

School collaboration is a favourite topic in Kent and its schools, but what is the point? Why should we bother with collaborating? Aren’t we all busy enough already? This presentation will explore the benefits of collaboration and some of the ICT tools that can support collaborative working in Kent schools.

9:00 – 09:25

ICT in practice  

Matt Hogan, ICT teacher, The King’s School            

This presentation will cover strategies to engage primary students with elearning and consider the relevance of elearning to a range of subject areas and skill sets. It will also consider how to inspire students to become creative with technology, rather than simply learning to use it. A simple but effective message: "Take one idea and make it happen!"

09:25 – 09:50

ICT in practice

Rob Davies, director of learning, IT, the Learning Schools Trust

Over the past year, Rob has overseen iPad and Microsoft Surface rollouts at two of the trust’s academies. He is now working on phase two of an Android tablet rollout and a bring-your-own-devices scheme, all of which he will detail in his presentation.

09:55 – 10:25

ICT Reviews Live!

ICT for Education product reviews team
An independent product review session that will put products to the test and give you real insight into their capabilities. ICT Reviews Live! will be led by the ICT for Education reviews team. Watch the reviews, comment on product content, consider underlying technologies, discuss ease of use and share your opinions on how you would like suppliers to develop products and services to meet the needs of teachers and schools.

10:25 – 10.55

Coffee break

10.55 – 11:45

Question Time: How can the new Computing curriculum best be taught and will it meet the needs of students, business and industry?

 Lead speaker: Kevin Young, CAS Master Teacher and elearning manager and head of ICT and computing at Maidstone Grammar School

 Panel discussion moderator: Sarah Underwood

Panel members: Richard French, market development manager, learning and development, BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT; Tina George, director, Sureline Communications; Matt Hogan, ICT teacher, The King’s School; Rob Davies, director of learning, IT, the Learning Schools Trust

11:45 – 12:15      

Making wireless work

Rob Leggett, founding director, Siracom

In this session we will look at the infrastructure solutions required to build a safe, reliable, consistent and scalable network that can support teaching and learning across school and underpin one-to-one and bring-your-own device environments. The presentation will cover everything from planning to operation, including issues such as security, device management and network management.

12:15 – 13:10

Lunch

13:10 – 14:00

Reasons to be cheerful?

Guest speaker: Andy Hutt, educational ICT consultant

This might be difficult to imagine at times but, in terms of resources and opportunities to learn from each other, this is a great time to be a teacher. Andy’s entertaining and informative session will explore some of the ICT tools and resources that provide reasons to be cheerful.

 14:15

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