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Sarah Underwood, editor, ICT for Education

08:35 – 9:00

ICT in practice

Niel McLeod, deputy headteacher and business manager, Hove Park School

Hove Park School has implemented a one-to-one iPad programme across the school. Niel will discuss the implementation process, the drivers behind the programme and its outcomes in terms of teaching and learning.

9:00 – 09:25

ICT in practice  

Adam Martin, Java programming teacher, Blatchington Mill School

After spending the past year teaching Java programming to AS and A-level students, and helping them go from zero experience to authoring their own games, Adam will cover the techniques he used, many of which are taken from 15 years’ experience of teaching Java in a commercial setting.

09:25 – 09:50

Tom Fairbank and Jess Lott, website developer and ICT Manager, Shirley Warren Primary School

Shirley Warren Primary School has been focusing on the use of iPads to deliver the new curriculum, as well as using them for media studies and filming. Tom and Jess will demonstrate how ICT is used to promote learning across the curriculum and the school.

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. 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 – 11.00

Coffee break

11.00 – 11:45

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

Moderator: Sarah Underwood

Panel members: Adam Martin, Java programming teacher, Blatchington Mill School; Donna Comerford should be: Donna Comerford, computing and business teacher, Dorothy Stringer School, and project manager, Connective Culture; Tina George, director, Sureline Communications; Ian Cunningham, chair, Centre for Self Managed Learning

11:45 – 12:15      

Supporting tablet schemes

Rob Leggett, founding director, Siracom

As more tablet devices are deployed in schools to support teaching and learning, schools’ internet connections are becoming mission critical, but providing sufficient bandwidth can be impossible, or expensive. This presentation will offer five ways to improve internet performance for tablet schemes.

12:15 – 13:10


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.





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