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Sarah Underwood, editor, ICT for Education

08:35 – 9:00

The Death of Digital Literacy?

Drew Whitworth, programme director, MA: digital technologies, communication and education, School of Education, University of Manchester

Since the coalition took power in 2010, the idea of digital literacy has become absorbed into a more technical project of developing computational thinking in young learners. Focusing on programming, while laudable, harks back to the 1980s and a different real-world ICT environment. What has been lost from the new digital literacy discourse is critical thinking, which has never been more important to learners. This presentation discusses why this is and presents research on the political issues arising.

9:00 – 09:25

Introducing iSchool

Ken Cornforth, former principal of Pudsey Grangefield School

iSchool integrates tablets, apps and realigned teacher expertise to create a profound and contemporary learning experience. With the assistance of iSchool graduates, Ken will describe the values, learning model and structures that make iSchool tick, and present its impact on student progress as measured to date. 

09:25 – 10:00

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.

10:00 – 10:35

Coffee break 

10:35 – 11:00

Engaging students with elearning  

Matt Hogan, elearning expert and ICT and computing teacher, Alderley Edge School for Girls 
Matt will cover strategies to engage primary students with elearning and consider the relevance of elearning to a range of subject areas and skill sets. He will also consider how to inspire students to become creative with technology, rather than simply learning to use it. A simple yet effective message: "Take one idea and make it happen!"  

11.00 – 11:30

How to use social media safely in education

Jennifer Begg, digital media specialist

If your students aren't already using social media to communicate with each other, you know they will soon. How can you equip them to do this safely? There is a great way that involves integrating certain tools into your teaching and it will help you deliver the curriculum. You don't have to be an expert and there are ways to create the illusion of a social network within a private, safe, space online. Jennifer will give you practical, actionable advice from her own experience in the classroom. 

11:30 – 12:15   

Question Time

How best can schools implement the Computing Curriculum and will it prove fit for purpose?

 Lead speaker: Dave Ames, Computing at School regional coordinator

Moderator: Sarah Underwood

Panel members: Matt Hogan, elearning expert and ICT and computing teacher, Alderley Edge School for Girls; Ken Cornforth, former principal of Pudsey Grangefield School; Graham Cooper, head of product strategy, Capita SIMS; Tina George, director at Sureline Communications

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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