Birmingham

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

Achim Jung, Professor for Computer Science, University of Birmingham

Through the tireless work of the Computing at School consortium, we now have Computer Science firmly embedded in the National Curriculum at all levels. This is a huge achievement and opportunity, but also a challenge. The challenge is not just in implementing the new curriculum and training the teachers, but also in preserving the original intention of exposing our school children to an exciting and rewarding subject. Achim will focus on this latter aspect and offer some personal thoughts.

9:00 – 09:25

Case study

Dan Copeman, curriculum leader for computing, George Spencer Academy

A case study of George Spencer Academy’s approach to a curriculum design that aims to meet both the new Computing programme of study and the individual needs of students.

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

10:35 – 11:00

ICT in practice  

Sarah Allen and Kate Redhead, assistant headteachers, Clifton Primary School

Clifton Primary School’s ICT journey is informed by vision, aims and motivations. Sarah and Kate will describe the school’s ICT philosophy and how it is using ICT at this point on its journey.

11.00 – 11:30

How to use social media safely in school

Rachel Womak, joint managing director, Mango Marketing

Students are prolific users of social media, but how can it be used safely and beneficially in school?

11:30 – 12:10   

Question Time

Moderator: Sarah Underwood

Panel members: Achim Jung, Professor of Computer Science, University of Birmingham; Dan Copeman, curriculum leader for computing, George Spencer Academy; Sarah Allen and Kate Redhead, assistant headteachers, Clifton Primary School; Tina George, director, Sureline

12:10 – 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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