Conference schedule


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Sarah Underwood, editor, ICT for Education

08:35 – 9:00

View from the top

John Woollard, senior teaching fellow, Southampton Education School, University of Southampton 

Based on his experience of training primary and secondary teachers in ICT and computing, John will discuss computational thinking as described in the computing curriculum. He will also consider the values of programming and unplugged activities, and detail community support programmes provided by Computing at School and the role of commercial products and services in structuring learning activities.

9:00 – 09:25

ICT in practice

Matthew Pitts, teacher, Broadclyst Community Primary School

Matthew will present some of the latest innovations implemented at Broadclyst Community Primary School and talk about the school’s ongoing ICT journey and the benefits it is delivering.

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


10:35 – 11:00

Ben Forte, director of learning commons, Devonport High School for Boys

Ben will present the ICT journey at Devonport High School for Boys, including digital leaders, Thinkspace, being the South West’s first Google Reference School and plans to develop the learning commons.

11.00 – 11:30

Helping students become innovators and entrepreneurs

Natalie Moore, education community manager, Apps for Good

Natalie will discuss how Apps for Good teachers are helping students gain the knowledge, skills and confidence to become innovators and entrepreneurs. She will also describe how teachers are helping students develop the wider thinking and employability skills they will need after leaving school, and consider the benefits this offers not just to students, but also to teachers and the wider school community. 

11:30 – 12:10   

Question Time

The challenges and opportunities of deploying ICT in schools

Moderator: Sarah Underwood

Panel members: John Woollard, senior teaching fellow, Southampton Education School, University of Southampton; Natalie Moore, education community manager, Apps for Good; Ben Forte, Devonport High School for Boys; Matthew Pitts, teacher, Broadclyst Community Primary School; Dave Robinson, ICT/computing team leader, Babcock LDP

12:10 – 13:10


13:10 – 14:00

Reasons to be cheerful – Part two              

Guest speaker: Andy Hutt, educational ICT consultant

After presenting an entertaining session covering some of the great and easy-to-use ICT tools available to teachers and learners at last year’s ICT for Education conferences, Andy continues to explore fresh resources. He will share these with you in a new presentation that will give you more reasons to be cheerful.




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