Conference schedule


Delegate registration – ICT supplier exhibition opens



Sarah Underwood, editor, ICT for Education

08:35 – 9:00

What’s on the horizon?

Steve Bunce, teacher, lecturer, Enquiring Schools consultant and Apple professional development authorised trainer

Looking at the Horizon Report for 2015, which technologies do we need to watch and what’s coming next? Steve will consider how these technologies could be used in education today and tomorrow

9:00 – 09:25

Interactive fiction – choose your adventure

Alan O’Donohoe, specialist leader in education

Alan will provide an entertaining adventure into the world of interactive fiction, demonstrating a powerful writing tool with huge potential in the classroom. In interactive fiction adventures, readers discover the consequences of the choices they make. There is scope to use these free tools across the whole school or to explore specific themes within particular subjects.

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

Chromebooks – the journey continues

Phil Spoors, assistant headteacher, Cramlington Learning Village

Phil will discuss Cramlington’s progress with Google Apps and Chromebooks. Last year, Cramlington began the process of slimming down its ICT provision from 1800 machines to 600. As part of the process it introduced GAFE as its tool of choice and a 1:1 Chromebook scheme. Phil will share the successes, challenges and next steps of the process, and offer advice for those considering, or already running, a similar scheme.  

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

Lead speaker: Nick Cook, Lecturer in Computing Science at Newcastle University and Computing at School Regional Centre Coordinator for the North East

Moderator: Sarah Underwood

Panel members: Phil Spoors, assistant headteacher, Cramlington Learning Village; Natalie Moore, education community manager, Apps for Good; Nick Cook, Lecturer in Computing Science at Newcastle University and Computing at School Regional Centre Coordinator for the North East

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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