London Autumn

 

Conference schedule

08:30

Introduction

Sarah Underwood, editor, ICT for Education 

08:35 – 9:00

What we are learning about teaching computing

Miles Berry, principal lecturer, computing education, University of Roehampton

Now we are in the second year of computing in the national curriculum, Miles will share some insights into effective practices that are emerging from the work of computing teachers in schools across the country, together with some practical suggestions on how these approaches can be incorporated into computing lessons in your school. 

9:00 – 09:25

Busting myths and sharing resources

Phil Bagge, computing advisor, Hampshire Inspection & Advisory Service, CAS Southeast coordinator and computing master teacher

Phil will bust some common myths that hold back progress in computing and share some great free resources. His latest book, ‘How to teach Primary Programming using Scratch’, is out today.

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

Curriculum Development

Samantha Badchkam, head of IT and computing, Waldegrave School

Samantha will discuss how the curriculum has changed and been developed since she arrived at Waldegrave School, and show how she has embodied IT, digital literacy and computing at KS3 and GCSE. Her aim is to balance the curriculum at KS3 and give students a programme of study that will lead to choosing IT or computing at KS4.

11.00 – 11:30

Helping students become innovators and entrepreneurs

Debbie Forster, UK managing director, Apps for Good

Debbie 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: Miles Berry, principal lecturer, computing education, University of Roehampton; Debbie Forster, UK managing director, Apps for Good; Phil Bagge, computing advisor, Hampshire Inspection & Advisory Service, CAS Southeast coordinator and computing master teacher; Tina George, director at Sureline Communications; Samantha Badchkam, head of IT and computing, Waldegrave School

12:10 – 13:10

Lunch

13:10 – 14:00

Engaging your community

Guest speaker: Alan O’Donohoe, education consultant

Technologies like email, SMS, Facebook and Twitter offer fast, low cost methods of communication between schools and communities, but they fall short of engaging parents on a deeper level that demonstrates measurable impact. Some parents feel digitally excluded and Ofsted only judges parental engagement as successful when it has a positive impact on outcomes for children. Alan has led award winning school community programmes with sustainable impact and will share a range of practical examples and approaches that can be used to transform digital engagement between schools, parents and the wider community.

14:15

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