Conference schedule



Sarah Underwood, editor, ICT for Education 

08:35 – 9:00

Challenges and opportunities

Tom Crick, senior lecturer, Computing Science, Cardiff Metropolitan University

Reflecting on one year of the new Computing curriculum in England, Tom will talk about the challenges and opportunities ahead, particularly around balancing computer science, IT and digital competencies, and the broad application of computational thinking and problem solving skills.

09:00 – 09:25

Strategies for teaching Computing

Alan O’Donohoe, education consultant

In a recent Computing At School survey, hundreds of teachers listed the challenges they face teaching Computing in their schools. Alan, a Computing At School Master Teacher, will describe and demonstrate five popular strategies that teachers can use to overcome the challenges. The presentation will be particularly useful for teachers in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, but the basic principles can be applied to older pupils as well. 

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

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

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: Tom Crick, senior lecturer, Computing Science, Cardiff Metropolitan University; Alan O’Donohoe, education consultant; Natalie Moore, education community manager, Apps for Good; Samantha Badchkam, head of IT and computing, Waldegrave School

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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