Swansea

Conference schedule

07:45

Delegate registration – ICT supplier exhibition opens

08:25

Introduction

Sarah Underwood, Editor, ICT for Education

08:30 – 09:10

View from the top

Lindsay Harvey, head of ICT at the DfES in Wales, and Ian Morgan, deputy director of NGfL Cymru

Ahead of the Welsh Government’s introduction of the Wales Learning Platform provided by vendor Learning Possibilities on 12 December, Lindsay Harvey and Ian Morgan will discuss the government’s new approach to ICT provision, the demise of NGfL Cymru and how these changes will affect schools in Wales.

09:10 – 09:30

ICT in the classroom

09:30 – 09:50

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.

09.50 – 10:35

 Coffee break

10:35 – 11:15

Question Time: Does ICT teaching and learning in school support students entering the workplace and satisfy employers?

Chair: Sarah Underwood

Panel members: Lindsay Harvey, head of ICT at the DfES in Wales; Ian Morgan, deputy director of NGfL Cymru;

11:25 – 12:15      

ICT Reviews Live

ICT for Education product reviews team

In a special session exclusive to the Swansea conference, suppliers will demonstrate the potential of wireless networks to support not only school devices, but also ‘bring your own’ audience devices.

12:15 – 13:10

Lunch

13:10 – 14:00

So many tools, so much to do, so how will we do it?

Guest speaker: Andy Hutt, initial teacher trainer and independent ICT consultant

With so many tools to help with planning and resourcing, so many ways to help make lessons involving and effective, and so many technologies to foster creativity and love of learning, why is it that there can still be a reluctance to engage with these technologies? Andy will explore some tools for teaching and learning, and some of the ways in which we can promote and support their use in our schools.

 14:15 Close

 

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