Midlands

Conference schedule

08:30

Introduction

Sarah Underwood, editor, ICT for Education 

08:35 – 09:00

Keynote presentation

Keith Buncle, administrator, Computing at School regional centre, Birmingham City University

The appearance of computing in recent years has posed challenges for teachers making the change to the new National Curriculum. Keith will challenge some of the myths relating to the subject and share how the West Midlands CAS regional centre can offer support to teachers in the classroom.

 09:00 – 09:25

Digital futures

Dawn Walker, ICT lead, Bentley Federation; Walsall primary CAS hub leader and master teacher

School teachers know about the challenges that IT and computing bring. We face less time, tighter budgets, less CPD and the constant need to adapt to new technologies. In this session, Dawn will look at what has happened in the three years since the new curriculum was introduced and consider how schemes can be developed to help children be active participants in their digital futures.

09:25 – 10:05

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.

10:05 – 10:40

Coffee

10:40 – 11:05

Computer science in the secondary sector

Richard Barfoot, head of computer science, King Edward VI School

11.05 – 11:30

What could be more important than e-safety?

Perry Perrott, head of education, BCS Learning & Development

Would you let your son or daughter cross the road without applying the Green Cross Code? So why do we allow this behaviour in the virtual world, one which is potentially just as destructive? We want young people to see the internet as a positive and inclusive place that respects people’s differences, but how can we achieve this in education and what challenges do we face?

11:30 – 12:00   

Question time

Join the debate and discuss topical issues including the curriculum, finance, CPD and more!

Moderator: Sarah Underwood

Panel members: Keith Buncle, administrator, Computing at School regional centre, Birmingham City University; Dawn Walker, ICT lead, Bentley Federation; Walsall primary CAS hub leader and master teacher; Richard Barfoot, head of computer science, King Edward VI School; Perry Perrott, head of education, BCS Learning & Development

12:00 – 13.00

Lunch

13:00 – 14:00

More for less

Guest speaker: Andy Hutt, educational ICT consultant

In an entertaining, informative and updated session, Andy will share with you some of the many free and low-cost ICT tools that can enhance your work in the classroom. He will also present new ideas to help you get more for less.

14:15

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14:20 - 15:20

Interactive Education Sponsored Workshop: Is your technology supporting teaching effectively?

The workshop will detail how to combine digital technologies to deliver effective lessons and have a classroom of connected technologies and devices rather than a number of disparate technologies that work in isolation.
We will be demonstrating a range of the hardware/software that is on display on our stand with an experienced, qualified teacher to discuss matters from the teachers perspective.
This is a live workshop with demonstrations of connected technologies working together in a way that will work for a teacher. Teachers should attend this workshop because we will be showcasing a number of innovative techniques to combine and integrate classroom technologies to deliver more effective lessons and ease teacher workload.
Attend our workshop to get the opportunity to win a GV 50 visualiser

 

 

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