Newbury

Conference schedule

08:30

Introduction

Sarah Underwood, editor, ICT for Education

08:35 – 9:00

Keynote presentation

Helen Caldwell, senior lecturer in education (primary computing), University of Northampton

Helen will share three strands of her recent work that consider: developing ideas for computational thinking in primary schools and the relevance of unplugged approaches; working with European partners to explore the theme of digital learning across boundaries; and multisensory approaches supporting special educational needs and inclusion.

9:00 – 09:25

Excite, engage, empower

Karine George, former primary school headteacher

Some simple and practical examples of how to build effective learning that moves away from the constraints of the classroom and links learners to a wealth of expertise in order to facilitate conversations that enhance real learning in a real world.

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

Digital strategy: technology at the centre of teaching and learning

José Picardo, assistant principal at Surbiton High School

José will explore how technology has been adopted at Surbiton High School, with pedagogy as the guide. The school is an environment where teachers and students use digital technology habitually to support teaching and learning. This has been achieved by investing in professional development, connectivity infrastructure and by providing every member of staff and student with a tablet device.

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: Helen Caldwell, senior lecturer in education (primary computing), University of Northampton; Karine George, former primary school headteacher; José Picardo, assistant principal at Surbiton High 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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