Conference schedule


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Introduction Sarah Underwood, Editor, ICT for Education

08:20 – 08:45

View from the top: Steve Bunce, independent consultant “Everyone is going through changes, no one knows what's going on. And everybody changes place - but the world still carries on.” The words of Geordie Alan Price's song seem very apt at the moment in education. What is the situation in the North East? Steve will share a view of the changes going on in education, especially with a focus on this region.

08:50 – 09:10

ICT in the classroom Simon Ripley, headteacher, Woodlawn School Simon will discuss how ICT supports inclusion for all pupils and how it can support improvements in communication skills. These uses of ICT are particularly beneficial at Woodlawn School, which is a school for pupils with complex medical needs, physical disabilities and sensory impairments.

09:10 – 09:30

ICT in the classroom Chris Shannon, headteacher, Whitecliffe Primary School Chris and ICT subject leader Christine Otto will give a brief overview of some of the ICT at Whitecliffe Primary School and how it is used to enhance learning and engage and excite twenty-first century children. Amongst other things, we will discuss the use of Fronter, some of the work we do in the local community and how iPods and other technologies are being used to engage children and involve parents in their children’s learning.

09:30 – 09:50

ICT in the classroom Phil Spoors, assistant headteacher, Cramlington Learning Village Phil will discuss how Cramlington is applying lessons from recent visits to High Tech High in California to help develop successful independent learners and thinkers. He will explore ways in which effective project-based learning is being incorporated into the curriculum model and how this can have an impact on student motivation, learning and success, as well as lead to some fantastically high-quality authentic outcomes. As technology plays a vital role in supporting and enhancing this approach, Phil will look at the ICT tools being used for project-based learning, including a Samsung Galaxy tablet scheme.

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: Helen Hayes, policy adviser, North East Chamber of Commerce; Steve Bunce, independent consultant; Simon Ripley, headteacher, Woodlawn School; Phil Spoors, assistant headteacher, Cramlington Learning Village

11:25 – 12:15

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.

12:15 – 13:10


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.




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