Exeter

Conference schedule

07:45

Delegate registration – ICT supplier exhibition opens

08:15

Introduction

Sarah Underwood, Editor, ICT for Education

08:20 – 08:45

View from the top: A wiki curriculum – liability or opportunity?

Oliver Quinlan, lecturer in education, Plymouth University

In January, Education Secretary Michael Gove announced the intention to dismantle the ICT curriculum and let schools decide what they teach. Potentially this gives teachers a blank page to fill with their teaching. Whether that page is filled with opportunities that truly prepare children for their future lives is up to you. With examples from practice in schools to wider cultural and professional changes, Oliver will consider the current landscape of ICT and how the wiki curriculum could be an opportunity rather than a liability

08:50 – 09:10

ICT in the classroom

Andy Guy, head of mathematics, Devonport High School for Boys

For some years, staff at Devonport High School for Boys have been supporting AS/A2 students outside school hours using a student forum. Initially built on Moodle and requiring some technical competency, use of the forum has been steady but modest. Six years on and an improved forum, based on Google Apps, is run by student ‘maths mentors’ with support from departmental staff. Students use a wide range of technologies to both ask for and offer support. Digital cameras, smart phones, graphics tablets, digitising pens and scanners combined with specialist, and often free, software provide a support system with which all learners can engage. Andy will showcase the support forum and demonstrate how various technologies have been employed to facilitate its use.

09:10 – 09:30

ICT in the classroom

Jodie Collins, specialist primary ICT teacher and advisor

Jodie will illustrate how ICT can be embedded in the curriculum to engage and excite children and adults, how it can improve learning and how it can make teaching efficient and ICT cost effective. Jodie will describe how teachers can leverage podcasting, film making, digital storytelling and games-based learning to enhance students’ learning experiences. She will also discuss how teachers can use ICT in teaching to develop 21st century skills such as collaboration. The primary focus is on literacy and mathematics, although Jodie will touch on how ICT can be incorporated across the full curriculum and for any age group, including adults.

09:30 – 09:50

ICT in the classroom

Kelda Richards, ISCA College of Media Studies

Kelda will discuss how the introduction of Apple iPads has engaged and enthused staff and learners at Isca College in Exeter, an Apple regional training centre. Whether teachers have access to one or 30 iPads they make learning multi-dimensional, enabling students to move from effective research to improving their presentation skills and, most important of all, creating. With apps to cover every area of Bloom's Taxonomy and Solo Taxonomy, iPads are helping to develop workplace skills.

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: Oliver Quinlan, Plymouth University; Andy Guy, Devonport High School for Boys, Kelda Richards, ISCA College of Media Arts

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

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

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