Maidstone 24 March 2017

ICT for Education, Maidstone 2017

The ICT for Education national conference programme reaches Maidstone on 24 March 2017 at Mercure Maidstone Great Danes & Tunbridge Wells, Jupiter Hotels Limited.

The conference runs from 7.45am to 2.15pm.  Attendance is FREE for all delegates, and includes lunch and refreshments. 

Drawing on both regional and national ICT expertise, ICT for Education has sourced a great line-up of speakers who will address ICT challenges faced by both teachers and schools.  Alongside the conference, ICT for Education will host a vendor exhibition showcasing solutions to meet your ICT needs.

Meet the experts, network with peers, solve practical problems and discover new resources in just one short day - free of charge!  Pick up your conference badge(s) from Reception on the day.  If you would like to bring colleagues, they can register before the event or on arrival.  We look forward to meeting you in Maidstone.

Conference schedule



Sarah Underwood, editor, ICT for Education

08:35 – 9:00

Coding across the curriculum

Miles Berry, principal lecturer, computing education, University of Roehampton
Now computing is firmly established as a subject in many schools, there is a great opportunity for pupils to apply their newly acquired programming skills in the context of some of the other subjects they study. Ranging from Monte Carlo methods for estimating π, to composing music with Sonic Pi, Miles will present a quick tour of a few ways pupils can practice programming in meaningful contexts and deepen their knowledge and understanding of other disciplines.

09:00 – 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


10:40 – 11:05

Implementing iPads in a secondary school

Ronnie Ehren, assistant headteacher, e-learning, Invicta Grammar School

A review of how to implement a successful e-learning project making use of iPads. Ronnie will share his hints and tips on how to move away from windows devices used by students as a primary digital device to using iPads. He will include advice on what worked and some of the potential pitfalls.

11.05 – 11:30

Preparing your students for tomorrow's workplace

Natalie Moore, education community manager, Apps for Good
Based on recent research, the Apps for Good team will look at the most in-demand industry skills and how it believes you can help your students fill the skills gap. It will also consider the Apps for Good model as a way of building student resilience, tackling diversity in the technology sector and preparing students for the workplace of tomorrow.

11:30 – 12:00   

Question Time

An opportunity for delegates to put questions to conference speakers and debate topical issues.

Moderator: Sarah Underwood 
Panel members: Miles Berry, principal lecturer, computing education, University of Roehampton; Natalie Moore, education community manager, Apps for Good; Karine George, former primary school headteacher; Ronnie Ehren, assistant headteacher, e-learning, Invicta Grammar School

12:00 – 13:00


13:00 – 14:00

More for less
Guest speaker: Andy Hutt, educational ICT consultant
In an entertaining and informative 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.          




Andy Hutt
initial teacher trainer and independent ICT consultant
Karine George
Miles Berry
Computing Education, University of Roehampton
Natalie Moore
Apps for Good
Ronnie Ehren
Invicta Grammar School


2 Simple
Atomwide Managed Services
Computing At School
Crusader Solutions
Drake Educational Associates
EiS Kent
Hardware Associates
iBoard Touch
Konica Minolta
LEB Partnership
NCS Technology
Overnet Data
Parent Mail
Projector Lamp Source
SAM Labs
Schools Broadband
Squad In Touch Ltd.
Synel Industries UK
Traka Assa Abloy
Wasp Barcode Technologies

Mercure Maidstone Great Danes Hotel

Follow the M20 to Junction 8, follow the signs for Leeds Castle at the first two roundabouts. At the thrid roundabout take the third exit to the hotel.

Transport services close to the hotel

  Line Station
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  • Railway Station
    • HOLLINGBOURNE (2.57 km / 1.60 mi)
    • MAIDSTONE EAST (7.24 km / 4.50 mi)
  • Airport
    • LONDON GATWICK (71.62 km / 44.50 mi)
  • Ferries
    • PORTS TO FRANCE (57.94 km / 36.00 mi)

Car parks

  • Well-lit parking
  • Number of car spaces: 500
  • Bus/coach parking area
  • Private outdoor parking
  • Location and Parking


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