Welcome to the first day of Back to Reality.
5th October 2021

Today we will be kickstarting our 4 day EdTech Festival with a collection of inspiring keynotes and practical speakers. Each day we organise the sessions around a collection of insightful and pertinent themes to aid those of us working in education to prosper in the current climate, and to continue to stay a step ahead of the curve moving forward.

Today all sessions will draw on, and be organised into, these following four key topics:

Today's Keynotes

Kath Moulds

Kath Moulds

Deputy Director, Digital Strategy for Education
Annie Maciver

Annie Maciver

Head of Capability, Digital Strategy for Education at DfE
Jim Gardner

Jim Gardner

ICT Adviser - DigItal Platforms Service Owner and GenZero Lead - Operations Group - DfE, UK Government
Clare Barclay

Clare Barclay

Chief Executive Officer, CVP, Microsoft UK

Sessions via Strands

Leadership and Strategy

From EdTech to PedTech: Shifting the Narrative around Education Technology

From EdTech to PedTech: Shifting the Narrative around Education Technology

Fiona Aubrey-Smith, Director of One Life Learning

Join Dr Fiona Aubrey-Smith, a former teacher, school leader and advisor who is now Director of One Life Learning specialising in strategic education consultancy. She will be discussing the pedagogy of the use of technology; the how rather than the what of using EdTech.

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A Strategic Approach to Launching Professional Development Sessions

A Strategic Approach to Launching Professional Development Sessions

Steve Taylor - Robin Hood MAT

Steve will talk about the strategic approach to launching professional development sessions through curated podcasts and why the decision was made to take a resource that was built for the Trust and offer it out nationally. Steve will discuss the impact of this model, what has worked, what didn’t work and the strategic direction he believes professional development can head if schools and their leaders are bold enough.

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How to Take Your Whole Team on the Technology Journey

How to Take Your Whole Team on the Technology Journey

Sarah Morgan, Headteacher at Danesfield School

Sarah will be talking about her passion for technology to be embedded in all areas of school life. Danesfield is both a Microsoft Showcase School and an EdTech Demonstrator School where she emphasises the importance of team work, collaboration, communication, perseverance and resilience.

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IT Anytime Anyplace Anywhere: Building a Strategy and Using Technology to Improve Learning and Teaching

IT Anytime Anyplace Anywhere: Building a Strategy and Using Technology to Improve Learning and Teaching

Clare Lowe and Tariq Sasso, Inspire/Blackfield Primary

Claire and Tariq will be discussing how to create a sustainable IT infrastructure, the effective use of IT in the classroom to help teachers teach and the effecitve use of IT for CPD to improve teachers teaching. There will also be time for a Q+A at the end of the session.

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Creating a Coherent EdTech Strategy from Scratch

Creating a Coherent EdTech Strategy from Scratch

Matt Smith, Aspire2B

Matt is the Learning and Development Business Partner at Aspire 2Be. His role is to work with organisations and help them develop a ‘people first’ digital change strategy. His presentation will cover how to start from scratch when developing an EdTech strategy.

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Finance, Reporting and Governance

The Power of EdTech to Support Good Governance

The Power of EdTech to Support Good Governance

Fiona Collier and Zoe Briant-Evans, Babcock International

Fiona is a Senior Governance Adviser and Zoe is a specialist in strategic leadership and governance within the Babcock LDP Governance Consultancy Team in Devon. Join them as they discuss how EdTech is a powerful tool for school governing bodies

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Title TBC

Title TBC

Session information coming soon...

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Producing a Headteacher's Report on Statistical Data in 20 Minutes or Less Using SIMS Discover

Producing a Headteacher's Report on Statistical Data in 20 Minutes or Less Using SIMS Discover

Craig Allen, Scomis

Head Teachers are extremely busy people and one of the more mundane tasks is reporting to governors on school statistics.  We are also aware that Governor’s often have to juggle their time between their own careers and their governance role.  Using SIMS Discover we show how a detailed statistical report can be produced in twenty minutes, using charts and graphs to put the information across as concisely as possible.

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The Efficiencies of Using Tech in Governors' Meetings

The Efficiencies of Using Tech in Governors' Meetings

Henry Massey, Director and CRM Consultant at Clystnet Ltd

As Chair at Cornerstone, Henry has extensive experience of Governors’ meetings, combined with website and CRM expertise. He will be discussing how governance efficiency can be enhanced by the use of tech at meetings.

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Show Me the Evidence

Show Me the Evidence

Dan Sandhu, Sparx

Session content coming soon.

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Teaching and Learning

Discovery Education: A Platform for Teaching and Learning

Discovery Education: A Platform for Teaching and Learning

Chris Nash, Discovery Education

Chris has spent much of the last 20 years pioneering teaching and learning through the use of technology and has a passion for innovating along with a deep pedagogical understanding of how technology can have a profound impact on the way we teach, learn, work and live our lives. He will be discussing the use of the Discovery Education learning platform which provides engaging content, ready-to-use lesson activities and creative collaboration tools to give educators everything they need to engage learners.

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Creating Engaging and Authentic Assessments through Online Forms

Creating Engaging and Authentic Assessments through Online Forms

Luke Abrahams and Abigail Doherty - Cornerstone Academy Trust

Luke and Abi are both teachers at Cornerstone, join them as they talk through the use of online forms to create student assessments that are authentic and engaging.

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Embedding Basic Video Editing

Embedding Basic Video Editing

Dale Lawson, Cornerstone Academy Trust

From VR Tours and Virtual Field Trips to Minecraft for Education lessons and Digimap Fieldwork, Dale endeavours to utilise the breadth of digital resources available when educating the children of his Cornerstone class. Join him as he explains video editing and how to embed it.

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Empowering Student Voice with FlipGrid

Empowering Student Voice with FlipGrid

Kevin Sait, Microsoft

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Creating a Coherent EdTech Strategy from Scratch

Creating a Coherent EdTech Strategy from Scratch

Jess Boyce and Michael Kimber, Flipgrid/Cornerstone

Jess is Education Innovation Lead at Flipgrid, she is passionate about technology in education and trying new things. She works with teachers to make their classrooms as fun and innovative as possible. Jess joins Michael, who is a Cornerstone teacher and Science Learning Partnership Lead, to discuss the use of Flipgrid in the classroom. Flipgrid is a simple and accessible video discussion experience for learners that aims to ‘empower every voice.

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Engagement Through Creativity

The Importance of Developing Creativity

The Importance of Developing Creativity

Fiona Aubrey-Smith, Director of One Life Learning

Mark, aka @Urban_Teacher, is recognised around the world for his insight and passion for education and technology. He has taught ICT for over 10 years and has become an expert in helping teachers and schools use technology to improve teaching and learning. He will be discussing the use of EdTech to develop pupils’ creativity.

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Making Your Technology Work for You: Creative Ideas to get Technology into the Classroom

Top Apps to Improve Engagement

Top Apps to Improve Engagement

Michael Kimber, Cornerstone Academy Trust

Michael is a Professional Development Lead, teacher, Microsoft Certified Educator, Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert and STEM Learning Science Learning Partnership Lead for Devon. Join him as he details the best apps to use in the classroom in order to keep your pupils engaged.

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A Return to Reality

A Return to Reality

Andrew Hammond, Discovery Education

Join Andrew, Senior Director of Learning and Community at Discovery Education to discuss returning to reality. Andrew has worked in schools for over twenty years, as a Classteacher, Head of Department, Deputy Head and Headteacher in both independent and maintained sector schools. He is also a prolific author, having written over thirty titles for a range of educational publishers.

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Microsoft's Engagement Programmes: Preparing Teachers, School Leaders and Students for the Future

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