Welcome to the Day 2 of Back to Reality.
6th October 2021
Join us on day 2 of the EdTech Festival, we will be continuing to make our way through our incredible line-up, packed full 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:
Does your Digital Strategy tackle the Digital Divide
The need for remote learning brought into sharp focus the divide which exists between those with sole access to a suitable digital device and those with limited or no access. Schools can no longer ignore the educational (workload) impact lack of access has on a child (teacher) against one who has ubiquitous access, and a school who leverages the benefits technology can bring. This can range from modelling, blended learning, adaptive learning tools, digital workflows and collaboration. In his keynote, James will draw out why schools can no longer ignore or underfund technology when writing their long term strategy.
Sessions via Strands
Years of Lesson Plans Stolen
Sam Parsons, Avon and Somerset Police
In the last 18 months there has been a significant rise in cyber attacks against the education sector, directly impacting teachers’ ability to educate students, or even open classrooms. This non-technical presentation from the South West Regional Cyber Crime Unit (SWRCCU) looks at the impact cyber crime is having on the education sector. Using case studies, videos, and no jargon, this session highlights the importance of Cyber Security, and covers the simple steps you can take to reduce the impact that cyber crime can have on you, your family and your students.
Three Free Learning Tools for Great Key Stage 2 Documents
Giles Hill, Digital Learning Lead, Aspire Academy Trust
Digital Learning Cornwall is the EdTech research & training department of the Aspire Academy Trust. They identify technologies that have genuine impact in education, including real-world implementation and practical detail. Giles is the Digital Learning Lead and will be discussing some free EdTech software particularly useful for Key Stage 2.
Save Teacher Time and Get More out of Microsoft Teams
Tony Phillips, Cloud Design Box
I will be discussing how the Colyton Physics Department have implemented blended learning through Microsoft 365. This will include our departments approach to getting students to use touchscreen devices effectively in lesson, how we make use of web based assessment tools and simulations, monitoring and assessing progress and how we share resources for use in lesson and independent study.
Creating a Coherent EdTech Strategy From Scratch'
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.
VEX Robotics in the Classroom and Beyond
Michael Cronk, Colyton Grammar School
Michael will be discussing how the Colyton Computer Science department use VEX Robotics to deliver problem solving and programming in lessons; and a wider STEM experience as part of their extra-curricular programme. You will have the opportunity to look at a number of platforms available from VEX, aimed at a range of age groups. Michael will show how robotics can be used to engage and enthuse students, especially girls, as well as demonstrating programming constructs in a concrete way.
Session Title TBC
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.
Bring Some 'Spark'le into the Classroom: Creativity with Adobe Spark
Donna Shah, MIEE / Assistant Digital Learning Advisor, Cognita
Donna is an educator based in London who is passionate about EdTech, she works with Cognita schools supporting digital learning for staff and pupils. She’ll be adding some Spark’le as she discusses Adobe Spark, software that makes it easy to create social graphics, web pages and short videos.
Computational Thinking in the Classroom: Unplugging the Computing Curriculum
Chris Thomas, Barefoot Computing
This session would provide an introduction to the Barefoot website and resources, discuss how the resources complement the computing curriculum and then demonstrate a range of the activities. The resources are all designed to be cross-curricular and fit in with other subjects within the primary curriculum, a lot of the resources are ‘unplugged’ activities and demonstrate how computing can be taught without the need for computers! There is a big focus in this session on ‘computational thinking’, the core skills that pupils need to develop at primary school to then progress and go on to become effective programmers. The session is interactive, get involved with lots of the unplugged activities and hopefully have some fun whilst realising that teaching computing is not something to be feared, in fact they are teaching a lot of the core elements within other areas of the curriculum already!
Games in Education
Why do people play games? What purpose do games have in education? How can educators get started? Learn answers to these questions and hear best practice recommendations from Becky, Director of Operations at education consultancy insight2execution.
Benefits of Mobile Device Management
Mobile Device Management (MDM) is a term used to describe the remote management of devices over the Internet, such as Chromebooks, iPads, and laptops. It is a centralised management portal from which you can deploy apps, control policies, roll out or wipe devices, and run reports. It allows schools to manage their devices from one easy-to-use interface instead of updating each device manually. In this session we explore the key features and benefits of MDM including:
Remote Device Access
Enhanced Update and Support
Better Application Control
Remote Device Erase Capability
How MDM supports better device compliance, Bring Your Own Device (BYOD); reduces the technical overhead of maintaining the system and saves cost
How to Finance Your Classroom Devices
Trevor Finley, Vision Asset Finance
As Managing Director at Vision Asset Finance, Trevor has over 20 years of experience in setting up ICT Leasing arrangements for schools throughout the UK and Ireland. Trevor will be discussing how best to meet the cost of providing devices in school.
Device Security, Management, Deployment in InTune
Kevin Sait, Microsoft
As a ‘Surface Evangelist’ at Microsoft, Kevin engages schools, students and teachers with what they can achieve with the use of technology as part of their learning. Join him as he chats about Microsoft Intune which helps organizations use the devices and applications they love while configuring device settings to meet compliance needs.
Sustainability with Surface Devices
As the Surface Business Development Director for Microsoft Education, Steve drives education transformation with Office 365 and Surface. He has been working for Microsoft for 26 years and is responsible for developing solutions in the Education market.