Welcome to the Day 3 of Back to Reality.
30th March 2022

Join us on day 3 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:

Today's Keynote

Chris Rothwell

Chris Rothwell

Director of Education, Microsoft

9:40 - Session information coming soon

James Garnett

James Garnett

EdTech Demonstrator Programme Lead

15:20 - Does Your 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

Wider Curriculum

10:25 - Using Hidden Histories to Diversify the Curriculum

10:25 - Using Hidden Histories to Diversify the Curriculum

Rob Taylor, BLM Exeter

JFocusing on the usefulness of hidden histories for teaching second order concepts, fulfilling national curriculum requirements and promoting teacher and pupil participation in curriculum design.

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11:25 - Using Technology Across the Curriculum, Engaging the Whole Community

11:25 - Using Technology Across the Curriculum, Engaging the Whole Community

Lucy Runham, 2Simple

Lucy will be looking at ways of using EdTech through the whole curriculum and with the whole community. She is the Regional CPD Manager for 2Simple covering the South West and Wales, with extensive experience working in educational technology. She supports schools with their use of Purple Mash to ensure they get the best value out of their investment.

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12:00 - Impossible Fieldtrips

12:00 - Impossible Fieldtrips

Phil Birchinall, Discovery Education

After spending 30 years in the classroom and running EdTech companies, Phil is now Senior Director of Immersive Content at Discovery Education. He will be discussing how immersive technologies can improve the learning experience and are the future of education, bringing the wow-factor into the classroom.

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13:45 - Disciplinary Literacy: Unity of Vision to Drive Pupil Progress

13:45 - Disciplinary Literacy: Unity of Vision to Drive Pupil Progress

Alexandra Randle, Bedrock Learning

Alex is Head of Engagement and author for Bedrock Learning. She has extensive experience in teaching, producing literacy resources and has led numerous literacy CPD sessions across the UK. She believes in a collaborative outward-facing approach to teaching and learning.

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14:20 - Using Learning Tools Through Office 365 to Support SEND

14:20 - Using Learning Tools Through Office 365 to Support SEND

Michael Wilkinson, Clickview

Michael is the UK Managing Director of ClickView, a video based teaching and learning company. Join him as he explains the use of Microsoft Learning Tools through the many Office 365 apps that can support pupils with SEND.

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STEM and Science

10:25 - Secondary Biology Enhanced Through the Power of EdTech

10:25 - Secondary Biology Enhanced Through the Power of EdTech

Sarah Clark, Queen Anne High School

In this session Sarah will be sharing how she uses technology in her Science classroom to enhance the learner experience of her students including Augmented Reality and Microbits. She will also share how she used tools such as Sway, Flipgrid, Forms and the benefits of Digital Inking in the Science Classroom.

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11:25 - Secondary Physics Enhanced Through the Power of EdTech

11:25 - Secondary Physics Enhanced Through the Power of EdTech

Liam Rowe, Colyton Grammar School

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.

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12:00 - Exeter Science Centre: Connecting Schools and the Public with STEAMM Research and Industry

12:00 - Exeter Science Centre: Connecting Schools and the Public with STEAMM Research and Industry

Alice Mills, Exeter Science Centre

In this session I will give an overview of the educational, digital resources and events we are developing, along with the progress of Exeter Science Centre so far, our future aims and what opportunities we can provide for schools. Fundamentally, this session will give participants the opportunity to have their say and help to mould the development of Exeter Science Centre both in terms of the format and content of the resources/events that we offer in our outreach programmes as well as the plans for the building itself and how it will operate. We look forward to hearing how we can support you and work together.

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13:45 - STEM Ambassadors: Engaging Learners Through Online Opportunities

13:45 - STEM Ambassadors: Engaging Learners Through Online Opportunities

Sara Rosengren, CSW Group

Sara is a science communicator, media marketing specialist and STEM Hub Coordinator at transition management specialists CSW Group. Join her as she explains the role of STEM ambassadors online in bringing STEM subjects to life and demonstrating the value of them in life and careers

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14:20 - Secondary Chemistry Enhanced Through the Power of EdTech

14:20 - Secondary Chemistry Enhanced Through the Power of EdTech

Nik Rorke, Colyton Grammar School

Nik will be discussing how the Colyton Chemistry Department have extensively used One Note/Class Notebook to encourage collaboration and consistency within the department. Also, how her students have benefited from its use to provide extensive resources for in lesson use and independent study and how the school’s decision to provide students with touchscreen devices has been invaluable in Chemistry. Nik will show how we use these devices to help monitor and assess work from lessons and completed at home and during private study and make use of web based assessment tools all in the context of Chemistry at KS3, GCSE and A level.

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Early Years and KS1

 

10:25 - How Digital Resources can Help Develop Literacy in an Early Years and KS1 Setting

10:25 - How Digital Resources can Help Develop Literacy in an Early Years and KS1 Setting

Mark Nicholls, Literacy Planet

This seminar will cover how technology can be utilised to help develop literacy in an EYFS and Key Stage 1 setting. Using LiteracyPlanet as an example, we will discuss why, when used correctly, online resources can be a very effective way to engage younger students in literacy and how you can implement technology in the most effective way. In particular, we will look at how it can fit alongside other methods of teaching in this setting.

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11:25 - Reading is much more than just barking words off a page

11:25 - Reading is much more than just barking words off a page

Margaret Allen, Renaissance

Join Margaret, Curriculum and Education Specialist at Renaissance Learning. Her aim has always been to recognise the strength of primary school teachers by offering them something which will enhance children’s education and realise the full potential of technology across the curriculum. Renaissance is a global leader in assessment, reading, and maths solutions.

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12:00 - Building Positive Maths Mindset using Personalised and Adaptive Online Practice

12:00 - Building Positive Maths Mindset using Personalised and Adaptive Online Practice

Frances Kingston, Lula Dahir and Margaret Allen, Renaissance

Session information coming soon

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13:45 - Making Sense of Development Matters Creating Learning Journies in EYFS

13:45 - Making Sense of Development Matters Creating Learning Journies in EYFS

Geoff Broadbent, 2Eskimos

Join Geoff as he applies his passion for making teachers’ lives easier, more productive and enjoyable to EYFS learning. The 2 Eskimos are multi-award-winning software developers, responsible for changing the nature of educational IT over the last 10 years. Geoff is the author of several software tools for teachers including 2Build a profile, Evidence Me and Inspection Coach.

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14:20 - Using Microsoft Teams to Increase Parental Engagement

14:20 - Using Microsoft Teams to Increase Parental Engagement

Hannah Lyons, Cornerstone Academy Trust

Session information coming soon...

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