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 three key topics:
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Session starts at 09:30
15:20 - Does Your Strategy Tackle the Digital Divide?
Sessions via Strands
10:25 - Diversifying the Curriculum with Hidden Histories
Rob Taylor, BLM Exeter
Focusing on the usefulness of hidden histories for teaching second order concepts, fulfilling national curriculum requirements and promoting teacher and pupil participation in curriculum design.
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.
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.
13:45 - Unity of Vision - Driving Pupil Progress
Olivia Sumpter, Bedrock Learning
This seminar will look at whole school literacy and how technology can help schools achieve their curriculum objectives. We will look at disciplinary literacy and how technology can be used to improve literacy across the curriculum. Lastly, using Bedrock Learning as an example, we will look at how schools can take a data driven approach to improving classroom practice and how the school community can build a language rich culture.
14:20 - Engaging Learners Through the Effective Use of Video
Michael Wilkinson, ClickviewVideo has become a defacto standard for learning and teaching, particularly its role in digital curriculum resources.
This session explores the different types of video and tools available to schools to captivating students both within and beyond the classroom.
10:25 - 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.
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.
12:00 - The Accidental Revolution
Ross Spearing, CENTURY Tech
The pandemic has provided schools with an opportunity to utilise technology to augment education and help nurture each student's potential. How can edtech help further embed technology and build on the lessons learnt during the pandemic?
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
14:20 - Hands-on Computing with Microsoft MakeCode
Jacqueline Russell, Program Manager Microsoft
Tune in to learn more about the imperative for computing education, and how Microsoft MakeCode can provide an easy way to incorporate computational thinking into your classroom.
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.
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.
12:00 - Using Tech effectively in EYFS - Are they too young for a 1:1 device?
Tonia Budley and Amy Harris, The Cornerstone Academy Trust
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13:45 - Making Sense of Development Matters Creating Learning Stories/Journeys 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.
14:20 - Using Microsoft Teams to Increase Parental Engagement
Hannah Lyons, Cornerstone Academy Trust
Session information coming soon...