Welcome to the Day 3 of Back to Reality.
7th October 2021
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:
Sessions via Strands
Diversifying the Curriculum
Rob Taylor, BLM Exeter
Join Rob to find out about projects to diversify the curriculum and decolonise the classroom. Rob is a graduate of Modern History and Political Science at the University of Birmingham with 20 years’ experience in financial services and public advice work. He’s currently a full time father working part time with Black Lives Matter Exeter, the University of Exeter and Cornerstone.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Secondary Biology Enhanced Through the Power of EdTech
Liam Rowe, Colyton Grammar SchoolSarah Clark, Queen Anne High School
Join Sarah, biology teacher at Queen Anne High School, as she discusses easy tech solutions for your classroom. Sarah was nominated for the Digital Innovator of the Year accolade in the 2020 Scottish Education Awards, was recognised as an Education Influencer (educator category) in the EdTech 50 yearbook 2020 and was a finalist in the Women in Technology Scotland Secondary Teacher of the Year award 2019.
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
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.
Mark Nicholls and David Weston, Literacy Planety
Session information coming soon...
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.
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.