Welcome to the Day 4 of Back to Reality.
8th October 2021

Join us for day 4 of the EdTech Festival, we will be wrapping up our action-packed week with yet more inspiring keynotes and expert 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

Mark Sparvell

Mark Sparvell

Director Marketing Education, Microsoft

Drawing on recent research findings, Mark will explore what is happening ‘under the hood’ with students developing brains as a result of trauma carrying forwards from 2020 and what educators can to maximise potential and minimize the hard caused by anxiety and uncertainty. A strong focus on the case for social-emotional learning and the role technology can play in supporting a well-being agenda.


Sessions via Strands

Online Safety Strategy

COVID-19 and Impact on Reading, Attainment and Wellbeing

COVID-19 and Impact on Reading, Attainment and Wellbeing

Bernadetta Brzyska and Sarah Murillo, GL Assessment

GL Assessment’s Head of Research, Bernadetta Bryzska, will share our analysis of the impact of Covid-19 and school lockdowns based on analysis of the New Group Reading Test (NGRT) from schools around the world. She will compare this data with similar analysis of the Progress Test in English and discuss why we have found different trends in each case. Bernadetta will also look at the close relationship between student attitudes and reading ability, while Sarah Murillo – an Education Consultant for GL Assessment – will consider the implications for school literacy and wellbeing initiatives.

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Saving Time: Strategies to Improve Your Wellbeing

Saving Time: Strategies to Improve Your Wellbeing

Jane McFall and Gary Henderson, Scomis

Are you managing your time effectively?

Are you constantly juggling your workload?

Whatever your role is in your school/organisation the Scomis session on ‘Saving Time’ recommends strategies and practical tips to help you manage your workload more effectively and improve your wellbeing.

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The Evolving Threat of Ransomware and How to Protect Your School

The Evolving Threat of Ransomware and How to Protect Your School

Sam Parsons, Avon and Somerset Police

The education sector, like any other sector in the UK is not immune to cyber crime. During the pandemic, as schools moved to online learning we saw an increase in successful ransomware attacks on educational establishments. Many of these had a huge impact, both on the schools as businesses, and on the ability for students to learn.

This presentation from the South West Regional Cyber Crime Unit (SWRCCU) brings a unique Police perspective, discussing the evolving threat of ransomware, including how it is deployed, and how the tactics have changed. We will look at current trends, the ways you can prepare your organisation to protect yourself from this threat, and how to recover should you suffer an incident.

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ProjectEVOLVE: Beyond Digital Literacy Content

ProjectEVOLVE: Beyond Digital Literacy Content

Ken Cornish, SWGfL

Children’s online lives require a sophisticated educative approach if we are going to positively affect resilience and build empowerment for our next generation of citizens. ProjectEVOLVE, a free resource from SWGfL, not only provides new content for teaching and learning written by experts in this field, but also allows educators to build knowledge maps of their pupils/students to choose appropriate resources and  assess impact. This session will demonstrate the world’s first concept cartoon generator and how it can be used to plan effectively and reduce workload.

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Remote Monitoring and Management with Senso.cloud, Safeguarding Microsoft Teams Chat and Cloud-Based Classroom Management

Remote Monitoring and Management with Senso.cloud, Safeguarding Microsoft Teams Chat and Cloud-Based Classroom Management

Chris Spink, Senso.cloud

Chris will be speaking about the importance of safeguarding and best use practices of cloud-based technologies. Chris has been in the EdTech industry for 8 years and has a vast experience when it comes to educational software for Classroom Management and Safeguarding! Senso.cloud is an All-In-One Software for Network, Classroom, Safeguarding and Asset Management. Perfect for managing and monitoring any Windows, Chrome and IOS devices from a centralised web portal.

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Online Safety in the Classroom

What's Going On? The Lowdown on What's Happened During and Post Lockdown with Young People Online

What's Going On? The Lowdown on What's Happened During and Post Lockdown with Young People Online

Ben McGrath, eSafe

Ben is the Head of Client Relations at a digital safeguarding solution which supports schools and colleges across the country. Join him as he discusses how young people’s online use has changed during lockdown.

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Developing a Robust Strategy for Online Safety

Developing a Robust Strategy for Online Safety

Anthony Lees, Cornerstone

As a Specialist Leader of Education (SLE) for The Cornerstone Teaching School Anthony supports schools across the region in the areas of computing and online safety. He will be discussing how schools can best develop an online safety strategy.

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Safety with Online Gaming

Safety with Online Gaming

Tracey Wills and Athony Lees, Cornerstone

Tracey is a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (SCPHN) and also part of the TCAT E-safety committee. She endorses the importance of educating children around safe behaviours to promote safeguarding. Anthony supports schools across the region in the areas of computing and online safety. Together they will be discussing online gaming and the safety issues surrounding it

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The Efficiencies of Using Tech in Governors' Meetings

The Efficiencies of Using Tech in Governors' Meetings

David Wright, SWGfL

David has worked extensively in online safety for many years with children, schools and wider agencies and is the Director of the UK Safer Internet Centre at South West Grid for Learning. This session will focus on techniques for safeguarding children whilst they are online.

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Using CEOP Resources for Teaching Internet Safety

Using CEOP Resources for Teaching Internet Safety

Anthony Lees, Cornerstone

As a Specialist Leader of Education (SLE) for the Cornerstone Teaching School, Anthony supports schools across the region in the areas of computing and online safety. He will be discussing how to teach internet safety using resources from the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre.

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SEND and Inclusion

 

The Creative Brilliance of Dyslexia

The Creative Brilliance of Dyslexia

Kate Griggs, Made by Dyslexia

Join Kate as she helps us to re-think our perception in dyslexia and to change the way we approach learning differences in our day-to-day lives. Kate is one of the world’s leading voices in Dyslexia advocacy and is successfully redefining dyslexia. She is Founder and CEO at Made By Dyslexia a global charity lead by famous and successful dyslexics whose mission is to help the world properly understand, value and support dyslexia.

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#SmashingStereotypes: Closing Digital Gaps in Technology

#SmashingStereotypes: Closing Digital Gaps in Technology

Nic Ponsford, Global Equality Collective

Nic believes that smashing stereotypes will change the world and co-founded GEC with the aim of obliterating gender stereotypes. Join her as she discusses how stereotypes create digital gaps in society and how education can change this.

Nic is Director (Innovation) at Edtech UK and Co-Editor of Edtech UK magazine. She is recognised as an edtech expert and thought-leader.

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Using Learning Tools through Office 365 to Support SEND

Using Learning Tools through Office 365 to Support SEND

Matthew Davies, Treorchy Secondary School

Matthew is Deputy Headteacher at Treorchy, a Microsoft Showcase school. Matthew believes that technology, along with excellent pedagogy, has the potential to transform education. 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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The Efficiencies of Using Tech in Governors' Meetings

The Efficiencies of Using Tech in Governors' Meetings

Paul Edge, Ribblesdale High

Paul works closely with Microsoft, to improve tech readiness in a wide range of schools and colleges across the UK. He focuses on developing strategy and supporting organisations in their use of EdTech. He is Deputy Headteacher at Ribblesdale High School responsible for curriculum development, assessment and all aspects of EdTech as well as being project lead for the DfE EdTech Demonstrator School programme consortium.

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Giving Every Child a Voice

Giving Every Child a Voice

Maia Thomas, Equality Activist, Inclusion and Diversity Committee ITV

Join Maia to discuss how we can give every child a voice. Maia is a 22 year old award winning Equality Activist, EDI Consultant (Equality, Diversity & Inclusion), International Speaker, Social Media Consultant & Instagram Influencer. She has worked with over 70 schools across the South West on EDI, delivering assemblies/workshops and mentoring teachers.

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