Below is the full list of 'Devices and Tech' sessions that we will be running over the course of our two-day virtual festival.
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Day 1

9:00am - KEYNOTE: Creating an EdTech strategy in times of change

9:00am - KEYNOTE: Creating an EdTech strategy in times of change

KEYNOTE: Hannah Woodhouse, Regional Schools Commissioner for the South West at Department for Education

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9:50am - A rationale for choosing and deploying devices - Giles Hill and Pete Bradburn, Digital Learning Lead, Head of IT & Comms, Aspire Academy Trust

9:50am - A rationale for choosing and deploying devices - Giles Hill and Pete Bradburn, Digital Learning Lead, Head of IT & Comms, Aspire Academy Trust

Giles Hill and Pete Bradburn, Digital Learning Lead, Head of IT & Comms, Aspire Academy Trust

A tour of different devices that are used for various functions across primary schools – Google, Microsoft and Apple-based. What is the rationale behind choosing particular devices from particular manufacturers for particular jobs? Which details should you look out for that often make all the difference when deployed in the classroom? Which price points will achieve good value over the course of a device’s lifetime? What are the pros and cons for deployment and support? Q+A session open during and after the presentation.

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10:45am - Using Intune to manage devices from the cloud - Kevin Sait, Surface Evangelist, Microsoft

11:30 - KEYNOTE: Before and Beyond Remote Learning Chris Rothwell, Director of Education, Microsoft UK

11:30 - KEYNOTE: Before and Beyond Remote Learning Chris Rothwell, Director of Education, Microsoft UK

Chris Rothwell - Director of Education, Microsoft UK

Chris will be talking about what schools were doing with technology before Covid and what the opportunities and requirements are now as we emerge from the other side.

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1:00pm Setting up Office365 and Teams with a Trust Wide Deployment - Andrew Manning and Leon Mallet, Senior Engineer at TME, Iamcloud

1:00pm Setting up Office365 and Teams with a Trust Wide Deployment - Andrew Manning and Leon Mallet, Senior Engineer at TME, Iamcloud

Andrew Manning and Leon Mallet, Senior Engineer at TME, Iamcloud

No one likes to being lonely, not even Office 365 tenants – that’s why we will show you why the more the merrier! Andrew will take you through the simple yet powerful ways to setup, manage and migrate to a Trust Wide Office 365 Tenancy, showing how multiple domains and accounts can be easily managed from a single interface. Leon will discuss solutions that help with the burden of migrating and accessing data when it is in Office 365 and show how simple it is to ensure Staff and Students can adopt Office 365 securely and safely with minimal overheads from IT staff.

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1:45pm - Q&A SESSION: Choosing the right surface device for the classroom - Steve Beswick and Anthony Lees, Microsoft & MIEE, Cornerstone

1:45pm - Q&A SESSION: Choosing the right surface device for the classroom - Steve Beswick and Anthony Lees, Microsoft & MIEE, Cornerstone

Steve Beswick and Anthony Lees, Microsoft & MIEE, Cornerstone

Choosing the right device is an important part of any school decision when implementing a school IT Solution. Not only must the device be good for teaching and learning but the device should also contribute to helping save time especially for teachers. In this session we will outline why a Microsoft Surface device is the right device for schools that really want to transform their education practice using technologies like touch/inking/voice. We will explore examples where Cornerstone are using these Surface features in combination with Office 365 cloud technologies to see real benefits for Students and Teachers

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2:30pm - Using school data sync to get Office365 and Teams setup - Jon Atkinson, Head of Operations, SalamanderSoft

2:30pm - Using school data sync to get Office365 and Teams setup - Jon Atkinson, Head of Operations, SalamanderSoft

Jon Atkinson, Head of Operations, SalamanderSoft

Microsoft School Data Sync (SDS) is a free service in Office 365 Education that imports school records from your existing Student Information System (SIS). During this session, we’ll discuss how it works, and how Schools can use Microsoft School Data Sync to get Teams in Microsoft 365 deployed and ready for use.

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3:15pm - KEYNOTE: Anthony Salcito - VP Worldwide Education, Microsoft

3:15pm - KEYNOTE: Anthony Salcito - VP Worldwide Education, Microsoft

Anthony Salcito - VP Worldwide Education, Microsoft

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Day 2

9:00am - PANEL DISCUSSION: Lessons learnt from lockdown

9:00am - PANEL DISCUSSION: Lessons learnt from lockdown

Chaired by Ty Goddard, EdTech Demonstrator Programme

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9:50am - Ditch the server: Exploring a cloud first strategy (and how to get your IT support to deliver) - Pete Bradburn, Head of IT and Comms, Aspire Academy Trust

9:50am - Ditch the server: Exploring a cloud first strategy (and how to get your IT support to deliver) - Pete Bradburn, Head of IT and Comms, Aspire Academy Trust

Pete Bradburn, Head of IT and Comms, Aspire Academy Trust

Explore the practicalities of moving your school IT systems to the cloud. Peter will identify the potential gains and challenges, and discuss how to put together a plan that will save money and achieve real impact. IT support staff play a key role and Peter will explore how to get the most from them in a world of rapidly changing technology. Open for Q+As following the presentation.

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10:45am - The Benefits of adding Voice in Microsoft Teams “with the 2 Robs!” - Rob Randall and Rob Quickenden, Cisillion

10:45am - The Benefits of adding Voice in Microsoft Teams “with the 2 Robs!” - Rob Randall and Rob Quickenden, Cisillion

Rob Randall and Rob Quickenden, Ciscillian

Microsoft Teams has had huge traction and success within Education establishments due to the ease of creating collaborative classes and teaching environments, connecting in professional learning communities, engaging students with virtual face-to-face lessons and even, now in COVID19, remote lunch to keep classes connected.

  During this session we will be discussing use cases, benefits and considerations of enabling voice (dial-tone) services within Microsoft Teams and will share our experiences and tips for success. In this session we will endeavour to cover:-

 

  • Over view of Teams Voice
  • Features compared – traditional phone system vs Teams Voice
  • How Teams can help ensure safeguarding with advanced features like compliance call recording, and reception features
  • Deepish dive into Voice Services within Teams
  • Choices and options - Direct Routing vs Calling Plans, Desk Phones vs headsets and of course mobile phones
  • Getting it right tips and tricks based on What does success look like
  • -How do I know if Teams is right for my Academy?

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11:30am - KEYNOTE: John Laramy - Principle and Chief Executive, Exeter College

11:30am - KEYNOTE: John Laramy - Principle and Chief Executive, Exeter College

[16:01] Carrie Anne Sibbald

John Laramy - Principle and Chief Executive, Exeter College

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1:00pm - Using digital tools and inking in the classroom and across the wider curriculum - Beth Schoter and Chloe Farrant, MIEEs at Cornerstone

1:45pm - School improvement and professional development: Technological and analytical approaches - Matt Woodruff, Founder and Chief Data Scientist, Console

1:45pm - School improvement and professional development: Technological and analytical approaches - Matt Woodruff, Founder and Chief Data Scientist, Console

Matt Woodruff, Founder and Chief Data Scientist, Console

The past 3 months has taught us many things, and the School Development Plan (SDP) as staff professional development objectives have all been impacted.

In this session, Matt shares experiences of managing school improvement priorities and mapping these through to department strategies and individual staff professional development to ensure that all activity is aligned to the schools strategic aims. Utilising technology based on Office 365 for the SDP and professional development allows leadership to have clear oversight of the process, and to use form data to help improve and retain, and to support staff well being.

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2:30pm - Procurement of Devices for a 1:1 Device Programme - Graham Newbery, Trust Business Manager, Cornerstone

2:30pm - Procurement of Devices for a 1:1 Device Programme - Graham Newbery, Trust Business Manager, Cornerstone

Graham Newbery, Trust Business Manager, Cornerstone

Schools often see buying IT equipment as a one-off investment. In reality the speed at which devices and equipment becomes obsolete requires a plan for replacement and replenishment over time. Graham will share strategies for creating an replenishment program and the process of regular procurement process, which are compliant with government guidelines.

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3:15pm - KEYNOTE: Education Re-Imagined: What Matters Most - Mark Sparvell, Microsoft

3:15pm - KEYNOTE: Education Re-Imagined: What Matters Most - Mark Sparvell, Microsoft

Mark Sparvell - Education Leader, Microsoft

Session: Education Re-Imagined: What Matters Most

In this hilarious closing keynote Australian award winning education leader, Mark Sparvell, from Microsoft Worldwide will draw from hot-of-the-press research to examine the now, the near and the next for education and the role technology can play in humanizing and not simply digitizing the experience.

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