Below is the full list of 'Wider Curriculum' 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 - LIVE LESSON WORKSHOP - Year 6 problem solving and code breaking in maths - Katie Lawson, MIEE Teacher, Cornerstone

9:50am - LIVE LESSON WORKSHOP - Year 6 problem solving and code breaking in maths - Katie Lawson, MIEE Teacher, Cornerstone

Katie Lawson, MIEE Teacher, Cornerstone

Can you escape? Come and watch Year 6 attempt to escape from an evil maths genius. They will need to use their problem-solving skills to move from room to room, unlocking new challenges each time. These Year 6’s will be against the clock in today’s live sessions, demonstrating their ability to work using a variety of different skills. Using OneNote as the basis of the challenge, the children will be able to easily access all the resources they need to try and beat me.

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10:45am - Empowering pupils to become critical consumers of news and information - Chris Nash, Head of Community, Discovery Education

10:45am - Empowering pupils to become critical consumers of news and information - Chris Nash, Head of Community, Discovery Education

Chris Nash, Head of Community, Discovery Education

The rise of fake news and its potential to impact on democracy through influencing voter behaviours, has rightly caused alarm. Navigating the news, in a digital media landscape crowded with information and frequent updates, requires each of us to draw on critical literacy skills. This session explores the importance of incorporating the news into your classroom as a tool to build literacy skills, engage students in thinking critically about the information they consume in the media, and develop them as empowered citizens in the 21st century. We will showcase a variety of tools to engage students in analysis and discussion, ensure that they are safe online and create an environment in which to discuss stories which may be difficult or unsettling.

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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 The power of video in lessons and the use of embedded questioning - Michael Wilkinson, CEO, Clickview

1:00pm The power of video in lessons and the use of embedded questioning - Michael Wilkinson, CEO, Clickview

Michael Wilkinson, CEO, Clickview

The session will explore the business case for the use of video in education, the different sorts of video content which are available to educators and provides practical examples of how and where this can complement the curriculum.  

This session will also showcase how the use of video is enhancing and enriching teaching and learning experiences across Cornerstones MAT and its schools including a live lesson demonstration from Broadclyst school, using questioning in video to turn passive viewing into active learning.

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1:45pm - Using digital feedback tools to inform teaching - Katie Lawson, MIEE, Cornerstone

2:30pm - SPARX: a teacher's perspective - Oliver Milverton, Head of Maths, Cranbrook Education Campus

2:30pm - SPARX: a teacher's perspective - Oliver Milverton, Head of Maths, Cranbrook Education Campus

Oliver Milverton, Head of Maths, Cranbrook Education Campus

Session Title: SPARX: A teacher’s perspective

This session will show you how teaching staff can use SPARX both in the classroom and to plan home learning. It will also give you some insights into how schools can integrate SPARX into their curriculums and an in-depth look behind the scenes of SPARX Classroom and SPARX Homework. There will also be the opportunity to ask questions.

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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 - LIVE LESSON WORKSHOP - Year 5 lesson using green screen and video editing - Matt Pitts, Deputy Head and MIEE, Cornerstone

9:50am - LIVE LESSON WORKSHOP - Year 5 lesson using green screen and video editing - Matt Pitts, Deputy Head and MIEE, Cornerstone

Matt Pitts, Deputy Head and MIEE, Cornerstone

Whether it is filming Marvel’s Avengers or the next edition of your school news, green screen is a powerful tool that gives us the opportunity to record scenes and locations that would otherwise be off-limits. This session is intended to dispel the false perception that the tool is only the domain of Hollywood directors. It will feature a live lesson in which children from Broadclyst record their own programme, while also giving practical tips for how you can utilise green/blue screens in your school for little or no cost, using resources that you may already have.

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10:45am - Engaging Learners Through the Effective Use of Video - Michael Wilkinson, CEO, Clickview

10:45am - Engaging Learners Through the Effective Use of Video - Michael Wilkinson, CEO, Clickview

Michael Wilkinson, CEO, Clickview

Engaging Learners Through the Effective Use of Video

The session will explore the business case for the use of video in education, the different sorts of video content which are available to educators and provides practical examples of how and where this can complement the curriculum.

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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

John Laramy - Principle and Chief Executive, Exeter College

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1:00pm - Creating Digital Music Using Online Software and Apps - Anthony Lees, Deputy Head, Cornerstone

1:00pm - Creating Digital Music Using Online Software and Apps - Anthony Lees, Deputy Head, Cornerstone

Anthony Lees, Deputy Head, Cornerstone

Practical demonstration session, reviewing tools to support learners in producing their own music, using a range of apps, software and websites, and covering composition as a journey from early years through primary. Session will draw together frequent use of the voice, with body percussion, tuned and un-tuned and how to bring in instrumentalists to the classroom process in a purposeful way. EdTech tools covered and compared will include the range of windows, web, iOS and Android, as well as signposting equivalences and free vs paid solutions.

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1:45pm - Using digital tools to teach art through virtual school - Chloe Farrant, Art Teacher and Global Projects Lead, Cornerstone

2:30pm - Teaching strategies for developing deeper learning and critical thinking skills - Chris Nash, Head of Community, Discovery Education

2:30pm - Teaching strategies for developing deeper learning and critical thinking skills - Chris Nash, Head of Community, Discovery Education

Chris Nash, Head of Community, Discovery Education

“Creating 21st century learning environments is a complex process that requires more than simply providing a piece of equipment – it is an entire mindset of changes.” This session explores the role of education in the 21st Century and provides concrete strategies for the classroom to help pupils develop the necessary skills and understanding to prepare them to become active, successful, and contributing members of society, such as creativity, communication, collaboration and critical thinking.

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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

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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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