Below is the full list of 'Learning Platforms' 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 - From vision to reality - planning long term user adoption in MS Teams and Sharepoint - Darren Hemming, Teaching and Learning Consultant, Cloud Design Box

9:50am - From vision to reality - planning long term user adoption in MS Teams and Sharepoint - Darren Hemming, Teaching and Learning Consultant, Cloud Design Box

Darren Hemming, Teaching and Learning Consultant, Cloud Design Box

Teams is for life not just for COVID, it is really important to implement Teams with a long-term vision in mind. Not only does it need to be scalable and well planned, but you need to ensure that you take everyone on the journey with you and that no teacher or student is left behind. This session is about planning for success. We will show you an example of a well-planned long-term setup which will save teachers time, and we will focus on how to deliver success through training, user adoption and long-term digital strategy.

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10:45am - Q&A SESSION: Setting up MS Teams for class teaching for the first time - Michael Kimber, MIEE - Cornerstone

10:45am - Q&A SESSION: Setting up MS Teams for class teaching for the first time - Michael Kimber, MIEE - Cornerstone

Michael Kimber, MIEE - Cornerstone

Starting a new journey can be a daunting exercise, and this is equally relevant in the sphere of education. Using Microsoft Teams has transformed how we approach education at Broadclyst Primary School and we are keen to share some of our experiences in this exciting transition. In this session Michael will give an overview of how to set up your first class team, give tips around how to make this work effectively and provide plenty of time for your questions to be answered. Consider this a bespoke workshop to help you in beginning a new connected journey.

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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 Great apps in Microsoft365 - Kevin Sait, Surface Evangelist - Microsoft

1:00pm Great apps in Microsoft365 - Kevin Sait, Surface Evangelist - Microsoft

Kevin Sait, Surface Evangelist - Microsoft

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1:45pm - Creating authentic assessment with online forms - Donna Shah, Microsoft Fellow. Assistant Digital Learning Advisor, Cognita

1:45pm - Creating authentic assessment with online forms - Donna Shah, Microsoft Fellow. Assistant Digital Learning Advisor, Cognita

Donna Shah, Microsoft Fellow. Assistant Digital Learning Advisor, Cognita

Learn how Microsoft Forms makes test creation and grading a breeze. By using Microsoft Forms, you will increase student engagement, improve student outcomes, provide instant feedback and analysis and increase your efficiency as a teacher.  Quickly create polls, quizzes, and assessments for your students and see results as they come in. Microsoft Forms is simple to use and works across browsers and devices and integrates with Microsoft Teams assignments. See how to integrate with other apps to support assessment online and in the classroom. 

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2:30pm - Using Microsoft Stream in Class Teams - Chris Knowlton and Jonathan Bishop, Stream Product Lead, Microsoft & CEO of Cornerstone

2:30pm - Using Microsoft Stream in Class Teams - Chris Knowlton and Jonathan Bishop, Stream Product Lead, Microsoft & CEO of Cornerstone

Chris Knowlton and Jonathan Bishop, Stream Product Lead, Microsoft & CEO of Cornerstone

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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 - A class community approach to blended learning and parental feedback, through Google and Seesaw - Giles Hill, Digital Learning Lead, Aspire Academy Trust

9:50am - A class community approach to blended learning and parental feedback, through Google and Seesaw - Giles Hill, Digital Learning Lead, Aspire Academy Trust

Giles Hill, Digital Learning Lead, Aspire Academy Trust

The Covid-19 pandemic rapidly brought the need for on / off-site teaching and learning to schools, teachers, parents and pupils across the UK. Giles explores the systems and procedures that were put in place to provide a parallel yet broadly asynchronous experience, where children are delivered the same materials whether able to attend school or not – based around Seesaw at KS1 and Google Classroom at KS2. Giles will cover the challenges associated with the situation, including safeguarding and inclusion, and suggest tools and techniques that have been well-received as circumstances developed. Q+A session to follow the presentation.

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10:45am - Implementing Google Classroom in a Primary School - Abid Patel, Google

10:45am - Implementing Google Classroom in a Primary School - Abid Patel, Google

Abid Patel, Google

A presentation on the digital transformation journey undertaken at Leading Learning Trust with the G Suite for Education platform. This presentation will talk about how the Trust recovered from a flood disaster and used the disaster recovery as a means to go from traditional on-premise solutions to the cloud. We'll also talk about some recommended important steps and actions to consider when beginning your own digital transformation journey.

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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 - Extending the functionality of Canvas with Office365 applications - Elaine Topham, Senior Learning Technologist at the Grimsby Institute (FE)

1:00pm - Extending the functionality of Canvas with Office365 applications - Elaine Topham, Senior Learning Technologist at the Grimsby Institute (FE)

Elaine Topham, Senior Learning Technologist at the Grimsby Institute (FE)

At the TEC Partnership we use Canvas LMS, a leading VLE platform with extensive functionality providing our FE and HE tutors a platform to deliver their online content.  The tools within Canvas allows you to further integrate other applications, such as OneDrive Files and Cloud Assignments, Class Notebooks and Teams meetings.

  This session will show some of the ways Canvas can be used for online delivery, showing Class Notebook setup options, Cloud assignments and the added accessibility features that can be enabled within Canvas, such as the Immersive Reader and Blackboard Ally.

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1:45pm - How to extend the capabilities of Seesaw with Wakelet - Kate Bodle, Head of Learning Support, St Mary's School

1:45pm - How to extend the capabilities of Seesaw with Wakelet - Kate Bodle, Head of Learning Support, St Mary's School

Kate Bodle, Head of Learning Support, St Mary's School

This session will explore how you can use Seesaw in a multi-sensory way to enhance the learning of all children and how, by harnessing the power and flexibility of Wakelet, this powerful combination can ensure that the children can maximise learning potential. The session will give a brief overview of Seesaw and Wakelet showing practical examples of lessons involving both. It will be suitable for users of either platform, for teachers of small groups, whole classes or individual learners. 

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2:30pm - Using Assignments and Gradebooks in MS Teams - Paul Edge, Assistant Headteacher Ribblesdale High

2:30pm - Using Assignments and Gradebooks in MS Teams - Paul Edge, Assistant Headteacher Ribblesdale High

Paul Edge, Assistant Headteacher Ribblesdale High

This session will take you on a ‘whistle stop’ tour of Assignments within Microsoft Teams.  It will give you an insight into the different features within Assignments, and how these can be used to support teaching and learning, both remotely and within the traditional classroom.  

The first aim is to share how different aspects such as the overview page, rubrics and gradebooks can support engagement tracking and help you to understand where pupils are at on their learning journey.  Secondly, the session will demonstrate how teachers can reduce their workload and give timely and focused feedback to all students within their class.

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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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