IT15 Exhibition & Conference
Thursday 11 June 2015 : Ashford International Hotel
As always a large number of exhibitors presented the latest in IT services and products for schools. There were a number of robotic toys, examples of specialist teaching software, demonstrations of the latest 3D printers, Touch Screen technology suppliers, Parental engagement tools, Printing Solutions and Access Control systems.
Exhibitors donated prizes such as:
- Discount vouchers
- Geometric shapes
- Apple TV
- Triumph projector
- Wireless printer
Well done, to all schools who won a prize!
The first keynote speaker, Bob Harrison, opened the event by questioning whether investment in ICT would improve learning outcomes. He argued that although there is absolutely no evidence that ICT improves learning outcomes, there is a lot of evidence to show that students from schools where technology is used effectively do better. So what is the difference? The answer of course is teachers and how they embrace technology. Bob then went on to give some pointers and ideas about how to embed technology and positive attitudes towards it within schools.
Following coffee, delegates attended their chosen workshops from over 15 electives across a wide range of topics, from technical, governance and teaching related.
Jonathan Gershon ran a practical session called “Leading ICT in the Current Climate”, in which he outlined what the new Computing curriculum covers and led discussions on how schools may interpret current Ofsted and DfE guidelines.
The “Enchanted Kingdom” workshop outlined a partnership project between BBC Earth and Microsoft and free resources available for schools.
Reflecting the huge rise of the use of tablets in classes, there were two sessions focussed on use of tablets in the classroom. Stormfront ran a session called “Ipads for Learning Code“ and gave teachers an opportunity to play with different approaches to coding, whilst The Tablet Academy ran “Enhancing lessons with Windows Tablets” to give teachers an overview of different features and resources available to them.
After a good lunch, our second keynote speaker, Jason Sawle from Esri UK ran a session called “Creating Citizen Scientists at School.” This was an interesting look at geographical information systems and their increasing relevance to society today and practical applications across the curriculum at both primary and secondary schools, not just in geography. Delegates were invited to log on to a live questionnaire which then streamed live data onto a map of the county.
Prize Draw winners
Date for your diary
23rd June 2016
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