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IT15 Exhibition & Conference
Thursday 11 June 2015 : Ashford International Hotel

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EiS IT15 Conference HallEiS Kent welcomed delegates from across the county to the IT15 conference on Thursday 11th June 2015 at the Ashford International Hotel.

IT15 Exhibition HallAs 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 ElectiveJonathan 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

IT15 Prize Draw Winners

Date for your diary

23rd June 2016

Images from the day

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Natasia Walton opens the IT15 Conference One of our oldest exhibitors! THe EiS Kent Stand at IT15 Compucharge stand at IT15
Some of the EiS Staff who helped to make IT15 a success IT15 Exhibition Hall IT15 Conference Keynote Speaker IT15 Exhibition Hall
One of the IT15 Elective speakers Andy Place at IT15 EiS Stand at IT15 IT15 Conference
IT15 Exhibition IT15 Exhibition Hall IT15 Conference Speaker The EiS Kent Exhibition Stand

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