June 4th 2019 | University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

Agenda*

08:45

Registration, Exhibition, and Networking

09:15

Welcome and Introduction by the Chair

Dr David Lewin, Senior Lecturer in Education Studies, University of Strathclyde 

Session 1: Achieving Equity with EdTech 

Ensuring that every child has the same opportunity to succeed is a pillar of the Scottish Government's vision for education. In educational technology (EdTech), that pillar has strong foundations. From helping to close the poverty-related attainment gap to playing a key role in additional support for learning, EdTech is revolutionising our classrooms. 

09:20

Rethinking EdTech To Provide Equality of Opportunity From the Bottom-Up

EdTech provides a wealth of possibilities to redesign the way we educate and create more equal learning opportunities. By starting with some of the world’s poorest students we have reimagined how we can provide access to quality education. In doing so we’ve revealed new ways to make education more inclusive globally. 

James Turing, CEO and Founder, The Turing Trust

09:45

Inclusive Digital Technologies for Learners with Additional Support Needs

Digital Technology can transform opportunities for learning for learners with additional support needs and has never been more accessible and affordable. In this session we will explore the opportunities and challenges of implementing technology within inclusive pedagogies.

Paul Nisbet, Director, CALL (Communication, Access, Literacy and Learning) Scotland 

10:10

Learning Through Play with Internet-Connected Toys in Early Childhood Education 

This presentation will:

  • Explore the role of technologies in children's early learning experiences 
  • Reflect on practitioner confidence with technology and links to digital play pedagogies 
  • Provide evidence of the ways that IoToys can support learning 

Dr Lorna Arnott, Lecturer in the School of Education, University of Strathclyde 

10:35

Panel: Ensuring Equity of Access to Educational Technology 

To create equitable classrooms, all learners must have equity of access to educational technologies. Our panel will examine how we currently deploy digital technologies throughout our schools, the current barriers to access, and the optimum types of technologies for different learners, including those with additional support needs. 

How do we create sustainable solutions when the most-effective technologies are also the most expensive? 

Panellists include:

Charlie Love, Quality Improvement Officer, Integrated Children's and Family Services, Aberdeen City Council 

Mark O'Donnell, Chief Executive, Royal Blind 

Tracy Atkinson, Teaching Fellow in Digital Education, University of Strathclyde 

Eddie Carroll, Former President, NASUWT Scotland

Malcolm Wilson, ICT Curriculum Development Officer, Falkirk Council Children's Services 

11:20

Refreshments, Exhibition and Networking

Session 2: The Power of EdTech (Breakout sessions)

Delegates will choose from two themed sessions exploring the key roles of educational technology and examples of good practice. 

11:40

Theme A: LTT in Action

In this session we showcase how technology is being embedded in different educational settings around the country by focusing on two case studies. 

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Case study 1: Our Digital Journey - BEYC

A snapshot into BEYC's journey of how practitioners, families and partners have created an Early Learning and Childcare setting embedded with digital technology aiming to provide excellent digital experiences for their young learners. 

Taylor Anne Kelly, Early Years Officer, Bathgate Early Years Centre
Holders of a Digital Schools Award

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Case study 2: EdTech50: Part of a Digital Journey 

In 2017 Mackie Academy reflected and relooked at how it uses Digital Technology to enhance learning. This presentation follows the journey from identifying a gap to gaining recognition in the 2019 EdTech50 list. 

Alan Tullock, Depute Head Teacher and Digital Learning Strategy Lead
Included as one of 2019's EdTech 50 Schools

Chair: James Turing, CEO and Founder, The Turing Trust

11:40

Theme B: Tackling the Attainment Gap with Technology 

Closing the digital divide between children from low-income and high-income backgrounds can improve outcomes. While technology is by no means a panacea, there is strong evidence that technology boosts attainment. But only when used properly. 

Our panel will examine how technology can be used to help close the attainment gap. 

Panellists include: 

Kellie Williams, Teacher at Broughton Primary School and Welsh Government Digital Pioneer 

James McEnaney, Lecturer, Writer, Journalist

Donald Feist, Principal Teacher and Digital Leader of Learning, Mosspark Primary School

Joanna Maclean, Head of eLearning and Professional Learning, Kelvinside Academy  

Chair Tracy Atkinson, Teaching Fellow in Digital Education, University of Strathclyde 

12:20

Networking Lunch in the Exhibition Area

 

Session 3: Emerging Trends in EdTech (Data blitz)

The days of children and young people leaving technology at the classroom door are gone. Technology has penetrated deeply into the classroom and is a key component of today's learning experience. This session takes stock of where we are and considers the emerging trends in EdTech. From augmented reality to digital course materials, artificial intelligence to personalisation and adaptive learning, this session explores the EdTech of today ... and tomorrow! 

13:10

Lightning Talk 1: Developing Computational Thinking Across The Curriculum 

  • Why is computational thinking important?
  • Should computational thinking be taught in Primary School?
  • How is computational thinking promoted through the use of technology in the classroom?

Osi Ejiofor, Assistant Head Teacher of STEM, Founder of Osi's Tech Tips
Included on 2018's EdTech 50 list 

13:20

Lightning Talk 2: Voices of Change 

This presentation will focus on how pupil voice combined with technology can create unforgettable learning experiences in the classroom. 

Kellie Williams, Teacher at Broughton Primary School and Welsh Government Digital Pioneer 

13:30

Lightning Talk 3: Technology As An Enabler  

As the way we interact with technology changes, it provides greater opportunities for all us to engage with  it and benefit from it.

James Kieft, Group Learning and Development Manager, Activate Learning
Included on 2018's EdTech 50 list 

13:40

Panel Discussion 

This is your opportunity to question the inspiring speakers who delivered the lightning talks. 

Panellists:

Osi Ejiofor, Assistant Head Teacher of STEM, Founder of Osi's Tech Tips
Included on 2018's EdTech 50 list 

Kellie Williams, Teacher at Broughton Primary School and Welsh Government Digital Pioneer 

James Kieft, Group Learning and Development Manager, Activate Learning
Included on 2018's EdTech 50 list 

14:10

Refreshments, Exhibition and Networking

Session 4: How do we future-proof teachers? 

Today’s children grow up fused with technology. Today’s teachers did not. This session examines the importance of digital literacy for teachers – this is a chance to switch perspective, where teachers become learners. 

14:30

Emerging Trends in Developing Teachers’ Digital Competencies

Dr Stavros Nikou, Lecturer Digital Education, University of Strathclyde 

14:50

Future Proofing Teachers - Learning Opportunities In Digital Skills

From TweetMeets to Twitter profiles & hashtags to follow; from learning alongside pupil Digital Leaders to sharing with networks of colleagues; from online courses, badges, micro-credentials and accreditation to digital networks; and more!

Malcolm Wilson, ICT Curriculum Development Officer, Falkirk Council Children's Services 

15:10

Questions and Discussion 

15:25

Closing Remarks from the Chair

Dr David Lewin, Senior Lecturer in Education Studies, University of Strathclyde

15:30

 Close of event