This gathering of UK educators will initiate a vibrant debate on edtech and Computing from a variety of professional perspectives: schools and colleges, research, policy, the edtech industry, professional development, teacher education, and training schools. The results will be published via an official white paper. Find the full event programme here.
Those who secure tickets are set to enjoy activities such as:
- Talks by DfE and OfSTED representatives, discussing their roles under a new education secretary.
- Two debates about the relationship between the edtech industry and education professionals, discussing the best models for edtech CPD.
- An extensive workshop for edtech industry colleagues.
- Both a workshop about effective online teaching and a What the Research Says (WTRS) debate from the Chartered College of Teaching. The latter will feature a discussion of the findings from Rose Luckin’s new book, Enhancing Learning and Teaching with Technology. The book will also be sold at a discount at the event.
The event’s high-profile list of speakers includes:
- Michael Forshaw, Innovate My School founder and CEO.
- Dr Helen Boulton, Nottingham Institute of Education associate professor.
- Amelia Walker, Ofsted deputy director of surveys and evaluations.
- Christopher Bradford, BrainPOP international marketing director.
- Hannah Tyreman, Chartered College of Teaching online learning specialist.
- Nihal Salah, Unio By Harness business development and marketing director.
- William Cutler, DfE head of edtech and digital skills coordination.
- Donna Vaughan, Naace board of management vice chair.
The conference will be wrapped up with a Czech-centric MirandaNet celebration of the book that Dr Bozena Mannova and Christina Preston are writing: Computing, Women and the Ecology of Education Futures. Here, we want to record what our colleagues have to say about their hopes and fears for the future in increasingly-challenging circumstances.
The event is being managed by dedicated volunteers, and prices have been kept to a minimum. We have special rates for students, as well as publication opportunities and a workshop for early-career academics. Attendees will be awarded a professional development certificate.
“We will be collating the day’s findings into a white paper,” said MirandaNet Fellowship founder Professor Christina Preston, “which will bring together participants’ views on raising aspirations for digital education. We do hope you will come along and help us to define and influence the future of education. Plus, Winchester is a historic town rather worth visiting…”