The annual Education Technology Conference is taking place this March – will you be joining us?

Why attend?

  • We are delighted to have secured inspirational keynotes, such as the hugely talented and ever popular @ICT_MrP (Lee Parkinson) and others
  • Come and see some of the best classroom practice nationally – choose from 24 conference breakouts
  • Take away ideas and resources you can use in your classroom straight away
  • See the latest solutions and products from industry partners
  • Attend and participate in the NaaceMeet – the popular networking event and dinner

How do I register?

  • The conference is taking place on the 28 and 29 March 2017 – Join us for 1 day or 2 – each day is designed as a full day event providing a choice of keynotes, hands-on sessions and other activities as well as networking opportunities.
  • Travelling with a colleague? – we have secured a preferential twin room rate at the Marriott Leicester to help with your travel arrangements.

Book your place now and take advantage of one of these two offers:

  1. If you book by the 31 January, you can still use the Early Bird Discount code giving you 25% off your total booking. Simply follow this link – and enter the promo code EBCONF17 to qualify.
  2. We also have a special offer for schools – All schools get 2 tickets for the price of 1. Simply follow this link –  and use the promo code SCH241.

Attend the conference to learn about: education technology effectiveness in the classroom – online safeguarding – cloud services – assessment – physical computing – parental engagement – inclusion – apps – augmented reality and much more.

Full conference programme here.
Keynotes here.
NaaceMeet details here (and see below for more detail)

Join us for the NaaceMeet – a teachmeet style event and networking dinner at the National Education Technology Conference 2017

The NaaceMeet is back again at the National Education Technology Conference 2017 and we hope that you will be joining us for this evening event on Tuesday 28 March.

What is a NaaceMeet?
It is Naace’s own teachmeet style event for everyone to share ideas and best practice. Participants may volunteer to deliver a mini presentation (2min / 5min) to discuss an education technology strategy they have implemented over the past year, or to discuss a product that has enhanced their classroom practice providing. It’s a great opportunity to share ideas, network and socialise with other Naace members and partners. The NaaceMeet this year is part of a buffet style networking dinner for everyone attending the conference.

How do I register to attend?
If you are attending as a delegate, then simply “tick a box” on your booking to let us know that you’ll be joining us. To book a delegate place please follow this link.

If you are exhibiting, then please add the dinner option to your booking using this form.

How do I register to present?
If you would like to present at the NaaceMeet then please complete this form. Please note that you will not receive confirmation of the timing of your slot – names will be drawn at random on the night and we will endeavor to give everyone the opportunity to present.

We would like to thank Fujitsu Scanners for sponsoring this year’s NaaceMeet.

Naace at Bett 2017 – stand G135

Less than a week now until Bett 2017! We will be on stand G135 and Naace members and partners will be on hand ready to support with independent advice and guidance. This year we are presenting on our stand the benefits of membership and highlighting the imperative of partnering approaches that can build a momentum towards an EdTech entitlement. The Naace partners helping us this year are E2BN, ThinkIT around procurement, DigitalMe on the Open Badge Academy, Shakespeare and British Science Week and TLM on Open Source solutions, Baseline Computing Tests and cost effective approaches to accreditation. We will also have some of our Naace Delivery Partners on hand to offer advice.

All this is in addition to the traditional opportunity for Naace members to network across the Show, reconnecting with friends and acquaintances while seeking to build new alliances to promote the efficacy of EdTech. We look forward to seeing you at Bett next week! Don’t forget although it’s free to attend you will need to register – you can do this here.

Assessment and a New Partnership

getThe arrival of the subject of computing and the removal of levels as descriptors of performance led Naace to develop an approach to assessment using examples of pupil work classified in the strands of computing and then age related. By this means, a teacher could look at examples of work classified by the Naace community as representing the national expectation of performance at that age and decide whether or not their pupils were actually producing work of a similar standard.  This was published as the Naace Standards Library, and was welcomed widely.  It has now been embedded in a more comprehensive and sophisticated assessment process based upon the concept of Key Performance Indicators.  Thanks to our partners Frog Education, and the Life after Levels Team, this is available here, and provides the means for summative assessment of computing, which allows teachers to make comparable judgements of performance. Get full details here.

Successful school does it again

“This is really a brilliant example of Third Millennium Learning”

Park Road Primary School shows exceptional use of technology across many aspects of teaching and learning both in school and beyond. This supports and enhances the learning experience of pupils and the school demonstrates outstanding communication activity across the whole school and community. Read and learn from their experience here.

How can technology assist dyslexic learners?

10% of the population are estimated to be dyslexic. That means that for every ten of your colleagues, or ten of your students, or ten of your relatives or friends, on average, 1 has dyslexia. In the work place, the law stipulates that you must make ‘reasonable adjustments’ to accommodate the needs of dyslexics. That might mean managing overloading environments such as open plan offices, adjusting intranets or screens so that they are less stimulating, allowing for longer time periods for organisation or kicking off a dyslexia mentoring scheme within your place of work. But what is being done before work, in schools, colleges, and Universities to move the national dialogue to one which celebrates neuro-diversity at the earliest moment?

Schools aggregated procurement for tablets, laptops and desktops

Schools considering buying new tablets, laptops or desktop devices are encouraged to take advantage of a new deal developed by the DfE and Crown Commercial Services (CCS). The deal will aggregate schools’ requirements and drive price savings.

A news item has been issued by the Department for Education here giving further information.

Requirements must be returned from schools by 10 February 2017, with orders being placed by schools after procurement completion (28 March 2017).

The EdTech Podcast Weekly – Latest Episode Links

#45 – Dom Norrish, Group Tech Director, United Learning – on scepticism, value & procurement

This week’s podcast is with Dominic Norrish, the Group Technology Director of United Learning, Multi Academy Trust of 60 Schools in the UK. We hear from Dominic on

  • the importance of driving value for money in procurement
  • the importance of scepticism when it comes to edtech
  • the importance of change management when it comes to implementing new projects
  • the top 3 problems in existing education
  • Dom’s message to edtech startups

Is this a Tale of Bah Humbug or a message of hope? Listen in to find out.

Sponsors’ Corner

For the Microsoft education team, the Bett Show is a special time of the year. The show offers the whole team a chance to meet with our broader community, provide a stage to our Showcase Schools and MIEEs to share their stories and connect with the many Microsoft partners exhibiting at the show. Check out our blog to keep up to date.

Bett is just around the corner so make sure you drop by our stand, F130. With on-stand demos of Satchel’s flagship software, Show My Homework and additional apps, you can see first-hand what unrivalled homework management looks like. Find out more.

Visit Fujitsu Scanners at Bett next week on stand F319, they will be showcasing their wide scanner range and explaining how going digital can help support your administrative processes, enhance the learning experience and a host of other benefits. Work smarter whilst at the same time reduce your costs and unnecessary time spent on paper based processes and enjoy added engagement between pupils, parents and staff alike.

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