November 8th 2018 | One America Square, London

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Speakers

Ty Goddard

Ty Goddard - Co-Founder - Edtech UK

Matt Brown

Matt Brown - Director of Learning Technology - St Margaret's School

Describe yourself in three words please!

Practical. Organised. Resourceful

Can you give a short introduction to your role and organisation?

​St Margaret's School is an Independent Girls School (4 - 16) with a role of around 160.  We are situated in a residential street in Hampstead, North West London.  My role involves all aspects of IT provision within the school, covering teaching and learning, network administration, MIS database management, reporting to governors,  budgeting and expenditure, managing IT projects and assisting the director of studies with data collection and reporting.  I am part of the Senior Leadership Team and contribute to the wider running of the school.

Are there any specific themes / topics that you would like to see included in the summit agenda?

Taking teachers out of the equation - Empowering students with the tools / skills to make choices about the technology they use to enhance their own learning.

What would you say is your greatest success story to date?

Introducing Google Drive into St Margaret's and seeing how it has transformed the way our students learn, collaborate, study, organise themselves and communicate in a seamless way that just works.

If there was one specific education challenge that you think technology could overcome, what would it be?

​The problem of misinformation or "fake news" is an issue created by technology and is one our students are exposed to on a daily basis via various social networking sites.  We must come up with a solution so students are able to discriminate fact from fiction independently any time of the day or night.

Chris Tweedale

Chris Tweedale - CEO - Alridge Education

Sir Anthony Seldon

Sir Anthony Seldon - Vice Chancellor - Buckingham University

Tessy Ojo

Tessy Ojo - Chief Executive - The Diana Award

Paul Dwyer

Paul Dwyer - Deputy Head (Curriculum) - North London Collegiate School

Describe yourself in three words please!

Always well meaning(!) 

Can you give a short introduction to your role and organisation?

I'm the Deputy Head (Curriculum) at North London Collegiate School and have very recently completed my term as the President of the Chartered College of Teaching Council. 

The Chartered College is a professional body looking to ensure that teachers are provided with the opportunity to put evidence at the heart of their practice, as well as empowering the profession. 

Are there any specific themes / topics that you would like to see included in the summit agenda?

I would love to see a vibrant debate about how we move past the fear of technology being used in the classroom, while not pursuing it as a panacea to the challenges of teaching in an increasingly technologically dependent society. 

What would you say is your greatest success story to date?

It's been a real privilege to have served on the Council of the Chartered College of Teaching as we moved from being a brand-new organisation to being a nationally recognised membership body with over 17,000 members. I have also recently started a podcast aimed at teachers which has been received much better than I expected when I set out! 

If there was one specific education challenge that you think technology could overcome, what would it be?

I think the use of technology to make a real difference to the workload teachers face has not been front and centre enough. There are real benefits that technology can provide when it comes to providing effective feedback more quickly or reflecting on one's own practice, but the infrastructure, training and support across schools is still not consistent enough to allow these benefits to be properly explored. 

Anita Holt

Anita Holt - Technology Enhanced Learning Manager - Liverpool University

Dr Neelam Parmar

Dr Neelam Parmar - Director of E-Learning - Ashford School

Peter Kilcoyne

Peter Kilcoyne - ILT Director - Heart of Worcestershire College

Bukky Yusuf

Bukky Yusuf - AVP / Curriculum Director of Science - The Crest Academy

Describe yourself in three words please! 

Creative, Determined, Ebullient

Can you give a short introduction to your role and organisation? 

I am an AVP/Curriculum Director of Science (a combined Middle Leader and Senior Leadership role) at The Crest Academy, an 11 - 19 secondary school part of the E-ACT academy chain. 

Are there any specific themes / topics that you would like to see included in the summit agenda? 

Industry responses to the announcement made by the Secretary of State Education, Damian Hinds about the types of technological solutions / innovations available to schools.

What would you say is your greatest success story to date? 

Developing the school wide use of mobile devices to enhance teaching and learning and enabling a student from a set 8 of 8 Y11 GCSE Science group to gain a grade C!

If there was one specific education challenge that you think technology could overcome, what would it be? 

Reduction of teacher workload.

Mark Nichols

Mark Nichols - Director, Technology Enhanced Learning - The Open University

Describe yourself in three words please!

Reflective. Pragmatic. Kiwi.  

Can you give a short introduction to your role and organisation?

I am Director of Technology Enhanced Learning with The Open University, responsible for the learning design, learning innovation, learning systems and online student experience teams. The Open University UK is a leader in all aspects of distance education, and is the leading university for flexible, innovative and world-leading research in the United Kingdom and in over 100 countries worldwide.

Are there any specific themes / topics that you would like to see included in the summit agenda?

Most universities will be wrestling with how digital technologies might fit and extend how they educate. I am interested in how digital innovation might make education more accessible, scalable and personalised in a systematic way.

What would you say is your greatest success story to date?

Besides 25 years of marriage, probably proposing and chairing the development of the open source Mahara ePortfolio platform. And, of course, leading an incredible team of Technology Enhanced Learning practitioners.

If there was one specific education challenge that you think technology could overcome, what would it be?

Encouraging students to adopt deep approaches to learning, through the use of AI, in the context of a well-prepared learning activity experience. This in addition to the existing powerful education mix used by The Open University - well-designed learning resources, well-conceived learning activities, dedicated associate lecturers and student support services.

Martin Hamilton

Martin Hamilton - Futurist - JISC

Cat Scutt

Cat Scutt - Director of Education & Research - Chartered College of Teaching

Richard Sparks

Richard Sparks - eLearning Strategy Manager - Academies Enterprise Trust

Describe yourself in three words please!

Cloud First Innovation!

Can you give a short introduction to your role and organisation?

I am very fortunate to be the eLearning Strategy Manager for the Academies Enterprise Trust (AET), a Multi-Academy Sponsor of primary, secondary and special schools in England. I work to support our academies with their journey to the cloud.

Are there any specific themes / topics that you would like to see included in the summit agenda?

Information about cloud innovations and details about the cloud first worker force and skills that our students will require in the future.

What would you say is your greatest success story to date?

One of our greatest success stories to date is the change management project to migrate our academies on to one single AET Google tenancy to support collaboration, sharing and cloud first development across all of our academies.

If there was one specific education challenge that you think technology could overcome, what would it be?

Using the power of the cloud to remove the digital divide and to empower all of our pupils to have equitable access regardless of the devices they have access to.

Vijita Patel

Describe yourself in three words please!

'Blue-Sky'. 'No Ceiling'. Optimist.

Can you give a short introduction to your role and organisation?

Principal and National Leader of Education at Swiss Cottage School, Development and Research Centre.

We are a special needs school for pupils aged 2-19 with complex profiles. We are also a designated Teaching School, training future and current teachers and leaders with a lens on inclusive pedagogy. We are advocates on innovation through technology as it enables independence for our incredible children and young people. We work with a range of Higher Education Institutes to support research, and had the pleasure of hosting Zeno the Robot at Swiss for a piece of research! 

Are there any specific themes / topics that you would like to see included in the summit agenda?

Your agenda looks fantastic! 

What would you say is your greatest success story to date?

A wonderful success story for our school is watching the power of technology to give pupils who are non-verbal and pre-verbal a voice, including through the crucial tech of eye gaze software and hardware.

If there was one specific education challenge that you think technology could overcome, what would it be?

Technology can reduce the marginalisation of pupils by bringing unexpected communities together through a range of platforms and assistive technology innovations.

Michael Skelton

Michael Skelton - Executive Product Manager - BBC Bitesize

Describe yourself in three words please!

Resourceful. Adaptable. Pragmatic.

Can you give a short introduction to your role and organisation?

I’m the Executive Product Manager for BBC Bitesize, which means that I assess the opportunities and challenges for Bitesize using research and insights, then define the most effective and compelling ways to create digital propositions to address them.

The BBC is a world-renowned public service broadcaster, with a remit to inform, educate and entertain. Bitesize forms a crucial part of the BBC's educational output.

Are there any specific themes / topics that you would like to see included in the summit agenda?

I’d be interested in how technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning can be used to enhance learning outcomes for students, particularly for those who may struggle in a traditional academic setting.

What would you say is your greatest success story to date?

Scoring a penalty past former Premier League and Republic of Ireland Goalkeeper Shay Given for Sports Relief! On a more serious note, working on the relaunch of Bitesize for its 20th anniversary in September. Bitesize has helped millions students to learn and revise over the years, so to contribute towards that is hugely fulfilling.

If there was one specific education challenge that you think technology could overcome, what would it be?

Augmented and virtual reality can be used to create compelling and exciting experiences, which could offer academic value. If used effectively, this may have a dramatic impact on learning outcomes, creating immersive environments where students can explore in a way that no textbook or website could possibly allow.

Rebekka Campbell

Rebekka Campbell - Executive Producer - BBC Learning

Describe yourself in three words please!

Analytical, open-minded, enthusiastic  

Can you give a short introduction to your role and organisation?

I’m an Executive Producer in BBC Learning.  I work on Bitesize, which is a free, online study support resource.  I’m leading on the production of new content that is taking Bitesize beyond the curriculum and providing support and guidance to young people on stress management, life skills, employability, careers and more.

BBC Learning is responsible for the education part of the BBC’s mission.  As well as Bitesize we produce BBC Teach, BBC Food and learning campaigns such as micro:bit, Supermovers and Terrific Scientific.

Are there any specific themes/topics that you would like to see included in the summit agenda?

I’m interested in resources, technologies and approaches that make a real difference to learning outcomes, particularly where they are being used to address social inequality.

What would you say is your greatest success story to date?

I’m very proud to work on Bitesize, which is trusted and used by millions of young people every year.  Conquering my fears and learning to do a handstand has been a high point of the last few years too!

If there was one specific education challenge that you think technology could overcome, what would it be?

For students, I think online learning has lots of potential to strengthen knowledge retention through engaging, low-stakes retrieval practice.  For teachers, I hope technology can reduce admin workload, allowing them more time to build relationships with students and teach their subject.