From interactive whiteboards as a basic classroom staple to introducing coding into the primary school curriculum, it is clear that the use of technology in schools in not just growing, it is becoming essential. In the UK, annual spending on technology in schools is £900 million, with this number set to increase in coming years. Whilst some critics have argued that this prevalence of technology has not improved attainment levels, many who work directly with children in the classroom praise technology for its ability to make students feel engaged and empowered. In addition to this, experts argue that it is using technology to teach a traditional syllabus that fails to raise attainment, whereas using technology to truly innovate teaching can create real change. The government has recognised this need for an innovative approach to technology in schools, introducing significant changes to the curriculum in 2013 and increasing technology funding.
About the Conference
Join us for Innovation in Education: Enhanced learning and engagement through technology to get exclusive insights from key policy makers on the following topics:
- Enhance – How can technology be used to enhance the learning environment and improve curriculums?
- Engage – What evidence is there that technology affects student engagement, and how can this evidence be used to create real change?
- Innovate – Why is innovative use of technology, rather than just innovations in technology, so important when it comes to equipping children with the skills for a digital world?
Come along for a unique opportunity to hear presentations by leading experts in the field, quiz keynote speakers in exciting panel discussions, see technology that could revolutionise classroom engagement and student outcomes in action, and network with others who are specialists in education.
Benefit from updates and insights into the latest legislation and best practice from top policy makers, academics and teachers from all levels.
Come and explore our exhibition, where leading suppliers of technology for educational use will showcase their latest products. Enjoy the opportunity to see new technology in action, question designers and suppliers, learn how it can solve everyday challenges, and forge lasting business partnerships.
Connect with over 200 high quality delegates who are involved in teaching and the use of technology in schools, problem solve shared challenges and learn from the experience of your peers.
Attend a variety of informative seminars, engaging interactive presentations, and keynote panel discussions with key policy makers and frontline experts.
Quiz experts from across education, academia and business to gain exclusive insights into changing best practise and effective problem solving.
Innovation in Education: Enhanced learning and engagement through technology boasts a variety of outstanding speakers from across public, private and charity sectors. Each one has been handpicked based on their expertise and achievements, ensuring that delegates enjoy only the highest quality presentations. A wide number of topics will be covered on the day, and delegates can expect speakers to discuss challenges, successes and case studies around the interest areas below:
- The government has repeatedly emphasised their commitment to technology in education, with education secretaries Michael Gove and Nicky Morgan both advocating its use in schools. At the 2015 BETT conference, Nicky Morgan said “There is undoubtedly a place for technology in helping to raise standards”.
- Technology curriculums in schools have been adapted to equip children more fully for the digital workplace. Coding will be taught from primary school age, and later children will learn more complex lessons about both software and hardware. When introducing the new curriculum, former education secretary Michael Gove said, “Our new curriculum teaches children computer science, information technology and digital literacy… not just how to work a computer, but how a computer works and how to make it work for you.”
- Innovation in education technologies is encouraged in the UK. The new body EdTech UK was set up in 2015 to promote and accelerate the UK’s education technology sector. It will provide members with a single point of access to key industry influencers, education institutions, technologies, talent, finance and international marketplaces.
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