IT in Teacher Education (ITTE) UK Annual Conference
Mon 8 July – Wed 10 July 2013
at the Radisson Park Inn Hotel Bedford in Bedfordshire UK
Debate the Role of Digital Technologies in Education
A chance to network with professionals and debate the political, social and cultural issues that are impacting on the ways in which children learn about computing today, in school and beyond.
In partnership with Toshiba
Teacher educators, practitioners and other education professionals who are involved in ‘Computing’ in schools were invited to attend this conference.
On July 8th, Bob Harrison, National College for Teaching and Leadership, critiqued the new National Curriculum in Computing, in a keynote called “Past imperfect, present tense and future uncertain”.
Dr Noeline Wright spoke about ICT initial teacher education programmes in New Zealand which have won international acclaim.
On July 9th, Dr Michelle Selinger, Director of Education Practice, Cisco Systems, invited delegates to reconceptualise technology-enhanced teaching and learning.
On July 10th David Brown, OFSTED, shared his view of the national picture and the state of play, providing an Ofsted view of the current landscape. He also talked about how OFSTED see the immediate future – the challenges and opportunities.
Paul Hynes, Deputy Head at George Spencer High School Nottingham, focused on whole school management issues. In his session he looked at the rationale behind the ‘bring-your-own-device’ option for increasing the use of technology by students. He argued that with many school tablet rollouts failing to deliver and costing huge amounts, BYOD is increasingly becoming the only option for schools.
Also on July 9th the MirandaNet Fellowship explored the role of creativity in the use of digital technologies in a MirandaMod debate before the conference dinner which was on a canal boat.