Upcoming events

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September

Tues 15th Sept 2020

This webinar takes a look at alternative access to computers and communication aids using switches. It will provide a step-by-step guide, starting with the assessment process, moving on to early switch skills such as developing an awareness of cause and effect. It will explore a range of switch accessible software, websites and activities.

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Wed 16th Sept 2020

15:30 - 16:30: The view from the top (Darlington College)

The senior leadership team from Darlington College will be discussing the adaptions that have been made to return learners to the college. They will also discuss the long-term effects of COVID 19 and how the college rose to the challenge of teaching remotely and what it means for the future of the college

Register here.

Mon 21st Sept 2020

Part 1- Pupil wellbeing (Focused on pupils under 11)

Dr Hazel Harrison, Clinical Psychologist - In these sessions, Hazel will explore what we really mean when we talk about mental health and wellbeing in children. Hazel will share the PERMA theory of wellbeing and discuss ways this can be applied in classrooms and using remote learning tools.

Register here.

Tues 22nd Sept 2020

09:30 - 10:30: School systems for a physical and remote classroom (GST King's Warrington)

A look at the systems that work well in both schools and remote learning settings

What systems can you integrate into your normal school lessons and logistics that can easily transition into the remote learning environment thus making the lockdown-transition as seamless as possible. Sign up below to take a look at ideas from GST King's Warrington.

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Wed 23rd Sept 2020

13:00 - 13:45: Closing the Digital Divide (Discovery Schools Academy Trust)

15:30 - 16:30: Going paperless with Gsuite and Teams (Darlington College)

15:45 -16:45: Building Digital Capacity in Uncertain Times (West Midlands Think Tank Event)


13:00 - 13:45: Closing the Digital Divide

This workshop will look at one of the biggest issues faced with engagement in remote learning, a lack of suitable devices at home. We will run through how we are attempting to tackle this in our Multi Academy Trust, from donation schemes to parent smart buy schemes. It will explore some of the challenges and unforeseen hurdles we needed to overcome.

Register here.

15:30 - 16:30: Going paperless with Gsuite and Teams

This session will explore the ways that Google for Education and MS Teams can be used to reduce your printing costs to near zero. It will introduce apps, add-ons and workflows that can streamline your processes.

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15:45-16:45 Building Digital Capacity in Uncertain Times

This Ed Tech Think-tank Event is aimed at supporting all schools and colleges. It brings together the Demonstrator Schools and Colleges of the West Midlands region to build on their experiences of providing remote education and developing their strategy in this ever changing current climate (and with the possibility of further closures in the Birmingham area). In addition they will explain the steps they have taken to support teachers, pupils and parents as well as the schools they are supporting in the programme.

Register here

17:00 - 18:00: Supporting the mental health and emotional wellbeing of secondary-aged pupils

Part 1-Pupil wellbeing (Focused on pupils 11 years and above) Wednesday 23 September 2020 5-6pm

Dr Hazel Harrison, Clinical Psychologist - In these sessions, Hazel will explore what we really mean when we talk about mental health and wellbeing in young people. Hazel will share the PERMA theory of wellbeing and discuss ways this can be applied in classrooms and using remote learning tools.

Register here.

Thurs 24th Sept 2020

15:30 - 17:00: Mitigating the challenges of 2020-21 (Oldham Sixth Form College)



15:30 - 17:00 Contingency planning and designing an online curriculum.

Following our brief introduction at the NW EdTech Think Tank event (take a look here) we are offering a more detailed session on planning for 2020-21. This webinar is aimed at Senior Leadership Teams to support contingency planning and designing an online curriculum for learning in this academic year. In this session we will consider preparing for local lockdowns, models of online learning and how to ensure continuity of learning.

Register here.


15:30 - 16:30 Using Video Communication Platforms to Improve Teaching, Learning and Assessment

This session looks at how to structure an online lesson using platforms such as Zoom and MS Teams, providing lots of practical ways to use both digital and technology free techniques to engage learners and check understanding.

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Mon 28th Sept 2020

As a result of Covid-19, schools and colleges nationwide had to pivot quickly to devise solutions to the unique demands of remote learning, experimenting with different technologies to develop a range of delivery models for teaching, learning and assessment at a distance.

In this live webinar we will be supporting Governors in understanding the current landscape of remote learning. We will consider what the evidence shows about digital poverty, connectivity and the different approaches to remote learning and how schools be supported to develop effective practice in remote and blended learning.

Participants will have the opportunity to submit questions in advance of the session

Register here.

Wed 30th Sept 2020

09:30 - 10:30: Effective learning strategies for children during lockdown (GST King's Warrington with special guest Dr Flavia Belham)

15:30 - 16:30: GSuite and Teams Smack Down (Darlington College)

09:30 - 10:30: Effective learning strategies for children during lockdown.

A look at the systems that you can integrate into your normal school lessons and logistics that can easily transition into the remote learning environment making the lockdown-transition as seamless as possible. We will be joined by Dr Flavia Belham, whose specialism in cognitive sciences will shed some light on how pupils learn and how to take advantage of this in the remote learning environment.

Register here.

15:30 - 16:30: GSuite and Teams Smack Down

A team of experts will explore the best and worst bits of Teams and GSuite in the ultimate game of top trumps. The results may surprise you!

Register here.

17:00 - 18:00: Supporting the mental health and emotional wellbeing of secondary-aged pupils

Part 2-Pupil wellbeing (Focused on pupils 11 years and above)

Dr Hazel Harrison, Clinical Psychologist - In these sessions, Hazel will explore what we really mean when we talk about mental health and wellbeing in young people. Hazel will share the PERMA theory of wellbeing and discuss ways this can be applied in classrooms and using remote learning tools.

Register here.

October

Mon 5th Oct 2020

(GST King's Warrington with special guest Penny Rabiger)

In this session, guest presenter Penny Rabiger will look at the significance of human stories to bring to life our teaching, to help us tackle challenging concepts such as bias and diversity, and to nurture critical skills and values in our students.

Penny will show how to bring the world into your classroom through Lyfta's platform, and will invite you to develop your own CPD on critical issues not only for your students but also for yourselves as teachers and leaders.

Register here.

Thurs 8th Oct 2020

(West Suffolk College)

This course is designed for science teachers/departments looking to develop deeper levels of engagement with students using on-line teaching methods.

It should be of use for teachers who are working remotely during the current situation, but the lessons we have all learned during lockdown will also transfer to normal times, and we will look at when we can use technology to enhance and extend our regular teaching.

Register here.

15:30 - 16:30: GSuite and Teams Smack Down

A team of experts will explore the best and worst bits of GSuite and Teams and in the ultimate game of top trumps. The results may surprise you!

Register here.


16:00 - 16:30: Setting assignments for homework and as part of topic work in Teams: Join us and find out how to set Assignments in Teams

Assignments are part of the Microsoft Teams classroom tools - tasks or units of work assigned to a student or team member in a class as part of their study.

Join Sophie Frankin from Lantern Primary who will share with you how to create assignments within your Teams class along with some practical ideas for the classroom.

Register here.


17:00 - 18:00: Supporting the mental health and emotional wellbeing of secondary-aged pupils

Part 2-Pupil wellbeing (Focused on pupils 11 years and above)

Dr Hazel Harrison, Clinical Psychologist - In these sessions, Hazel will explore what we really mean when we talk about mental health and wellbeing in young people. Hazel will share the PERMA theory of wellbeing and discuss ways this can be applied in classrooms and using remote learning tools.

Register here.

12th to 17th Oct 2020

Edtech Think Tanks - By Educators for Educators

The Ed tech Demonstrator will be offering a range of thank tank events where they will share their insights and advice across a range of relevant topics to support Schools and Colleges as they approach half term.

Details to be confirmed - watch this space!

Thurs 15th Oct 2020

16:00 - 16:30: Setting up and using Onenote in a primary classroom for English and Maths (Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust)

16:00 - 17:30: Problem solving and experimental work (West Suffolk College)

16:00 - 16:30 Setting up and using Onenote in a primary classroom.

Join us and find out how Onenote can be used in the Primary classrooms for English and Maths. OneNote Class Notebooks have a personal workspace for every student, a content library for handouts, and a collaboration space for lessons and creative activities. Join Lauren Cox from West Town Primary School who will share practical ideas and experiences for you to take back into the classroom.

Register here.


16:00 - 17:30 Problem solving and experimental work.

This course is designed for science teachers/departments looking to develop deeper levels of engagement with students using on-line teaching methods.

It should be of use for teachers who are working remotely during the current situation, but the lessons we have all learned during lockdown will also transfer to normal times, and we will look at when we can use technology to enhance and extend our regular teaching.

In this session you will set assignments with success criteria (rubrics) and you will learn how to create self-marking quizzes. You will also be shown some 3rd party apps that can be used with Google Classroom.

Register here.

Mon 19th Oct 2020

16:00 - 17:00: Google Classroom – Rubrics and self-marking quizzes (West Suffolk College)

In this session you will set assignments with success criteria (rubrics) and you will learn how to create self-marking quizzes.

You will also be shown some 3rd party apps that can be used with Google Classroom.

Register here.

Tues 20th Oct 2020

17:00 - 18:00: Embedding growth mindset into the classroom (West Suffolk College)

Having a growth mindset can benefit children’s wellbeing and their learning. But how do we help children to develop a growth mindset and how can we embed a growth mindset culture into our classrooms? In this webinar, Dr Hazel Harrison (Clinical Psychologist) will share some of the research relating to growth mindset and explore practical ways that teachers can help students to develop a growth mindset.

Register here.

Thurs 22nd Oct 2020

16:00 - 16:30: Ideas for setting up and using Flipgrid in the primary classroom (Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust)

Flipgrid is a free video discussion platform from Microsoft that helps educators see and hear from every student in class and foster fun and supportive social learning. In Flipgrid, educators post discussion prompts and students respond with short videos, whether they are learning in class or at home. Katie Holmes from Lantern Primary will share practical ideas for setting up and using Flipgrid in your classroom and school.

Register here.

November

Thurs 5th Nov 2020

16:00 - 16:30: Setting Forms to assess and extend Maths learning in the primary classroom (Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust)

Join us and find out how Microsoft Forms can be used in the Primary classroom for extending learning in Maths. Microsoft Forms allows you to quickly create quizzes to measure pupil knowledge, evaluate class progress, and focus on topics that need improvement.

Microsoft Forms lets you assign points for automatic grading and give explanations for further instruction, so quizzing pupils is easier than ever. Join Rebecca Cruise from West Town Primary School who will share some practical ideas and experiences for you to take back into the classroom

Register here.

9th to 14th Nov 2020

Ed Tech Week of Events - By Educators for Educators

Share, learn, consolidate with the Ed Tech Demonstrators

Details to be confirmed - watch this space!

Mon 9th Nov 2020

17:00 - 18:00: Exploring character strengths in the classroom (West Suffolk College)

When children develop their character strengths, they can feel more engaged, authentic and connected to others. Character strengths can also help children to improve their wellbeing. In this webinar, Dr Hazel Harrison (Clinical Psychologist) will share the research relating to character strengths, offer opportunities for you to uncover your own character strengths and explore practical ways to develop character strengths in the classroom.

Register now.

Thurs 19th Nov 2020

Find out about how Minecraft can be used in a variety of subjects to enhance learning.

Chris Bhudi from Bar Hill Primary will showcase the variety of ways that you can utilise Minecraft to enhance learning in a number of different subjects.

Register here.