Topic outline

  • Sponsors & Exhibitors

  • Delivery Session 1: Adam Tudor, Warrington Collegiate - Selecting the right social media platform for your learners

    The session aims to stimulate thought and offer ideas regarding the selection of social media platforms relevant to curriculum areas and teaching objectives. This will include a selection of the most frequently used and utilised social media, and how they can benefit teaching, learning and assessment in a purposeful and productive manner. Many social media platforms offer a wide range of opportunities in the educational sphere, but often those who teach struggle to identify what can work best for them, and their learners. Delegates can expect an informative session which will lead them to using social media which stimulates and engages their learners, but also offers the opportunity for independent and expansive learning away from the classroom.

  • Delivery Session 2: Kevin Burke & John Paul Szkudlapski - Carmel College & Birkenhead Sixth Form College, Offsite Backups

    Kevin Burke, Head of IT Services at Carmel College and John Paul Szkudlapski, IT and Technical Services Manager at Birkenhead Sixth Form College worked together to set up an off-site backup solution following internal audits suggesting this as an issue. Off-site backups consisted of encrypted hard drives being taken home by a member of IT staff. This was not thought to be best practice and needed an alternative solution.

  • Delivery Session 3: Tim Robinson - Janet Update

  • Delivery Session 4: Dave Foord, The Tablet Academy - Using learners own devices to create collaborative learning activities

    Many organisations are moving towards a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) model rather than institution owned mobile devices. This brings many advantages in terms of learner preference, accessibility and cost, but does present issues for tutors when faced with the wide variety of devices.

    This will be a hands-on session, exploring how collaborative learning activities can be created and deployed using widely available tools, that will work well on learner owned mobile devices.

    During the session attendees will access different examples of learning activity around the topic of 'Bring Your Own Device' and how it is possible to design learning activities that will work on a wide range of screens sizes, operating systems and hardware. The session will focus on the advantages that this method of teaching and learning brings, and considerations required from the organisation and tutor.

  • Delivery Session 5: Joanne Fardella, Blackburn College - The Fardella Flow: A flexible approach to facilitating learning and utilising technology - tutor expectations, student reality

    A short session giving insight into the methods employed and applied in classroom settings using the students’s own devices. It is a very flexible approach, often going with the ‘flow’ of the class, its progression of discussion and its members/group dynamic at any given time. I will aim to offer ideas in order to utilise different techniques from a tutor’s point of view, such as formative assessment, independent study and classroom management. I will also demonstrate the views of the students, giving them opportunity to demonstrate their own approaches and systems and express the effects of the use of their devices in class and their study overall.

  • Progression Session 1: Matt Daly, Royal College Manchester - Developing the role of an Assistive Technologist at an independent specialist college

    As part of a forward thinking strategy The Seashell Trust embarked on a journey to become a centre of excellence for technology. As part of this journey they employed two Assistive Technologists to work in the school and college.

    The College was recently judged to be outstanding by Ofsted and the use of technology was highlighted as one area that particularly impressed the inspectors

    "Excellent use is made of assistive technology in supporting learning, improving communication and enabling students to make choices. Using their enhanced communication skills many students are supported to take some control in their lives" – Ofsted Learning and Skills inspection report August 2013.

    The College Assistive Technologist, Matt Daly, is going to present his experience of starting a new role and becoming an essential member of the College Team.

    Matt will also outline his top 5 tips that have helped him become a better Assistive Technologist.

  • Progression Session 2: Dr Shahram Safavi, Ofsted Pedagogy supported by technology: inspection findings on the use of ILT in teaching, learning and assessment

  • Progression Session 3: Bob Harrison, FELTAG - FELTAG and beyond...the implications for FE

  • Progression Session 4: Jade Kelsall & Jennie Blake, The University of Manchester - Their Learning Essentials: Innovative blended skills support

    My Learning Essentials (MLE) is a comprehensive skills programme designed to support the progression, development and success of Manchester students. Launched by the University of Manchester Library in September 2013, MLE covers a wide range of topics, from core information and digital literacy skills to broader academic and employability skills. MLE’s flexible support includes an innovative suite of interactive e-learning resources and a range of face-to-face workshops and skills clinics, enabling our students to choose their preferred means of development. It is openly available to all students on a self-selecting basis via our MLE webpages.

    MLE puts the student at the centre of their learning, empowering them to discover their own answers and encouraging them to develop essential skills beyond the resources themselves.

    This session will outline details of the programme, including its flexible and responsive development model that allows us to create new services in response to student demand.

  • Progression Session 6: Deborah Millar, Blackburn College - The Blackburn College Learning Wheel

    Designed as a visual tool to aid the communication and inspire a more blended approach to teaching, learning and working. It places the learner at the centre and focuses on four modes of ‘engagement’ via 3 methods of delivery. The Learning Wheel promotes resources for technology enhanced learning in the four modes of engaging learners: learning content, assessment, communication and collaboration. The aim of making lessons/work more interactive and collaborative is a key aim of the wheel

  • Assessment Session 1: Alison Humphreys - Making change happen. How to quickly bring workbased learning into the 21st century through e-potfolio implementation

    This session will focus on the journey taken to bring workbased learning into the 21st century, placing it at the forefront of an organisations portfolio. You will be taken through the journey of change and implementation, and how to ensure your vision is shared by the whole organisation. Implementation of an E-Portfolio system was the key to the transition which took place within 9 months from initial thoughts through to full implementation. Discussion will take place on the inevitable challenges and how these can be overcome, the benefits of change for all stakeholders and how this enabled workbased to be seen as fully integrated by OFSTED at the recent inspection.

  • Assessment Session 2: Richard Maclachlan & Ann-Marie McNicholas, Runshaw College - Text to speech on mass, replacing exam readers with technology at low cost

    In light of the changes to exam access arrangements that allow exam centres to request accessible copies of exam papers in an electronic format we have focusing on making the use of TTS tools in exams available to larger numbers of students. We would like to share our experience of making a transition from using readers with students as a support option in their day to day learning, to using them as an effective tool in an exam setting. We will focus on the challenges we have to overcome in our Learning Support, Exams and IT departments to make this possible. We will include feedback and outcomes from learners who have been a part of this process.

  • Assessment Session 4: Marcus Haddon, Salford City College - Using social media to stretch and challenge

    Demonstrating how to use social networking, for example, scoop.it & edmodo, to Stretch & Challenge students to the higher grades and beyond the syllabus. This will allow teachers to catalogue online articles and categorise them creating an interactive online area, where learners can ask question debate and respond to articles. With links to other social media allowing teachers to promote articles within other online communities.

  • Assessment Session 5: Martin Cooke, Jisc RSC East Midlands - Will Open Badges replace CV's?

  • Assessment Session 6: Mark Denton, The Manchester College - Using Facebook in the classroom