500 Teachers attend regional 'ICT in Education' conference

Issue date: 04 July 2005

Issue date: 04/07/05

500 Teachers attend regional ‘ICT in Education’ conference at UWE

The University of the West of England is hosting the regional ‘ICT in Education’ conference, this year entitled ‘Embedding ICT’, for the fourth year running. 500 delegates including head teachers, governors and teachers from the south west region will attend the conference which gives an insight into the latest technology to aid teaching in classrooms.

The conference will take place at the state of the art Faculty of Education Building on UWE’s Frenchay Campus on Tuesday 5 July and has been organised by seven local authorities including Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, Gloucestershire, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon and Wiltshire and UWE

The keynote address ‘Routes to success through self-review’ will be given by Ken Dyson (HMI) who is responsible for monitoring school ICT. The closing keynote address will be given by Russell Prue, Independent ICT Evangelist on ‘Inspiring and motivating e-learning’. Delegates will choose from a range of 36 workshops, presentations and exhibitions to endance their understanding of how ICT improves learning experiences in schools.

Examples of these include a presentation by Gale Freshwater who will describe how the use of a simple web cam and video conferencing project in an urban nursery called the bird box project involved link ups with other schools and unforeseen curriculum spin-offs.

Other workshops include; Virtual Teaching using video conferencing equipment; Strategic leadership of ICT and the e-confident system; Developing an ICT culture for SEN pupils in your school; Moving beyond motivation: using the interactive whiteboard to help children learn; and Using digital media to stimulate creative writing.

There will also be an exhibition of national suppliers and local schools will be displaying examples of ICT work.

The event has attracted sponsorship by four leading suppliers of educational ICT equipment, RM, Viglen, Ergo and Promethean. The exhibition, backed by BESA, the British Educational Suppliers Association has representation from over sixty of the leading education specialists in ICT hardware and software. There will also be a prize draw – with prizes contributed by the exhibitors totalling more than £17,000.

For more information on the range of workshops please see the conference web site at http:www.uwe.ac.uk/ictconference


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