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The iThink Therefore iLearn? conference will bring together influential experts, innovators, decision makers and practitioners to explore the impact that new technologies and approaches to learning will have on the future of education.

iThink Therefore iLearn? will offer a unique opportunity for delegates to find out more about how cutting-edge practices and technologies will transform our lives, focusing on how we can create better opportunities for learners and build better futures through innovative pedagogy.

The one day conference will provide opportunities to hear from and interact with a range of engaging speakers, innovators, experts and practitioners. Through exploring new ideas, sharing best practice and challenging thinking iThink Therefore iLearn? will support educators in making informed choices about the future of learning in the digital age, learning that has to prepare individuals and societies for a future of unprecedented local and global challenges.

Main Room

Chris Sizemore

Chris SizemoreExecutive Editor, Knowledge & Learning, BBC

Chris Sizemore

Chris SizemoreExecutive Editor, Knowledge & Learning, BBC

Chris Sizemore is Executive Editor of the BBC’s Knowledge & Learning product, the online home of the BBC’s educational and factual content. Chris’s background is in content strategy at (AOL) Time Warner in the States, and he has been with the BBC now for six years. Chris has contributed as a content strategist to the BBC’s iPlayer and programme support projects, and was the Executive Producer of the BBC’s Food website.

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Donald Clark

Donald ClarkPlanB Learning

Donald Clark

Donald ClarkPlanB Learning

Donald is an entrepreneur. He was CEO and one of the original founders of Epic Group plc, which established itself as the leading company in the UK e-learning market, floated on the Stock Market in 1996 and sold in 2005. Describing himself as ‘free from the tyranny of employment’, he now has a foot in two camps, one as an investor and Board member of LearningPool and Cogbooks, the other in the public sector as a Trustee for the University for Industry and Deputy Chair of Brighton Arts Festival & Dome.

Donald has been involved in film, games, web, mobile and won many awards for the design and implementation of online learning, notably the ‘Outstanding Achievement in e-learning Award’. He has advised and written online learning strategies for the World Bank, United Nations and many other public and private sector organisations. He is a regular speaker at national and international conferences, having delivered talks in the US, Europe, Midddle East, Far East and Africa, and won several ‘Best speaker’ awards … also a regular (and controversial) blogger on online learning!

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Dr René Tristan Lydiksen

Dr René Tristan LydiksenManaging Director of LEGO® Education Europe

Dr René Tristan Lydiksen

Dr René Tristan LydiksenManaging Director of LEGO® Education Europe

Dr René Tristan Lydiksen is the Managing Director of LEGO® Education Europe, based in Chester, UK. LEGO Education is a global company with a 30-year history developing educational resources and solutions that make learning engaging and challenging for students of all ages. Lydiksen and his team oversee the company’s European strategic growth, with the goal of driving an innovative shift in the learning culture and opportunities for students throughout their education.

Appointed Managing Director in 2013, Lydiksen has served a variety of leadership roles over the past 15 years across international environments. Most recently Lydiksen was Group Sales and Marketing Director at VEKSØ Group, where he managed overall sales and marketing strategy. Prior to this, Lydiksen has held leadership positions at Grey, PricewaterhouseCoopers and the Danish Ministry of Environment. He also chairs and participates in the boards of a number of entrepreneurial companies and organizations.

Lydiksen holds a Ph.D. sponsored by the Ministry of Science, Technology & Innovation from the University of Southern Denmark. He is passionate about utilising technology to improve education opportunities and enabling students to develop the hands-on skills needed for a lifetime of creating, solving and contributing to society. In his leisure time, Lydiksen enjoys offshore racing, where his team participated in the world championship in sailing class X-35. Interests include diving, international travel and spending time with his family.

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Ian Myatt

Ian MyattHead of Product, Knowledge & Learning, BBC

Ian Myatt

Ian MyattHead of Product, Knowledge & Learning, BBC

Ian Myatt is currently Head of Product for BBC Knowledge and Learning. Ian has played a crucial role in developing and delivering high profile digital services across all platforms.

Highlights of his career to date include establishing the network of BBC Local websites, launching the BBC's first IP based television service (Hull Interactive), the introduction of regional programming to digital satellite, the live streaming of BBC Local Radio and the realisation of the BBC iPlayer catch up television and radio service.

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Jim Knight

Jim KnightThe Rt Hon Lord Knight of Weymouth

Jim Knight

Jim KnightThe Rt Hon Lord Knight of Weymouth

Jim Knight was the longest serving Schools minister in the last Labour government; he also served as Rural Affairs minister and Employment minister. He attended weekly Cabinet in the year running up to the 2010 General Election, and was made a life peer in the Dissolution Honours List after that election.

Jim's main policy interests are education, employment, skills and digital technology. Having co-ordinated Ed Balls Leadership Campaign he is now Shadow Defra minister in the House of Lords. He works as a consultant specialising in advising on the use of technology in education and employment; currently working with ITN Consulting, TSL Education, Apple Europe, Alderwood Education and Step-A International Ltd. He is also on the board of the Arsenal Fanshare Society, is a vice-President of the Local Government Association, is chair of both the Institute of Education Business Excellence and the UK Online Foundation, and is a trustee of the e-Learning Foundation.

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Justin Reilly

Justin ReillyVice President Technology Delivery (Core Markets), Pearson

Justin Reilly

Justin ReillyVice President Technology Delivery (Core Markets), Pearson

Justin has been working in Education for 20 years. Initially as a Secondary Mathematics teacher and Head of ICT he has gained experience as a consultant, a Local Authority advisor and then entered the private sector, taking over a technology company focussed on Education. As Managing Director for Fronter, Justin led a team that evolved a sophisticated suite of learning tools and services that became a market leader and was used across one third of England's schools. After acquisition by Pearson Justin has taken over a wider remit and has recently moved to become Vice President with responsibility for Technology Delivery across more than 100 countries.

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Melissa Romaine

Melissa RomaineMozilla Foundation

Melissa Romaine

Melissa RomaineMozilla Foundation

Melissa Romaine is an education specialist working on Mozilla’s Webmaker team, promoting digital literacy among students, teachers, and parents. By coordinating with schools, teachers unions, community organisations, and networks like Make Things Do Stuff, Mozilla reaches thousands of makers across the UK and beyond. Previous to working in the UK , Melissa designed teacher capacity and development programmes in Latin America. She has her Master’s in International Education Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and mentors numerous start-ups in the London area on educational initiatives.

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Rudy De Waele

Rudy De WaeleMobile and Innovation Strategist

Rudy De Waele

Rudy De WaeleMobile and Innovation Strategist

Rudy De Waele is CEO and co-founder of Nyota Media - the world’s first growth agency for innovative African entrepreneurs, start-ups and international companies that use technology to improve the lives of Africans.

He is a Creative Entrepreneur, Mobile and Innovation Strategist, Author, Speaker and Curator with nearly 20 years of experience in Internet technology, specialising in mobile innovation and start ups since 1999. He assists global brands, startups, companies and organisations with cutting edge open innovation strategy on how to mobilise business and products through projects, research, strategy, presentations, workshops and brainstorms.

Rudy has curated ground-breaking presentations, including Mobile Trends 2020 (2010), Mobile Trends 2020 Africa (2011), and most recently How Mobile Transforms Any Business (2013). He has worked with Louis Vuitton, Philippe Starck, Samsung, Nokia, BlackBerry, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Telefonica, Vodafone, MTN, Orange, Telcel, Millicom, Base, Admob (acquired by Google), Young & Rubicam, Cheil Worldwide, City of Barcelona, The European Commission, The European Broadcasting Union, The Mobile Institute and many startups.

A graduate from Singularity University, Rudy has lectured at Web 2.0 Expo, The Next Web, Campus Party, PICNIC, next, MIDEM, MIPTV, Mobile Monday, OCE Discovery & Media Summit.

He recently published shift 2020 - How Technology Will Impact Our Future, a collaborative book including foresights by some of the world's leading experts including quotes, paragraphs and essays from 75 contributors.

Rudy plays the saxophone, enjoys art, music, travelling, and yoga; a father of three grown daughters, he lives happily with his wife and step-son in Cambridge, UK.

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Suneet Singh Tuli

Suneet Singh TuliChief Executive Officer, Datawind Ltd.

Suneet Singh Tuli

Suneet Singh TuliChief Executive Officer, Datawind Ltd.

Suneet Singh Tuli is the founder and CEO of DataWind Ltd., responsible for its overall vision, strategy and execution. He has 23 years of experience as a serial entrepreneur, having previously launched two successful companies that conducted Initial Public Offerings (IPOs) on the NASDAQ stock market. At DataWind and previous ventures, patented technologies were created to develop scanning, printing and imaging products that set world records in both price and performance. The innovative products and technologies created through these ventures have received numerous awards and accolades, including recognition by the Guinness Book of Records.

Most recently, DataWind's Aakash/UbiSlate tablets have received worldwide attention, as the Company executes a vision to empower the next 3 billion people with computing and internet access. On November 28th, 2012, DataWind's Aakash2 tablet computer was launched at the United Nations by the Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon.

Suneet has been recognised by Forbes magazine in its 2012 Impact 15 list as a "classroom revolutionary" using innovative technologies to reinvent education globally.  He has also been recognized as the entrepreneur of the year for 2012 at the World Sikh Awards.

DataWind has been awarded:

  • UK's Most Innovative Mobile Company for 2012 by UK Trade & Investment
  • The Technology Achievement Award by the Indo Canadian Chamber of Commerce
  • CNBC TV 18's Young Turks Innovation award
  • For Contributions to Technology and Education by the Indo-US Chamber of Commerce and has been finalist at the Mobile World Congress for Innovation in Education and at the CTIA Wireless Show for the BiG Idea award.

Suneet regularly speaks about social innovation at various forums internationally. He has been a keynote speaker at TiEcon Southwest 2012, at the Indo-US Chamber's annual conference and at the Darpan awards. In addition to speaking at numerous universities, Suneet has also spoken at the Internet Freedom Conference in Stockholm, the Beyond Access conference in Washington D.C. and the Digital World conference in Dhaka.

Suneet graduated in 1990 with a Bachelors of Applied Science in Engineering from the University of Toronto.

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Seminar Rooms

Daniel Ibbitson

Daniel IbbitsonICT Teacher and Technology Innovations Coordinator, Dixons City Academy

Daniel Ibbitson

Daniel IbbitsonICT Teacher and Technology Innovations Coordinator, Dixons City Academy

Currently a Teacher of ICT and Technology Innovations Coordinator at Dixons City Academy, Bradford, England. His responsibilities include; staff training, running focus groups, developing and testing new technologies, co-ordinating with external organisations, assisting with the 1:1 tablet implementation and ensure its ongoing success. In the past he has also been attended and spoke in several conferences on the integration of technologies within education.

With a background in Web programming, he has a great passion in how technology can be integrated across all curriculum, more specifically, its use in solving problems and breaking down barriers. Using Windows and Macs at home and to teach in the classroom has helped him to develop an expertise of both platforms. Since being an NQT, he has used several different Apple iOS devices to aid in his pedagogy. At present, he is one of the Academy’s coordinators in a 1:1 Android tablet rollout. These experiences make him very well attuned to understanding how iOS and android can aid learning and teaching in the classroom. Daniel’s latest ideas seem both himself and his students creating software to boost access to learning and progression.

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Dave Foord

Dave FoordTablet Academy

Dave Foord

Dave FoordTablet Academy

Dave Foord has 20 years experience working within the education sector. During this time he achieved advanced practicing teacher (APT) status and had a 100% success rate at achieving grade 1 during Ofsted and other external inspections. He taught both FE and HE at Loughborough College and the University of Derby, before specialising in staff development in the use of technology in education. He has been involved in many national projects including the LSIS eCPD programme, The Vocational Learning Support Programme and the Diploma Support Programme, as well as many regional and local provider projects, where he regularly runs training, provides consultancy or develops resources.

Over the last 14 years, Dave has run over 1300 staff development sessions on over 100 topics, to all levels of education including nursery, primary, secondary, FE and HE. Dave has a high understanding of accessibility issues which is included in all of his training, and he is a JISC TechDis Accredited Trainer. Dave has been working with mobile technologies for over 10 years, starting with PDAs, then mobile phones and more recently tablet devices.

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David Baugh

David BaughApple Distinguished Educator

David Baugh

David BaughApple Distinguished Educator

David Baugh is a primary trained teacher with classroom experience or teaching students aged 5 – 18. Local Authority Advisor for Denbighshire where he had responsibility for all aspects of ICT and eLearning in 65 schools.

He is an independent trainer, author and adviser of ICT, working for a wide range of organisations. He has been an Apple Distinguished Educator for 12 years and is an Apple Professional Development Consultant. David works with schools and organisations that want to deploy and integrate iOS devices and Apple technology into learning.

@David_Baugh

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David Gregory

David GregoryLEGO Education Workshop

David Gregory

David GregoryLEGO Education Workshop

David Gregory is responsible for multiple workshop activities demonstrating the benefit of LEGO Education resources throughout the UK. David believes students only get one shot at education, so it has to be the best possible experience. Having vast educational experience, David is a part time teacher and participates in many events across the UK. His knowledge of the UK curriculum and education system is current and is therefore able to assist teachers who are looking for solutions in delivering the curriculum from KS1-5. David is also a LEGO® Education Certified Academy Trainer.

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David Jermy

David JermyHead of Technology, Settlebeck School

David Jermy

David JermyHead of Technology, Settlebeck School

Having originally trained in product design and after a short career in industry, David Jermy has worked for 20 years as a teacher in Design Technology, Art and ICT. As a Head of Faculty and Advanced Skills Teacher he developed and delivered many STEM activities throughout schools in North Yorkshire. This has engendered a strong belief in the role of active learning in science and technology. He often combines his love for the outdoors with practical engineering tasks. After spending an afternoon dam building in a moorland stream with his son he thought, 'What a great classroom' and hydro power is now a regular school project.

For the last 9 years David has worked at Settlebeck School, a small and progressive school in rural Cumbria where he has embraced new technologies to support teaching and learning. He is particularly interested in how education in remote rural areas can be enhanced by new technologies.

In 2012 David took part in the DFE pilot study on 3D printing, delivering various activities utilising this new technology. He is using 3D printing on a daily basis, so can reflect on the practicalities, advantages and limitations, but firmly believes that a whole range of new opportunities within education is opening up as a result. David is currently delivering courses on 3D printing to teachers from other schools throughout South Cumbria.

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Dejan Mitrovic

Dejan MitrovicDirector, KIDE ltd.

Dejan Mitrovic

Dejan MitrovicDirector, KIDE ltd.

London-based design entrepreneur from Belgrade, Serbia. After graduating from the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London with an MA+MSc in Innovation Design Engineering, Dejan founded KIDE, which combines his greatest interests: design, education and working with children. KIDE is a system for primary schools which allows children to design and make their own toys using 3D printers. Dejan also tutors at the Royal College of Art (sustain.rca.ac.uk), Ravensbourne College and Imperial College London.

Dejan mostly enjoys applying his skills and knowledge for solving educational, social and environmental issues.

When asked “ If you were a product, what would you be?” Dejan answers: “A Swiss army knife”, an object that combines numerous high-quality utensils and tools that can even be life-saving. It has one main function (knife), like myself (designer) and many other excellent tools (skills), instead of being specialised for only one thing.

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Dr Nicola Whitton

Dr Nicola WhittonManchester Metropolitan University

Dr Nicola Whitton

Dr Nicola WhittonManchester Metropolitan University

Dr Nicola Whitton is a Senior Research Fellow at the Education and Social Research Institute at Manchester Metropolitan University and Director of the Technology, Innovation and Play for Learning Research group. Her research focuses on digital innovation in learning and teaching and, in particular games and learning in the context of Higher Education. Her research interests include interaction design, the impact of motivation and engagement, active learning design, and the pedagogy of play. She has led research projects in gaming for older adults, collaborative game building as a learning approach, alternate reality games for student induction, and an investigation into student conceptions of fun. Her first book Learning with digital games, based on her PhD thesis, was published in 2010, and is an accessible guide to the design, development and use of games for learning at university.

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Dr Steve Bunce

Dr Steve BunceApple Distinguished educator, XMA

Dr Steve Bunce

Dr Steve BunceApple Distinguished educator, XMA

Steve is an experienced teacher and has taught in primary, middle and secondary schools and covered many roles including ICT co-ordinator, head of year and senior leader. For the Open University, he has advised schools across the UK on their use of technology. As a part-time lecturer at Durham University, he has shared learning experiences with the undergraduate teachers.

Developing teaching and learning in schools is the focus of Steve's work and he now advises teachers in using iPads to impact upon learning, as an Apple Professional Development Authorised Trainer.

With computing, Steve works with many teachers to build their confidence in the subject and uses video games, Minecraft, robots and 3D printing, to capture their imaginations.

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Jon Eames

Jon EamesSenior Consultant, 9ine Consulting

Jon Eames

Jon EamesSenior Consultant, 9ine Consulting

Jon is a Senior Consultant at 9ine with experience in commercial IT Service Management, New Business, Sales and Marketing and in Education having worked as a Secondary School Teacher. He combines both his public and private sector experience to support a range of services for 9ine including training, sales, marketing and strategic commission management.

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Leon Champken

Leon ChampkenUK Systems Engineer, Ruckus.icomm

Leon Champken

Leon ChampkenUK Systems Engineer, Ruckus.icomm

Leon has been working in networking for the past 10 years during which time he has worked for a number of Tier 1 integrators/distributors and he is currently employed by Ruckus Wireless, as a Systems Engineer. Ruckus Wireless is a pioneer in the wireless infrastructure market, enabling carriers and enterprises to stay ahead of the exploding demand for high-bandwidth applications and services. I am geographically located in Shropshire and cover the North West, Midlands and South West.

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Paul Croft

Paul CroftDirector of UltimakerGB Ltd

Paul Croft

Paul CroftDirector of UltimakerGB Ltd

Having studied International Management at the University of Hull, Paul proceeded to a career in management with Enterprise Rent a Car.

The excitement of 3d printing and it's potential applications proved too much to resist and along with Alex Mayor UltimakerGB was born.

Ultimaker has just launched the CREATE Education project and are excited about sharing 3d printing with everyone!

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Peter Rafferty

Peter RaffertyDigital Learning Manager at Green Park Primary School

Peter Rafferty

Peter RaffertyDigital Learning Manager at Green Park Primary School

Peter Rafferty is the Digital Learning Manager at Green Park Primary School, Merseyside and has been teaching for over 20 years. Classroom blogging and Google Apps for Education have become key tools in developing many creative and collaborative online projects. Since September 2013, he has added to his ongoing teaching role by working alongside schools to help take advantage of the exciting and fast moving opportunities of digital learning.

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Simon Howe

Simon HoweHead Of ICT at Ashton on Mersey school

Simon Howe

Simon HoweHead Of ICT at Ashton on Mersey school

Simon Howe Head of ICT at Ashton on Mersey school. Where Simon has held and developed a number of roles, starting as a KS3 coordinator then becoming KS4 coordinator for ICT. In addition to teacher Simon is a Google Qualified Individual, who has developed innovating ways in using Google Apps within the classroom. Prior to becoming a teacher Simon was a backend web developer, focusing on Databases driven website.Ashton on Mersey school has been using Google Apps for Education for 2 years, embedding this into the curriculum to enable pupils and staff to better communicate, work collaboratively and improve the quality of feedback. Simon firmly believe that Google apps for education has helped to motivate and engage pupils in both the classroom and at home.

Ashton on Mersey schools iPad journey is a relatively new area for pupils but as Staff we have being using them for a number of years. This is an area we are currently looking at to invest and grow over the next 6 months, with Google apps for education being at is core and the driving force for change.

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Manchester Central Convention Complex

Manchester Central LogoManchester Central is an award-winning venue in the heart of one of Europe's most vibrant cities. Its vaulted arches and station clock have made Manchester Central an iconic city feature for over 130 years.

With the capacity to handle intimate corporate functions and large-scale conferences or exhibitions, the historic architecture and state-of-the-art facilities provide the perfect venue for some of the world's leading events.

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Register for iThink Therefore iPad? And iThink Therefore iLearn? Conferences 2014

Registration is now OPEN for the 2014 iThink Therefore iPad? And iThink Therefore iLearn? Conferences at the Manchester Central in Manchester, UK, on the 27th and 28th February 2014

Pricing Information

Refreshments and a bag lunch are included in the registration fee.

Standard Pricesbookings made from 21 December 2013

  • iThink Therefore iLearn? - £160
  • iThink Therefore iPad? - £160
  • Both conferences - £260

Early Bird Pricesbookings made by 20 December 2013

  • iThink Therefore iLearn? - £140
  • iThink Therefore iPad? - £140
  • Both conferences - £200

Purchase Order Bookings

For all bookings requiring a purchase order, please contact Karla Heywood at k.heywood@mmu.ac.uk.

Sponsor Profiles

LEGO Education

Possibly best known for its building bricks, the LEGO® Group has been on the high street for almost a century. Meanwhile, LEGO® Education has been working with schools for more than 30 years to encourage what we call systematic creativity. Our aim is to help teachers take a more progressive approach to teaching in order to unlock students’ interest in learning, using digital tools, tailored curriculum resources and teacher-training programmes as well as our famous coloured bricks.

We believe that more playful, creative and hands-on methods engage students of all abilities and achieve results. This progressive approach can be successfully applied across the curriculum – in Computing, Science, Design & Technology, Engineering and Maths, Language and Literacy. A truly inspirational way to teach!

www.LEGOeducation.co.uk
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