The iThink Therefore iPad? conference is the meeting place for everyone who is passionate about the transformational power of Apple mobile learning technologies.
iThink Therefore iPad? enables delegates to discover how iPads can improve and enhance learning across education.
iThink Therefore iPad? will present, explore and discuss the challenges that educators face as they seek to transform education to suit the needs of the 21st Century student. It will question the role that technology has to play in the evolution of education, particularly focusing on the growing potential of Apple's iPad, iPad Mini and iPod Touch to support and enhance learning within a range of educational contexts.
iThink Therefore iPad? will also focus on the viability and affordances of these devices, in the current economic climate, and the possibilities they present for developing high quality, cost effective, teaching and learning.
Colin will be discussing Making History with us at the iThink Therefore iPad conference today. In his 'day job' he is also an actor, voiceover artist, director & theatre producer. He has appeared in an extensive list of TV shows, animated series, films, radio plays and video games. As an actor, he is probably best known for the role of Commissioner Loeb in Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. And for those of you with young children, he was Dr Muhahahaha in CBBC’s Hounded with Rufus Hound! He has a special love for the theatre, where he has performed numerous roles, working with some of the top actors of his generation from Michael Sheen, Clive Owen and Tom Hardy to Harold Pinter and Steven Berkoff; along the way receiving the Time Out best actor award in 1994. He has also directed and produced a variety of theatre productions, notably 'Marilyn and Ella' at the Apollo Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue. Most recently he performed alongside Lenny Henry on tour and at the Duchess Theatre, in London’s West End, in the award winning ‘Fences’.
He is currently the voice of The Cube in the hit ITV series of the same name as well as the voice behind numerous TV and online marketing campaigns, for such iconic brands as BMW, Virgin, Red Bull, KFC, Audi, Hugo Boss, Nissan, Jeep and Mr. Muscle! He is the voice behind the National TV awards and cartoons such as Mike the Knight, Chuggington and Little Princess.
He received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Leicester for his services to the arts.
In 2011, Colin founded ‘Making History’ a celebrity led family history multimedia project for primary and secondary schools, where “young voices of the present, uncover stories from the past, to inspire their futures”. The project helps and empowers children to research their cultural and family history and make a short 5 minute film about something inspirational in their findings. As the pilot project showed, 'Everybody Has A Story'!
The aims of Making History include: personalising history to make it more relevant, interesting and exciting to students; helping children to learn valuable skills and raise their aspirations; giving children a sense of self and belonging; increasing tolerance and understanding across social boundaries and generations; encouraging children, parents, their family and community to work in harmony together. Ultimately creating an army of history detectives addicted to learning! Making History is an innovative groundbreaking project that connects us all. Colin is delighted to talk about it's progress with us today!
In 2009, Hove Park School and Sixth Form Centre was an underachieving institution. Only 29% of students taking GCSE exams attained national standards of success. The school received significant extra public funds in an effort to improve performance. The number of student exclusions through bad behaviour was very high.
When he joined the school in 2011, Head Teacher Derek Trimmer concentrated on transforming the Leadership, followed by the behaviour of the students in the school. This enabled a much clearer focus on the quality of teaching and learning followed by identifying and implementing an effective curriculum that would empower students to compete in a 21st century workforce. Central to this strategy was a really clear vision that placed independent learning and a creative approach to student engagement that would lift students' aspirations and lead to the beginning of a ‘can do’ culture.
Once the school reached 60% of students achieving the gold standard in 2012, Derek set out to look for the vehicle that would close the gap completely and enable all children, regardless of whatever barriers they faced, to have the same access to a world class education. He introduced a new learning vision to take the school to the next level.
In this large secondary school, with 1,700 students aged 11 to 18, each was to be treated as an individual with unique talents and learning needs. High quality teaching was now a right for all students, yet for achievement to continue to improve to the level where no child failed, a more radical and innovative approach needed to be adopted, one that recognised that partnership between home and school was imperative.
A one to one iPad program was chosen to help realize the new vision. A personal iPad for school or at home would empower students by encouraging creativity, problem solving, and independent learning. It would give teachers a wide range of tools and applications to enhance every lesson. It would offer great personal feedback to students and their families.
Derek’s talk outlines the process and the journey that he undertook along with the leadership decisions that needed to be made. The difficult obstacles that can easily derail a project of this scale and how to avoid costly mistakes.
“We had to find a new way to make a difference for all our students. iPad was the dramatic solution we needed to help meet our huge challenges.”×
An innovative, entrepreneur working at the intersection between the education, creative and digital sectors.
His career has been characterised as a disruptor of industry sectors including television, music and education. He enjoys mentoring young start-ups who have a genuine interest in disrupting the status quo.
Stemming from a creative and technical background, Graham has built, managed and marketed technology, entertainment and publishing businesses providing leadership to technical, creative and business development teams alike.
Has more than 10 years experience of establishing global online communities and social networks, both B2B and B2C, in the entertainment, electronics and education sectors (including public sector and government).×
Having taught in Further Education and been a media technology educator specialising in CPD for teachers for the last 12 years, Mark has a vast pool of experience to draw on as an eLearning Project Manager to a dynamic school in Stoke on Trent. This current role involves successfully implementing an iPad scheme as well as placing Apple technology right through the school.
He is a well respected Apple Distinguished Educator and speaker, having delivered presentations both nationally and internationally. Leading enthusiastic workshops on innovation and creativity with Apple technologies is his daily business. As such he is always in demand for technology demonstrations particularly with the massive growth in iPad use for education.×
Merlin joined Aardman as an animator in 1996 having completed a degree in Film and Photography at the Newport Film School. Initially working on commercials before taking the roles of Key Animator on the feature film ‘Chicken Run’, and Second Unit Director on ‘Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of The Were Rabbit’. Merlin then co-directed the Creature Comforts USA series for CBS, for which he gained an Emmy nomination. He has since specialised in directing Wallace & Gromit at Aardman and in 2009 took on the roll of Creative Director for Wallace & Gromit where Merlin directs all aspects of the Wallace and Gromit brand from merchandise and live shows to commercials and short films.
Visit www.Animate-It.com for top tips from the experts at Aardman and to download a FREE TRIAL of the Animate It! desktop software.×
Simon started teaching career at Danygraig Primary in Swansea before spending ten years at Gendros Primary, also a Swansea school. It was here that he developed an interest in independent learning theories and started to learn that schools should prepare for children and not the other way around. Simon became Deputy Head at Casllwchwr Primary School in 2003 and became Headteacher in 2009, where he led the school to a grade one in each of the seven key questions during a ESTYN inspection in his first year as Headteacher in May 2010.
He embarked on a school mobile device learning program in Autumn 2010 and the past three years have been an incredible journey. The school picked up the Third Millennium Learning Award in Jan 2012 and were the first Welsh primary to do so, one of only eight in the UK. They were also we were awarded the Highly Commended UK Impact Award at NAACE National Conference in March 2012 and were only Welsh school nominated in any category. The school was also shortlisted in two categories in 2013 and have been nominated in three categories this year.
Simon is a member of the Welsh Government Practitioners Panel, National Digital Learning Council and the WG ICT Steering Group looking at the future of ICT in Wales. Part of his remit is to advise on how to make Wales a world leader in digital learning.
Currently Executive Headteacher at Casllwchwr Primary, where Simon is working one day a week. He is the LIFE programme manager for the remainder of the week until April 2014 and has just accepted a one day a week secondment, working for the Welsh Government as Learning In Digital Wales Professional Adviser.
Simon’s first book, Freaked Out, which is a clear guide to Digital Learning for the bewildered teacher will be released later this year. He is happily married to his wife Helen and has a beautiful three year old daughter called Ella who is an iPad expert! With a huge passion for all sports, especially rugby, he represented Wales at several age groups at schoolboy level. He still enjoys playing a range of sports.×
Srini Swaminathan works at Teach For India, a non-profit organisation in India that is working towards ensuring excellent education for all children, especially those studying in low income community schools. He taught in Dharavi, Mumbai for two years as a full time teacher in a low income community school. Prior to this, he was with Schlumberger Oilfield Services as a Service Quality Manager in Australia & New Zealand.
Hailing from a low-income family, Srini's life path changed because of education - he got a scholarship from the Tamilnadu government to complete his Engineering Degree in Electrical and Electronics from BITS, Pilani. Over the years, he had been volunteering with educational non-profits and during one of these volunteering experiences at the tsunami affected villages of Tamilnadu, he became very inspired to engage full time in the education sector.
At the school in Mumbai, Srini used technology and the latest Apple innovations to accelerate learning in the classroom. His 40 students made more than 1.5 years of Grade level growth in Reading comprehension, writing, speaking & listening (English) and a year's growth in Math where kids were 2 grade levels behind. Srini was also featured in one of the videos in the Apple WWDC 2012.×
Stephen is professor in Bournemouth University's Media School in the Centre of Excellence in Media Practice (CEMP) research centre, and at Universidad Camilo José Cela, in Madrid. He has a more than three decade long portfolio of leading edge media, new media and interactive projects from pioneering video-disc and CD-ROM in the 80s, through on-line communities in the 90s to mobile technologies today. Stephen was a founder board member of Teachers TV, is non-excecutive director on the board of Digital Jersey, and is Chairman of the global company Learning Possibilities +.
In June 2006 Stephen was awarded the Royal Television Society's Judges Award for Lifelong Services to Educational Broadcasting. The Department for Education and Skills described him as "the most influential academic of recent years in the field of technology and education".×
Chris McWilliam was recently appointed senior leader of assessment for learning and learning technologies at Kew Woods Primary School in Southport. Three years ago Chris attended iThink Therefore iPad, curious as to how they could be used in a school setting. Since then he has become a keen user of iPads not only to enhance learning, but also as an administrative tool used in the day to day organisation of a school.
Chris has successfully implemented iPads at one school, with OFSTED recognising the outstanding impact technology had on the pupils engagement and impact it had on progress, and is currently implementing them at his new school with similar success. As a keen user of technology, Chris has built an extensive knowledge of apps, both paid and free, that can enhance the school experience, whether it be that of a teacher or a pupil.ICT Subject Leader Website: chrismcwilliam.blogspot.co.uk
Claire has worked at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) since 2003; initially as a Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy and from 2008 as a Senior Learning and Teaching Fellow in Technology Enabled Learning. This role combines faculty teaching with a cross institutional contribution to technology and games-based innovation.×
Craig Rulton is an Apple Professional Development Authorised Trainer and Training & Development Manager for Apple Solution Expert, JTRS Ltd. Craig has worked in Education for the last 8 years and has a deep understanding of the role Apple technology can play in supporting learning and teaching transformation. He delivers educationally focused training to teachers and pupils on a daily basis. Craig is passionate about enabling each school he works with to make the absolute most from their Apple technology investments.×
Daniel Edwards is Director of Innovation and Learning at the Stephen Perse Foundation of schools and an Apple Distinguished Educator. Areas of particular interest are pedagogy, learning with technology and the use of iPads in schools.×
Deborah O’Connor is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Health Professions at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU). Deborah is a Physiotherapist with a particular interest in technology-enhanced learning. Recent work has involved using the iPad and a range of video applications to aid reflection and practical skill development in classroom based learning.×
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.×
Hannah spent many years teaching in the FE sector before making the transition to HE to work as a learning technologist. She is currently employed as an E-learning Support Officer within the Learning Innovation division at MMU supporting the Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Care.×
I am assistant Headteacher at Ladybarn and responsible for what was called ICT! I have been teaching in year 6 for over 10 years and have always utilised technology as a core part of learning. We introduced ipads four years ago. That year, Ofsted judged the school to be outstanding, and ipads were central to those grades in my classroom and subject area. This was the catalyst for developing their usage and embedding their use throughout the curriculum across the Kingsway schools. I am particularly interested in using iPads kinesthetically and developing them as a creative collaborative tool - breaking the boundaries of traditional classrooms and connecting schools and students in wider spheres.×
Head of a medium size 11-16 Co-ed school. Fully comprehensive with a higher than national average EAL intake. Converter Academy having previously been a dual specialist Sports and Technology school. Chair of the Lancashire Heads Leadership and Management sub group. Satellite school for the Lancashire Pennine Leadership & Management Academy. Previously an OFSTED Inspector now training under the current regulations as a new Inspector.
Jim has a real passion for succession planning and growing leaders within a creative and innovative culture of self-expression. “Don’t make the same old mistakes, make new ones” is his mantra alongside the tried and tested ‘if you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got’. He has featured on Specialist Schools DVD’s on curriculum innovation and distributed leadership as well as presenting at several regional and national conferences on a variety of topics.
Back in 2000 Priory flood cabled the whole school as we saw the need to give access to computers and the internet everywhere. Between then and now upgrades and developments have taken place (as in all institutions). In 2011 we began to look at the infrastructure and plan for the next few years, but plan for what? What did the future look like for learning ? More of the same or even more white elephants?(whiteboards). Or were we on the cusp of a revolution in the way children learn and teachers teach? Was the true advent of independent learning about to hit us? If so we needed to plan for it.
Mobile technology IS the future so how do you plan, lead and manage for such a fundamental change? Mobile phones, iPads, kindles and the dreaded social media. Have we got all the answers? NO, but what I do know is that as a Head if I don’t lead the school into this future who will? And who’s children will suffer if I don’t?×
John Friend is the founder of Apps in My Pocket. Their award-winning, five-star rated app, PocketPhonics, has been the best-selling phonics app in the UK for the last four years. John has had extensive careers in software development and marketing. Highlights include delivering the first website in the UK offering "online banking" functionality, and collecting the Guardian & Money Observer online finance award×
Since starting teaching in 2000 Johnny has always recognised the power of ICT as a teaching and learning tool. In 2007 he started work as a teacher at a school for students with autism. In this role he has explored and promoted the use of ICT and touch technology to aid learning but also to aid communication and self-regulation. A team from the school was nominated for the Henry Winkler Bursary at the National Teaching Awards in 2010 for innovative work in this field. In this presentation, Johnny will outline the aims behind his iPod/iPad project, its successes and the areas that need to be improved.×
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.×
Julie is a highly experienced and innovative teaching, learning and leadership consultant. Driven by a belief in the power of professional learning to transform organisations, she specialises in supporting schools to build ideas, skills and tools to drive individual and organisational development. Areas of expertise include building capacity to implement high quality CPD, formative lesson observation and feedback, and curriculum development for exciting, enquiry based curricula. Julie is also skilled in working with teachers to raise the quality of challenge and differentiation in planning and practice. Julie is a former teacher and network consultant for NCSL and is currently a visiting fellow at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. She is a skilled researcher and author, and has penned a variety of publications including Engaging Parents Toolkit (2008), Developing Outstanding Teaching and Learning (2012) and Differentiation in Practice (2013) as well as the Challenge & Differentiation Toolkit (www.leadinglearning.eu/differentiation). i-observe is her latest project.×
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.×
Lisa Cowell, Director of Learning and Teaching at Penwortham Priory Academy, talks about the impact that their 1:1 iPad scheme is having on learning and teaching across the curriculum.
Penwortham Priory Academy provides cutting edge learning experiences by giving students access to technology at home and in every lesson. They enable all learners to independently take their learning further 24/7. Teachers are rising to the challenge of providing ever more exciting and engaging lessons and pupils are truly becoming co-constructors of their own education.
The introduction of iPads has brought about significant change at the Academy and is positively impacting on their goal of becoming first choice, locally respected and nationally recognised.×
Currently head of a Primary School in North West Lancashire. I have been a head teacher for 15 years. It is a 2 form entry school in an area of high deprivation.
After my second Headship I worked for a government technology agency for 5 years. Deciding to put into practice what I had been ‘preaching’ I returned to headship some 5 years ago. My current school is a two form entry school within an area of deprivation. Free school meals averages around 50%.
At school, technology is seen to be at the heart of the school’s development, and both staff and pupils are keen to investigate and develop its potential. The school has gone from ‘Special Measures’ to ‘Good with Outstanding features’ within the space of 3 years.
Twelve months ago we made the decision to do away with IWB and move from a Windows environment to all Apple.×
Paul Shuter has been a teacher, a GCSE Chief Examiner, an author, and a publisher. His writing ranges from a three volume world history (for the Dutch national curriculum) to being one of the editors of Globe Education Shakespeare, (and includes ghost writing the autobiography of an international footballer for younger readers).×
E-Learning Creator, Adobe Educational Leader, Apple Distinguished Educator, Microsoft Innovative teacher/teacher developer and an Advanced Skills teacher, Chiswick School.
Renaldo Lawrence, is an ex NBA player and now a teacher at Chiswick School, London.
He has been a part of the NBA (premier basketball league in USA) with San Diego Clippers (now LA Clippers) between 1979-80. Renaldo has a habit of making it to history books. He has been in the Guinness Book of Records for the most points (73 pts) in a game at the time and also for being the 4th leading scorer in the history of British Basketball. Excellence runs in the family and his son – Andrew Lawrence has represented the Great Britain basketball team in the 2012 Summer Olympics.
As part of his present role, Renaldo develops and deploys interactive learning resources for staff, faculty, and students. He also consults and trains across the US and Europe on how to create and use digital media, web design, and e-Learning applications in the classroom. Renaldo is in his first year at Chiswick School, where he is working with teachers from each department in developing and creating interactive materials for the iPad, iPhone/iPod, and Android devices. Renaldo also teaches geography, ICT, and business studies.×
Richard has been working in Education for 20 years working in a variety of secondary schools both in the North East of England and the Midlands. He is passionate about education and the role a school plays in offering broad range of experiences to the students it serves. In 2005 Richard established the NDCC in Ethiopia, a charity that provide the support necessary for orphaned and vulnerable children so that they can complete their education. With links to school in the UK he also organises sixth form visits each year. As assistant headteacher he has had a range of responsibilities including IT strategy management, timetabling, data and assesssment. Richard is currently working on a range of educational projects including the i-observe suite of professional development tools.×
Stuart Atherton is the Managing Director of ‘MaD’ (Media and Digital) who are a creative digital agency based in MediaCity and Cheshire since 1991.
MaD are helping schools and colleges to engage with pupils and their parents using an exciting new technology called Augmented Reality which is set to transform teaching methods in the future.
Stuart will give an introduction to the technology and show some examples of Augmented reality in Action.×
iPads can have a useful role in preparing and supporting learners develop their logical thinking skills. This session explores a range of apps and approaches to support learners of all ages and abilities.
Transform each classroom table into a TV studio, a Radio station and a ePub Digital Newspaper, promote team work, collaboration and independent learning. This session looks at how integrating technology into your projects and publishing them online can be easy, safe and engaging!
From simple rap poetry on KS1 to engaging your hard to reach year 10's with iPad "Rock School". Music technology on the iPad has advanced at an incredible rate. Here is a chance to get on board. The session will cater for music teachers and none-musicans that are curious. We will cover how everybody can make and publish/share a track with real and virtual instruments.
Augmented Reality, creating interactive book and art reviews.
Using iCloud and Showbie, to create and edit content, distribute and assess.
Using video apps to Explain, engage and assess. The iPad makes creating, editing and sharing video content quick and easy. Learn how in this fun hands on session.
This session looks at the different creative ways iPad can be used as a tool to enhance numeracy across the curriculum.
Looking at iPad as a way to make your teaching life easier.
Using some of the powerful tools to enhance literacy in a wide range of subjects.
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