Interoperability & Insights – Progress Towards National Electronic Student Records
Dr. Craig Jones, Deputy Secretary, Evidence Data and Knowledge, Ministry of Education, New Zealand, spoke about how New Zealand is pioneering a new country-wide electronic student records system designed to reflect data from 2,500 systems. These learnings can inform provinces, states or countries like yours seeking K-12 data interoperability – and lead to rich insights that improve student outcomes.
Bring Learning to Life with Augmented Reality in the Classroom
This session focused on how educators from around the world integrate augmented reality into their classrooms using Merge and Microsoft, and why access to AR is so engaging and impactful for students. Kathi Kersznowski (Washington Township Public Schools, US) explained how she’s helped teachers get started using AR with K-5 students. We also heard from Sarah Clark (Queen Anne High School, Scotland) describe how she uses Merge with middle and high school pupils to visualize scientific concepts using 3D objects they can actually hold. Both educators shared how easy it is to use Merge, Flipgrid, OneNote, and Teams to truly bring learning to life!
Foster Student Voice with Streaming in Education
Increasingly streaming services have become the preferred method to deliver and consume content. This does not exclude education. VEGAS Stream is the streaming solution tailored for schools and universities. It’s an easy to use application for students learning journalism and broadcast or digital marketing & social media. Students can live stream graduations, award ceremonies, school news, sports, theatre productions, guest lectures, classroom lessons – the options are endless! VEGAS Stream is the one-stop, easy to use solution, intended for use at every level of education. This session demonstrated the impactful ways this solution can promote student voice and creativity in your school. This session featured Jason O’Connell, Director of Recording Services at San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
The True Cost of a Modern Classroom
What does it take to provide teachers with the best technology to be efficient and effective using tools that a modern classroom really needs? Do you consider eliminating clutter in the classroom and laser-focusing professional development on tools that have a long-term impact on students? The costs involved in a truly modern classroom are not just dollars, but instructional time, professional development time, and effort spent on the best tools at the right time. In this session we were joined by an experienced panel of educators sharing what elegant solutions they have cultivated in their classrooms and workshops to develop a modern classroom. Our panel featured Sarah Clark (Biology Teacher, Queen Anne High School), Becky Keene (MSEd, Director of Content and Professional Learning, i2e), and Richard Meijer (IT Trainer, Edu PD Specialists).
Increasing Digital Literacy & Student Engagement
In this session we heard tips and insights from Barnsley College about how using Turnitin and Microsoft Teams together has helped educators prepare students to succeed in university and career -- from instilling a culture of academic integrity, turning plagiarism into teachable moments to encouraging critical thinking skills and strengthening digital literacy. We heard from Rob Whitehead (Learning Technologies Manager at Barnsley College), how Barnsley College increased student engagement by five-fold while helping teachers save time
Building Future Ready Skills - Embed Professional Qualifications within Student Learning
In this session, we heard from Robert Bradley, Director of Computing at UTC Reading, about how their school is strongly focused on preparing students for their future careers, supporting them with everything from CV-writing and interview preparation to the day-to-day digital skills required to succeed in the modern workplace via professional qualifications (PQ’s). In 2013, UTC Reading introduced Microsoft Certifications (PQ’s) and haven’t looked back. This Future Ready Skills and Certifications showcase walked through UTC’s journey of embedding and instilling the value of Professional Qualifications into student life and how the Academy chain (Activate Learning Education Trust - ALET) now plan to embed PQ’s further across the group to prepare students for promising futures.
Using Creativity as a Means to Nurture a Love for Learning
We all know that creative freedom can empower our students, and we know how important it is to encourage more creativity in the classroom. But, how can educators go about fostering a creative environment? And what are meaningful ways that schools can integrate creative and empowering tools like Buncee and Immersive Reader to enrich the learning experience for kids and their community? In this session, alongside Rachelle Dene Poth (Spanish & STEAM High School Educator, Riverview School District, US) we shared how Microsoft Immersive Reader and Buncee can be used together to empower all learners, particularly language-based learners; and build content engagement and confidence in them.
Goodbye Distractions, Hello Engagement: Monitoring your Digital Learning Environment
Teachers at Downey Unified School District felt they couldn’t effectively classroom manage when students were using technology. As a result, they didn’t use it as often as they should to properly prepare students for life in the 21st century. Sound familiar? Now imagine a tool that serves as a window into student activity in a digital learning environment, and what that could mean for your classroom. In this session, we learnt how Josh Davis, Instructional Coach at Downey USD implemented a solution where students can learn and explore digitally, and teachers feel confident managing digital learning.
Leveraging Learning Platforms to Improve Student Outcomes
Learning experiences are designed to support and encourage independent learning, critical thinking, and collaboration. For Windlesham students it’s important they develop into Digital Citizens who use technology responsibly and are able to recognise and avoid potential pitfalls. Christopher Roche, Director of ICT at Windlesham House School, talks explains how Nearpod was a powerful solution to address some of these challenges. The platform is designed for teachers with different technological abilities who can confidently use the solution to create, design, and launch interactive lessons, to engage every student and prepare them for 21st century skills.
Empower the Class through Collaborative Learning
Core to the mission at East Barnet School is creating immersive and inclusive learning experiences that inspire lifelong learning. For students, these experiences stimulate the development of essential life skills like communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity. And as our economies and societies become more and more digital, computational thinking becomes of paramount importance. We empower educators to create environments in and out of the classroom that guide and nurture student passions and enable students to achieve beyond their greatest imaginations – making, designing, inventing and building the future.