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The Brighton #Edtech Summit 2019

By November 8, 2019No Comments

It is with great pleasure that in this post I am able to share regarding my involvement at the Brighton Edtech Summit at Brighton College on November 28th at Brighton College.


The Brighton Edtech Summit 2019

Organised by the Independent Schools Council’s Digital Strategy Group along with Ty Goddard at the Education Foundation and supported by Frog, Hable, Microsoft, Planet E-Stream and more, this event will feature:

“…a number of high-profile government, education and ecosystem partners. With an audience of 200 of the top education leaders from schools, colleges and universities, leading start-up and scale-up businesses, policy makers and ministries of education – the event will be a landmark event in the UK education calendar.”

There are a number of key themes to be explored at the event including but not exclusively:

  • The future of Edtech policy
  • The future of Edtech practice
  • Raising the bar on what works
  • Connecting schools, colleges and universities with start-ups
  • Improving digital skills and talent

One of the things I like most about the event is that it is not looking at there being just one solution when it comes to the general edtech being involved. Here at the event, you can learn from people using Google, Microsoft and/or Apple technologies in their schools. You can learn from Dan Edwards who now works exclusively for Apple in his session “Planning for the non-negotiables” or from Cris Turple, now Head of Learning Technology and Innovation at the Girls’ Day School Trust on whether UK Edtech is a leader or follower, there is lots and lots on offer…

As I always share, “it ain’t what you do it’s the way that you do it” and by involving educators with experiences in many different settings using lots of different types of technology, there’s something to be learned from everyone in attendance.

I am very pleased to have been asked to be involved in two parts of the event.

My workshop will be exploring the different ways you can achieve impact at scale with technology in your school. In my session too which is supported by Frog, I’m also undertaking some research to unpick and share about what a good one looks like when it comes to using learning platforms in education. Many schools have them but what does a good one look like? To have your say, please do add your thoughts in our survey here:

Workshop: How to achieve impact at scale with technology in your school

In my session, framed around my recent publication ‘A Guide To Creating A Digital Strategy‘ – Mark Anderson & Al Kingsley, and the aforementioned research from attendees and the wider education community, I will share the hallmarks of great technology use in schools. I will explore ‘What A Good One Looks Like’ and the broad factors needed to be considered in order to make the most of technology in your establishment.

I will also be involved in a panel discussion on the day exploring where next for edtech.

Panel discussion

Chaired by Ian Yorston of Radley College, and joined by esteemed colleagues, Miles Berry, Vikki Liogier and Sarah Dawkins I am excited to hear their thoughts on the topic. I am increasingly of the opinion from the schools I work in and the wide variety of settings that I am lucky to get to see, that we are still a long way from seeing the promise of the ‘sexiest’ of edtech. Actually, what we see that does work in schools is where the conditions for success are such that once in place, many amazing things can happen. Regardless of the technology in a school though, it is rarely the technology that makes the difference, it is the people involved, the culture developed in those schools and the strong, powerful and purposeful relationships that exist between teacher, school, home and most importantly, the learner. I’m looking forward to sharing my thoughts on the subject with others on the day.

So what?

If you’d like to come along and learn from the fantastic CPD offering available, then visit the Summit site and get yourself a ticket. From what I understand, and quite rightly so, they’re selling like hotcakes!

For more information and to view the agenda, visit the Summit site via the ISC Digital site here.

I hope to see you there!


Mark Anderson

Mark Anderson, @ICTEvangelist. Click here to learn more.

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