2016 Agenda & Testimonials

EDUTECH Scotland 2016 

Tackling the challenges of digital learning


See the following testimonials from speakers and the agenda from last year’s event. The 2017 agenda will be published shortly. 

“EduTech was one of the best run conferences I have attended. The sessions started on time. The audience was directed to the correct venues.  The speakers were well prepped for their presentation.  The moderators were well informed on what they must do.  Everything was very well handled. Keep up the good work.”

–  Laurie Butgereit, Dr Math, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University


“I did thoroughly enjoy the day – it was such a positive experience and I was very impressed by the organisation of the whole event. There’s been quite a lot of social media following the event from delegates interested in what we are doing at Middleton Park – which has been lovely.”

– Jenny Watson, Head Teacher, Middleton Park School


“I received a very warm welcome from everyone I spoke to and had great conversations throughout the day. It was particularly interesting to see that the challenges and opportunities in EduTech are universal. I hope the digital strategy will be a great catalyst, as it has been in Ireland.”

– Janice Feighery, Programme Director – Education & Training, Camara Ireland

Agenda Summary

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Registration, exhibition and refreshments 
Welcome and introduction by the Conference Chair 
Keith Aitken, Journalist and Broadcaster
Opening keynote
Introducing computing principles early: a learning and teaching strategy for empowering learners and teachers to become “power users” of technology.
Professor Quintin Cutts MBE, Computer Science Education, University of Glasgow
Technology supports learning: evidence based practice
Professor Judy Robertson, Chair in Digital Learning/ Research Lead in Education Teaching and Leadership, The University of Edinburgh
Glowing brighter? How is Glow supporting Scotlands educational attainment challenge?
Ian Stuart, Consultant, No Tosh

Transforming technology in education
Shaun Phillips, EMEIA Sales Manager, Lightspeed Systems
Sam Howard, Sales Engineer – EMEIA , Lightspeed Systems
Questions and discussion
Refreshments, exhibition and networking 
1st Parallel session (workshops A – D)
2nd Parallel session (workshops A – D repeated) 
Workshop A
Technology inside and outside the classroom
Workshop Chair:Allan Smithyman, Programme Manager, eSgoil
Speaker:Stephen Reid, Director, Immersive Minds
Speaker:Sally O’Neill, Director, Pupil Tracking Ltd
Workshop B
Supporting learning through technology
Workshop Chair: Ben Mallard, Senior Product Manager, RM Education
Speaker: Ian Stuart, Consultant, No Tosh
School Case Study: Carol-Ann O’Connell, South Lanarkshire Council
Workshop C
Developing the young workforce: Engaging girls in technology
Workshop Chair: Dr Laurie Butgereit, Dr Math, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
Speaker:Ali King, Girl Geek Scotland and Data Engineer, FanDuel
Speaker:Talat Yaqoob, Director, Equate Scotland and a Young Ambassador 
Workshop D
Masterclass for Leaders of Learning
Speaker:Louise Jones, Senior Consultant, Cairngorm Futures Ltd
Jointly sponsored by Google Education and XMA
Lunch, exhibition and networking
Creating a digital strategy for your school
Janice Feighery, Programme Director, Education & Training, Camara Ireland
Allan Smithyman, Programme Manager, eSgoil
Jenny Watson, Head Teacher, Middleton Park School, Aberdeen
Paul Nisbet, Director, Call Scotland

Refreshments, exhibition and networking
Tackling the Digital Divide
Dr Laurie Butgereit, Dr Math, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
Engaging through Extracurricular Activities
Phil Worms, Computing & Schools Project Lead (Digital Xtra Fund), ScotlandIS 
Closing keynote: Sir John Dermot Turing
Trustee of The Turing Trust and author of Alan Turing Decoded
Questions and discussion
Closing comments from the Conference Chair
End of conference

Delegate comments:

‘An absolutely inspiring event. I have come back to school raving about the workshops and ideas I picked up. Great mixture of academic research, educational policy and practical actions’

‘I really appreciated the variety and mixture of hands-on practical advice together with the discussions. It was a very inspiring day’

‘It definitely surpassed my expectations and allowed me to really think deeply about what I am trying to achieve in my role’

‘There was a very good mix of speakers and workshops that covered a variety of areas. This is a strength’

‘Registration staff were most helpful. Networking opportunities were excellent. Speakers were very informative and provoked thought and discussion’

‘I really enjoyed the presentations of bodies who were on the panels. It did provide a wider platform for discussion’

‘A good overview of the drivers behind the required change (the why) and examples / ideas of it being put into practice (the how)’

‘It’s always inspiring to hear from those who have undertaken a journey and can share experiences with all’

‘Good range of exhibitors at the event’

‘Please run this event again’

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