When used effectively, technology can make a huge difference in and around the classroom, for teachers at any level. However, it’s often difficult for teachers to know how to get the best out of technology, with lowering budgets, high costs, over-marketed technology, and the workload demands on teachers’ time all combining to create an environment which often prevents teachers from getting the best possible results.
For over 3 years, our exa.foundation has worked to help teachers and students across the country, leading CPD courses and exciting lessons, while creating and sharing useful, free edtech resources. As part of our commitment to help teachers get the very best out of the technology available to them, this June, we’re getting ready for the single largest event in our calendar - the third annual exabytes conference!
Bringing in over 100 teachers, #exabytes18 features dozens of fantastic sessions covering practically every side of edtech, from ways that free resources and new approaches can improve classroom organisation and individual student performance to exciting, effective lesson plans for Raspberry Pi, micro:bit and far more. Uniquely, #exabytes18 is organised by teachers (like CAS Master Teacher/ exa.foundation organiser Alan O’Donohoe) for teachers - every single one of the sessions we host is sales-pitch free, having been designed to have a real impact for teachers and students.
As ever, #exabytes18 takes place in Bradford’s gorgeous Midland Hotel (right by Forster Square train station), and will be running on Friday, the 29th of June. Head over to our #exabytes18 EventBrite page to book your ticket (remember: if you’re an Exa customer, you’ll get a major discount on our already-inexpensive tickets), or get in touch through Twitter @exafoundation to find out more about this year’s conference!
What’s Happening at #exabytes18?
If you’ve been to exabytes before, you’ll notice some improvements we’ve made this time around, based on the fantastic feedback we’ve received from our guests previously. Delegates attending exabytes have been spoilt for choice with so many sessions to choose from spread over many floors. This year, we’ve tried to keep all sessions closer to each other, helping our guests easily get around the conference. We’ll also be hosting a single sitting for lunch.
Essentially, we’ve designed #exabytes18 to be more convenient for guests, helping ensure that teachers can see more of what they’re interested in - and with our programme set to cover practically every side of edtech, attendees can be absolutely sure of a conference built to suit them.
Right now, we’re taking proposals for sessions at #exabytes18 (get in touch if you’re interested!), but we’re proud to announce a fantastic four keynote speakers set to present sessions across the conference - in alphabetical order:
Phil Bagge: A Computing Master Teacher and contributor to the Computing Curriculum, Phil Bagge has created some truly fantastic resources, books and more, all designed to hugely benefit primary students.
Miles Berry: Subject leader for Computing Education at the University of Roehampton, Miles Berry has worked in a huge range of subject areas, helping to train and develop the next generation of Computing teachers.
Christine Swan: Formerly a secondary Computer Science teachers, Christine Swan works to train Computing teachers at Birmingham City University, while also being a major voice when it comes to improving gender diversity across STEM subjects.
Jane Waite: Working as a major part of Computing at school, Jane Waite provides effective CPD for primary teachers while also carrying out PHD research on the best teaching methods for Computing and Computational Thinking.
There’s a whole lot of reasons to head to #exabytes18 - from tomorrow, we’ll be exploring one every day via our social media channels as part of our #31WaysinMay. Stay tuned for more info!