31 Great Reasons to head to #exabytes18 - Part 1

Heading to #exabytes18

Now in its third fantastic year, #exabytes is the single biggest event in exa.foundation’s calendar, bringing together over 100 teaching professionals from across the country for a full day of incredible activities, CPD sessions and panel discussions. This year, #exabytes18 takes place on the 29th of June, returning to Bradford’s fantastic Midland Hotel, and is set to be even better than last year, with a few key changes designed to make the conference even more rewarding for attendees. Head over to our #exabytes18 EventBrite page to book your tickets today!

We think that if there’s one edtech event you take the time to visit this year, it should be #exabytes18 - but what makes it so special?

If you’ve been following us on Twitter, you’ll probably have seen the first few of our #31WaysinMay, a series taking a quick look at some of the biggest reasons to book a ticket for #exabytes18. Here, we’re going to be getting into those down a bit more, showing you more about why #exabytes is a step above other edtech conferences and events.

If you’d like to find out more about #exabytes18, don’t hesitate to get in touch at info@exa.foundation, through Twitter or at 0345 145 1234!

31 Ways in May

Fantastic Feedback: Over the last two years, we’ve had some truly fantastic feedback from attendees - some of which you can see in the video below. Over the last two years, we’ve developed #exabytes around the feedback we’ve received, with this year’s conference designed to make it easier for attendees to get around and see more of the sessions that they’re interested in, with all events now being held on one floor rather than spread across a large hotel.

Teacher-Led Conferencing: #exabytes is designed by teachers, for teachers. While the event is sponsored by Exa Networks, it’s strictly as a way to give back to the education community, with the entire conference organised by CAS Master Teacher/ exa.foundation head Alan O’Donohoe. As such, everything at #exabytes18 is designed from years of experience to have a genuine, positive impact, like the many other events run across the year by exa.foundation.

Exploring all sides of edtech: When organising #exabytes events, we always want to make sure that absolutely every attendee comes away knowing something that’s both new to them and genuinely useful. As such, we’ll be hosting over 20 fantastic sessions, covering everything from flipped learning to Raspberry Pi, ways to improve digital engagement, and a whole lot more (stay tuned for info about some sessions!)

No Sales Pitches: One of the worst experiences teachers can have at edtech conferences is realising that an event is more of a sales pitch than a genuinely useful session. As such, there’s absolutely no sales pitches at #exabytes - every single session is designed to impart genuinely useful information. In addition, most events are built around free or low-cost edtech, completely minimising costs.

Convenient Timing: Based on feedback from our attendees over the last 2 years, we’re running #exabytes18 on Friday the 29th of June, giving teachers more of a chance to book time out of the classroom (it’s also why we’re starting our marketing for #exabytes now), rather than interfering with exams and critical study periods.

Great Networking Opportunities: With roughly 100 teachers from schools and academies across the UK heading over to #exabytes in Bradford every year, the show offers a truly fantastic opportunity for teachers to meet other educators, building up their network and finding out more about how others use edtech in and around their classrooms.

Great Keynote Speakers - Miles Berry: At #exabytes18, we’re set to have four incredible keynote speakers across the day, each covering a different topic - every week, we’re going to take a look at another of our keynote, the first being Miles Berry, subject leader for Computing Education at the University of Roehampton.

In his talk at #exabytes18, entitled ‘There’s more to Blocks than Scratch’, Miles will be exploring some of the many block-based coding languages, including looks at MakeCode’s physical computing options, the GP Blocks language, and functional programming in Snap! With the talk set to explore the wider field of block-based coding rather than just the standard focus on Scratch, there’s certain to be a lot of fantastic takeaways for secondary teachers as well as those working with primary students.