Durham ICT Services Conference

| March 15, 2013 | 11 Comments 

Durham ICT Services hosted a conference at the Education Development Centre, Spennymoor, investigating the latest developments in ICT, and how its use can make for more effective working, and learning?

With a full programme including ICT Services stands, supplier stands, breakout sessions, and more, the event offered a great opportunity to learn more about the services the team offer, see technology in action, and gain practical advice on how the use of ICT can improve people’s working or school life.

Thank you to Sandra Dowson, Business Development Team and Alli Galloway, Project Co-ordinator, ICT Services for inviting us to contribute to this interesting day.

Break out sessions included demonstrations of iPads in a classroom setting, and support in successfully integrating their use in learning. In addition, elements of iPad management, and how the service can help schools in procuring, deploying and managing their tablet tools.

The conference also welcomed other folk, such as those from business parks; housing associations; and other organisations that Durham ICT Services supply ICT help to. However, the vast majority of delegates were from the school/education arena (head teachers, network managers, IT teachers, School business managers). A chance to consider learning in many contexts.

We have been blessed to be invited to work in the Durham area, a few times before: North Durham ICT To Inspire Project, the Durham ICT To Inspire project: Finchale Primary School, & Durham ICT To Inspire project: Framwellgate Moor Primary School; through to the Durham Primary Headteachers’ Conference 2010 and subsequent feedback workshops as a result of some that input.

Folk round here are doing some REMARKABLE things in the face of challenging times, and misconceptions. We are honoured to know such inventive, inspiring educators.

It just goes to show that with the right stimulus and input, many of the children will write not just because their teacher wants them to, not even because it’s about a computer game, but because they have been challenged and inspired and want to write for themselves.

School and home life is not, and shouldn’t be, all about technology. However, if we, as educators, do not keep up with some of the skills, interests, passions, and playful times of our pupils (those who are lucky enough, it has to be said, to have access to these technologies) then our classrooms will appear stagnant environments, in comparison to their homes.

There was certainly a shared desire to tackle the challenge of pupil engagement today. Well done all.

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  1. Gavin McIntyre says:

    Fantastic presentation Tim. Amazing technology that has been shared but most importantly all put in context with real life examples. Brilliant.

  2. Tim says:

    Thank you Gavin
    Great to meet you today
    We look forward to maybe coming back up and spending some time with your colleagues, and students, as you suggested, to get them up and flying, even further
    Please keep in touch
    Cheers for now
    Tim and Sarah

  3. Danie says:

    Thanks for an inspiring session.

    Look forward to playing ( sorry exploring) the. 88 ideas

  4. Tim says:

    … make sure you do some playing too though eh? 😀

  5. Simon Sheard says:

    Many thanks Tim. That’s the third time I’ve been at a conference of yours and you never fail to come up with creative new ways to inspire, inform and entertain.

  6. Phil Jackman says:

    Great session thanks, inspired me to get back and try that bit harder.

  7. Lois Beshiri says:

    Thank you for today Tim and Sarah. I love your passion when you speak, lots of great, simple, fun ideas to promote learning and that same enthusiasm in children. Loved it. Lots to go away and ponder. Defo going to try panoramas to inspire writing in next weeks literacy and want to get my class blogging asap. We will send you a link when we are up and running. Thanks again. Enjoy being back home. From ‘The shoes!’

  8. Tim says:

    Thanks Phil
    Have fun with whatever you try

  9. Tim says:

    Thank you Lois for all of YOUR enthusiasm today – joyous
    Have fun with whatever you try and please DO let us know how you get on

  10. Rachel Orr says:

    Hi Tim,

    Challenge 2 accepted and hopefully mission accomplished.

    Nothing is ever impossible.

    All you need is an apostrophe and a finger space for IMPOSSIBLE to become I’m possible!!!

    My reflections on a day with Tim Rylands!


    Fab day!

    Rachel @RachelOrr

  11. Tim says:

    Thank you for your write up of the sessions Rachel
    We hope that seeing it twice helped in some way
    (I hope you notice, I made (subtle) differences, because it is always important to keep up to date eh?
    Do keep in touch and let us know what you try out first
    Cheers for now
    Tim and Sarah

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