Animate 2 Educate Dream Team Conference, Newcastle

| June 5, 2015 | 1 Comment 

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A massive well done to Martin Bailey of Animate 2 Educate for gathering together “The Dream Team – The Ultimate Primary Computing XI'” at the Newcastle Utd, Bamburgh Suite, St.James’ Park, Newcastle. “On the ‘ead mate!”

Martin Bailey is the director of Animate 2 Educate Ltd and works with schools in the North East of England and beyond delivering pupil workshops and staff training sessions on all aspects of Primary Computing.

Martin BaileyAt their 2014 conference, Animate 2 Educate were delighted to have Tim Rylands and Sarah Neild as their keynote speakers and feedback from delegates in attendance that day was excellent. Of 75 feedback forms completed, 74 of them scored Tim and Sarah 5 out of 5 . . . . the other gave them a 4! Acting on feedback from delegates, it was clear that people wanted Tim and Sarah to return for the 2015 conference and also for them to be joined in the North East by other top quality presenters.

This was a full on event, kicking off in style and continuing in a game of two halves, where everyone was the winner.

“Animate 2 Educate are delighted to bring to the North East eleven of the best speakers in the world of Primary Computing, for what is sure to be a magnificent event. Back by popular demand from the 2014 Conference is the truly inspirational Tim Rylands and he will be joined by names such as Miles Berry, Dughall McCormick, Lee Parkinson and many many more!”

CGKQNTEWwAA8RtWAnimate 2 Educate like to think big, and rather than just simply going with two or three keynote presenters, they decided to try and put a whole team of speakers together from the amazing people who they had seen present throughout the UK.

From this initial idea, ‘Dream Team’ was born and with the kind backing of official sponsor Rising Stars, the Ultimate Primary Computing XI was soon assembled.

Kicking things off in the Dream Team XI is North East headteacher Rachel Orr who described her journey towards a digital school and ended her presentation with a stunning operatic performance! Glorious musical style with her wondrous voice.

Rachel OrrRachel says:- “When I first took up my post as head teacher of Holy Trinity Rosehill VA CE Primary School in September 2013 there were pockets of technology but no whole school approach. Shiny tech alienated some staff and it became an add-on to learning and I discovered we had very expensive tech kit sitting the cupboard with very few people knowing how to use it.

For me, this is when we began our journey towards becoming a digital school.

Rachel OrrBeing a digital school is not necessarily about how many iPads you have. It’s about looking at ways in which we can simplify technology and embed it across the curriculum and into the everyday fabric of learning. It’s not an add-on.

We needed to peel back layers and look at what our common ground was and where the expertise lay in order to reORRganise how we were moving fORRward. We needed an all inclusive approach looking at children, staff, governors and parents. Changing staff responsibilities by using their expertise was at the fORRfront of the big shift in mindset. An all for one, one for all approach. We have streamlined systems for children, staff, governors and parents and continue to evaluate and refine our practices.

We still have further to go and continue to share in the good practice of others to improve our own learning. Exciting times ahead for everyone.

Dughall McCormickDughall McCormick – explored what it means to be ‘Educating the Digital Citizens of Tomorrow’ ~

Dughall presented a session entitled ‘Educating the Digital Citizens of Tomorrow’. Whilst deftly mixing the light-hearted and the serious, Dughall spoke about current trends in young people’s use of social media and the responsibility we have to ensure that they are best prepared for an ever-changing world. He reminded us that we are responsible for making sure they are both safe and ‘literate’ in a world where digital literacy is perhaps more important than ever.

Steve BunceIn his usual humourous style, Steve Bunce chortled us through a session entitled ‘Blankety Blank – Developing Computing in Your School Using Blank or Blankety Blank’

Steve entertained the audience with his session on ‘Bees’. Linking computational thinking to a bees theme, he used drawings, songs, flowcharts and bells to explain about key concepts. Steve has been working with schools to support computing and has co-written resources for schools with the ‘Scholastic 100 Computing’ series and a new book from Bloomsbury ‘100 ideas for primary teachers’, released this August. He caused quite a buzz!

Andrea Carr Andrea Carrof Rising Stars Edu who were sponsoring the event, gave a quick background to their involvement “I’ve always jumped at the chance of travelling up to the North East. Some of my favourite people live there and the schools and teachers I meet always give me a booster shot of energy, enthusiasm and real life. This event was all about learning from the best in primary computing with an impressive dream team taking to the stage. The introduction of computing into the curriculum is one of the most important changes in education we’ve seen in over 20 years.When Rising Stars were asked to sponsor the day I was delighted; it was four yeses from me!”

Bob HarrisonBob Harrison shared how ‘Using Technology to Enhance Learning is Not Rocket Science . . . it’s Much Harder Than That’ ~ ” In his usual provocative,yet humorous way, Bob challenged delegates to become paradigm pioneers and rethink the use of technology for teaching and learning in his presentation “Will Investment in ICT improve learning outcomes-is the WRONG question” Instead we should be asking “what is the opportunity cost of NOT investing in the digital skills of our teachers and learners in an increasingly competitive and digital world”

Miles BerryMiles Berry shared his throughts on How to Teach Primary Computing’ In addition to his day job, training the next generation of outstanding teachers at the University of Roehampton, Miles has been a driving force in designing and implementing the primary computing curriculum. He’s the author of the BETT and ERA award winning Switched on Computing scheme from Rising Stars, adopted now by around 5000 schools. He wrote the primary curriculum guidance notes and the DfE funded QuickStart computing handbook. He’s consulted on the Barefoot Computing Project and for Code Club Pro, Microsoft and the BBC. Miles is also taking the computing message abroad: in the last year he’s visited Ljubljana, Brussels, Madrid, Seoul and Singapore.

Lee ParkinsonLee Parkinson got creative exploring ‘Bringing the Curriculum Alive Using Augmented Reality’ This presentation demonstrated how Augmented Reality can enhance and inspire learning across the curriculum. Showing different apps that will inspire writing through producing real WOW moments in class, such as Quiver, AR Effects and StARz AR. Lee proudly shared the wonderful work children created using these apps as a stimulus.

Lee ParkinsonHe then looked at how other AR apps allow you to create your own Augmented Reality. Focusing mainly on Aurasma, Lee shared how his classes have turned displays interactive, brought home-reading books alive, flipped the classroom and even decorated his house with Augmented Reality!

David AndrewsDavid Andrews‘ session was entitled “Show Me Something That Matters, Not That Glitters!” How can technology be used to transform learning outcomes for children? This presentation explored the role of mobile technology in schools and how it can make a genuine impact on learning, if schools have a strong, clear understanding and purposeful end goal, of how technology can (or can’t in some cases) support their work as well as keeping to what matters: teaching, learning and progress. The role of technology in the home was explored and how this led to genuine transformation on teaching and learning in the classroom. Examples of cross curricular projects from the classroom were shared and how the use of technology enabled instant access to real audiences for meaningful feedback.

Also covered were examples of schools David hassupported through INSETs and classroom based CPD (EYFS to Year 6) on a whole school approach, underpinned by spoken language, which was developed for the National Literacy Trust on using mobile technology to impact on writing standards.

Peter RaffertyPeter Rafferty took us ‘From Wooden Plank to Golden Room’ to complete a stunning team!

Peter spoke about how teachers and pupils inspire each other to create a purpose for using technology. These people can be called Firestones because their enthusiasm to try things that are different and creative.
The keypad on the hotel door in Porto was the moment when Peter recognised that there are teachers who find the whole concept of technology and using it as part of their classrooms scary because they don’t know what to do.
Mixed in with this was done with particular reference to his own school and Liverpool Football Club and especially Djimi Traore!

CGKPVFJWUAA_NoBIn addition to this brilliant line-up of speakers, there was also a large market hall, allowing us to view products from many of the top educational companies in the UK.

On the eve of the Conference, last night, Animate 2 Educate also held their very own TeachMeet-style event ‘Talk on the Tyne – A Night of Geet Canny Teaching Ideas’. This was held at The Jury’s Inn Hotel (Gateshead Quayside) and was a FREE event. It featured a keynote presentation from Mr Ideas Factory himself (Julian S Wood), and the event also gave the opportunity for teachers and small businesses to share teaching ideas through a series of short presentations.

The 2014 Animate 2 Educate Summer Conference was a complete sell out and tickets for the 2015 sold fast. Here’s to the next one!

Over 250 people booked to attend the two events and whilst there are people from all parts of the UK attending, Animate 2 Educate is delighted that the events are so heavily supported by the schools in the North East whom they work with throughout the year. It is not always easy for North East teachers to be able to travel the long distances to London for BETT or Birmingham for the Education Show etc and so Animate 2 Educate is therefore delighted to bring to the North East a line-up that rivals anything in the UK in 2015!

A fantastic event on the doorstep for North East schools and a chance to give a warm Geordie welcome to those from outside the region!

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  1. Angela says:

    Wow – a fantastic session today, so much to take away. There’s now so much I really want to do! Thanks for the inspiration.
    Please can you remind me where I will find the materials.

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