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NAPE Computing & EDTECH Conference 2016, Oxford

| October 20, 2016 | 2 Comments 


nape-header-1Fantastic to be presenting a keynote for the NAPE Computing & EDTECH Conference 2016, at the Kassam Stadium in Oxford.

NAPE is The National Association for Primary Education. It brings together everyone who has a concern for the learning of children from birth to 13 years. Members and affiliated schools work to improve education through the Early, Primary and Middle Years.

Our keynote focused on enthusing and inspiring learners, including in there of course teachers, using technology.

Technology won’t improve children’s learning without the passion and enthusiasm of those who use it.

We showed how technology can be used to deliver teaching that reaches out to all children and gives them hooks to learn from, how the tools technology delivers can fire their imagination, can entice the reticent learners and can engage the whole class so that learning becomes fun and exciting.


We loved sharing technolgical tools that have proven impact to excite and lift the eyebrows (as well as the writing hand) of even the most reluctant scribbler! Using freely available tools that can be used within 2 minutes in the classroom, with the aim of taking pupils onto another level of creativity and enthusiasm for writing.

Have a look at the great creatures created today, and thank you to our elephant keeper for being so kind.

As always at these events: a huge thank you to Pip Marples and Peter Cansell for coordinating our involvement.

Thank you too to Stuart Swann-Director of the Kassam Conference Programme.

Stuart began his career in primary schools where he was responsible for music and ICT. (Sounds like Mr Rylands) During that time he played a significant role in developing the role of ICT across the curriculum to the point where the subject was considered to be above national expectations. In demand to deliver INSET for the local authority, Stuart moved out of the classroom in 2002 to lead on the curriculum in the City learning Centres in Greenwich.

stuart-swannOver the next ten years, Stuart implemented a number of initiatives to raise standards through the use of technology. These included games based and handheld learning (and a partnership with Nintendo UK), the use of creativity within the curriculum and of LEGO Education products.
Stuart was responsible for the management of both the Apple Regional Training Centre and LEGO Education Centre in his borough.
Stuart is a LEGO® Education Academy Certified Trainer, an Apple Distinguished Educator, an Apple Professional Development Authorised Trainer and a Digital Creator, trainer and assessor and so much more. He is Vice Chair of NAPE

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  • What a school needs to do to meet the statutory requirements.
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Miles BeADE Global Institute 2012 Miles Berryrry,ict (another “BECTA ICT in practice awards” soul like Sarah and Tim) shared the stage with us.

Many have argued that the concepts and approaches of computational thinking have applications beyond computing itself.

Now that computing is firmly established as a subject in many schools, there is a great opportunity for pupils to apply their newly acquired programming skills in the context of some of the other subjects they study. Ranging from Monte Carlo methods for estimating pi, to composing music with Sonic Pi, Miles takes a quick tour of some ways that pupils can practise their programming in meaningful contexts and deepen their knowledge and understanding of other disciplines.

Had good chat with Mark Taylor about Education on Fire.

ed_on_fire_t_shirt2-2Education On Fire is a podcast that interviews teachers and educators. We want to share the creative and inspiring way children are learning today and support you with ideas about how to enhance your own classroom or school. When it goes live, take a listen and hear how vibrant life can be.