Let's Get Phygital 2019 Programme 5th June 3-7pm at CAVC

Teacher Talks

3.00-3.25 Are robots taking our jobs? - DR Esther Barrett, Jisc. This interactive presentation will paint a picture of the modern, evolving workplace, and ask some questions about our delivery for learners. Does our practice support twenty first century students, pupils and apprentices? Are we embedding the digital skills into programmes that enable learners to perform and compete globally? We'll find out if we think we are future fit.

3.30-3.55 Project Wellbot - James Donaldson, Dean of Leaner Journey & Josh Powell, CAVC Student Digital Leader. Using Microsoft Azure and Artificial Intelligence to help create a chatbot named ‘Wellbot’ to help learners with advice, guidance and mental health issues.

4.00-4.25 Learning in Digital Wales Update - Peter Thomas, Senior Online Engagement Manager, Hwb. Find out how Hwb can help Learners and Teachers in Wales with thousands of free, bilingual resources and the latest in world class, cutting-edge digital tools.

4.30-5.25 Game Changer: Minecraft as a Tool for Learning and Teaching - Stephen Reid, Director, Immersive Minds.Exploring the (still fringe) field of games-based learning, using games as tools for curriculum learning and 21st century skills development, Stephen Reid, Director of Immersive Minds will take you through a portfolio of games he uses in 53 countries worldwide, as well as a Minecraft showcase of lessons developed specifically for schools.

5.30-5.55 Deploying technology is easy, said no-one ever! Making decision based on the why not what. - Tom Able-Green, Academia Group. How can we make better informed decision on the use of education technology? A look at some of the relevant important statistics within education and how to use them and how tech can better support the learning environment, including teacher and student workloads and workflow and touching on how essential planning and support is key on the road to success.

6.00-6.25 New Welsh Curriculum - Prof. Tom Crick MBE.

6.30-6.55 Amplifying Student Voice - Paul Watkins, Ysgol Bae Baglan. We will be considering at how tools like Flipgrid be used across the school to amplify student voice, develop confident learners, develop essential skills and provide assessment opportunities.

Education Emporium

3.00-3.30 Makecode and Microbits - Madi Jackson-Jones, Microsoft Coach, CAVC & Kristian Brookes, CAVC Student Digital Leader.

3.30-3.55 Technocamps

4.00-4.25 Utilising O365 to support Effective Development of DCF - James Protheroe, Darran Park

4.30-4.55 Inclusive Learning with Class NoteBook - Callum Paine, Microsoft.

5.00-5.25 Microsoft Teams -  Natalie Williams, Hable

5.30-5.55 Flipgrid - Paul Watkins, Ysgol Bae Baglan

6.00-7.00 Minecraft Education - Stephen Reid, Immersive Minds.

Teacher Tools

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Class Notebook and Immersive Reader



Play Pen

Academia group devices and BYOD options for education https://www.academia.co.uk/
HP VR headsets and devices
The Big Learning Company - Lego robotics
HWB team

Virtual Village

Have a go on a Microsoft Hololens and Google Cardboard.

Microsoft Test Fest - Get Microsoft certified during the conference with Prodigy Learning.

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Speaker Biographies

James Donaldson, Dean of Leaner Journey, CAVC - James has worked in education for over 10 years, having completed his PGCE, he is currently undertaking an MA in ALN, Wellbeing and Educational Leadership. He is a Helen Sanderson Associates accredited Person Centred Review trainer, Microsoft Innovative Educator, Apple Teacher, policy adviser, and a guest lecturer in a higher education and Head of Department, responsible for ALN, Wellbeing, Counselling, Safeguarding and HE support.

Dr Esther Barrett, Jisc - "s a Jisc subject specialist in digital practice, Esther has been closely involved with the digital literacy movement and the development of a national digital strategy for the post 16 sectors in Wales. She offers consultancy and training in such areas as employability, apprenticeship digital delivery, blended learning and assessment, and digital capability. Esther has been working in education for 20 years. From teaching literacy and ESOL in the community she went on to design courses, train teachers and expand learning opportunities on a regional learning network project. As an eLearning advisor with Jisc Wales she supported the ACL and voluntary sectors. She has a PhD in education and online language.

Madeleine Jackson-Jones, Microsoft Coach, CAVC. - Madeleine Jackson-Jones is a Microsoft Academy Coach here at Cardiff and Vale College. Madeleine’s role consists of general Office 365 training alongside training for various other Microsoft and IT based platforms and software's. Microsoft exams can be set up and invigilated by Madeleine to allow users to gain accredited Microsoft certifications. Madeleine has been an MIE-Expert and has held this status for the past four years due to her day to day use of Microsoft and digital tools in the classroom environment.

Tom Able-Green, Academia Group - Tom is a value driven leader in his field, on a mission to ensure educational institutions harness the potential of technology to enrich the learning experience within and beyond the classroom. Tom has directly supported technology in education for many years working with leadership teams to make highly informed value driven decisions about introducing, integrating and innovating teaching and learning with technologies. He has enormous strategic, financial, technical, logistical and pedagogical expertise which directly benefits education establishments with whom he engages. He has been the driving force behind some of the most prominent deployments of mobile technologies in schools across the UK, many of which are now recognised as lighthouse case studies for the education sector.

Stephen Reid, Immersive Minds - Stephen is the Mind behind Immersive Minds. He has been pioneering the use of technology as a tool for learning for almost twenty years, and has dedicated his career to exploring, piloting and advocating its use in schools around the world. He leads the Immersive Minds team of educators, coders and builders in creating innovative, transformative learning experiences and resources.

Paul Watkins, Ysgol Bae Baglan - Currently the acting leader of digital learning at Microsoft Showcase School, Ysgol Bae Baglan. Paul is a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, Microsoft Certified Educator, Master Trainer, Skype Master Teacher Mentor and Flipgrid Student Voice Ambassador & Grid Guide. Earlier this year Paul was invited by BETT to present in the Arena on "Digital Tools To Amplify Student Voices" as well as daily in the Microsoft Learn Live Theatre on how tools like Flipgrid and Skype can nurture citizenship and empathy.

Prof. Tom Crick MBE, Professor of Digital Education & Policy, Swansea University - I’m Professor of Digital Education & Policy at Swansea University, having previously spent a number of years at the University of Bath and Cardiff Metropolitan University. Whilst my disciplinary background is in computer science and informatics, my research interests (see publications) are naturally interdisciplinary and sit at the research/public policy interface: STEM education, digital pedagogies, curriculum reform, data science, intelligent systems, software sustainability, digital transformations, public service innovation and skills/infrastructure for the digital economy. In the past, I was the Nesta Data Science Fellow (2013-2015), developing approaches to embedding data science capability into government for more effective data-driven policymaking. I have previously been a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellow (2015), an HEA National Teaching Fellow (2014), a Fellow of the Software Sustainability Institute (2014) and a Science Media Fellow (2011) with BBC Wales. In June 2017, I was appointed MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for “services to computer science and the promotion of computer science education”.

Peter Thomas, Senior Online Engagement Manager, Hwb - Peter Thomas is an experienced teacher and trainer, with over 20 years' service in the Welsh education sector. He has been a member of the Welsh Government's Hwb team since 2012 when the project began. He has trained thousands of education practitioners across Wales in using a wide range of digital tools and resources in the classroom and still retains his enthusiasm for all things tech!


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