The Education Innovation Conference and Exhibition will take place for the second time at Manchester Central on 27-28 February 2014, building on a successful launch event back in March last year.
Education professionals are under an enormous amount of pressure at the best of times and the most important things are that students can achieve, with teachers continuing to adapt and improve the ways that they work. Technology can help with this or it can be a white elephant that gets in the way of effective teaching and learning. There is no point investing in expensive equipment if it is not going to enhance education or make the running of educational institutions more productive and efficient.
The theme of EICE is ‘achievement through innovation’. Achievement is critical and the event is designed to offer visitors crucial advice, tips and ideas that will enable them to make the most out of existing innovation, as well as lead, teach and procure more innovatively. There will be three streams of content: raising achievement through innovation in teaching and learning; raising achievement through innovation in leadership; and raising achievement though innovation in infrastructure.
The free event provides school leaders, business managers and teachers with advice, training and guidance when it comes to integrating innovation and technology into learning. This will come in the form of CPD training, access to inspirational keynote speakers, practical workshops and an exhibition of over 100 solution providers.
New features for 2014 will include a dedicated ‘innovation in practice’ centre where teachers, educators, business managers and network managers will showcase the latest ideas and demonstrate how they are put to practical use to raise achievement. It will also include a new EdTech Pavilion where entrepreneurial start-up edtech companies will have a chance to meet education professionals and refine their offerings to suit the needs of education.
Ninety-six percent of visitors to the 2013 event said that the conference was “excellent” or “good”, with one visitor noting that they had had a “fantastic day” and that “it was great to see so many teachers, companies and other professionals passionate about bringing such innovation to the classroom and ensuring children of all ages are digitally prepared for the world”. Alan O’Donohoe, head of ICT at Our Lady Catholic School, described it as “undoubtedly the best edu show Manchester has held yet”.
Confirmed speakers for the show in February include the head of ICT inspection at OFSTED, David Brown, Tim Rylands, Toby Young, Russell Prue and Vic Goddard, plus contributions from government ministers, DfE, EFA, BBC Learning, FASNA and more. The event will also include advice hubs from Eskills, Computing at School, AMiE, EduGeek and Naace.
Free registration is live at www.educationinnovation.co.uk where you can also nominate your institution for an Education Innovation Award.
Free advice sessions
Areas covered at Education Innovation include:
- Improving your OFSTED performance
- Guidance on implementing the new curriculum
- E-safety and dealing with cyberbullying for all ages
- Technology helping adult learning and training
- Mobile learning, tablets and BYOD
- More effective use of MIS/cloud computing/data management
- More effective and efficient procurement of technology
- Change management and CPD training teaching computing
- Technology supporting dyslexia and autism
- Technology to help governance
Sharing the bill
Education Innovation is running alongside:
- iThink therefore iPad? 2014
- iThink Therefore iLearn?
- Raspberry Jamboree 2014
Education Innovation Conference and Exhibition, Manchester Central Conference Centre, Thur 27-Fri 28 February 2014 W: www.educationinnovation.co.uk, @EICEManchester, #EICE