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Naace Strategic Conference 2015 - Conference Speakers

Author: Steff Ellis
Details of the Keynote Speakers on Thursday 26 March at the Naace Strategic Conference 2015

 


Day 2:

Keynote Speakers

 

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Margaret Low

Margaret Low is a Principal Teaching Fellow in WMG, at the University of Warwick. She is a computer scientist, interested in physical computing, exploring the interface between computers and people, and the relationship between hardware and software.  Over the last 25 years, she’s been involved in the design, development and implementation of engineering applications and the teaching of software development in WMG.  She co-ordinates a range of outreach activities in local primary and secondary schools, and in 2008 setup the Technology Volunteers Project to enable undergraduate students to run technology related workshops in local schools.  

 

 

 

 

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Bob Usher

Bob Usher is the Content Manager for the London Grid for Learning Trust and has responsibility for leading the development of the LGfL portfolio of over 125 separate online learning resources. He chairs the LGfL Editorial Board which serves London schools by commissioning new resources from both the commercial sector and oversees the expansion of a wide range of partnerships with regional and national institutions.

An increasing number of resources are internally produced by LGfL and are made available across the National Education Network; Bob films, edits and produces all the video content for LGfL and project manages the development and delivery of each new learning resource for LGfL.

Bob is also the chair of National Education Teaching and Learning group which seeks to make available resources of national significance to all schools connected to their Regional Learning Grid.

 

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Liz Sproat

Liz Sproat is Google's Head of Education for Europe, Middle East and Africa. With more than 15 years' experience in education, Liz is responsible for working with universities and schools to bring technology into the classroom. 

Prior to moving to Google, Liz was based in Dubai working as Vice President for K12 for Pearson Education. In that role Liz collaborated with Ministries in the UAE, Saudi and Nigeria to develop national professional development and digital programmes.

 

 

 

 

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Sophie Pendrell

Sophie Pendrell is part of the Learning Team for Technology Will Save Us, with over 20 years experience working in many aspects of digital media including educational interactive installations work. She has been a master and degree level Tutor in Contemporary Media and is a trained Primary school teacher as well as a Forest School Leader.  She is well versed in learning in and out of the classroom, connecting young people simultaneously to the great outdoors and the fast moving world of technology.

 

 

 

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Ian Lynch

Ian Lynch was a member of the SLT that set up the first CTC and was Curriculum Director for maths and science at the CTC Trust which became the SSAT. He has extensive experience as an OfSTED Registered Inspector, assessor of the NPQH and has managed the installation of large scale computer networks nationally and internationally. As Chief Assessor at TLM, NAACE's partner in the Computing Baseline Testing Project, he has supported over 55,000 learners with free on-line testing as an initial step in "post levels" KS3 assessment.

 

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Dan Sutch

Head of Development Research at social investor and grant maker Nominet Trust, Dan works to increase the social value of the Trust’s grant making through defining investment programmes; building partnerships; exploring the conditions for social innovation, and understanding where the design and use of digital technology can be most effective for social good.

Dan has been actively researching education and technology for over ten years as a teacher and a researcher. Before joining Nominet Trust, Dan was the Head of Development at Futurelab, where he worked with a range of organisations to create resources to support innovative approaches to teaching and learning. His research has focused on the use of technology to support learning, with a particular focus on the processes of change and innovation. 

 

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Michael Brennan

Born in Canada in 1990, Michael Brennan moved with his family to Essex where he attended St. Osyth C of E Primary School followed by The Colne Sport’s College. Age 12 after extensive bullying Michael and his family moved to Berwick-upon-Tweed where he attended Berwick Academy. In 2008 Michael became Head Boy of Berwick Academy and trained as a learning mentor, where he always received a National Rotarian Award for services to reporting bullying. In 2009 Michael went to University in Edinburgh where he studied Business Management and received a BA First with Honours.

 Whilst at University Michael continued to work in Primary and Secondary as a learning mentor, studying in depth, the bullying reporting culture of all ages. In 2012 Michael Brennan developed the first anti-bullying application, which allowed students to report incidents of bullying, safely and anonymously, directly to their schools. In the two years that Michael developed and tested tootoot in Primary and Secondary schools, Michael was able to increase reporting capabilities. Michael Launched tootoot in January 2015 and is currently rolling out to schools across the UK. Since Launching tootoot have partnered with the Anti-Bullying Alliance and the National Children’s Bureau, with Michael recently being invited to join the Selection committee of the National Children’s Bureau.

 

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Roger Broadie

Roger Broadie has very wide experience and is a leading expert in helping schools get the maximum impact on learning from technology. He is the Naace Lead for the 3rd Millennium Learning Award. In his 30+ years of working at the forefront of technology in education he has worked with a huge range of leading schools, education organisations and policy makers.. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Paul Beech

Paul is the co-founder of Pimoroni and wants to encourage everyone to tinker. He designed the Raspberry Pi Logo and the Pibow case. He has been involved in over $1million of crowd-funding projects including Flotilla, Slice, HDMIPi and the UK's first Kickstarter, Picade. He flew far enough in 2014 to go around the world.

 

Naace Strategic Conference 2015 - Conference Speakers
Details of the Keynote Speakers on Thursday 26 March at the Naace Strategic Conference 2015