Speakers

  • Ian Fordham

    Director of Education, Microsoft UK

    Ian is Director of Education for Microsoft in the UK. He leads Microsoft's work with schools, colleges, universities and other learning organisations across the UK. He is also a Mayor of London Technology Ambassador & Advisory Board member of Edtech UK.

    He was previously CEO of Edtech UK, a strategic body set up to accelerate the growth of the UK's education technology sector in Britain & globally; Co-founder of The Education Foundation & Director of the Edtech Incubator.

    He has advised numerous global companies; government departments: the Department for Education (DfE), Department for Business Innovation & Skills, Cabinet Office & Number 10. He has led 3 Edtech trade missions to the USA & Israel and planned and delivered Britain's first Education Reform Summits in 2014-2016.

     

    Ian  Fordham

    Sessions with Ian Fordham:

    • Keynote: A new job description - the evolving role of the contemporary headteacher

      Along with policy-makers, effective education leaders must rethink the nature of primary and secondary schooling so that the education experience is more relevant for today's and tomorrow's pupils and better aligned to industry and community needs.

  • Professor Judy Robertson

    Chair in Digital Learning / Research Lead in Education, Teaching and Leadership, University of Edinburgh

    Judy Robertson is professor of Digital Learning at the University of Edinburgh. She is a computer scientist, with sixteen years of experience in designing and evaluating children’s technology in the classroom. She has particular interests in game based learning and innovative methods for teaching computational thinking to children.

    Professor Judy Robertson

    Sessions with Professor Judy Robertson:

    • Transitioning from 'old school' to contemporary digital environment

      Judy will talk about plans currently in development to give school learners in the Edinburgh city region an opportunity to learn the intellectual and technical skills to be part of the new data-driven economy.

  • Sheila MacNeill

    Senior Lecturer in Digital Learning, Glasgow Caledonian University, Vice Chair of Association for Learning Technology

    Sheila is a Senior Lecturer in Digital Learning and is part of the Academic Development Team. Sheila's remit covers strategic direction, pedagogic guidance and practical support to staff in embedding digital learning across the curriculum as well as supporting a range of staff CPD opportunities. Sheila also works with colleagues across the University to support the development of approaches open education practice.

    Open-ness is at the heart of Sheila’s professional practice and she regularly blogs about her adventures and musing in and around the use of technology in education at howsheilaseesit.wordpress.com. Sheila is a Trustee and current Vice Chair of ALT (Association for Learning Technology) and a previous winner of the ALT Learning Technologist of the Year.

    Sheila MacNeill

    Sessions with Sheila MacNeill:

    • Masterclass: Raising the bar - creating confident users of technology in the classroom

      How can headteachers create a vision that helps inspire and transform teacher confidence and in the process learning practice. Participants will be exposed to examples that articulate vision; lead to creation of a culture of learning that has benefited the whole school community.

  • Derek Robertson

    Head of Undergraduate Programmes, University of Dundee

    Derek's career in education has seen him work as a primary school teacher, an ICT staff tutor in a council education department, a lecturer at the University of Dundee, as the National Adviser for Emerging Technologies and Learning with Scottish Government’s educational agencies and now back at the University of Dundee as a member of the lecturing/research team at the School of Education, Social Work and Community Education.

    A major aspect of Derek’s work has been involved with exploring and articulating just how computer game-based learning can have a positive impact on children’s learning experiences and to this end he established Learning and Teaching Scotland’s Consolarium initiative, which was aimed at exploring how the challenging, demanding and culturally relevant and appealing world of the computer game could play a valid and worthwhile part in Scottish pupils’ educational experiences. His work is widely recognised as something that has helped change the discourse around the purpose and place of computer games in education.

    Currently he is looking much closer into how social media is being embraced by schools and also at sandbox games such as Minecraft, in terms of the learning paradigm that enables learner self-determination, self-assessment and self-improvement that appears to occur naturally in the such environments and how this can be exploited and transferred into how schools present learning to learners. His grounded approach to any use of technology always makes him ask just what the positive impact there is on learning and he is passionately convinced that appropriate and informed use of computer games and other culturally learning digital contexts can most certainly have that desired impact

    Derek  Robertson

    Sessions with Derek Robertson :

    • Masterclass: How can Minecraft and game-based learning raise pupil attainment?

      How Minecraft and game-based learning promotes creativity, collaboration and problem-solving. There's no limit to imagination or use in the classroom. This best-practice session covers primary, secondary and virtual learning settings.

  • Tavish Scott MSP

    Scottish Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Education and Sport (TBC)

    In 1999, Tavish Scott was elected as the Member of the Scottish Parliament for Shetland and he was re-elected in 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2016.

    Tavish was the Deputy Minister for Parliament from 1 November 2000 until 9 March 2001.

    He subsequently held the post of Deputy Minister for Finance, Public Services and Parliamentary Business from 21st May 2003 until 29th June 2005.

    Tavish joined the Scottish Cabinet on 29th June 2005 when he was appointed Minister for Transport, a post he held until May 2007.

    From May 2007 until August 2008, Tavish was Liberal Democrat Shadow Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth, and also Convenor of the Scottish Parliament’s Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee.

    In August 2008, Tavish was elected Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats. He resigned as Leader in May 2011.

    From May 2011 until the recent election, Tavish was the Scottish Liberal Democrat Spokesman for Transport, Rural Affairs, Fisheries, Environment and Sport. He was also a member of the Scottish Parliament’s Public Audit Committee and Referendum Committee and he is also a member of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association.

    Since his re-election in May 2016, Tavish has been the Scottish Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Education and Sport as well as holding the European brief. He currently sits on the Education & Skills Committee and the Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Relations Committee.

    Tavish Scott MSP

    Sessions with Tavish Scott MSP :

    • The Summit Review: Cross-Party Panel discussion

      Cross-party political panel acts as a summary of day's proceedings, current policy priorities; includes questions from delegates.

  • Ross Greer MSP

    Green Spokesperson for Education & Skills

    Ross  Greer MSP

    Sessions with Ross Greer MSP:

    • The Summit Review: Cross-Party Panel discussion

      Cross-party political panel acts as a summary of day's proceedings, current policy priorities; includes questions from delegates.

  • Natalie Burgess

    Microsoft Teacher Ambassador

    Natalie  Burgess

    Sessions with Natalie Burgess:

    • Masterclass: Blended learning - the best of both

      How do you create a Blended Learning Environment in the classroom with minimal technology?

  • Catherine Cunningham

    Headteacher, Kirkton of Largo Primary School (invited)

    Catherine Cunningham

    Sessions with Catherine Cunningham :

    • Are you Glow-ing or Glow-ering?

      With 150,000 active users, 38,000 learners and teachers Yammering every day and a Yammer group consisting of 1,000 head teachers to discuss increasing attainment ideas… Glow is absolutely glowing.

  • Dr Jim Hamill

    Director Future Digital Leaders

    Dr Jim  Hamill

    Sessions with Dr Jim Hamill :

    • Panel: Digitalisation, jobs and growth - the growing demand for digital skills

      Most professions will include a digital element and require the appropriate skills. Are we equipping pupils with the skills required for the future and making them aware of the opportunities beyond the school confines; engaging with industry to ensure our pupils are work ready?

  • Michelle Ballantyne MSP

    Conservative Spokesperson for Childcare and Early Years

    Michelle trained at the Princess Alexandra School of Nursing at the London Hospital before moving into health service management, first in finance and then general management. Since 2005 she has worked in the voluntary sector, heading up drug and alcohol support services, and children and young people’s services. She is also a director of the manufacturing company she set up with her husband in 1990.
    In 2012 Michelle was first elected as a local councillor on Scottish Borders Council, leading the Conservative Party Group. She was re-elected in 2017. 

    Michelle  Ballantyne MSP

    Sessions with Michelle Ballantyne MSP:

    • The Summit Review: Cross-Party Panel discussion

      Cross-party political panel acts as a summary of day's proceedings, current policy priorities; includes questions from delegates.

  • Andrew Nagle

    UK Education CTO, Microsoft UK

    Andrew  Nagle

    Sessions with Andrew Nagle :

    • Panel: Digitalisation, jobs and growth - the growing demand for digital skills

      Most professions will include a digital element and require the appropriate skills. Are we equipping pupils with the skills required for the future and making them aware of the opportunities beyond the school confines; engaging with industry to ensure our pupils are work ready?

  • Laura Paterson

    Schools Trainer (ICT Skills), Digital Technology in Education Fife Council

    Laura  Paterson

    Sessions with Laura Paterson :

    • Masterclass: Save your teachers’ time and improve pupil outcomes

      How can we best harness web-based tools to assess and monitor real-time pupil progress; enthuse learners and help overcome learning obstacles and create 21st century learners. This session will examine how we maximise teacher time to support learners - within and without the classroom.

  • Andreas Schleicher

    Director for Education and Skills, and Special Advisor on Education Policy, OECD (invited)

    Andreas  Schleicher

    Sessions with Andreas Schleicher:

    • Closing Keynote: Improving Schools in Scotland - An OECD Perspective

      Scotland has a historic high regard for education and teachers but, with recent PISA results in mind, what can be done - or needs to be done - for Scotland's education system to be world leading once again?

  • Keith Aitken

    Broadcaster & Journalist

    Keith Aitken is an award-winning journalist, author, broadcaster and one of Scotland’s busiest conference facilitators.  In 1995, after more than 15 years’ on The Scotsman in senior editorial roles (notably Parliamentary Correspondent, Industrial Editor, Chief Leader Writer) he launched a successful freelance business and has since written for numerous UK and overseas publications, not least as a columnist for The Herald, Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday, and Holyrood Magazine.

    He currently writes a weekly column, now in its 17th year, in the Scottish Daily Express, for which he also compiles a weekly prize crossword and reviews opera.  Keith is Scotland Correspondent for Public Finance magazine, author of a critically acclaimed history of the Scottish labour movement, and has worked extensively as a BBC radio presenter. He is a visiting lecturer at Edinburgh Napier University, and a Trustee of the National Mining Museum of Scotland.

     

    Keith Aitken

    Sessions with Keith Aitken:

    • Chair's Opening Remarks

      Welcome and introduction.

    • Closing comments and thanks

Join Us

24 November 2017 Edinburgh The Scottish Parliament - EH99 1SP United Kingdom

Education Leaders' Summit

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