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 leader in a digital age

      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.

    • Education Leaders' Summit: Round Up

      This session will bring the Summit to a close drawing upon the highlights of the day.

  • 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:

    • Opening Keynote: Transitioning from 'old school' to contemporary digital environment

      Judy's presentation will also provide an overview of plans currently in development to give school learners in the Edinburgh city region the opportunity to learn the intellectual and technical skills to be part of the new data - driven economy .

  • Paul Zealey

    Skills Planning Lead, Skills Development Scotland

    Paul is Skills Planning Lead at Skills Development Scotland, and has lead responsibility for the national skills agency’s strategic relationships within his city region and for oversight of key sectors including digital/ICT. Paul has worked in economic development in Scotland for 25 years, both as an independent consultant and with leadership roles in Scottish Enterprise, CSV and the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. His non-executive directorships include Digital Xtra, Scotland’s pioneering digital skills charity.

    Paul  Zealey

    Sessions with Paul Zealey:

    • 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?

  • Sheila MacNeill

    Senior Lecturer in Digital Learning, Glasgow Caledonian University, 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 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:

    • 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? (Video Link)

      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.

  • Iain Gray MSP

    Scottish Labour Party Education, Skills and Science Spokesperson

    Iain spent his early years in Edinburgh before his family moved to Inverness. He went to George Watson’s College in Edinburgh, then the Royal Academy in Inverness, where he was awarded the school dux before returning to study Physics at Edinburgh University.

    He taught Maths and Physics in Edinburgh before leaving to teach in an agricultural technical school in Mozambique.

    After seven years as a teacher trying to support young people to make the best of their opportunities, and twelve years with Oxfam organising for social justice and against poverty around the world, Iain stood for the Scottish Parliament because he believed that it represented the best opportunity to make his own country fairer and more successful.

    He has held four different Ministerial posts, including Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning, alongside Donald Dewar, Henry McLeish and Jack McConnell. He also spent four years as a Special Adviser to the then Secretary of State for Scotland, Alistair Darling. The experience gave him a unique understanding of how devolution works.

    Iain became MSP for East Lothian in 2007 and was Leader of Labour in the Scottish Parliament from September 2008 to December 2011. He served as the party’s Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Finance between July 2013 and December 2014 when he became Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning.

    Outside of politics, Iain is a passionate Hibs supporter and Chair of the Hibernian Community Foundation. He also enjoys reading, music and films.

    Iain  Gray MSP

    Sessions with Iain Gray MSP :

    • Cross-Party Panel discussion

      Cross-party political panel acts as a summary of day's proceedings. This session brings together MSPs from across the political spectrum to debate current education priorities. Includes questions from delegates.

  • Dr Jim Hamill

    Director Future Digital Leaders

    With over 30 years' International Management experience, Dr Jim Hamill is widely recognised as a leading expert on social media strategy development and implementation.

    Jim has successfully delivered on a broad range of consultancy assignments around the World, with clients ranging from SMEs to multinational organisations such as the World Bank, United Nations Centre on Transnational Corporations, Economist Intelligence Unit, International Labor Office, Russian Foundation for SME Development, Malta Tourism Authority, the European Union, Scottish Enterprise, Visit Scotland, National Trust, Glasgow City Council, and many others.

    Currently Business Fellow at the University of Strathclyde Business School, Jim has held Visiting Professorships or delivered Senior Executive Programmes in the US, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, China, Norway, Italy, Lithuania, Latvia, France, Iceland, Malta, Russia, the United Arab Emirates and Oman.

    Author of several books and numerous papers, he is owner and director of Energise 2-0, a leading social media strategy consultancy. He is a fully accredited EU ICT/e- Business Expert. With 4,500 Twitter followers and blog page views exceeding 10,000 visits per month, Jim is internationally recognised as a leader in his field. He has received 300 Linkedin endorsements for his work in Digital Marketing and Social Media.

    In 2010, Jim was voted the ‘Most Innovative Lecturer of the Year’ by students at the University of Strathclyde for successfully redesigning the student learning experience around the use of social technologies. He is passionate about the role new technology can play in enhancing learning.

    When not working (which is very seldom), Jim’s two main hobbies are playing with his grandson, Liam, and football (watching, no longer play).

    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?

  • Paul Nisbet

    Director, CALL Scotland University of Edinburgh

    Paul Nisbet is a Senior Research Fellow and Director of CALL Scotland, The University of Edinburgh. CALL (Communication, Access, Literacy and Learning) Scotland is the Scottish centre of excellence in the application of ICT to support pupils with additional support needs.

    Paul has an engineering background and is involved in CALL's assessment and support service for pupils, with a particular responsibility for access technology for pupils with physical disabilities; and for technology to enable students with dyslexia or literacy difficulties access the curriculum.

    Paul has initiated a number of innovative national developments to help pupils engage with curriculum for excellence, such as:

    • Development, evaluation and introduction of SQA Digital Question Papers for candidates with disabilities and additional support needs.
    • Scotland-wide provision of 'Heather' and 'Stuart', high quality Scottish computer voices from Cereproc, a world-leading speech synthesis firm in Edinburgh. Young people with visual, reading or learning difficulties, or English as a second language, can read digital resources with support from text-to-speech, while people with communication impairment can use the voices to speak using electronic communication aids.
    • Heather and Stuart were joined by Ceitidh, the world's first Scottish Gaelic computer voice, in November 2015.
    • Distribution of WordTalk, Rod Macaulay's free text-to-speech program for reading Microsoft Word documents.
    • The Books for All programme and Database, which are helping schools and pupils make and access learning resources in accessible, alternative formats.
    • Paul is one of the inventors of the award-winning Smart Wheelchair, a powered wheelchair control system for people with severe disabilities who cannot drive conventional chairs. It can be driven with a wide range of switches and controls and has a track following capability; collision sensors; and speech feedback. The Smart wheelchair and Smart PLatform are now manufactured by Smile Smart Technology Ltd. in England.

    In 2010, Paul was awarded the University of Edinburgh Principal's Medal in recognition of his work.

    Paul  Nisbet

    Sessions with Paul Nisbet :

    • Masterclass: Supporting children and young people with additional support needs

      How is technology being used to support pupils with physical disabilities or special needs? This practical session provides information about the various resources and support available.

  • Ross Greer MSP

    Green Spokesperson for Education & Skills

    Ross was Communities Co-ordinator at Yes Scotland, helping to develop the movement for independence. He is a member of Holyrood's European and Education committees. Ross is an active community campaigner on issues ranging from school closures to supermarket expansion and opportunities for young people.

    Upon election in May 2016 at the age of 21, Ross became the youngest MSP in the history of the Scottish Parliament. He was formerly a Member of the Scottish Youth Parliament for Clydebank and MIilngavie constituency and led on the successful campaign to give 16 and 17-year-olds the vote in the Independence Referendum.

    Ross  Greer MSP

    Sessions with Ross Greer MSP:

    • Cross-Party Panel discussion

      Cross-party political panel acts as a summary of day's proceedings. This session brings together MSPs from across the political spectrum to debate current education priorities. Includes questions from delegates.

  • Michelle Ballantyne MSP

    Conservative Spokesperson for Childcare & 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:

    • Cross-Party Panel discussion

      Cross-party political panel acts as a summary of day's proceedings. This session brings together MSPs from across the political spectrum to debate current education priorities. Includes questions from delegates.

  • Paul Fleming

    Headteacher, Kinneil Primary School, Bo'ness

    Award-winning headteacher Paul has worked at Kinneil Primary School, Bo'ness, since 2010, taking  up the role of headteacher in 2012. He grew up in Ireland and now lives in Dunfermline.

    And Kinneil Primary School pupils have shown they are computing 'whizz kids' judged winners, for example, of the Edublog Awards 2014 for best educational use of a social network site.

    Most recently talented young authors from Kinneil, writing in the style of Enid Blyton, saw their story about jewel thieves made into a special Famous Five cover after Hachette Children’s Group, brand owner of Enid Blyton Entertainment, judged their creation to be the best among entries from across Britain.

    The competition was held to mark the 75th anniversary of the Famous Five books, and challenged children in Year 4 and Primary 5 classes (aged eight and nine) to write a story of between 500 and 800 words in the style of the classic novels. The stories had to focus on an exciting location or place of local interest, and adopt the same five-step structure that Blyton used: Set up, journey, adventure, resolution, return home.

    The budding authors had to make their creations interactive by using Microsoft’s Sway program, which allowed them to insert text, images and even their own voices to help tell the story.

    After studying Blyton’s books and local landmarks, winning school Kinneil created “Five go to Kinneil House”, which uses video, pictures, stop motion animation and audio to tell the story of four children and their dog who catch two diamond thieves at the historic venue in Bo’ness.

    One of the Kinneil pupils, James, said his favourite part of the project was: “how the whole class worked together”, while Drew said using Sway was a “fun way to learn”.

    Paul Fleming

    Sessions with Paul Fleming :

    • Effective school leadership in the digital age: Challenges and opportunities

      On top of challenges - policy, administrative and budgetary pressures - faced by headteachers, are the foundations in place to support school leaders further harness the range of technologies now available and use these to enhance the learning experience in our schools?

  • Andrew Nagle

    Education Chief Technology Officer Microsoft UK

    As Education CTO, Andy oversees the technology strategy for Microsoft's work with schools, colleges and universities across Britain.

    Andy's role is to empower students and leaders in higher education, colleges and schools to achieve more. He works with senior leaders in the Scottish and UK Government and leads Microsoft’s Glow programme which reaches over 150,000 educators and students each week. Andy also leads the UK Microsoft Education team’s work on the impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in educational institutions including exploring the potential of machine learning and analytics to improve the student experience and close the attainment gap.

    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?

  • Natalie Burgess

    Microsoft Teacher Ambassador

    Natalie was a Primary Three teacher at Kirklandneuk Primary School in Renfrewshire for six years. She has always had a passion for technology in the classroom and was the ICT Co-ordinator at Kirklandneuk Primary introducing Digital Leaders across the whole school.

    Natalie has since become a Microsoft Innovative Educator and a Microsoft Certified Educator. Her current role is to train teachers across Scotland and the North of England to use technology in their classrooms. She has also presented at the Scottish Learning Festival and the BETT Show in London.

    Natalie  Burgess

    Sessions with Natalie Burgess:

    • Masterclass: A Day in the Life of an Educator with Office 365

      Capture and organise all your class materials to create engaging interactive lessons and spark pupil creativity.

  • Jacqueline Campbell

    Computer Science Teacher St Mungo's High School, Falkirk

    Winner of the Teacher of The Year award at the Scottish Education Awards, Jacqueline Campbell is a  Computer Science Teacher from St. Mungo's High School in Falkirk. Jacqueline has been instrumental in St. Mungo's being awarded Microsoft Showcase School status and supporting St. Mungo's to become a Microsoft STEM School.

    Jacqueline inspires teachers all across Scotland with her innovative uses of Office 365 within GLOW, ensuring all pupils have the skills and knowledge they need for the 21st century. She is passionate about empowering staff and pupil Digital Leaders across her school and cluster to use technology effectively for teaching and learning. 

    She provides pupils with first-class instruction using OneNote Class Notebook to distribute class work, provide formative feedback and make learning easier for her class with everything in the one 'Digital Notebook'.

    Jacqueline also supports local primary schools in the local cluster in their use of technology and development of Computer Science. During Digital Learning Week in May, for example, she took her Pupil Digital Leaders to Primary 6 classes to instruct pupils about effective coding using the BBC Micro:Bit.

    Jacqueline  Campbell

    Sessions with Jacqueline Campbell :

    • 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.

  • Anne-Marie Jess

    Depute Rector St Mungo's High School, Falkirk

    Anne-Marie Jess

    Sessions with Anne-Marie Jess:

    • 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.

  • Malcolm Wilson

    ICT Curriculum Development Officer Falkirk Council

    Malcolm Wilson is ICT Curriculum Development Officer for Falkirk Council Children’s Services in which role he supports and encourages educators to make best use of digital technologies to support learning and teaching. He had 20 years of experience as a classroom teacher including in promoted roles. In his current role he leads many professional development sessions with teachers, and created and maintains several blogs including the award winning ICT for Learning and Teaching in Falkirk Schools, and the blog for Mobile Devices in Falkirk Education, as well the Central e-Safety Partnership blog. He makes extensive use of social media to support and encourage teachers in their use of digital technologies.

     

    Malcolm  Wilson

    Sessions with Malcolm Wilson :

    • Masterclass: Are you Glow-ing or Glow-ering?

      With 150,000 active users, 38,000 learners and teachers Yammering daily... Glow is absolutely glowing. Hear how ideas from schools and local authorities around the country have been implemented in Falkirk, where use of the Microsoft suite of tools available to users of Glow has been growing.

  • 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.

    • Chairs closing remarks

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Education Leaders' Summit

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