Digital Residents or the Distracted Generation? Helping Students to Manage Digital Distractions in the Class and Beyond

This interactive keynote will argue that while technology can revolutionize learning and teaching, it can also interfere with the learning experience and students’ ability to focus. Drawing on recent research, this session will explore methods that help students develop skills to manage digital distractions, and the practicality involved for educators, administrators and institutions.

Technology has great potential to make our life easier, but comes with great responsibility. The digital distraction is becoming a serious issue for young people because they are playing against big companies with psychology teams targeting their attention from every corner of the screen… while at home, on the bus, in school.

A total of 97% of students use their devices in class* for non-class purposes e.g. social media, texts. Around 63% tune out to fight boredom and stay connected. Around 89% of students said that using their devices distracts them

(McCoy, 2016) *between 1 to 30+ times a day

It’s not addiction, it’s fear of missing out – FOMO

Digital nomads, digital residents, smartphone zombies?

Problem is the fact that students also need 23 minutes on average to get back to their work and focus. So, if your lesson is 45 minutes and they were “just occasionally checking their phone” while you were explaining a complex sequential idea – you’ve lost them. Or should I say – they’ve lost it.


  • Banning devices in educational environment
  • Promoting self-regulation

However, this research also concludes that their findings do not discount the possibility that mobile phones could be a useful learning tool if their use is properly structured (Beland and Murphy, 2015)

It’s not the phones that are the problem, it’s the way we use them.
Promoting self-regulation can be beneficial for other spheres of life as well

The ability to focus is a secret element to success that often gets ignored. The more you can concentrate the better you will do on anything, because whatever talent you have, you can not apply it if you are distracted

(Goleman, 2013)

See students as part of the solution, not as a problem.
They want to be and stay concerned, just often don’t know how

There is no such thing as multitasking, the closest would be the process of continuous partial attention which works with routines, but learning doesn’t happen

Promote self-regulation strategies
…and encourage using them at home, request their feedback, facilitate finding what works for them.

● No watch to track time? Use phones on plane mode, face down
● Apply pomodoro technique and give your students 5 minutes for FOMO

Best strategy is to have engaging lessons – make them better, make them purposeful, target. If students are actively learning, they are too busy for Instagram – they are creating content, their own educational content 😁

Some app suggestions:

The Forest App (MORE INFO)
Freedom App (MORE INFO) *Blocks sites across all devices, but internet is still available for work

Looking ahead

Education is still the best tool to prepare people to function in highly complex environments

(Cobo, 2020, p.36)

Watch the whole keynote:

Sophia Mavridi – Lecturer, De Montfort University, United Kingdom

Sophia Mavridi

Sophia is a lecturer, teacher trainer and researcher. She specialises in technology-enhanced learning and foregn language education and in the past she has worked as a primary and secondary school English teacher, director of studies, and examiner. She is currently teaching in UK higher education as well as providing in-service training for institutions and publishers around the world. Her latest co-edited volumes are ‘English for 21st century skills’ and ‘Digital innovations and research in language learning” both of which reflect her great interest in the transformational role of innovative pedagogies in education.

Sophia Mavridi WEBSITE


“Two much of our work had an audience of one”: How social media can be used to create pride in pupils’ work

  • Issue – frear of using it
  • Issue – how to use it to harness its power
Session was packed, curious people filled every inch of the floor

Social media is not for ads
Not to sell your schools ,your teachers
Think Tinder, not Amazon 😀
Share love, connect and celebrate

Fantastic, brave presentation by
Caitlin Atkinson and Anna King, Students from Lanchester EP Primary School


  • Headteacher see negatives, it’s their job
  • Put trust into your staff and try
  • Slow start – don’t expect an instant boom
  • Don’t force people (texting a tweet to coordinator)
  • Settings tweeter on iPads
  • All staff tweet once a day
  • It’s for parents to see
  • fantastic conversation starter for teachers and for families at home
  • Real review for new potential parents
  • Tweet ordinary things
  • Regularly tweet! be persistent!
  • Don’t save it for big or special events
  • Excellent for parental engagement
  • It’s quick and simple
  • Main purpose is to promote students work, not reminders
  • Tweeter challenge for homework
  • Educating parents about digital safety (no names, careful exposure)
  • Management keeps a look and control when away, engages and encourages pupils online
  • Got a first-class trip home after winning an award because of that public exposure
  • One account for the whole school
  • Parent: enjoys the fact that every day there’s something about “how was school” and we can talk about it

With the local authority

  • School ICT conference
  • But they involve children at conference
  • Children lead the event, technology they like is featured, they do keynote
  • Because of tweeter from then they got invited to Bett

“Too much of our work had an Audience of one”

Asking questions about books and characters – connect with authors
Result – Authors were coming to school to visit and talk

  • Skyping with cool people (really cool people)
  • Their homework was viewed from the international space station

Ofsed: Teaches kids how to use technology safely

Some students were disappointed they were visited, so they tweeted about learning. Ofsted liked 😁

Sponsorship from companies

How about letting students create twitter content? In a safe way

Ending a lesson with “what would we tell the world about this topic”

Correction of grammar and punctuation of celebrity tweets – seriously brilliant!

We learn that whatever you figure out or know, you should keep to yourself , it’s your uniqueness. But you will definitely always be unique if hidden in your own little cave

Share and challenge yourself 🙂

Martin Bailey

Martin Bailey

Director, Animate 2 Educate Ltd; Digital Enrichment Leader, Lanchester EP Primary School; Lecturer in Primary Computing, Durham UniversityUnited Kingdom

Follow Martin on Twitter

Martin is Digital Enrichment Leader at Lanchester EP Primary School (Co.Durham) where he teaches Computing to all classes from EYFS ‘ Year 6 and oversees the integration of technology throughout the curriculum. He also runs his own company (Animate 2 Educate) where he delivers pupil workshops and staff training sessions with the aim of ‘bringing the curriculum to life’ through the use of the latest technology. Martin is also a lecturer at Durham University delivering the Primary Computing element of the course to both PGCE and BA students. He has a particular specialism in the use of tablet technology in Primary Education and regularly writes for the educational press and has presented at conferences around the world. Martin blogs each day about the activities that he is trying out in the classroom and has almost 6,000 Twitter followers who look to learn from his ideas.

Caitlin Atkinson and Anna King are Digital Leaders at Lanchester EP Primary School, Co.Durham. They are part of a weekly Digital Leaders club and also have important jobs that they fulfil each week in school. Digital Leaders are trained to be experts in a range of software and digital devices and support not only their peers, but staff members also in ensuring effective implementation of technology across the curriculum. Lanchester EP regularly welcomes teachers from around the North East and Digital Leaders will take part in exemplar lessons showcasing the great ways in which EdTech is utilised within the school. Digital Leaders regularly present and take part in conferences and events around the UK and also act as role models to their peers in matters relating to Online Safety.


#AccessforAll: Digital strategy that levels the playing field for all

In her experience – education system wasn’t a very friendly and happy place

Report cards – she would usually get a positive comment related to her social skills, but bigger and more important feedback was given for academic skills and it was almost exclusively bad.

Social and a good friend, tried hard, but never managed to get good grades for academic topic.

In order to improve she would get more work, more homework, depression and oppression.

But she was recognised and praised in PE, Art and field biology (active or creative).

In those classes she could relax and feel free to make a mistake.

Fast forward – she leads a course in graphic design

Takes students who are worth the risk, and not necessarily fulfill qualification requirements

Source – research

The whole group including the tutors had initial diagnostic procedure for a set of disorders.

And her own results have revealed the Tigger and Owl in her.

“Different type of intelligence”

Some days we have a disability, something that’s disabling us to learn.

And it doesn’t need a label.

Environment needs to be ready for those days.

Design awards – yellow pencil

If you get it, you’re guaranteed a job for the rest of you life


Accessibility is required, by law

Level Up programme for staff development

Safe environment to learn the tools

European accessibility evangelist on the middle

Created criteria

With links to Microsoft courses

  • How can it help
  • Demonstrate it
  • Share evidence

Evaluation based on how many staff members completed the courses

New levels and objectives

Principal drives that – group OneNote

Feedback and analysis of impact is qualitative

Induction for students based on level up

“This presentation wouldn’t be possible without Grammarly” 😁

This session will show you how with the support of senior leaders and colleagues, a tiny team can improve technology adoption, prepare our teachers and support staff for the 21st Century world and contribute towards an Ofsted Outstanding and a Beacon award for Staff Development.

Speaker: Deborah Millar, Group Director of Digital Learning Technology – Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education

Deborah has thirty years’ experience working in further and higher education. Passionate about using technology for educational excellence, she is the Group Director for Digital Learning Technologies at the Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ and multi-award winning Grimsby Institute. She responsible for driving transformational change that provides an inclusive and an outstanding experience. Her mantra, ‘let’s enable our learners to be ‘future ready’ ‘ not just today, next month, next year’ ready.

You can follow her on Twitter


Establishing a Digital Platform That Works for All

From VLE to Teams “Goodbye Moodle – hello Teams”

What he wanted to do

“Do it for the right reasons – for the curriculum, for the learners

Key word : technology clutter (so many things so many choices, hardware and software)

*Focus on purpose and see what you have for that

Development of the world around them, communication in focus, made them change

*Not a lot of HR investment

2 people for 2 days a week

Key element – advocates (60 people – training on what it is – they use it, they discovered it, they shared it)

Without the biggest title “moving to teams”

Communication from the bottom up. Everyone wanted to use it by the time if was rolled out for the whole college

Integrated with powershell – makes teams automatically… easy peasy

6hours f2f training 

Note: (no online, person to person, “mistake maker to mistake anticipator” ja)

Im 30 days – the full students body and staff on board

Real massive impact

*Even on weekends

*Except the first weekend of Dec 🍻

Most people access it on their phone!!!

3,5k on teams on phones

Student Ellie

  • “I do everything on my phone”
  • Submits assignments and does research, everything
  • “Easy to work on the train”
  • “Lecture notes on class”
  • “It’s great”

However, Older generation separate work-leasure on devices


  • Massive transformation
  • Accessibility issues
  • All students can now use IT
  • And feel like a part of the group


  • Ability to communicate in school and outside school
  • Photos and videos get easily shared, not over email to avoid safety breaches

15min f2f update or clinic

Corporate teams, challenging but better, more effective and safer (emails!)

Gallimaufry (new word hahha)

Flipgrid abou education, join, share


Barefoot computing

Jon Chippindall @drchips_

  • Interactive session, workshop

Computing to programming

  • Programming workshop
  • Getting over ththump
  • Skratch program
  • Read before you write strategy for coding
  • Barefoot ambassador family
  • Computing at school leaders
  • Request a free workshop or use the free resources
  • OR concepts and approaches files for teachers


Adobe acrobat

PDF = portable document format

The whole session was presented using a PDF – it’s easy to even make a PowerPoint from a pdf 😁👍

  • Create-> capture from many sources

Magnifying glass – symbol for find or zoom feature (always a debate)

  • Navigation on the left
  • Tools on the right
  • Tool tab to make your program interface work for you
  • Tool tab can be fully customized

Before using it, it’s important to know:

  • What’s your intent
  • Secured or creative document (form or leaflet)
  • *Acrobat name – juggling several uses

  • Curated resources
  • Flash software plug-in is media engine that’s now a problem for multimedia files

Useful tools

  • Markup tools (comments, sticky notes) discussion on a pdf file (locating discussion where it should be)
  • Bookmarks
  • Tracking changes
  • Review changes (InDesign)
  • Sending link, (tracking views)
  • Stamps
  • Audio notations 😁👍 #inclusive #accessible #engaging
  • Rich media (movies *needs to have flash player)
  • 3D pdf (Powerful, but?)
  • Reducting data from a pdf (gdpf, safe, no names of any new words)
  • Signature
  • Inspecting
Lukas Engqvist

Lukas Engqvist

Teacher, Brobygrafiska UtbildningSwedenLukas Engqvist is an educator at Brobygrafiska, a vocational higher education institution, based in Sunne, Sweden. As an Adobe Certified Instructor, Lukas helps both in preparing the workforce of tomorrow and also contract training for industry to help printers and agencies stay competitive. After 25 years in print production he decided to go back to school to become a teacher. During his time in as an industry professional he was participating in the pre-release testing of software so that he could print any file that the customer could create. He is also a tutor on some of the courses offered on the Adobe Education Exchange and is an Adobe Education Leader.


Information gathering for safeguarding

Impero software CEO gave an engaging presentation about the balance of gathering data for safeguarding and safeguarding from data gathering – a perspective into opportunities available to us when we take that step and use what current marketing system can offer.

Intro about Victoria Climbie and how coordinated action would change the outcome of that case – Problem is safety in communication of sensitive data

Generational differences – we can’t possibly understand technology enough to know all the risks of all the new platforms, processes which might be dangerous for the child in that specific environment, and ways to monitor and safeguard across all these social networks, browsers or apps

*Source of stats is national Foundation for Education Research

Gdpr is gold standard in protecting data

Conduct is about personal behaviour

Appropriate monitoring

Analysis of filters used (like frequent use of blue hue… depression?)

Combined knowledge, holistic approach, several sources


Research-based policies? 

Holistic (combines observation and online safety captures, to follow trends of risky behaviour, or inform about possible incidents)

Importance, urgency and value


Becoming X

Based on in depth interviews with some of the world’s most inspirational and iconic people, Paul Gurney shares the lessons on what it really takes to succeed in life and the implications for the future of education. The session will also offer an insight into the vision of BecomingX – the education organisation co-founded by Bear Grylls that aims to transform personal development and character education in schools and help young people all over the world to realise their potential.

Lessons learned and how to use it

If everybody could realise their potential, how would world look like

What it takes:

  1. Find out What it takes?
  2. Ability to reach everyone?
  3. Major manager strategic

“The reason it doesn’t exist is because it’s too difficult”
“you will fail” -> He did it 😁

Interviewed 40 celebrity people, influential, people doing amazing things (not just being famous). Most of them coming from tough backgrounds, disadvantaged. What are they doing and how did they get there?

  • Film – sharing real stories
    Repository of people telling their stories, how difficult was it, what they did
  • Schools– developing 1-hour lessons, strategies for schools to develop children holistically, creating experience with external organisations for children to see the world and work, but putting the teacher in focus too
  • Global – published the first 6 films resulting in millions of followers

Lesson #1

Everyone has potential

Lesson #2

It’s not what you know
It’s who you know

The most important attributes to work on:

  • skills
  • knowledge
  • attitudes
  • relationships


Knowledge is becoming less important
Relationships more important

Lesson #3

The most important and most frequent theme – resilience

Resilience is important for several reasons; it enables us to develop mechanisms for protection against experiences which could be overwhelming, it helps us to maintain balance in our lives during difficult or stressful periods, and can also protect us from the development of some mental health difficulties and issues. Some of the various benefits of becoming more resilient are listed below.

“If you knew what they knew, what would you do?”

Linkedin: Paul Gurney


Bett + Education Show 2020

Bett is one of the largest education technology conferences in the world. It is a platform for 34,000+ educators and leaders from the UK and overseas to engage with 800+ EdTech providers, SMEs and start-ups, and to learn from 300+ of the most influential voices in the landscape. People from over 146 countries in the global education community come together to celebrate, find inspiration and discuss the future of education, as well as seeing how technology and innovation enables educators and learners to thrive. [1]


  • Evidence based practice and design
  • Reducing workload
  • Encouraging creativity
  • Wellbeing
  • Safeguarding

This was my fourth Bett show and this time I came prepared. Knowing exactly what I wanted to get from these 4 long days of exploring this endless edtech heaven, I made a master plan in advance. Bett show offers a seminar programme like no other, gathering that many experts from all sectors is not a usual opportunity. So, you’re guessing, I had to go and see them all!

What started off as a simple idea of attending seminars I am interested in, finished as a running competition from one seminar hall to the next…all day, every day.
There were many more seminars I wanted to attend and a whole group of people I wanted to meet, but this year’s focus was clear – Listen, Learn, Share. So for my dear colleagues at Edge Hill University, University of Zagreb and University of Latvia, friends from North West University and curious people from other corners of the world, here I share my notes and ideas from #Bett2020

Wednesday 22/1/2020

Emotional involvement
Sharing the most up-to-date understandings about the working of the learning brain, Andrew will show how learning, memory, motivation and barriers to learning happen, the role that emotions play in all of that and how billions of dollars’ worth of research boils down to the fact that if a developing brain feels love, it will develop in as healthy way as possible. 
Speaker: Andrew Curran, Paediatric Neurologist & Neurobiology Researcher – Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool, Associate of Independent Thinking Ltd
The importance of information gathering in safeguarding young people
The safety of young people in education is of the upmost importance- but how do we effectively gather and monitor information to do this successfully? Justin Reilly, CEO of Impero Software, takes a look at the importance of information gathering in safeguarding young people in education, as well as the technological tools that have been proven to empower school staff to monitor both offline and online risks of harm. This session looks at how gathering information appropriately can aid in identifying young people at risk early, provide timely interventions, whilst promoting a whole-school approach to safeguarding young people in education.
Speaker: Justin Reilly, CEO – Impero Software
Nordics@Bett: Creating Really Advanced Future Thinkers (CRAFT)
This session at Nordic@BETT offer a rare opportunity to stay informed on up-to-date developments in digitalization and education in the Nordic schools. Students will showcase collaboration through digital media when presenting innovative cooperation between the Nordic countries and self-governed areas. This session will show approaches to digital competencies in school and Nordic CRAFT (Creating Really Advanced Future Thinkers) through Computational Thinking, coding and technology comprehension. Speakers are students from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, and self-governed areas.
Speaker: Miles Berry, Principal Lecturer, School of Education – University of Roehampton
The Billion Dollar Edtech Question: Can We Prove it Works?
Everyone – from parents to governors, teachers to school leaders, IT managers to policy makers, and of course learners – wants to know why to bother with educational technology. It undoubtedly makes our lives more complex, whilst not always enabling us to see how it is having a positive impact. In this session, I will unlock the mysteries of the evidence base for Edtech, highlight why it is just so challenging to answer that billion dollar question and provide some practical tools to help us all make more discerning decisions about what Edtech to use, when, how, and why. Along the way, I’ll share insights of how some of the UCL EDUCATE companies have taken responsibility for such research – and by doing so, earned their coveted EdWards.
Speaker: Alison Clark-Wilson, Principal Researcher, UCL EDUCATE – UCL Institute of Education, University College London
The Importance of Creativity
Creativity is of critical importance to drive human progress and innovation in the world today. Erik will share insights into how Apple champions creativity and how education is part of its DNA. For 40 years Apple has worked alongside educators, and have seen — and research has shown — that creative expression leads to deeper student engagement. During this talk Apple will explore how creativity is brought to life through their Everyone Can Create curriculum, which helps educators find the creative genius in every child.
Speaker: Erik Hanson, Senior Director – Marketing Communications – Apple
Getting it Done with Adobe Acrobat DC
PDFs can sometimes be seen as an inflexible document format, yet it makes up a huge majority of documents teachers work with. We are going to show you how to make the most out of your existing and future PDFs! Well-presented and easy to use documents are at the heart of every curriculum. We’ll show you how to create documents that will look great on any screen. We’ll explore tools to edit, sign, share, protect, and search so you can collaborate with colleagues and students significantly faster and easier.
Speaker: Lukas Engqvist, Teacher – Brobygrafiska Utbildning
Barefoot Computing – Hands-on, Unplugged Activities to Teach Computational Thinking
In this hands-on session you’ll will learn about Barefoot’s model of computational thinking by taking part in a range of unplugged activities, including speed drawing to practise abstraction and code cracking to hone their logical thinking! Delegates will leave with an understanding of how Barefoot Computing can support them in their classroom and how to access a Barefoot workshop. BT’s Barefoot Computing provides resources and CPD workshops to support primary teachers in teaching computing in schools across the UK.
Speaker: Jon Chippindall, Computing Lead – Crumpsall Lane Primary School
Driving design-focused project-based learning with Canva
The need for visual design literacy is extremely important for modern project-based learning. Our year 11 and 12 students have been using Canva to develop a range of collateral for their final year media projects – from presentations, to marketing flyers and websites. I’ll be sharing the powerful outcomes that we’ve achieved by fostering their collaborative and design thinking skills and the amazing projects that our students have created by doing so.
Speakers: George Lee, CAST Academy Coordinator – Balboa High School; Nick Belshaw, Course Designer – Design School, Canva
The Future of Work, Society & Learning – Preparing Learners
Empowering teaching and learning , Innovation
We are living through history. Generation Z, with 2.5 billion 9-24 year olds, are about to become the worlds largest consumer group and will come to power within the next 20 years. The challenges they face are perhaps more significant than at any time in human history. Rapid technological progress from AI to automation to gene-editing means that the future of work and its nature will change. Climate change and population growth will mean that migration will become the new normal. The choices we make about what we learn, how we live and what we consume will determine the shape of society to beyond the 22nd century. Join Graham Brown-Martin and special guests at Bett for an evening reception of lively discussion about all our futures and positive strategies to help us thrive in it.
Graham Brown-Martin, Education & Future of Work Expert
Marielle van der Meer, Executive Director of Partnerships and Global Networks – The London Interdisciplinary School
Oli de Botton, Headteacher – School 21
Please take into account that content shared on the slides is made by presenters and their contacts are shared for you to ask questions. My notes are, of course, subjective and even though I did my best to understand and share presenters’ ideas and thoughts, it might not always be on point. If you are reading about your own presentation and would like to change or enrich current notes, please contact me and I will gladly edit my post. Thank you!

Thursday 24/1/2020

Ethical Leadership
Teachers and leaders have highly complex professional duties and the ethical decisions they make, to do the right thing and achieve a good result, are of enormous significance to the development of children and society. Schools are also the subject of intense public debate. Our ethics should provide clear and well-grounded principles about what is good and bad, right and wrong. Carolyn Roberts, Chair of the Ethics Committee of the Chartered College and headteacher, will talk about their Framework for Ethical Leadership in Education and the ways school can use it to make good decisions in difficult times.
Speaker: Carolyn Roberts, Chair of the Ethical Leadership Commission & Headteacher – Thomas Tallis School
The Ethics of Artifical Intelligence in Higher Education
Understand and overcome the ethical challenges presented by AI through up-to-date and practical strategies
Speaker: Wayne Holmes, Principal Researcher (Education) – Nesta
What to Watch in 2020
Using the latest news and teacher tap data, Laura will explore current challenges faced within school and discuss the implications of future policy changes for pupils, staff and school leaders.
Speaker: Laura McInerney, Journalist & Co-Founder – Teacher Tapp
Unlocking Potential Through Edutainment
Join Olivier Laouchez for this keynote presentation on how to unlock potential through edutainment.
Speaker: Olivier Laouchez, CEO – Trace
Building a Creative Approaches to Social Mobility
It is clear from global research by KidZania and OECD that social mobility is a mixed success story at best, with socio-economic contexts and experiences outside school influencing individual children’s progress. As a result, we need to differentiate between schooling i.e children being taught and education i.e experiences and learning by doing on the other. We must purposefully connect these two aspects for children to make sense of the world, find curiosity, inspiration and aspiration. We also must address the question: who are the teachers? This session will address these issues and suggested ways forward.
Ger Graus, Global Director of Education – KidZania
Anthony Geffen – Documentary Film Maker
Russell Hobby, CEO – Teach First
Omari McQueen, Junior Entrepreneur & Founder – Dipalicious
Anna Bassi, Editor – The Week Junior
Supporting Children with Speech, Language and Communication Needs
Speech Language and Communication needs are one of the most widely reported learning needs amongst children and young people. As effective communication is not only essential to learning, but also everyday life, helping learners deal with such challenges is possibly the most fundamental way in which school staff can support them. The role of technology in that essential work is very broad, from literally giving a voice to those who might not otherwise speak, to providing a stimulus or model in the classroom, to enabling rehearsal in a safe, neutral, environment.
Speaker: Carol Allen, Education Advisor for ICT and Inclusion – Hartlepool LA
Requires Improvement to Ofsted Outstanding in 4 Terms – 6 easy (but hard work) steps
This session will look at the 6 key things you need to focus on to improve learning and teaching, outcomes and destinations for young people in a short period of time. Do you need whizz bang technology? 1-1? Or is something else more important?
Speaker: Cherry Tingle, Principal and CEO – Energy Coast UTC/MAT
Women Don’t do Edtech! – Breaking The Stereotype
The session will explore not only gender stereotypes but also ‘people who work in tech’. The panel will question whether these factors affect women coming into tech professions. The panel will offer tips about what employers can do to dispel the myth that women should be a certain ‘type’ to work in Edtech and how to be proactive in encouraging more women into the industry. Women EdTech is about profiling the role of women within educational technology. It’s shines a positive light on the impact that technology can have to enable leaders to effectively fulfil their role and encourage more leaders to adopt an appropriate technology enabled style of leadership. Their mission is to build connections and upskill educators, create new opportunities in educational technology, and build connections that can lead to better schools. They aim to create an empowered community and to increase the capacity of women in technology.
Bukky Yusuf, Edith Kay School – Senior Leader and Science Leader
Clare Roberts, Brighton Hill Community School – Head of Technology
Kirsty Grundy, Primary Education Lead’ – Shireland Academy Trust
Ranjeet Kaur, Childrens Book Illustrator – Sikh Colouring Books
Dr Neelam Parmar, Director of EdTech, Digital Learning and Innovation – Ashford School
Beyond the Campus: Building a Digital Estate for Your University
Universities consider their beautiful campuses and statuesque buildings, but do they consider their third space for learning? The digital estate can support inclusivity and wellbeing, increase a feeling of community and allow learning and teaching to continue far beyond the confines of a campus. This session will lay the digital foundation stone for innovative teaching spaces.
Speaker: Sarah Wright, Senior Lecturer in Education – Edge Hill University
Digital Portfolios with Adobe Spark
We know that students are going to be working in an increasingly digital world and yet much of the work they do in school is still recorded in traditional ways. Spark Post and Spark Page are the perfect, low barrier to entry tools for both teachers and pupils to take their work from pen and paper to a global audience. We’ll show you a variety of ways in which teachers can get students sharing work digitally without having to climb a steep learning curve to achieve very professional-looking results.
Speakers: Dominic Traynor, Education Evangelist – Adobe
Teachers as Co-researchers: Investigating Solutions to Enhance Learner Achievement
This session will explain how teachers as co-researchers have investigated digital technologies in order to customise their teaching techniques and make more accurate assessments of pupils’ learning interests and progress. Differentiation in teaching and good feedback are vital to improving achievement, particularly when the students have Special Educational Needs (SEN) and Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD). It will discuss the TPEA members’ extensive research results focusing on digital technologies like e-readers, digital media and assistive and immersive technologies. Members have investigated features designed to promote inclusion in products including BrainPOP, EyeGaze, IRIS Connect and Learning by Questions. This session will suggest ways of using technology effectively to promote engagement and enhance learning for all. In addition, suggestions will be offered about technologies that can enable teachers to be creative in engaging children and young people, especially SEND pupils and those with PMLD.
Sarah Younie, Professor in Education, Innovation and Technology – De Montfort University
John Sibbald, Assistant Principal – Manchester Communications Academy
Christina Preston, Associate Professor in Education – De Montfort University
International TeachMeet
The annual Bett Show attracts visitors from all over the world, coming to London to find out about the latest developments in edtech. It’s a meeting place for the global education community and for years teachers have met in the evening, during Bett, to attend TeachMeets. We’re delighted to invite you to join us for the third International TeachMeet. During the Teachmeet you’ll get the opportunity to give a short presentation about your international project or about any other idea for the classroom. Or, you can also just attend to listen, get inspired and network. Everyone is welcome to attend. More info
Arjana Blazic – Croatian Ministry of Education
Bart Verswijvel, Senior Advisor – European Schoolnet
Please take into account that content shared on the slides is made by presenters and their contacts are shared for you to ask questions. My notes are, of course, subjective and even though I did my best to understand and share presenters’ ideas and thoughts, it might not always be on point. If you are reading about your own presentation and would like to change or enrich current notes, please contact me and I will gladly edit my post. Thank you!

Friday 25/1/2020

Becoming X: Lessons from legends
Based on in depth interviews with some of the world’s most inspirational and iconic people, Paul Gurney shares the lessons on what it really takes to succeed in life and the implications for the future of education. The session will also offer an insight into the vision of BecomingX – the education organisation co-founded by Bear Grylls that aims to transform personal development and character education in schools and help young people all over the world to realise their potential.
Speaker: Paul Gurney, CEO – Becoming X
AccessforAll: Digital strategy that levels the playing field for all
This session will show you how with the support of senior leaders and colleagues, a tiny team can improve technology adoption, prepare our teachers and support staff for the 21st Century world and contribute towards an Ofsted Outstanding and a Beacon award for Staff Development.
Speakers: Deborah Millar, Group Director of Digital Learning Technology – Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education
Establishing a Digital Learning Platform that Works for All
This session explores how you can take advantage of digital learning platforms in order to make staff jobs easier and simplify communication with students. During this presentation, audiences will receive key tips and tricks for preparing students for the world of work, challenging current thoughts around DLE and considering programmes to encourage change in approach to delivery of curriculum.
Speaker: Simon Kay, Head of Digital and Professional Development – SGS College
Using Social Media in the Primary Classroom
There is often a fear around using social media in the Primary classroom, but during this session, the pupils and staff from Lanchester EP Primary School (Co.Durham) will show the amazing impact that the introduction of social media has had on all aspects of school life. They will share their journey from October 2013 to the present day and how it led to them being praised by Ofsted for their positive use of social media in the classroom. Headteacher (Jane Davis) will share the concerns that she had prior to introducing social media and the subsequent transformation it has on home/school communication and relationships. Two of the pupils from the school will talk about how ‘too much of their work had an audience of one’ and how the introduction of social media has given them a worldwide platform for their work and how it has allowed them to connect directly with authors, athletes, astronauts and a whole range of other amazing people. Digital Enrichment Leader (Martin Bailey) will conclude the session by giving top tips for making the most out of social media in the classroom and how its use positively models how to post safely online.
Martin Bailey – Director, Animate 2 Educate Ltd; Digital Enrichment Leader, Lanchester EP Primary School; Lecturer in Primary Computing, Durham University
Jane Davis, Headteacher – Lanchester EP Primary School
Caitlin Atkinson, Student – Lanchester EP Primary School
Anna King, Student – Lanchester EP Primary School
The Learning Amplifier: An immersive journey with mixed reality technology
Year: 2133. Location: Mars. Join us in Delta Colony for an unforgettable experience as we showcase how immersive technologies such as Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality can transform learning from pupils simply receiving information to being a part of powerful, memorable experiences. We’ll explore the pedagogy behind immersion and show that when technology is used with purpose learning is both accelerated and deepened inspiring pupils and elevating their learning.
Andrew Hammond, Senior Director of Learning & Community – Discovery Education
Phil Birchinall, Senior Director of Immersive Content – Discovery Education
Digital Residents or the Distracted Generation? Helping Students to Manage Digital Distractions in the Class and Beyond
This interactive keynote will argue that while technology can revolutionise learning and teaching, it can also interfere with the learning experience and students’ ability to focus. Drawing on recent research, this session will explore methods that help students develop skills to manage digital distractions, and the practicality involved for educators, administrators and institutions.
Speaker: Sophia Mavridi, Lecturer – De Montfort University
The Future of Learning
In this talk, Sugata Mitra takes us through 20 years of experience with how children and the internet interact. What influences does the internet have on children and learning? Under what conditions are these influences at their optimal best? How have these influences changed over time? From 20 years of travels around the world, Sugata describes the changes that schools need to make to become meaningful in a world where what we need to know is no longer evident.
Speaker: Sugata Mitra, Newcastle University – Former Professor – School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences
Reimagining Shakespeare for the digital age
Empowering teaching and learning , Future tech and trends , Innovation
Every student reads or learns about Shakespeare’s plays at some point in their education. Yet has our teaching of it evolved to help young learners understand the complex language and themes in an easier way? In this session, we’ll introduce you to how Adobe Photoshop can be used to give learners an exciting and dynamic way of learning key aspects of Shakespeare’s work, in this case by creating an imagined social media post by a key character from an important scene in Romeo and Juliet. This fun and creative project helps students understanding of a character’s motivation and feelings. The task can be used as an effective discussion tool and can help students to unpack specific moments in a play or imagine conversations they would like characters to have.
Speaker: Greg Hodgson, Education Consultant – Edge Gain Ltd
Supporting Dyslexic Students in Primary and Secondary School
We know so much about dyslexia compared to other forms of neurodiversity and yet there are still huge areas of doubt. While we have moved on from the days when many claimed that dyslexia did not exist, there are still areas of contention. Should schools continue to focus on handwriting or move children on to touch typing and tap into their haptic skills? Can the use of technology improve recognition of spelling patterns or does it make children lazy? Is it a good idea for pupils with dyslexia to learn a foreign language or will it make them more confused? Our panel of experts will discuss what technology can and cannot do for young people with dyslexia and what school should be focusing on to help them make good progress – not just in school but once they are out on their own
Sal McKeown, Freelance Journalist
Rosanne Esposito, Lecturer in Special Educational Needs and Disability – UCL Centre for Inclusive Education
Laura Stephens, Learning Support Tutor – Barton Peveril Sixth Form College
Abi James, Accessibility Consultant – AbilityNet
Learn something new, be amazed, amused and enthused. This is an informal gathering of those curious about teaching and learning. Anyone can share great ideas they’ve trialled in their classrooms, ask important questions or simply sign up to take part in learning conversations. Education professionals from all sectors are welcome to take part. The main part of TeachMeet is hearing stories about learning, from teachers. This is not an event to present about a product or theory – this is a chance for teachers from all types of establishments to hear ideas from each other. Real narratives of practice that make a difference. It is about being engaged and inspired by our immediate colleagues and a whole bucket load of networking to boot!
Please take into account that content shared on the slides is made by presenters and their contacts are shared for you to ask questions. My notes are, of course, subjective and even though I did my best to understand and share presenters’ ideas and thoughts, it might not always be on point. If you are reading about your own presentation and would like to change or enrich current notes, please contact me and I will gladly edit my post. Thank you!

All together, Bett+Education show 2020 was a fantastic experience, but much needed rest will now take place. I’ll be happy to see you enjoying, exploring and discussing these notes.

Did you attend Bett2020? How do you make the most of your time and energy on such a big conference? Tips for Bett 2021 are welcome.


Nordic Craft – creating really advanced future thinkers

Solving real world problems
Goal: climate smart families

Brave Students came from Nordic countries to present their solutions …in English

  • App ideas for reducing food waste (sort fridge by scanned items)
  • Reducing power waste with a power regulator
  • Car pooling app – peanut 
  • Mail service for clothing recycling and giveaway
  • Fridge camera to see your fridge while shopping
  • and many more…

Brilliant ideas, these pupils are demonstrating what it means to be an active citizens
#critical thinking

  • Innovation cases
  • finding problems at home
  • developing eco-solutions
  • teaching and influencing community to change

Technology is a facilitator, not the content

From finding information to designing visuals and programming apps, pupils are using technology for real-world problem and purpose.

  • 3 phases:
  • Research (purpose- interviews in the community)
  • Make (using marketing solutions, similar to social media and what people like, designs characters…)
  • Do (getting feedback from experienced experts and users, troubleshooting, improvements)

Participating countries:

  • Norway
  • Sweden
  • Finland
  • Denmark
  • Iceland
  • Åland
  • Faroe Islands
  • Greenland

Technology facilities collaboration in groups and between countries. Facilities process of researching, creating and disseminating solutions. Children are given time, space and tools. They figure out problems they are passionate about and come up with solutions and ideas across groups.

Miles Berry

Miles Berry

Principal Lecturer, School of Education, University of RoehamptonUnited KingdomMiles is principal lecturer in Computing Education at the University of Roehampton. Prior to joining Roehampton, he spent 18 years in four schools, much of the time as an ICT coordinator and most recently as a head teacher. His holds a mathematics degree from Cambridge, worked as a government statistician and now co-authors an annual report on uptake and achievement in computing qualifications throughout England. He is a board member of England’s National Centre for Computing Education, Computing At School, the BCS Academy of Computing and the CSTA. He is a fellow of the BCS, RSA, HEA and Chartered College of Teaching, and a member of the Raspberry Pi Foundation. Over the years he has contributed to a number of computing related projects including the national curriculum computing programmes of study, Switched on Computing, Barefoot Computing, QuickStart Computing, CAS TV, Project Quantum, Hello World and the National Centre for Computing Education. He gives regular keynotes and CPD workshops on computing and education technology in the UK and abroad and has worked on a number of international consultancy projects involving technology enhanced learning, curriculum development and CPD

More about the Nordic CRAFT project can be found on their website: