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Wednesday, January 25
 

8:00am

Arrival, tea, coffee & networking
Wednesday January 25, 2012 8:00am - 9:30am
Apex Room National Hall Gallery, Olympia

9:30am

Welcome & Introduction
Speakers
avatar for Graham Brown-Martin

Graham Brown-Martin

Graham Brown-Martin is the founder of Learning Without Frontiers (LWF) a global platform for thinkers and practitioners from the education, digital media, technology and entertainment sectors to explore how affordable disruptive technologies are radically improving learning and equality of access. Prior to this Graham has enjoyed a career spanning the education and entertainment software industries, having built a number of creatively and... Read More →


Wednesday January 25, 2012 9:30am - 9:40am
The LWF Theatre National Hall Gallery, Olympia

9:40am

Noam Chomsky, Social & Political Theorist (via video)

Education as a superstructure

Noam will discuss the role of education and its function as a superstructure to reinforce and legitimise the economic foundation of society.

Why has education failed to adapt and change to the challenges of the 21st century?

Because it has not recognises the seismic shift in the underlying foundation as we shift from the post-industrial age to the post-modern "Digital Society" where the brands that exist in the superstructure also function in societies economic foundation.

 


Speakers
avatar for Noam Chomsky

Noam Chomsky

Noam Chomsky was born on December 7, 1928 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He received his Phd in linguistics in 1955 from the University of Pennsylvania. During the years 1951 to 1955, Chomsky was a Junior Fellow of the Harvard University Society of Fellows. The major theoretical viewpoints of his doctoral dissertation appeared in the monograph Syntactic Structure, 1957. This formed part of a more extensive work, The Logical Structure of... Read More →


Wednesday January 25, 2012 9:40am - 9:55am
The LWF Theatre National Hall Gallery, Olympia

10:00am

Ray Kurzweil, Inventor & Futurist

Learning in the future

Ray will discuss his predictions about the exponential rate of change in technological advance that will lead to machine intelligence by 2030 and how this will fundamentally change what we learn, how we learn and how we will be assessed. A child entering full-time education today will enter the workplace by 2030. If we are planning an industrial scale education system for this latest cohort of learners then shouldn't we understand the world in which they will be expected to inhabit and the challenges they will face?

 


Speakers
avatar for Ray Kurzweil

Ray Kurzweil

RAY KURZWEIL has been described as “the restless genius” by the Wall Street Journal, and “the ultimate thinking machine” by Forbes. Inc. Magazine ranked him #8 among entrepreneurs in the United States, calling him the “rightful heir to Thomas Edison,” and PBS included Ray as one of 16 “revolutionaries who made America,” along with other inventors of the past two centuries.   As one of the... Read More →


Wednesday January 25, 2012 10:00am - 10:45am
The LWF Theatre National Hall Gallery, Olympia

10:50am

Debbie Forster, Interim CEO, CDI Europe / Apps for Good

Apps for Good were invited to present a keynote talk at last years LWF Conference. At the same time they scooped 2 awards in the LWF Awards for Innovation.

In the 12 months since Apps for Good has experienced rapid growth as schools throughout the UK have come forward to participate in the programme.

Debbie Forster will present a summary update and explain why this programme is a new indicator for learning in the future.

Apps for Good aims to:

  • Ignite a passion for technology and social enterprise in young people in the UK
  • Encourage young people to use technology to tackle problems for social good
  • Increase the entrepreneurial skills and confidence of young people
  • Bridge the gap between young people and the business networks and knowledge that can help them
  • Build a connected world of young people, business volunteers and educators, inspiring each other to solve problems and succeed through the wonders of mobile technology

During the Apps for Good course, students go through a kind of entrepreneurial process whereby they identify what is wrong with their world before designing a way of fixing it with a mobile app. We combine a broad range of areas in the course, giving young people a foundation in entrepreneurship, community involvement, problem-solving and team work, as well as design and some technical skills

 


Speakers
avatar for Debbie Forster

Debbie Forster

Debbie Forster is the Interim CEO at CDI Europe and has led on the national roll-out of Apps for Good in the UK. The Apps for Good programme teaches young people problem-solving using cutting-edge technology, enabling them to create mobile and Facebook apps that change their world.  The programme is currently being delivered in over 40 centres and to over 1500 young... Read More →


Wednesday January 25, 2012 10:50am - 11:00am
The LWF Theatre National Hall Gallery, Olympia

11:00am

Break - tea & coffee
Wednesday January 25, 2012 11:00am - 11:30am
Apex Room National Hall Gallery, Olympia

11:00am

Educational disruption: a new model for building a sustainable and responsible society.

Panel TBC: Nicole Yershon, Shannon Vaughan (Ogilvy Digital Labs), Chris Thompson (Ravensbourne), David Holloway (The Ideas Foundation), Marc Lewis, Adah Parris (The School of Communication Arts), Sophie Water (OneDotZero Cascade) , Sherilyn Shackell (Marketing Academy)

Alvin Toffler said: “The illiterate of the future will not be the person who cannot read. It will be the person who does not know how to learn.”

How does a rapidly changing digital society prepare for its own future when it can’t predict what jobs will be needed? A story, a discussion and case studies on educational innovation, action and responsibility.

Case studies: Sophie Bosworth (Ideas Foundation/ School of Communication Arts), Will Harvey (Ravensbourne/ Ogilvy Digital Labs)

  • 40 minutes - Introduction and Overview
  • 15 minutes - case studies
  • 30 minutes - panel session 
  • 5 minutes - summary and close

A collaboration led by Ogilvy Digital Labs, with The Ideas Foundation, The School of Communication Arts, Ravensbourne University, OneDotZero Cascade and The Marketing Academy.

 


 

 

 

 

Intro: The story - 10 minutes

Panel session/debate - 70 mins 

Summary and what next - 10 mins


Wednesday January 25, 2012 11:00am - 12:30pm
Salon Bourdieu (S2) LWF Festival Area, National Hall Gallery, Olympia

11:00am

Student Digital Leaders: Driving change - engaging learners

Student Digital Leaders: Driving change - engaging learners

SDL Schools engage students as a strategy to improve the embedding of technology and maximising the impact of their ICT budget. Staff development, ICT strategy, resource creation, new reporting, curriculum development - all areas where Student Digital Leaders make a huge difference. Forget token schools councils and learner voice projects - this is real day to day school improvement driven by students for students and joined up through a national network!

In these sessions students from the SDL network will show you how they make a difference in their schools.


Speakers
avatar for The Schools Network / Student Digital Leaders Network

The Schools Network / Student Digital Leaders Network

The Schools Network We work with schools and academies throughout England, and in 36 countries across the world, to raise achievement for pupils of all ages and backgrounds. All our resources are invested and reinvested in supporting the school system. To extend this commitment , we plan to build an education endowment fund. Most English mainstream secondary schools, half of special schools, and a growing number of primary schools are... Read More →


Wednesday January 25, 2012 11:00am - 12:30pm
Salon Foucault (S1) LWF Festival Area, National Hall Gallery, Olympia

11:30am

Jaron Lanier, Scientist, Author & Artist

Learning from the collective

In his recent book "You Are Not a Gadget" Jaron takes a contrary position and counter argument to the popularity of online collectivism, web 2.0, open source and user-generated content. He points out dangerous trends in Internet culture and argues that the rise of open culture is not only hurting content producers but degrading the quality of information available. He discusses the concept of technological lock-in where design decisions made early in the development of digital systems can have enormous and often unintended consequences at a later stage in the evolution of that system where designs, knowledge and even the way we think become "locked-in" as a permanent part of the web's very structure. In an emerging "Digital Society" this could have very serious repercussions indeed.

 

 


Speakers
avatar for Jaron Lanier

Jaron Lanier

Computer scientist, composer, visual artist, and author Jaron Lanier is a scientist, musican, visual artist, writer, and inventor. His book "You Are Not a Gadget" was released in 2010 and was named one of the 10 best books of the year by Michiko Kakutani in the NY Times. In 2010, Time Magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world. His current interests include biomimetic information architectures, user... Read More →


Wednesday January 25, 2012 11:30am - 12:00am
The LWF Theatre National Hall Gallery, Olympia

12:00pm

Ellen MacArthur, Sailor and Founder of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Learning for a sustainable future

Ellen MacArthur will discuss the work of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation that links education and business to inspire young people to re-think and re-design their future through the vision of a circular, sustainable economy that acknowledges the finite resources of our planet against an ever-growing population.

 

 


Speakers
avatar for Ellen MacArthur

Ellen MacArthur

Dame Ellen MacArthur first hit the headlines in 2001 when she raced single-handedly non-stop around the world in the Vendée Globe when only 24 years old. After 94 days at sea, Ellen returned to a different life, she had come second in one of the hardest races in offshore sailing and the response was massive.   After a successful run in the monohull Open 60 class, Ellen turned her attention to the multihull circuit. In November 2004... Read More →


Wednesday January 25, 2012 12:00pm - 12:25pm
The LWF Theatre National Hall Gallery, Olympia

12:25pm

Michael O'Hara, CMO, GSMA

Learning while mobile

In 1995 there were 5 million mobile connections in the world. By the end of 2011 there will be more than 6 billion. This is expected to more than double by 2020. Michael O'Hara will discuss the impact of this rapid growth where mobile connects everything in our lives and transforms society in a way that will have a profound effect on the way we interact not only with each other, but also with our surroundings. GSMA, the trade body representing most of the worlds mobile operators, has embarked on a global "Mobile Education" initiative to accelerate the adoption of mobile technologies within mainstream education settings.

 


Speakers

Wednesday January 25, 2012 12:25pm - 12:50pm
The LWF Theatre National Hall Gallery, Olympia

12:50pm

Keri Facer, Professor of Education, Manchester Metropolitan University

Learning futures

Keri will discuss some of the key points of leverage for radical change in education that are emerging around economics, personal data and social movements. She will talk about the wholesale rethinking of education that she envisaged in her recently published book "Learning Futures: Education, Technology and Social Change". And she'll showcase the work of inspiring collaborators across the UK, highlighting projects ranging from co-operative schools to alternative universities to biodomes.

 


Speakers
avatar for Keri Facer

Keri Facer

Keri is Professor of Education at the Education and Social Research Institute, MMU, where she specialises in digital cultures, social justice and radical educational change. Formerly Research Director at Futurelab, Keri led the Beyond Current Horizons Programme for the UK government looking at long term socio-technical change and its implications for education. Keri’s new book ‘Learning Futures: Education, technology and social... Read More →


Wednesday January 25, 2012 12:50pm - 1:10pm
The LWF Theatre National Hall Gallery, Olympia

1:10pm

Lunch & Networking Session
Wednesday January 25, 2012 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Apex Room National Hall Gallery, Olympia

1:15pm

Debate - VLEs are Dead

A debate loosely in the form of the Oxford Union to discuss in a robust, competitive and entertaining manner the value or not of Virtual Learning Environments or Learning Platforms commonly used in schools and universities.

"This house proposes that VLEs are dead"

Chair:

Michael Shaw, Deputy Editor, TES Magazine

Speaking FOR:

Principle speaker - Steve Wheeler
Second speaker - Ian Addison (primary teacher, former VLE advisor for Hants. uses FREE webtools instead of VLE for his school)

Speaking AGAINST:

Principle speaker - Drew Buddie
Second speaker - Dughall McCormick (advisor for Kirkless and VLE advocate)


Wednesday January 25, 2012 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Salon Foucault (S1) LWF Festival Area, National Hall Gallery, Olympia

1:30pm

Presentations of WISE Awards winning projects

Running in parallel with the WISE Prize for Education, the WISE Awards are designed to identify, showcase and promote innovative educational projects from all regions of the world and all education fields to inspire change in education.

1.30 pm – 1.45 pm Presentation of 2011 WISE Awards winning project School-Business Partnerships, represented by Mhammed Abbad Andaloussi 

1.45 pm – 2.00 pm Presentation of 2010 WISE Awards winning project Rewrite the Future - Save the Children, represented by Desmond Bermingham

2.00 pm – 2.15 pm Presentation of 2011 WISE Awards winning project Teacher Education in Sub-Saharan Africa (TESSA), represented by Freda Wolfenden

 



Wednesday January 25, 2012 1:30pm - 2:15pm
WISE Experience Dome (ED1)

1:30pm

Edgeryders - How do governments learn?

How do governments learn to do new things?

In theory, everything starts by some new awareness emerging within the public opinion. It is then picked up by politicians competing for office and translated into law. Law, then, is enacted into new policy. In practice, elected officials and public servants live in a far messier world, characterized by inertia, windows of opportunity, technocracy, information asymmetries, and all kinds of "short circuits" for vested interests to influence policy without going through a public debate (lobbying being exhibit A).

 

Our policy space is still geared towards traditional ways of learning. Edgeryders aims to change that and challenge mantras in European policy. So we're opening channel of interlocution towards the European Commission and member states. This session can be summarised as an interactive conversation on how to teach a new trick to old dogs. We think it is especially relevant to people with experiences from processes to make voices heard in the policy space as well as those interested in doing lobbying through new channels.

 

http://edgeryders.ppa.coe.int/


Speakers
avatar for Nadia El-Imam

Nadia El-Imam

Founder, Edgeryders
Open Care


Wednesday January 25, 2012 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Salon Bourdieu (S2) LWF Festival Area, National Hall Gallery, Olympia

2:30pm

Charles Leadbeater, Innovation & Creativity Consultant

Global innovation in learning

Having recently authored the book "Innovation in Education: Lessons from Pioneers around the World" on behalf of WISE (World Innovation Summit for Education) Charles will discuss how traditional education systems often fail and provides examples of radical educational innovators who, starting in the margins rather than the mainstream, create new and effective ways of delivering education through networks and movements that offer not only "more" but "better" and "different".

 


Speakers
avatar for Charles Leadbeater

Charles Leadbeater

Charles Leadbeater is a leading authority on innovation and creativity. He has advised companies, cities and governments around the world on innovation strategy and drew on that experience in writing his latest book We-think: the power of mass creativity, which charts the rise of mass, participative approaches to innovation from science and open source software, to computer games and political campaigning. We-think was the latest in a string... Read More →


Wednesday January 25, 2012 2:30pm - 2:50pm
The LWF Theatre National Hall Gallery, Olympia

2:30pm

Risk-It: Patterns and Language in Creative Action

Risk-It uses simple patterns to describe common relationships that exist in life, projects and businesses. Understanding and identifying these patterns helps people to innovate effectively - from generating new ideas to being able to critique how successful they could be. The pathways in Risk-It also enable an understanding of the skills required and the processes that will convert the idea into deliverable products and services. Risk-It draws its inspiration from the 'Chaos' notion that small differences can generate big changes in outcomes. 

'A small number of rules or laws can generate systems of surprising complexity' John H Holland 'Emergence'


Speakers
avatar for Piers Roberts

Piers Roberts

Piers Roberts is the co-founder and director of Designersblock. Since 1998 we have produced city design festivals, showcasing the work of over 2500 emerging designers from 32 countries. We convert empty buildings in publicly accessible spaces, re-imagining the creative city landscape. We consult with companies - from micro to multinational - on their innovation strategies. We are known for producing fantastic parties and believe that creating fun... Read More →



Wednesday January 25, 2012 2:30pm - 2:50pm
Salon Bourdieu (S2) LWF Festival Area, National Hall Gallery, Olympia

2:50pm

Conrad Wolfram, Mathematician & Founder, Wolfram Research Europe

Making maths beautiful

The importance of math to jobs, society and thinking has exploded over the last few decades. Meanwhile, math education has gotten stuck or has even slipped backward. Why has this chasm opened up? It's all about computers: when they do the calculating, people can work on harder questions, try more concepts, and play with a multitude of new ideas. Conrad Wolfram will discuss a new project to build a completely new math curriculum with computer-based computation at its heart - alongside a campaign to refocus math education away from historical hand-calculating techniques and toward relevant and conceptually interesting topics.

 


Speakers
avatar for Conrad Wolfram

Conrad Wolfram

Conrad Wolfram, physicist, mathematician and technology visionary, is strategic director and European co-founder/CEO of the Wolfram group of companies. Described as the place where "Computation meets Knowledge" and the "The Math Company", the Wolfram Group specializes in pushing boundaries at the intersection of computation, math, and knowledge, including making Mathematica software, the Wolfram|Alpha knowledge engine and new Computational... Read More →


Wednesday January 25, 2012 2:50pm - 3:10pm
The LWF Theatre National Hall Gallery, Olympia

3:00pm

Mixing and Mashing - Cooking up a musical mix with iOS

Recipe: With just a few music based iOS apps you too could become the next household DJ.

Find out how to lay down a couple of beats, sample a few soundbites, add some music and create your first mashup.


Speakers
avatar for Kevin McLaughlin

Kevin McLaughlin

Kevin McLaughlin is a Primary school teacher, a Google Certified Teacher and Apple Distinguished Educator but adheres to his own advice that it's not the technology that creates great learning but the learning itself. He has won the Learning Technologist of the Year award 2010 which acknowledged the impact his use of technology has had on children's learning. You can discover more about his work in education by visiting his blog


Wednesday January 25, 2012 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Salon Bourdieu (S2) LWF Festival Area, National Hall Gallery, Olympia

3:00pm

Getting Your School Engaged

Engagement matters: if you don’t feel engaged in what you’re doing, you won’t care about it, and you’re unlikely to succeed. If you aren’t engaged in your learning in school, this is likely to affect not only your academic achievement, but also your future engagement in work, and in your community. This session will provide education professionals with tried-and-tested strategies for raising student engagement that they can take back to their schools, through a set of discussions and exercises that model engaging approaches to teaching and learning. During the session, each participant will develop their own plans for creating engaging learning experiences. At the end of the session, participants will receive a set of free tools for creating engaging learning.

 

 


Speakers
avatar for The Innovation Unit - Dr Alec Patten

The Innovation Unit - Dr Alec Patten

Dr. Alec Patton, Researcher and Project Coordinator Alec has been a key player in the Learning Futures programme, funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, which aims to get young people engaged actively and positively with their learning, achieving better outcomes and retaining a commitment to learning beyond school. He has written and edited the Learning Futures tools and publications, working closely with High Tech High in San Diego. He has also... Read More →



Wednesday January 25, 2012 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Salon Foucault (S1) LWF Festival Area, National Hall Gallery, Olympia

3:10pm

Michael Brooks, Scientist & Author

The anarchy of science

When Jake Davis, the alleged spokesperson for the teenage hacking group LulzSec, was released from court on bail he left holding a copy of Michael Brooks book "Free Radicals: The Secret Anarchy of Science". Michael Brooks will discuss how many of of Davis' generation think science is dull, beyond them and something that has no need of their input and that this is because every generation before them has colluded in creating the myth that science is boring, that scientists are dull, passionless, cold and logical. He will argue that science is far too important to our futures to let this situation roll on through another generation given that these are the people who will have to make decisions about climate change, genetic engineering, medical technologies and energy production.

 


Speakers
avatar for Michael Brooks

Michael Brooks

Author, journalist and broadcaster Michael Brooks holds a PhD in quantum physics. He is a consultant at New Scientist, a weekly magazine with over three quarters of a million readers worldwide, has a weekly column for the New Statesman and is best known as the author of Free Radicals: The Secret Anarchy of Science and the bestselling non-fiction title 13 Things That Don’t Make Sense. His writing has also appeared in the Guardian, the... Read More →


Wednesday January 25, 2012 3:10pm - 3:30pm
The LWF Theatre National Hall Gallery, Olympia

3:30pm

Andrew Eland, Lead Software Engineer, Google UK

Learning to compute

Google's technology platforms have shaped the way we use the internet and has had a profound impact on numerous industries in numerous sectors including education and learning. Andrew will talk about the Google story, the importance of STEM education, the UK's failure to capitalise on its record of innovation and engineering and Google's position on this.

 


Speakers
avatar for Andrew Eland

Andrew Eland

Andrew Eland is lead software engineer, Google London. Originally working on distributed filesystems and cluster management, he now leads the UK Google Maps engineering team. His technical interests include dynamic languages, distributed systems and development methodologies. Prior to Google, he worked on interactive television for the BBC, and on a number of projects for startups. He graduated from the Department of Computing at Imperial in... Read More →


Wednesday January 25, 2012 3:30pm - 3:50pm
The LWF Theatre National Hall Gallery, Olympia

3:50pm

Ed Vaizey MP, Minister for Communications, Culture & the Creative Industries

Ed Vaizey will discuss the UK Governments position on innovation, creativity and growth.


Speakers
avatar for Ed Vaizey

Ed Vaizey

Ed Vaizey MP is the UK Minister for Communications, Culture and the Creative Industries. Portfolio | - Arts | - Media | - Museums and Galleries | - Telecoms and Broadband  | - Digital Switchover | - Creative Industries | - Libraries Ed Vaizey MP was elected as the Member of Parliament for Wantage and Didcot in May 2005. Born in 1968, Ed attended Merton College, Oxford. When he left university, he spent two years working for the... Read More →


Wednesday January 25, 2012 3:50pm - 4:10pm
The LWF Theatre National Hall Gallery, Olympia

4:00pm

Web Making, Badges, and Interest-Based Learning

How do you teach the world to become web makers?  

Come hear about Mozilla's plan for combining interest-based learning with badge earning, and help us debate some key issues going forward.  

What are the basic web skills that people need to know?  

What's the most effective way to create a distributed teaching and learning network that people will actually use?  

How can we dream even bigger, and how can you help make it happen?


Speakers
avatar for Michelle Levesque

Michelle Levesque

Michelle is currently working with the Mozilla Foundation to create a web literate planet. She plans to teach the world how to become producers (and not just consumers) on the web, so that they can share ideas and express themselves to the rest of the world. Before working at Mozilla, Michelle was a staff engineer at Google, and worked for the Citizen Lab, building tools to study internet censorship. She likes running, strength training... Read More →


Wednesday January 25, 2012 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Salon Bourdieu (S2) LWF Festival Area, National Hall Gallery, Olympia

4:10pm

Break - tea & coffee
Wednesday January 25, 2012 4:10pm - 4:40pm
Apex Room National Hall Gallery, Olympia

5:00pm

Jacob Kragh, President, LEGO Education

Learning with LEGO

Jacob is committed to making a positive difference to children in their development and will discuss the many initiatives that LEGO Education are undertaking throughout the world that help children to better understand their world, its challenges and how they may embrace their own creativity and innovation to solve bigger problems from renewable energy to green cities, after-school clubs to robotics from pre-school through the secondary education.

 


Speakers
avatar for Jacob Kragh

Jacob Kragh

Jacob Kragh is President of LEGO Education. LEGO Education is a division of the LEGO Group, based in Billund, Denmark. The division was established in 1980 in response to demands from childcare practitioners, and today it develops educational solutions for children and students from 1½ to 16 years and beyond. LEGO Education is committed to the development of children’s creative, problem-solving and teamwork abilities and its... Read More →


Wednesday January 25, 2012 5:00pm - 5:25pm
The LWF Theatre National Hall Gallery, Olympia

5:00pm

Edu Tech Startups – Pitch Fest

Join some of the UK’s leading edu and learning tech startups for a fast paced session as they pitch their business ideas to a panel of experts from education, tech and investment sectors.

Find out first about amazing ideas, technology and innovation and hear whether the experts think they will sink or swim. 

Get involved by asking your questions and casting your vote for the winning idea. 

Fast, chaotic and fun, this edu tech meetup will link you into one of the most vibrant parts of the education world!

Hosted by Ed Baker, entrepreneur and Anna Pedroza, organisers of the recent successful Startup Weekend Education London:

http://londonedu.startupweekend.org/

 

Interested in pitching? Contact the team: hello@educationgamesnetwork.com

 


Speakers
avatar for Ed Baker

Ed Baker

@edward_baker_ Television Development Producer turned Technology Entrepreneur. Ten years in broadcast television: full cycle experience from commercial licensing, to production, to format development (quiz and game show) - to digital IP format extension and commercialisation (mobile WAP & web). Co-Founded Mobile Impossible (www.mobileimpossible.com) in 2006 to produce branded and user-generated video content for mobile. Left to launch... Read More →
avatar for Anna Pedroza

Anna Pedroza

@annapedroza Anna is an independent communications and marketing consultant with over 10 years experience of working within education, tech and startups. Most recently, she was responsible for the PR and publicity at Startup Weekend Education London and also works with a range of startup businesses including Teachers Media. Previously she was Director of Marketing and Communications at Teachers TV and has also worked as a Director at... Read More →


Wednesday January 25, 2012 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Salon Bourdieu (S2) LWF Festival Area, National Hall Gallery, Olympia

5:00pm

Education for the Apocalypse

This session will take delegates through a fast paced collaborative process that will encourage them to explore radically different approaches to education in the light of economic, environmental, technological and political changes. It will explore emerging trends and significant potential disruptions, and encourage participants to confront their own fears and aspirations, and find practical steps towards creative educational change.


Speakers
avatar for Doug Belshaw

Doug Belshaw

Doug Belshaw is an educator, researcher and activist currently working for JISC infoNet. He is co-kickstarter (with Andy Stewart) of Purpos/ed, a Community Interest Company focusing on encouraging and enlarging the debate around the purpose(s) of education. Prior to moving into further and higher education, Doug was Director of e-Learning at a large academy in the North East of England for students aged 3-19. He taught History for seven years... Read More →
avatar for Keri Facer

Keri Facer

Keri is Professor of Education at the Education and Social Research Institute, MMU, where she specialises in digital cultures, social justice and radical educational change. Formerly Research Director at Futurelab, Keri led the Beyond Current Horizons Programme for the UK government looking at long term socio-technical change and its implications for education. Keri’s new book ‘Learning Futures: Education, technology and social... Read More →


Wednesday January 25, 2012 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Salon Foucault (S1) LWF Festival Area, National Hall Gallery, Olympia

5:30pm

Geoff Mulgan, Chief Executive, NESTA

Learning to innovate

Geoff will discuss what he considers to be one the most important needs for innovation in schooling in the UK. He looks at the priority of bringing together two sets of problems, the challenge of large numbers of bored teenagers who just don't like school and can't see the relationship between what they learn at school and future jobs, and employers who complain that young people leaving school without necessary skills or right attitude. Geoff will consider a new form of schooling that focused its curriculum on real life practical projects working on commission to business, NGO's and others where the students have "coaches" as much as "teachers". 

 


Speakers
avatar for Geoff Mulgan

Geoff Mulgan

Geoff Mulgan is Chief Executive of NESTA (National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts). From 2004-2011 he was the first Chief Executive of the Young Foundation, which became a leading centre for social innovation, combining research, creation of new ventures and practical projects. Between 1997 and 2004 Geoff had various roles in the UK government including director of the Government’s Strategy Unit and head of policy in the... Read More →


Wednesday January 25, 2012 5:30pm - 5:55pm
The LWF Theatre National Hall Gallery, Olympia

6:00pm

Reception and book signing with author of WISE publication "Innovation in Education: Lessons from Pioneers around the World" Charles Leadbeater

A reception hosted by the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) with author of WISE publication Innovation in Education: Lesson from Pioneers around the World Charles Leadbeater

Followed by the LWF Awards.

 



Wednesday January 25, 2012 6:00pm - 7:00pm
WISE Experience Dome (ED1)

6:00pm

Networking and drinks reception hosted by GSMA

A drinks reception hosted by GSMA providing a social environment to network with colleagues and make new contacts. Followed by the LWF Awards.

 



Wednesday January 25, 2012 6:00pm - 8:00pm
GSMA Experience Dome (ED4)

6:00pm

Social networking receptions

Drinks and canape receptions will be hosted in a number of the industry supported domes. This is a great opportunity to get to know fellow delegates and industry supporters in a convivial atmosphere before the LWF Awards 2012


Wednesday January 25, 2012 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Festival Area & Domes National Hall Gallery, Olympia

6:30pm

Toucan Computing - Drinks & Networking Reception

Join Toucan Computing (Apple Solution Expert Education) for a pre-LWF Awards drink and network with colleagues and fellow delegates.

Followed by the LWF Awards

 


Wednesday January 25, 2012 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Toucan Computing Dome (ED3)

8:00pm

LWF Awards 2012

The Awards celebrate international practitioners, learners and participants who have excelled in the use of mobile, video games, social media, open source or other disruptive platforms for radically improving learning and teaching by demonstrating genuine innovation and best practice that can be shared amongst colleagues.

It is without doubt the most sociable and entertaining awards event in the education calendar. A serious, prestigious awards event that doesn’t take itself too seriously.

 



Wednesday January 25, 2012 8:00pm - 9:30pm
The LWF Theatre National Hall Gallery, Olympia
 
Thursday, January 26
 

9:30am

Introduction & welcome - Chaired by Lord David Puttnam

The opening session is introduced and chaired by Lord David Puttnam


Speakers
avatar for Lord David Puttnam

Lord David Puttnam

David Puttnam spent thirty years as an independent film producer. His many award winning films include The Mission, the Killing Fields, Local Hero, Chariots of Fire, Midnight Express, Bugsy Malone, and the Memphis Belle.  | | He retired from film production in 1998 and now focuses on his work in education and the environment. He is Chancellor of the Open University. In 1998 he founded that National Teaching Awards which he Chaired until... Read More →


Thursday January 26, 2012 9:30am - 9:40am
The LWF Theatre National Hall Gallery, Olympia

9:40am

Mitchel Resnick, Director, Lifelong Kindergarten, MIT Media Lab

Learning from Scratch

Mitchel Resnick's Lifelong Kindergarten research group developed the ideas and technologies underlying the LEGO Mindstorms robotic kits and the Scratch programming software used by millions of young people around the world. With these technologies, young people learn to design, create, experiment, and invent with new technologies, not merely browse, chat, and interact. Mitch also co-founded an international network of 100 after-school clubs where youth from low-income families learn to express themselves creatively with new technologies. Mitch's ideas and work are now at the centre of the debate about the curriculum for ICT in schools. Should children simply learn to use standard applications and games, or should they also have the opportunity to become creators?


Speakers
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Mitchel Resnick

Mitchel Resnick, Professor of Learning Research at the MIT Media Lab, develops new technologies and activities to engage people (especially children) in creative learning experiences. His ultimate goal: to help people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, work collaboratively, and learn continuously. His Lifelong Kindergarten research group developed ideas and technologies underlying the LEGO Mindstorms robotics kits and Scratch... Read More →


Thursday January 26, 2012 9:40am - 10:10am
The LWF Theatre National Hall Gallery, Olympia

10:10am

Mark Surman, Executive Director & Michelle Levesque, Engineer, Mozilla

Open, participative and distributed are Mozilla Foundations aims for the future of learning. Learning today happens everywhere, not just in the classroom. But it's often difficult to get recognition for skills and achievements that happen outside of schools. Mark Surman and Michelle Levesque will discuss approach's that Mozilla Foundation are taking to meet their objectives to re-invent learning and assessment with digital technologies.

 


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Michelle Levesque

Michelle is currently working with the Mozilla Foundation to create a web literate planet. She plans to teach the world how to become producers (and not just consumers) on the web, so that they can share ideas and express themselves to the rest of the world. Before working at Mozilla, Michelle was a staff engineer at Google, and worked for the Citizen Lab, building tools to study internet censorship. She likes running, strength training... Read More →
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Mark Surman

A community activist and technology executive of 20+ years, Mark currently serves as Executive Director at Mozilla, makers of Firefox and one of the largest social enterprises in the world. At Mozilla, he is focused on using the open technology and ethos of the web to transform fields such as education, journalism and filmmaking. Prior to Mozilla, Mark served as the Director of Telecentre.org, a $26M initiative to connect community technology... Read More →


Thursday January 26, 2012 10:10am - 10:30am
The LWF Theatre National Hall Gallery, Olympia

10:30am

Game Based Learning

iO Game Based Learning Sessions LWF 12

 

Overview

This session will cover three different areas of the use of games in learning and most importantly games creation in creating learning opportunities for students. The session will draw on practical experiences that have already taken place in schools, refer and develop thinking based on newly released research outcomes, and give delegates solid starting points for them to take away and develop in their schools or organisations.

 

10:30-11:00

 “Little Big Challenge Programme and Research Outcomes

Since September 2011 teams from 16 Secondary Schools across Wolverhampton have been participating in a challenge to create levels in Little Big Planet; following a process of brainstorming, planning, drawing developing and then creating their levels in LBP. Throughout the process research has been conducted by Don Passey from Lancaster University and who has an extensive background in research into the impact of technical interventions in education.

 

Don will briefly outline the tasks that the students undertook and then feedback on the research outcomes achieved. He will question the validity of the outcomes, the transfer of the skills acquired and look at how future work can capitalise on the outcomes. This is the credible research project that educators and game makers have been seeking in supporting their ongoing developments and efforts.

 

Don Passey
Senior Research Fellow, Department of Educational Research, Lancaster University.

 

11:00-11:30

Interactive Fiction

Interactive Fiction, also known as text adventures, are a type of game where the player interacts with the game world primarily via text. Written descriptions of a location are displayed, and the player can then examine individual items, pick up and use objects, combine objects, explore the game world and much more. Perhaps most important, by typing or clicking commands, players can influence the game environment. This kind of game was popular in the early 1980's, in the days before computers were powerful enough to handle graphics. Hot titles like INFOCOM’s Zork sold literally hundreds of thousands of copies, over 379,000 if you are counting. 30 years later, Zork is still hugely popular. However, creating your own interactive fiction still required basic programming skills, that is until now and some of the tools that are available.

 

This session will explore how classroom practitioners have enabled their students to start writing, creating and engaging with Interactive Fiction games. The speakers will examine how disengaged readers are now reading and even better engaged in writing games. Examples of how IF is being used in other subject areas such as Science are being explored and developed.

 

Speaker Panel

Kristian Still, Assistant Headteacher, Hamble College

Alex Ward, textadventures.co.uk expert and programmer

Tom Cole, Teacher and 2nd Year Games Design Student

 

Creating Games for Learning Opportunities at School

For several years educators have seen the benefits in students consuming games and indeed the LWF conferences have been instrumental in developing and forwarding the debates and outcomes. Since the publishing of the Next Gen Review last year there has become an emphasis on a requirement for students capable of creating games coming through from Universities and into the creative digital industries, were there is presently a skills shortage that is undermining the industries contribution to the UK economy.

 

So in answering a highlighted careers needs and more recently also the Governments intent on developing and enriching the ICT curriculum how can students in schools create games? What is needed? What is available and most importantly what are the learning opportunities for the students. How can these activities in creating games and interactives perhaps tackle whole school agenda items around literacy, numeracy and other high order issues?

 

Speaker Panel

Ray Maguire, Chairman Interactive Opportunities Ltd and ex MD of Sony PlayStation

Andy Goff, Managing Director Interactive Opportunities Ltd

Richard Healey, Ex CLC Manager



Thursday January 26, 2012 10:30am - 12:00am
Salon Bourdieu (S2) LWF Festival Area, National Hall Gallery, Olympia

10:30am

Learners Takeover with Stephen Heppell

"There is much rhetoric today about Learner Voice and the impact that it might have towards the task of making learning more effective, and on increasing engagement. But simply asking students is not enough - we need them to engage in research and reflection about what their learning might be like. When we do, the results can be stellar. This session explores, very much around inputs from the students themselves, the makeover of a simple demountable hut to produce a wonderful classroom, fit for this millennium.


What choices were made, how was it done so affordably, how easy is it for other schools to copy any features that seem to fit their own local context and culture? Did exam results improve (they did!)? What can we learn about the changing expectations - entitlements indeed - that the students emerge with as they move on in education. What is the response of the new students 'inheriting" this remarkable learning space?


Do please come along. This is a very honest, revealing, optimistic conversation"

http://edtalks.org/video/stephen-heppell


Speakers
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Stephen Heppell

Stephen’s “eyes on the horizon, feet on the ground” approach, coupled with a vast portfolio of effective large scale projects over three decades, have established him internationally as a widely and fondly recognized leader in the fields of learning, new media and technology. Stephen has worked, and is working, with governments around the world, with international agencies, Fortune 500 companies, with schools and communities... Read More →



Thursday January 26, 2012 10:30am - 12:30am
Salon Foucault (S1) LWF Festival Area, National Hall Gallery, Olympia

10:30am

Dr Paul Howard-Jones, Neuroscientist & Senior Lecturer, Bristol University

What is the Internet doing to our brains?

Dr Paul Howard-Jones, a leading expert on the role of neuroscience in educational practice and policy with a particular interest in how gaming engages the brain and the application of this knowledge in education. Paul will discuss the findings of his recent research that was supported by the Nominet Trust to review the potential effects of the internet on the brain.

 


Speakers
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Dr Paul Howard-Jones

Dr Paul Howard-Jones is a leading expert on the role of neuroscience in educational practice and policy and publishes in all associated areas. He has a particular interest in how gaming engages the brain and the application of this knowledge in education. He was recently asked to review the potential effects of the internet on the brain, and delivered his findings at the 2011 Nominet Trust Annual Lecture at the UK’s Royal Society for Arts.


Thursday January 26, 2012 10:30am - 11:00am
The LWF Theatre National Hall Gallery, Olympia

11:00am

Break - tea & coffee
Thursday January 26, 2012 11:00am - 11:30am
Apex Room National Hall Gallery, Olympia

11:25am

Gerard Kelly, Editor, TES

Introduction to the 2nd half of the morning session by Gerard Kelly, Editor, TES who takes the chair.


Speakers
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Gerard Kelly

Gerard has been with TSL for over 20 years and has been Editor of the TES since June 2008. He has held a variety of posts, including Editor of the Times Higher Education (THE), which he re-launched as a magazine in January 2008. He was named Editor of the Year [Business] at the PPA Awards in 2011. Most recently, he was responsible for a complete revamp of the TES as a magazine, with an iconic new design, a radical new format and significant... Read More →


Thursday January 26, 2012 11:25am - 11:30am
The LWF Theatre National Hall Gallery, Olympia

11:30am

Lisa Ma, Artist & Designer

Learning from the fringe

Lisa will discuss her work with fringe communities and ethnographic research. Lisa creates a series of scenarios showing functional relationships between fringe groups and the mainstream that challenges our sense of normality whilst deciphering the values, beliefs and talents of the fringe through personal encounters and the creation of unique services.

 


Speakers
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Lisa Ma

Lisa Ma is a Speculative Designer & Researcher whose recent work is a kind of service design with a twist. Through an ethnographic research process she explores fringe groups that are largely ignored by society. Although finding insight in the extremes is a common approach within design, the research typically tends to focus on increasing mainstream utility in some way. Lisa’s projects uniquely emerge as services that look to create... Read More →


Thursday January 26, 2012 11:30am - 11:45am
The LWF Theatre National Hall Gallery, Olympia

11:45am

Jason Wishnow, Film Director at Large, TED

Learning via film

Jason Wishnow, FIlm Director at Large for the TED Conferences, explains how to shoot a TEDTalk.


Speakers
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Jason Wishnow

Jason Wishnow is the Film Director at Large for the TED Conference and has worked at the intersection of film and emerging technologies for over a decade. He has been called an “online-video virtuoso” (New York Times, 2009), the “enfant terrible of digital film” (The Guardian, 2000), and one of the ten most influential digital filmmakers of 1999 (RES Magazine). Jason is the filmmaker... Read More →


Thursday January 26, 2012 11:45am - 12:00am
The LWF Theatre National Hall Gallery, Olympia

12:00pm

Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal

Could this be our final century?

Whatever part of the world we live in we're going to have to contend with the fact that the world is getting more crowded and that each individual is going to become more demanding of resources, energy and food. If we are to cope with this more crowded world we are going to have to deploy science and technology in a more optimum way, a way that requires international partnerships. Martin Rees will present the case that scientists have a special role to play in promoting this discussion amongst the general public and politicians so that important long term issues remain high on the agenda.

 


Speakers
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Martin Rees

Martin Rees has spent most of his working life as a university professor, his research interests being in astronomy and space science. He has lectured, written and broadcast extensively on these subjects, and has written several books for a general readership, including ‘Before the Beginning’, ‘Just Six Numbers’, ‘Our Cosmic Habitat’, and most recently ‘From Here to Infinity’, an expanded version of... Read More →


Thursday January 26, 2012 12:00pm - 12:30pm
The LWF Theatre National Hall Gallery, Olympia

12:30pm

Jesse Schell, Chief Executive & Creative DIrector, Schell Games

Learning from games

Jesse Schell believes that the future of learning is beautiful. Renowned video game designer and frequently credited with popularising the concept of employing gaming mechanics to solve problems and engage audiences in non-gaming software in a technique known as "gamification". Jesse Schell will discuss his thoughts and experiences of how to make learning and education beautiful by using customisation and gaming techniques within the learning experience rather than the kind of standardisation that produces standardised output.

 

 


Speakers
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Jesse Schell

Prior to starting Schell Games in 2004, Jesse was the Creative Director of the Disney Imagineering Virtual Reality Studio, where he worked and played for seven years as designer, programmer and manager on several projects for Disney theme parks and DisneyQuest, as well as on Toontown Online, the first massively multiplayer game for kids. Before that, he worked as writer, director, performer, juggler, comedian, and circus artist for both... Read More →


Thursday January 26, 2012 12:30pm - 1:00pm
The LWF Theatre National Hall Gallery, Olympia

1:00pm

Book signing with author of WISE publication "Innovation in Education: Lessons from Pioneers around the World" Charles Leadbeater

Book signing with author of WISE publication Innovation in Education: Lessons from Pioneers around the World Charles Leadbeater

 



Thursday January 26, 2012 1:00pm - 1:30pm
WISE Experience Dome (ED1)

1:00pm

Lunch & Networking Session
Thursday January 26, 2012 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Apex Room National Hall Gallery, Olympia

1:00pm

From Primary to HE - what is happening in education today?

This session hosted by Dawn Hallybone and featuring children, teachers and lecturers from across key stages and the country will showcase what is happening in schools at the moment, from early years to higher education. For us the future is now and is happening - come along and found out how schools are using apps, games based learning,social media,  blogs and other tools to explore and promote learning in the classroom.  Come along during lunch and find out more and join the discussion to ensure that the learning continues to happen now - not in the future.

 

Speakers will include:

Dawn Hallybone - Senior Teacher Oakdale Junior School winner of LWF special achievement award 2009

Ian Addison Google Certified Teacher,

Julian Woods Deputy Head and Microsoft Partners in Learning award winner

Dr. Nick Dennis ICT and assistant head at Felstead

Oliver Quinlan - Lecturer at Plymouth University

 


Thursday January 26, 2012 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Salon Bourdieu (S2) LWF Festival Area, National Hall Gallery, Olympia

1:30pm

Cloudlearn with Stephen Heppell

Cloudlearn has been a research project, funded by the Nominet Trust. The catalyst for this research was a growing awareness of a deep schism developing between those schools who were embracing social media and portable devices (specifically mobile and smart phones) and those schools maintaining a policy of banning, locking and blocking.


The research team's concerns were twofold: the embracing schools were achieving greater engagement, a significant component in improving standards, and that opportunity was lost to the locking and blocking schools; secondly, they had an acute concern that locking and blocking might be potentially dangerous, for a number of reasons, a concern which the research reaffirmed.


What emerged from the research was the headline that many teachers, departments, schools and individuals around the world had arrived at very simliar sets of common sense, professionally evolved, cautiously applied, effective and tested policy guidelines for using social media and portable devices safely, effectively and engagingly. Phones, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and more are being harnessed effectively and safely. Cloudlearn.net has aggregated this shared experience, to produce a safe, tested starting point for others also seeking the engagement, the effective practice and the resource savings that follow.


This session explores the methodology - crowd sourced research - and points to some of the clear, practical, effective and tested advice that emerged. 


Speakers
avatar for Stephen Heppell

Stephen Heppell

Stephen’s “eyes on the horizon, feet on the ground” approach, coupled with a vast portfolio of effective large scale projects over three decades, have established him internationally as a widely and fondly recognized leader in the fields of learning, new media and technology. Stephen has worked, and is working, with governments around the world, with international agencies, Fortune 500 companies, with schools and communities... Read More →



Thursday January 26, 2012 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Salon Foucault (S1) LWF Festival Area, National Hall Gallery, Olympia

1:45pm

Presentations of WISE Awards winning projects

Running in parallel with the WISE Prize for Education, the WISE Awards are designed to identify, showcase and promote innovative educational projects from all regions of the world and all education fields to inspire change in education.

1.45 pm – 1:55 pm Presentation of 2011 WISE Awards winning project School-Business Partnerships, represented by Mhammed Abbad Andaloussi 

1.55 pm – 2.05 pm Presentation of 2010 WISE Awards winning project Rewrite the Future - Save the Children, represented by Desmond Bermingham

2.05 pm – 2.15 pm Presentation of 2011 WISE Awards winning project Teacher Education in Sub-Saharan Africa (TESSA), represented by Freda Wolfenden

 



Thursday January 26, 2012 1:45pm - 2:15pm
WISE Experience Dome (ED1)

2:30pm

Introduction to closing session
Speakers
avatar for Graham Brown-Martin

Graham Brown-Martin

Graham Brown-Martin is the founder of Learning Without Frontiers (LWF) a global platform for thinkers and practitioners from the education, digital media, technology and entertainment sectors to explore how affordable disruptive technologies are radically improving learning and equality of access. Prior to this Graham has enjoyed a career spanning the education and entertainment software industries, having built a number of creatively and... Read More →


Thursday January 26, 2012 2:30pm - 2:40pm
The LWF Theatre National Hall Gallery, Olympia

2:40pm

Stephen Heppell, heppell.net

Breaking the education cartel

Technology plus people break cartels. Recent disruptions brought about by the availability of inexpensive technologies and pervasive connectivity has shown that cartels can fail as a result. The music industry is a good example of this. But education has remained resistant to change. Why is this? Stephen Heppell will discuss.

 


Speakers
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Stephen Heppell

Stephen’s “eyes on the horizon, feet on the ground” approach, coupled with a vast portfolio of effective large scale projects over three decades, have established him internationally as a widely and fondly recognized leader in the fields of learning, new media and technology. Stephen has worked, and is working, with governments around the world, with international agencies, Fortune 500 companies, with schools and communities... Read More →


Thursday January 26, 2012 2:40pm - 3:00pm
The LWF Theatre National Hall Gallery, Olympia

3:00pm

Francis Gilbert, Teacher & Author

Having sent his son to a private school when he was five years old, Francis Gilbert saw first hand the harmful effects of the private system. He discovered that the teaching was poor and his son was being bullied both by the children and the system in general. His son's life changed immeasurably for the better since he started attending the local state primary a few years ago, improving academically and in confidence. Above all, being part of the local community has made him - and the family in general - much happier in himself. Francis will make the case for supporting local state schools correcting the myths and untruths that are spread about local state schools.

 


Speakers
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Francis Gilbert

Francis Gilbert was educated at Sussex University, Cambridge University and completed an MA in Creative Writing at the University Of East Anglia, studying under Malcolm Bradbury and Rose Tremain. Since the early 1990s, he has taught in a variety of comprehensives in London. He gave up teaching in 1998, but resumed his teaching career in 2001; shortly afterwards he became Head of English, a post he held for six years before stepping down to devote... Read More →


Thursday January 26, 2012 3:00pm - 3:20pm
The LWF Theatre National Hall Gallery, Olympia

3:00pm

Getting Your School Engaged

Engagement matters: if you don’t feel engaged in what you’re doing, you won’t care about it, and you’re unlikely to succeed. If you aren’t engaged in your learning in school, this is likely to affect not only your academic achievement, but also your future engagement in work, and in your community. This session will provide education professionals with tried-and-tested strategies for raising student engagement that they can take back to their schools, through a set of discussions and exercises that model engaging approaches to teaching and learning. During the session, each participant will develop their own plans for creating engaging learning experiences. At the end of the session, participants will receive a set of free tools for creating engaging learning.

 

 


Speakers
avatar for The Innovation Unit - Dr Alec Patten

The Innovation Unit - Dr Alec Patten

Dr. Alec Patton, Researcher and Project Coordinator Alec has been a key player in the Learning Futures programme, funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, which aims to get young people engaged actively and positively with their learning, achieving better outcomes and retaining a commitment to learning beyond school. He has written and edited the Learning Futures tools and publications, working closely with High Tech High in San Diego. He has also... Read More →


Thursday January 26, 2012 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Salon Bourdieu (S2) LWF Festival Area, National Hall Gallery, Olympia

3:00pm

Student Digital Leaders: Driving change - engaging learners

Student Digital Leaders: Driving change - engaging learners

SDL Schools engage students as a strategy to improve the embedding of technology and maximising the impact of their ICT budget. Staff development, ICT strategy, resource creation, new reporting, curriculum development - all areas where Student Digital Leaders make a huge difference. Forget token schools councils and learner voice projects - this is real day to day school improvement driven by students for students and joined up through a national network!

In these sessions students from the SDL network will show you how they make a difference in their schools.


Speakers
avatar for The Schools Network / Student Digital Leaders Network

The Schools Network / Student Digital Leaders Network

The Schools Network We work with schools and academies throughout England, and in 36 countries across the world, to raise achievement for pupils of all ages and backgrounds. All our resources are invested and reinvested in supporting the school system. To extend this commitment , we plan to build an education endowment fund. Most English mainstream secondary schools, half of special schools, and a growing number of primary schools are... Read More →



Thursday January 26, 2012 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Salon Foucault (S1) LWF Festival Area, National Hall Gallery, Olympia

3:20pm

Anthony Salcito, Global Vice-President of Education, Microsoft

Anthony will discuss how he believes technology can be used to make a difference on learning, how learners and teachers can be empowered with new techniques and experiences that connect them to 21st century skills that enable them not only contribute to the economic workforce but also to solve some of the challenges  that we're facing on the planet.

 


Speakers
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Anthony Salcito

As Vice-President of Education for Microsoft Corp.’s Worldwide Public Sector organization, Anthony Salcito works with education institutions and partners globally to embrace technology to optimize learning environments and student achievement. In this role, Salcito oversees the worldwide execution of Microsoft’s vision for education and its partnership and technology outreach efforts via the Worldwide Partners in Learning, Partners... Read More →


Thursday January 26, 2012 3:20pm - 3:40pm
The LWF Theatre National Hall Gallery, Olympia

3:40pm

Jim Knight, The Rt Hon Lord Knight of Weymouth 

What if Steve Jobs had re-invented the education system rather the computer and consumer electronics industry?

Steve Jobs was a contradictory character, combining control freak and Zen Buddhist, and technology with design.  He had a revolutionary impact on computing, animation, the music industry, printing, and publishing.  Last year he and Bill Gates together expressed surprise at how little impact technology had had on schools.  Jobs's wife is an educational reformer, he was a college dropout; but what would it have been like if Steve Jobs had focussed on education? What would the Jobs School be like?

 

Behind this fanciful question is the serious question of whether we are willing to be truly revolutionary in our thinking about schools.  Are we brave enough to truly challenge the many forces of conservatism in education? Can we "invent the future" for education? Can we show learners what they really want and make schools "insanely great".  Can learning become so intuitive, seductive and personal that every child is engaged, progresses, and fulfils their potential? 


Speakers
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Jim Knight

Jim Knight was the longest serving Schools minister in the last Labour government; he also served as Rural Affairs minister and Employment minister. He attended weekly Cabinet in the year running up to the 2010 General Election, and was made a life peer in the Dissolution Honours List after that election. Jim’s main policy interests are education, employment, skills and digital technology. Having co-ordinated Ed Balls Leadership Campaign... Read More →


Thursday January 26, 2012 3:40pm - 4:00pm
The LWF Theatre National Hall Gallery, Olympia

4:00pm

Emma Mulqueeny, Director, Rewired State

Young Rewired State is the philanthropic arm of Rewired State and is a network of developers aged 18 and under.

Its primary focus is to find and foster the young children and teenagers who are driven to teaching themselves how to code, how to program the world around them. This is a mighty challenge though well-supported with free tutorials online, but inevitably an isolating and solitary activity.

Young Rewired State developers, as well as developers from Rewired State and Coding for Kids will be taking part in an LWF hack style event, where everyone will be in a pod, coding throughout the entire conference, including the night - fuelled by coke and pizza. The pod will be open so everyone can come in and see what is going on and talk to the young programmers about challenges that might be resolved during the course of the conference - also people who are not already a part of the YRS, RWS or CfK communities can take part as well if they can programme or design. 

The resulting prototypes they have built will be shown just before the final keynote, in a rapid-fire 3 minute show and tell.

 


Speakers
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Emma Mulqueeny

Emma Mulqueeny is a director of Rewired State , an entrepreneur and digital communications leader with a passion for building tangible, open networks for positive change through technology. As a director, co-founder and crafter of transformational digital companies and initiatives, Emma mostly curates and stimulates developer led R&D around open data, digital platforms and software developers. Having spent much of the last... Read More →


Thursday January 26, 2012 4:00pm - 4:15pm
The LWF Theatre National Hall Gallery, Olympia

4:15pm

Intermission

Intermission whilst preparing for closing keynote delivered by live video link from Los Angeles with Sir Ken Robinson


Thursday January 26, 2012 4:15pm - 4:30pm
The LWF Theatre National Hall Gallery, Olympia

4:30pm

Sir Ken Robinson (via video link)

Sir Ken Robinson provides the closing statement for the LWF 12 conference under the theme "leading a learning revolution". Reforms are required for our industrial scale education systems but what forms shall they take, what will they value and what purpose shall they serve? In closing the conference Sir Ken will reflect on earlier speakers statements and offer a call to action for the delegates to look at the future with a new determination based upon the challenges that future generations face and where our education systems will need to nurture the creative innovators upon which our future well-being will be placed.

 


Speakers
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Sir Ken Robinson

Sir Ken Robinson, PhD is an internationally recognized leader in the development of education, creativity and innovation. He is also one of the world’s leading speakers with a profound impact on audiences everywhere. He works with governments in Europe, Asia and the USA, with international agencies, Fortune 500 companies and some of the world’s leading cultural organizations. In 1998, he led a national commission on creativity... Read More →


Thursday January 26, 2012 4:30pm - 5:00pm
The LWF Theatre National Hall Gallery, Olympia

5:00pm

Concluding statements
Speakers
avatar for Graham Brown-Martin

Graham Brown-Martin

Graham Brown-Martin is the founder of Learning Without Frontiers (LWF) a global platform for thinkers and practitioners from the education, digital media, technology and entertainment sectors to explore how affordable disruptive technologies are radically improving learning and equality of access. Prior to this Graham has enjoyed a career spanning the education and entertainment software industries, having built a number of creatively and... Read More →


Thursday January 26, 2012 5:00pm - 5:15pm
The LWF Theatre National Hall Gallery, Olympia