Regular readers of this blog should be familiar with Sandymoor School in Runcorn, and its head teacher, Andrew Howard. Sandymoor itself is one of six Microsoft Showcase Schools here in the UK, last year being awarded Global Showcase School status, and earlier this year Andrew was shortlisted for the Naace 2015 Leadership Impact Awards.
Becoming a Showcase School isn’t simply an acknowledgement of the intelligent use of technology to raise standards within the confines of your own gates, it is also about sharing your successes and best practices with other schools, making sure that the positive impacts being enjoyed by one set of teachers and student can ripple outwards into the immediate local community, as well as the further geographical reaches of academia.
On that note, we’re please to share details of an event at Sandymoor School next month, organised in conjunction with Kelway, and hosted on the day by Andrew Howard.
Transforming Learning through Tablet Computing
Transforming Learning through Tablet Computing will be held on June 11th, and is an opportunity for school leaders learn about tablets available within education, via speakers from both schools and technology providers.
The event is entirely free and includes refreshments, including a buffet lunch. Click here to REGISTER.
Steve Beswick, Director of Education, Microsoft UK, will outline the vision of Microsoft Education, both within the UK & globally, before attendees experience how this vision has been enacted in a real school. Andrew Howard will then share the journey Sandymoor has been on since it's creation in 2012, and how the staff and students have been using tablets and Office 365 as part of a carefully considered digital strategy, along the way to becoming a Microsoft Showcase School just two years on from when the school was founded.
Of course no two schools are the same, and while many of the facets of a digital strategy can be largely mirrored to reasonable effect in other institutions, the differences in budgets, time frames, existing set ups and school sizes mean that in order for the students and teachers to really get the best out of any technology – and for the school to get the best return on its financial investment in technology – a bespoke solution is required.Kelway is a Microsoft in Education Partner, and will be on hand at the event to help school leaders and IT managers with any questions they might have during the day, and to work with them going forward on any digital strategy they wish to explore as a result of having seen the successes of Sandymoor.
As well as the tablet computing event, the day also signals the launch of a new Innovation Hub and Microsoft Showcase Classroom right in Sandymoor School:
Take a Tour of the New Innovation Hub
Sandymoor School in conjunction with Kelway and partners, are launching the Innovation Hub & Microsoft Showcase Classroom on this day. You will be provided with a tour so you can come and try out all the new technology including the latest Windows 8 Devices from all of the leading manufacturers including Microsoft, HP, Dell, Lenovo, Fujitsu and Toshiba. Visitors will be guided through the Office 365 ecosystem to understand how this technology can so easily and affordably be integrated into the everyday working of a modern school.
Sandymoor School are also hosting a TeachMeet in the evening; further details will be available, but places for this can also be reserved. The Teachmeet runs from 4:00pm to 5:30pm and includes a Curry Tea following the conclusion of the event.
Transforming Learning through Tablet Computing takes place on June 11th at Sandymoor School in Runcorn. For more information and to register, please visit Kelway.