Microsoft at The Telegraph Festival of Education – 23rd-24th June

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On June 23rd-24th, Microsoft will be taking up residence at Wellington College (a Microsoft Showcase School) as the headline sponsor for The Telegraph Festival of Education.

Featuring a line-up of headline speakers including the Rt. Hon Nicky Morgan MP, Sir Michael Wilshaw, Piers Morgan and Sir Clive Woodward, The Telegraph Festival of Education brings together the very best of education’s most forward thinking advocates, practitioners of change and policy makers. This two day festival has become one of, if not the leading forum for thought leadership, CPD and debate in the Education sector.

Over the course of the two days, Microsoft Education UK will be taking over the Wellington College Library, offering a full programme of talks, activities, and CPD courses.

Theatre - Library Upper Level

10.30am - 11.00am - BBC micro:bit: Inspiring a new generation of tech pioneers
(Kevin Sait, Microsoft Innovative Expert Educator)
11.30am - 12.00pm - Minecraft Education Edition - Engage students in new ways
(Liz Wilson, Teacher Danesfield Primary)
12.30pm - 1.00pm - Build a collaborative classroom and increase productivity with Microsoft Classroom and OneNote
(Ian Stuart - Teacher Ambassador)
1.30pm - 2.00pm - More personal learning with Windows 10, Office 365 and Surface
(Kevin Sait, MIEE)
2.30pm - 3.00pm - Skype in the Classroom - Connect with educators and guest speakers from around the world to inspire your classroom
(Kristy Griffin, Bolsover C of E - MIEE)
3.30pm - 4.00pm - Microsoft Educator Community - Free teacher training and CPD
(Sarah Morgan, Headteacher Danesfield Primary)

Showcase - Theatre Ground Floor

11.00am - 11.30am - Minecraft Education Edition - all the support you need to start your journey using Minecraft in the classroom
(Liz Wilson, Teacher Danesfield Primary)
12.00pm - 12.30pm - Flip your Classroom with Office Mix
(Kristy Griffin - MIEE)
1.00pm - 1.30pm - Digital storytelling with Sway
(Kristy Griffin - MIEE)
2.00pm - 2.30pm - What's new in Windows 10 for education
(Ian Stuart - Teacher Ambassador)
3.00pm - 3.30pm - Personalised Learning with Office 365 and OneNote
(David Walker - Wellington College, MIEE)
4.00pm - 4.30pm - Managing school performance with Power BI
(John Rawlinson - Wellington College, MIEE)

In addition to the presentations, we'll be running a series of sessions getting to grips with the BBC micro:bit on the ground floor of the library.

Get Certified!

Joining us on June 23rd-24th at Wellington College will be joined by Prodigy Learning, a Microsoft in Education Partner, who will be hosting a Microsoft Certification Centre.

On offer will be Microsoft’s Certified Educator (MCE) certification programme which validates that educators have the global educator technology literacy competencies needed to provide a rich, custom learning experience for students. MCE is mapped to the UNESCO ICT Competency Framework for Teachers Technology Literacy as is a great option to support all teaching staff.

In addition the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) and Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certification will be available. Details on each programme are highlighted in the Certifications section below.

If you would like to book an exam slot in advance, please click here. Walk in exam slots will also be available on each day. Space is limited so advance booking is recommended.

Skype in the Classroom

As well as the sessions in the Library, our colleagues from Skype in the Classroom will be hosting sessions  connecting attendees with subject experts and Skype Master Teachers, including the Night Zookeeper, who will be joining directly from within the walls of his magical Night Zoo.

You can find out more about Skype in the Classroom and many more of the virtual fieldtrips that classrooms are going on everyday, through the Microsoft Educator Community. There are also a wealth of teacher CPD resources, lesson plans and more to be found on the MEC.

Creativity, Innovation & Technology at the heart of a Multi-Academy Trust

There are some familiar faces appearing elsewhere on the main agenda, including Tom Rees, Head Teacher at Simon de Senlis Primary - a Microsoft Global Showcase School. As a Director of the NPAT Partnership, Tom now works alongside the head teachers of these six successful schools in a Multi-Academy Trust through a creative and collaborative partnership based on peer review.

Tom will be giving a talk on Thursday 23rd June, entitled Creativity, Innovation & Technology at the heart of a Multi-Academy Trust.


We're all immensely excited about what is certain to be a fantastic couple of days in late June. We do hope you can make it, and we look forward to seeing you in and around the library for the various sessions and workshops.

Tickets are still available for the Telegraph Festival of Education. For more information and to book tickets for yourself of your staff, please visit the official site.

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