Sony invites customers behind the scenes with its innovative virtual experience event for corporate and education

Sony has released information on a new immersive event, Spark 2021. This interactive, virtual-reality-style event will allow customers to discover and experience Sony’s innovative Pro AV and IT products and solutions for business and higher education in a new and interactive way, from wherever they are.

“It is a really exciting new step for us to be able to offer this kind of truly immersive virtual event experience to our customers,” says Damien Weissenburger, Head of Sony Professional Displays & Solutions. “With the pandemic shifting everything we once knew and understood about how these types of events work, it’s with great pleasure that we can open our virtual doors, allowing us to be even more inclusive and flexible. The future of Sony’s virtual events is bright, and Spark 2021 is evidence of this, promising to excite with exclusive information and updates on our latest product offerings, as well as providing the opportunity to interact with our experts, no matter where they are in the world.”

The event will be live from April 12th – May 7th 2021, with live seminar sessions from the Sony team running until the 21st April discussing the latest technology innovations transforming workplaces, educational institutions, and cultural entertainment settings. By utilising 3D virtual technology, the event enables customers to step into a virtual entrance hall, where they can see Sony’s key products, pick up brochures for their goodie bag, watch product videos and even see some of the products in action in the virtual classroom and home cinema rooms.

There will also be the option for visitors to speak with product specialists via the 1-to-1 meeting booking functionality, as well as for live chats or video calls. Sony is even treating customers to a treasure hunt with a free prize draw where they could be in with the chance of winning a 55” BRAVIA® A8 TV or a set of Sony’s Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones.

To find out more about the event, register, or attend, please click here.

Classroom space: how to maximise its potential

New research into the rising levels of pupil numbers in England suggests that nearly 13,000 more school classrooms will be needed in the coming academic year.

 

With September fast approaching, it’s time to consider how to maximise your school’s space so that you can accommodate the next generation of young learners.

 

Another point to consider is that excessive class numbers can lead to a negative learning environment with students finding it easier to disengage and harder to be heard.

 

So, what is the solution for conquering cramped classrooms? Ultimately, it’s in the way you use your available space. Your need to maximise your rooms capacity in a creative and tailored way that complements your subject and students.

 

I know what you’re thinking, where’s the money going to come from to help the school innovate its space and improve the student learning experience?

 

Don’t worry, with the Crown Commercial Services Framework for Furniture and Associated Services (RM6119, Lot 5) you can source a range of storage solutions that are both high quality and at a reasonable budget.

 

With leading British manufacturers such as Rackline on the approved list for quality, cost-effective storage solutions across the public sector, you can easily access its diverse range of products which can be tailored to suit your unique space.

 

Maximise your classroom’s potential and create a productive learning environment, with Rackline’s top five suggestions for the best school storage solutions:

 

Mobile shelving

An efficient storage system, mobile shelving is a stylish product that is perfectly suited to the learning environment. Optimise your school’s floor space with this convenient and movable solution that’s great for storing heavy loads while reducing the amount of room taken up by 50%.

 

Static shelving

Offering a wide range of static shelving options, Rackline can boost your storage capacity with a fully tailored product that meets your school’s specific needs. While it’s made from solid steel, the shelving is free from sharp edges which ensures you can safely store your items in a busy educational setting.

 

Tray shelving

Shelving systems are very versatile and can be fitted with tray support brackets to maximise storage capacity. Rackline can design and manufacture storage bays to accommodate any size of tray, from gratnells trays for the classroom to larger collection trays that are better suited to storing subject resources for art or science prep labs.

 

Lockers

One of the most commonly seen storage examples in the education sector, lockers are popular for a reason. High quality, durable and secure, Rackline’s lockers deliver a functional personal storage system for both students and staff. Steel welded and riveted, the powder coated lockers come in a range of colours, you can even match them to your school branding.

 

Archive shelving

Ideal for heavy or bulky items, archive storage systems can help you to store items efficiently and neatly. Rackline’s archive shelving is great for organising gym equipment and storage cupboards allowing you to easily access and find what you’re looking for.

 

If you’re ready to maximise the potential of your students and classroom space, contact Rackline on 01782 770 144 or head to www.rackline.com to transform your school’s learning environment.

 

 

Shaftesbury School and Epson collaborate to develop class leading learning environment

Inspiring technology adoption breathes life into future classroom

What happens when imagination and collaboration are brought together by a creative vision? The answer is Shaftesbury School’s future classroom.

Curated by Alex More, Lead Teacher of Innovation in Teaching & Learning, following his frustration with the rigidity of the classroom environment and the linear process of education, it brings learning to life in an interdisciplinary and sensory engaging way.

 

He explains: “Since the industrial revolution children have been taught sitting in lined up desks in front of a teacher writing on a board. This got them ready for a life of being told what to do by their bosses. That is not the case now. The workplace wants presenters and inquisitive team members that are confident to share their ideas, explore options, challenge and be OK with being challenged. The future classroom encourages this freedom to investigate. It allows students to immerse themselves fully and unselfconsciously.”

 

Phase 1 of the project identified a disused space at school and Alex began contacting partners to help guide and support him on bringing together a wide range of ideas. This presented many opportunities for learning for all involved.

 

One of the first elements to be installed was the Epson EB-1485FI projector provided as part of the Epson ambassador’s school project. It is only one of ten schools in the country to have one. The projector works with a with a SMIT visual board with wired in speakers and Mozaik 3D software that seamlessly brings 3D animation to life. With Mozaik students have access to up to 1200 3D scenes plus hundreds of educational videos, tools and games. Digital books and presentations can be enriched with images, drawings and interactive 3D scenes and custom worksheets can be created with the built-in test editor in mozaBook. The software supports touchscreen functionality and its user interface can adapt display size. Teachers can also create presentations or turn their files into interactive digital textbooks.

 

 

There are 13 whiteboards so students can write on the walls, a 360 degree camera allows images to be downloaded and reviewed and a Catchbox microphone connected to Epson speakers allows even the quietest voice in the room to be heard.

 

Alex comments: “The display size of the SMIT visual board is 120 inches, larger than the 70 inches we are used to, which makes things so much more immersive. The results are really transformative. Students can get to grips with 3D modelling and image size and more than one person can interact with the software at once.” 

He continues: “The teachers love it. I have since purchased a one-year Mozaik licence as it was proving so popular the five free downloads per week were being hit on the first day of the week! The students think it is awesome. They love the ability to co-create with the spilt screen as well as the 3D modelling feature. It’s had a huge impact on learning too, specifically cognitive load. The quality of the 3D models is amazing and allows them to dissect items and zoom in and interact with images through Epson’s touch features.”

 

He adds: “I didn’t want a room of technology without a teacher. I wanted to use technology to compliment the teacher and this works amazingly well.”

 

The future classroom is not just driven by the tech. The environment is important too – a plant wall sponsored by Biotecture is absorbing carbon dioxide and a Gratnells Learnometer ensures the best classroom environment by monitoring seven measurements including ambient temperature, levels of fine dust particles and CO2.

 

“40 out of 60 staff are trained to use the room already and 20 use it regularly,” states Alex. “As a HundrED ambassador I can link to classrooms around the world and participate in workshops. We have opened up a corner of our world to the global stage. Our students are even going to be teaching students in Ghana. They are part of an international community.”

 

Phase 2 has just been launched and focuses more on three Is – International, Intergenerational and Interdisciplinary. International looks to develop local and global Science, Technology, English or Maths (STEM) partnerships, Intergenerational will see students working with people over 65 who will tutor them. This allows those who are retired to share their knowledge and those who need support to have access to a wider range of expertise. Interdisciplinary supports learning from a more integrated perspective. Rather than just learning the core subjects, students are encouraged to develop knowledge as part of a larger project.

Explains Alex: “We want the learning to be much broader and inclusive beyond the basic subjects. We also want the future classroom to support more than just the students in the school.  For example, one of the initiatives includes a course for parents. It involves Australian company Curiious which uses Redbox VR to deliver an immersive virtual reality mental health and wellness programme called Wiise. It helps develop ways to manage emotions in the household and we are the first in Europe to trial it.”

 

He concludes: “It is a real privilege to have all these connections to help create a living breathing classroom. It challenges the status quo and opens people’s eyes to what is possible. Everyone is learning all the time as the classroom evolves and it is exciting to see its role within the school and community – local and global – continue to grow.”

 

Tilbury Douglas Construction Secures Two New Education Contracts in the West Midlands

Tilbury Douglas Construction has won two new education contracts in the West Midlands, with work starting later this month.

 

Located in Walsall both schools (The Ladder School and Walsall Studio School)

were awarded by the Department for Education under the EFSA 2017 Medium Band Construction Framework and will be operated by The Mercian Trust.

 

Designed in collaboration with Race Cottam Architects, The Ladder School will be an entirely new build school providing alternative provision for young people in the Walsall area who are at the risk of exclusion from mainstream education. Currently housed in temporary accommodation, the new two and three storey building will offer up to 112 students a radically improved learning environment for Key Stage 4 and post 16 education.

 

Principal of The Ladder School, Mr. Chris Bury said:

 

“I am very excited to see construction work start; the new school has been carefully planned to ensure students have the best possible chances to succeed. As a school community we cannot wait to move into our new facilities, the project will change the life chances for the students we serve.”

 

On an adjacent site, a second project to extend accommodation for Walsall Studio School will simultaneously be constructed. Walsall Studio School is a specialist studio school with a bespoke curriculum designed to engage students on a 4-year professional journey that allows them to thrive in the creative, digital and health industries. The new building will provide dedicated and specialist space to further this work.

 

Principal of Walsall Studio School, Mr. Darren Perry said:

 

“The new build development symbolises our commitment to providing a high-quality performance and a digitally rich learning environment that enables our students to thrive. As a school that champions industry-led learning, I am excited to enhance our unique Studio School approach for future cohorts of students.”


Commenting on the new developments, Simon Butler, Division Director at Tilbury Douglas Construction in the Midlands said:

 

We are delighted to have been awarded two new contracts which represent a significant investment in education provision in the West Midlands. Tilbury Douglas has a strong track record in delivering specialist education projects and we are looking forwards to starting on site.”

 

Works will begin in April 2021, with a completion date of spring 2022.

School improvement goes real-time with innovative tech solution

Now you can have dynamic, real-time monitoring of progress against your school improvement plan, all in one place.

 

 Hub4Leaders has today launched Evaluate-Ed, an online tool that will transform school improvement. Evaluate-Ed makes measuring, tracking and reporting school improvement simple, collaborative and effective.

 

School improvement is at the heart of good practice. But there are so many reports and evaluations, so much paper. And the reports often become outdated as soon as you have written them.

Wouldn’t it be easier if you could have all your progress reports and evaluations in one resource? With Evaluate-Ed, you can.

 

“Teachers and leaders have for too long been subject to an assortment of external evaluations and assessments, both local and national, that require responses. Many of these demands need reports or analysis which are very time consuming and often repetitive. Evaluate-Ed software provides schools with a bespoke central source from which to create their own evaluations, monitor progress effectively, produce and update reports speedily to meet their own school priorities, external expectations or both. Evaluate-Ed is the heart of self-assessment, monitoring, analysis and feedback processes which will impact positively on a school community,” said John Croghan MEd, BA, Cert Ed, school consultant, mentor and governor.

Evaluate-Ed will transform your reporting. All your school improvement planning in one place, online. Secure, yet easy to share, it puts leaders in control of their school’s improvement journey.

How does it work?

You answer a series of questions across multiple categories and provide supporting evidence. The results generate school improvement recommendations and an action plan. Video-based micro-consultations from leading sector experts explain your next steps.

Who is it for?

Evaluate-Ed is for use in individual schools, academies, and multi-academy trusts. Schools use the tool to review and improve practice. MATs use the tool to review, improve, and grow.

 

“This is the most dynamic self-evaluation and improvement tool that has ever been created in the education sector. The software asks you all the challenging questions about every aspect of running a school and tells you what outstanding or good looks like. The software highlights all the outstanding areas of the school and flags up any areas for development. It’s simple to use, very intuitive but extremely powerful in the analysis of your school, academy or trust,” said Howard Jackson, chief executive officer, Hub4Leaders.

Now you can have dynamic, real-time monitoring of progress against your school improvement plan, all in one place.

 

[12th April 2021, Macclesfield, Cheshire] – Hub4Leaders has today launched Evaluate-Ed, an online tool that will transform school improvement. Evaluate-Ed makes measuring, tracking and reporting school improvement simple, collaborative and effective.

 

School improvement is at the heart of good practice. But there are so many reports and evaluations, so much paper. And the reports often become outdated as soon as you have written them.

 

Wouldn’t it be easier if you could have all your progress reports and evaluations in one resource? With Evaluate-Ed, you can.

“Teachers and leaders have for too long been subject to an assortment of external evaluations and assessments, both local and national, that require responses. Many of these demands need reports or analysis which are very time consuming and often repetitive. Evaluate-Ed software provides schools with a bespoke central source from which to create their own evaluations, monitor progress effectively, produce and update reports speedily to meet their own school priorities, external expectations or both. Evaluate-Ed is the heart of self-assessment, monitoring, analysis and feedback processes which will impact positively on a school community,” said John Croghan MEd, BA, Cert Ed, school consultant, mentor and governor.

 

Evaluate-Ed will transform your reporting. All your school improvement planning in one place, online. Secure, yet easy to share, it puts leaders in control of their school’s improvement journey.

 

How does it work?

You answer a series of questions across multiple categories and provide supporting evidence. The results generate school improvement recommendations and an action plan. Video-based micro-consultations from leading sector experts explain your next steps.

Who is it for?

Evaluate-Ed is for use in individual schools, academies, and multi-academy trusts. Schools use the tool to review and improve practice. MATs use the tool to review, improve, and grow.

 

“This is the most dynamic self-evaluation and improvement tool that has ever been created in the education sector. The software asks you all the challenging questions about every aspect of running a school and tells you what outstanding or good looks like. The software highlights all the outstanding areas of the school and flags up any areas for development. It’s simple to use, very intuitive but extremely powerful in the analysis of your school, academy or trust,” said Howard Jackson, chief executive officer, Hub4Leaders.

allmanhall proves its ‘Worth’ and secures significant contract extension

allmanhall, the independently owned food procurement expert, is pleased to announce that its contract with Worth School to provide an operational catering consultancy, with food and catering related purchasing, has been extended.

Worth School engaged allmanhall in 2014 after a benchmark demonstrated that a saving of 13.93% was realisable. Recent reviews by Worth have shown that the expertise of allmanhall has delivered impressive results ever since.

Worth School is a co-educational Roman Catholic boarding and day independent school for pupils from 11 to 18 years of age, in West Sussex. The school has over 600 pupils, of whom 300 are full boarding. They proudly operate a very busy and complex in-house catering service.

Worth School’s objectives were to achieve a streamlining of controls within the catering department with a view to improving service levels and consistency of the school’s foodservice offering, and to make cost savings. Working in partnership with allmanhall has achieved these targets with impressive results.

 

The implementation of allmanhall’s industry-leading catering software platform coupled with trading support from allmanhall, brought financial control and visibility to the team, with administrative efficiencies and cost savings. Supplier tendering and price mitigation identified a further 11.53% improvement, and the financial benefits and savings initiatives delivered by allmanhall contributed to supporting the school’s comprehensive and ground-breaking 2019 refurbishment of their dining facilities.

 

Day-to-day support is provided from a dedicated Client Support Advisor at allmanhall, handling issues such as supplier resolutions so that the in-house team at Worth can focus on catering operations. Support activities and operational consultancy is habitually reviewed then tailored to fit Worth School’s needs. Additional services provided include regular allergen training by allmanhall’s registered dietitian and food innovation days delivered by allmanhall’s development chefs, on topics ranging from fish and seafood to vegetarian and vegan menu ideas.

 

THE SKILLS NETWORK PARTNERS WITH THE YORKSHIRE CRICKET FOUNDATION TO OFFER FREE MENTAL HEALTH COURSES IN YORKSHIRE

 

  • Courses are available in Yorkshire for individuals associated with community clubs, volunteers and others who wish to know more about mental health
  • Learners will have access to three nationally recognised courses

 

The UK’s largest online learning provider, The Skills Network, has joined forces with The Yorkshire Cricket Foundation to offer free mental health awareness courses in the region.

 

The Skills Network, who already has partnerships with the likes of NHS, Wakefield Metropolitan District Council, The Castleford Tigers, and now the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation, is offering the courses to raise awareness of mental health in both adults and children, providing the knowledge and resources to work or interact with individuals who may be struggling.

 

Individuals associated with community clubs, volunteers and others will have free access to three nationally recognised online mental health courses, which will focus on recognising poor mental health, as well as the signs of self-harm and suicidal thoughts. The fully funded courses will also look at managing and minimising self-harm risk, giving tips on how to support others dealing with grief after suicide.

 

Darren Clarke, Senior Account Manager at The Skills Network said: “The pandemic has affected everyone differently – some have lost family members, others have become unemployed or furloughed, while many are feeling extreme loneliness.

 

“If we can break the stigma by allowing communities to be more informed and aware about the topic, it will become easier to spot the signs and potentially be able to prevent individuals from suffering in silence. By providing access to these free courses, we hope to support local adults who wish to learn more about mental health and gain new certified qualifications, for free.”

Beth Cook, Health and Wellbeing Manager for The Yorkshire Cricket Foundation said: “We have been working with the Skills Network for several years now, promoting courses that align with our delivery at the YCF. Given the current national landscape, we thought there was more we could do to promote awareness of mental health and reduce the associated stigma and saw our partnership with TSN as an ideal way to achieve this.

 

We want to work with as many cricket clubs and community groups across Yorkshire to build a network of ambassadors who want to create a change in how we approach, talk about and help those living with mental health conditions.”

 

The virtual courses, available to individuals over the age of 19 and not in the education sector, last for eight to 12 weeks, allowing them to fit learning around their busy lives.

 

To browse the selection of courses available or to sign up, please visit www.theskillsnetwork.com.

Landmark Year for Key Education Supplier

ESPO has grown from humble beginnings into one of the largest public sector buying organisations in the country, supplying more than 20,000 customers across the UK – including schools, police forces, councils and the NHS and this year ESPO celebrates its 40th birthday.

 

The business employs more than 300 people and supports £2.4billion of public sector spending every year. During the Coronavirus pandemic, it’s helped to distribute vital PPE to front line workers and emergency care packages to vulnerable people.

 

ESPO’s Chief Officer Kristian Smith said: “Going above and beyond for our customers is what we’ve always done and will continue to do. We’re very proud of what we’ve achieved over the past 40 years and it’s right that we celebrate it.”

 

ESPO is 100% owned by six local authority members including Leicestershire, Warwickshire, Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Peterborough City Council. Any operating surplus is returned to the public purse to help fund key services – resulting in a total reinvestment of more than £5m every year.

 

ESPO was set up in 1981 to help its member authorities buy everything they need – from stationery to multi-million pound contracts. Since then, the organisation has developed into a ‘one-stop shop’ offering everyday essentials and specialist services to public sector customers nationwide. The ESPO catalogue lists more than 25,000 different products and is a staple in thousands of schools across the country.

 

From their purpose-built warehouse and head office in Leicester, the ESPO team pick, pack and deliver more than 35,000 items every day helping to keep public sector services running smoothly.

 

ESPO also operates more than 100 framework solutions – recruiting a huge range of trusted suppliers centrally, so that public sector customers don’t have to duplicate this work, providing time and money saving benefits. Over the years the ESPO team have provided everything from energy and food services, to temporary staffing solutions, which has delivered 35million hours of work to the public sector, equivalent to 21,000 fulltime positions.

 

ESPO’s breadth and range has surpassed expectations over its 40 year history and continues to innovate and improve it’s offering to meet the ever changing needs of the public sector.

 

Pupils settle in at Oldham’s newest secondary school

Students from Oldham’s Oasis Academy Leesbrook have been enjoying their brand-new school again after it opened late last year, just prior to the recent national lockdown.

The school, designed by Pozzoni Architecture and built by Galliford Try North West, is operated by the Oasis Community Learning Multi-Academy Trust and is located on the site of the former Breeze Hill School on Roxbury Avenue off Lees Road in Oldham.

Oasis Academy Leesbrook has been designed to be a school where all young people receive a personalised educational experience and holds 1,500 students between the ages of 11 and 16.

The main school building is a four storey ‘Super Block’ with an adjacent two storey sports hall and one storey building housing a fitness suite and PE classroom. Red brick was chosen as the primary material so that the school would be in keeping with the local design vernacular in Oldham, with the building’s form and materials reminiscent of the town’s industrial history.

The double height main visitor entrance is set back to provide a natural sheltered recess leading on from the external plaza, which offers a secure and welcoming arrival to the school. There is a second entrance for pupils which leads onto the performance hall while a third offers a dedicated entrance to the sports facilities for community usage.

To ease movement around the school, an ‘oval’ circulation system has been created, improving pupil circulation and reducing travel distancing between classes to reduce congestion. Staff areas are evenly distributed and positioned along circulation routes to enable passive supervision and wayfinding.

The social areas of the school include a large, bright and airy dining hall with two storey curtain walls, while a covered external dining area is also available for Year 11 students to use at lunch times as well as offering a social space for break time along with a nearby informal terracing area and grassed amphitheatre.

The school’s Learning Resource Centre takes pride of position on the first floor, acting as a mezzanine within the dining hall as well as offering views over the playing fields. The art department has also been positioned to enjoy inspiring views across the school grounds and neighbouring Leesbrook Nature Park.

The school’s sports pitches, multi-use games area and playground are also being made accessible to the local community, offering benefits for the wider health and wellbeing benefits of the residents across the neighbourhood as part of the Oasis Hub: Oldham, which runs activities designed to help build a strong, safe, and resilient community.

Catherine Mulley, Director at Pozzoni and head of the practice’s education team, said:

“We are delighted that the students at Oasis Academy Leesbrook have been able to start enjoying their new school again, which offers a truly exceptional facility for the local area as a whole. The project benefitted from being located on the very large site of a former secondary school and this has enabled the design to offer a spacious, inspiring and welcoming learning environment for 1,500 students.

“The opening of this school continues our ongoing relationship with Galliford Try in the education sector with Vanguard School, for the National Autistic Society Academies Trust via the Department for Education, which opened last January and received a Highly Commended status in the Education Estates Award 2020 for Inclusive Learning Spaces for All.”

Sarah Livesey, Principal at Oasis Academy Leesbrook, said:

“Oasis Academy Leesbrook is a school that is passionate about providing the very best for our families, our community, and our wonderful students who are our pioneers and the future of this community. This building is one small part of us delivering on our promise to do our best for this community by providing an inspiring, engaging and caring educational environment in which our students can flourish.

“We are proud that our Academy is already oversubscribed since opening in 2018; this is testament to our wonderful staff and students – the building now gives the staff, students and community the facilities that they deserve.”

Darren Parker, Managing Director for Galliford Try Building North West, commented:

“This has been a fantastic project for our business unit. By working closely with Oasis Community Learning we have enhanced the experience for the whole community creating greater social value along the way of the project, while in step with creating a new Academy for local students that we can all be proud of.”

For more information on Pozzoni Architecture’s work in the education sector, please visit: https://www.pozzoni.co.uk/projects/category/education

Teachers will lead the digital learning revolution in schools

More than 20,000 teachers from around the world will come together on Saturday, the 17th of April to recognise the leading role teachers have played in developing digital and educational solutions to the pandemic crisis at the inaugural T4 Education Teacher Tech Summit.

The COVID-19 outbreak sparked the biggest crisis in the teaching profession around the world. According to the UNESCO Global Education Coalition, since the start of the pandemic an estimated 63 million primary and secondary teachers have been affected by restrictions forcing schools to fully or partially close.

For many of these educators, trends in remote learning have been dramatically accelerated as schools adopt and adapt new practices to ensure their pupils continue to receive a high-quality education.

The resulting disruption and rapid change has ignited a world-wide digital learning revolution with teachers on its frontline, embracing new tools and discovering new methods to deliver their lessons. During the pandemic there has also been an explosion in teachers sharing their best practices, promoting greater innovation and creativity through informal collaboration.

While the pandemic has posed huge challenges, the crisis offers an opportunity to transform and reimagine education with teachers leading the digital learning revolution.

The T4 Education Teacher Tech Summit will bring educators together from around the world and is designed to provide a platform for them to share their expertise and experiences using educational technologies. The event will focus on the following themes:

  • Designing learning for hybrid environments
  • Engaging learners online
  • How to create good digital content
  • Assessing learning online
  • Ensuring no-one is left behind in online learning

Attendees will get the chance to hear from pioneering frontline teachers who have led the digital revolution in their schools, as well as from renowned world leaders like the OECD’s Director for Education and Skills, Andreas Schleicher; Dr Sara Hennessy from the University of Cambridge; and, Ross Morrison McGill, the Founder and CEO of Teacher Toolkit.

T4 Education recognises that it is teachers who will be key to unlocking the global education recovery from this crisis. On the 8th of April, T4 Education will also be launching a new Insights Survey – the first of its kind and in collaboration with the Cambridge University EdTech Hub and OECD – that will learn directly from frontline teachers all over the world about their professional experiences over the past year, and how they have mobilised to overcome the numerous challenges this unchartered period has generated. You can participate in this survey by following this link.

The event is free of charge and will take place online on Saturday the 17th of April between 12 pm – 3 pm GMT. T4 Education will stream the event live and in English, with subtitles in the following additional languages: Arabic, Bengali, French, Hindi, Malay, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, Spanish and Urdu. To register your attendance, please follow this link.

Vikas Pota, Founder of T4 Education, said:

“The past year has been an incredible journey for teachers worldwide. Teachers have rapidly gone from a situation where restrictions caused great uncertainty, to now using technology in innovative ways to deliver fantastic educational outcomes that are fulfilling their pupils and school’s ambitions.”

“Throughout, we have seen amazing collaboration amongst teaching peers in every country, where they have played a leading role in creating the solutions to the unprecedented challenges they have needed to overcome. The results are not only benefitting millions of children and whole communities worldwide, but also the profession.”

“However, much of this work has been informal. Our Teacher Tech Summit is designed specifically to provide a platform for teachers to share their knowledge from the past year and their techniques with a global audience.

“This way, together we can showcase the amazing work of teachers and share best practice that will support the global community.”

“If you are a teacher, join us and more than 20,000 other educators on the 17th of April to learn from the best – learn from teachers, like you.”

Ross Morrison McGill, Founder and CEO of Teacher Toolkit commented:

“I have been in touch with a number of teachers around the world, learning about their experiences and how they have juggled their workloads with the switch from physical to online teaching and learning.”

“What is very clear from my work is how the world needs teachers. While the profession has been knocked due to this crisis, I am extremely optimistic by the number of teacher-led digital initiatives that are generating great results.”

“From simple conversations, good ideas can filter to the top. Bringing people together who are passionate about education and edtech is essential. T4 places teachers back at the forefront of these conversations and enables those who are supporting schools, to be better informed.”

Mario Herraez Velazquez of eTwinz said:

“As a teacher and an advocate of digital learning, I have been astounded by the pace of transformation over the past year. The teaching profession has gone from having very little experience of edtech on the whole, to it becoming a core element of how we plan, prepare and execute our lessons.”

“The use of edtech and digital learning solutions – while necessary in the pandemic – will only serve to benefit teachers, schools and learners around the world in the future.”

“I am looking forward to sharing the teaching and learning practices I have developed with my brother with the international audience that will be attending the event.”

Matt Granados, a SEN Teacher at Swiss Cottage School’s Development and Research Centre, commented:

“Teaching colleagues around the world are incredibly adaptive, creative, and resilient to changes they encounter every day.

This last year really has shone a light on just how innovative practitioners are, utilising technology to overcome previously unimaginable circumstances.  Through this inventiveness and consistent drive to develop learners, whatever the circumstance, edtech has been at the core.  

This inspirational event brings together our pioneering global teaching community to celebrate the impact teaching teams have had on learners, and vitally, to share these invaluable insights using edtech.”

Dr Sara Hennessy, Co-Director of the EdTech Hub, said:

“It’s been an incredible and seismic year for teachers worldwide, with an astonishing acceleration of digital technology use in education. At the EdTech Hub, we’ve been working at full steam with our partners to explore how to address the persistent challenges and inequities in access to devices and connectivity that the pandemic has brought into sharp relief – in high-income as well as low- and middle-income countries. We’ve seen schools employ a range of available low- and high-tech tools in creative ways, offering some glimmers of hope concerning what’s possible to ensure all learners globally can make progress. Teachers and their professional development are absolutely pivotal in this.”

“This event is vitally important because by showcasing the leading role that teachers have played in the adoption of tech, and sharing creative practices with peers around the world, we’ll continue to build on this going forward, aiming to leave no-one behind.”

John Baker, CEO of D2L, commented:

“Learning is what raises us up in every society; it ripples through generations. D2L is proud to support T4 in celebrating those educators who do this every single day and will continue to build the best technology platform to support them in creating the most impactful learning journeys.”

Denis Mizne, CEO of The Lemann Foundation, commented:

“The pandemic represented a serious threat to education all around the world, especially to the most vulnerable students”.

“Throughout, teachers have been fundamental to adapting the delivery of education online. I am proud of the numerous initiatives the Lemann Foundation has been a part of, working to support teachers and students.”

“The results are a number of inspiring collaborations between teachers and technology who have co-created solutions to overcome challenges. I am looking forward to sharing these initiatives with the other delegates at the T4 Education Teacher Tech Summit.”