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Shropshire Council invites schools to explore the future of learning at its EdTech Conference

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The world will never stand still, and anybody with children will know this better than most. In response to this challenge, Shropshire Council is running an Education Technology Conference this September for educators across the local area.

EdTech Conference at Theatre Severn in Shrewsbury

Shropshire Council’s EdTech Conference

Children of all ages are drawn towards new technology.  It can often seem like there’s a dazzling array of new trends, tech and toys on the scene clamouring for attention.

The big question for schools and educators has been how to make the best use of them to keep children learning, while at the same time keeping them safe and prepared for the increasingly competitive job market.  A challenge not to be taken lightly, but one Shropshire Council understands the importance of.

Working together with technology and software leaders such as Microsoft, BT, Capita and more, the conference is gathering educators from across the local area to explore cutting-edge education tools, techniques and applications to help Shropshire’s children get the most out of classroom IT.

With a range of free development courses with a focus on meeting the demands of the changing curriculum, delegates will be given tools to deal with the big IT challenges of the moment including esafety, social media, internet security and digital literacy targets. With a mixture of talks and hands on sessions, delegates will gain unique free access to industry experts who are pushing the boundaries of technology learning.

Nick Bardsley, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for children’s services and education, said:

“The changing face of how young people make use of the internet presents challenges, both in terms of establishing systems and processes to ensure their safety, and providing them with the skills and knowledge to remain safe when using the internet outside of school.

“We are committed to supporting schools in keeping their pupils safe and so we are incredibly excited to be able to offer schools the chance to discuss these issues and increase their own awareness from industry leaders such as Microsoft, British Telecom and Smoothwall.

“In addition to looking at online safety, attendees will also get the opportunity to attend multiple workshops covering a wide variety of educational topics.”

The all-day conference will take place on Wednesday 27 September 2017 from 9am until 4pm at the Theatre Severn in Shrewsbury.

How do I book my place?

Spaces are limited and are on a first come first serve basis, so if you are interested in attending we encourage you register here as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.  If you are interested in being involved in this unique opportunity, then please contact ets@shropshire.gov.uk