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15/10/2018 - Permalink

EdTech conference in Shrewsbury a great success

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The recent education-focused technology conference EdTech was a great success (Wednesday 3 October 2018), with over 80 people in attendance.

Held at Theatre Severn in Shrewsbury, it was the second conference of its kind to be organised by Shropshire Council, offering attendees an exciting look into the future of education.

EdTech Conference 2018 - schoolpupils

EdTech Conference 2018

Aimed at educators from across Shropshire and the surrounding regions, the conference offered the chance for attendees to learn about new and emerging technology and the ways in which it can be applied to the classroom, important changes, and the benefits and associated risks unmanaged access could create.

The conference also hosted a gathering of representatives from some of the world’s biggest names in technology including Microsoft, Google, BT, LEGO, Smoothwall, as well as experts in education University of Loughborough and CAS Barefoot.

EdTech Conference 2018 - presentation

EdTech Conference 2018

Rob Gittins, Shropshire Council’s deputy Cabinet member for IT and digital services, said:

“We’ve worked really hard to build on last year’s offer and we’re really pleased with how the day went. We’ve already had lots of positive feedback.

“It was great to see new technology applied to real classroom situations.  I’m sure this will help equip Shropshire schools with innovative lessons to prepare students for a digital future.”

EdTech Conference 2018 - staff

EdTech Conference 2018

Nick Bardsley, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for children and young people, said:

“Equipping young people with the skills they will need in the world as adults is a key part of providing a good education, and I am immensely pleased that the service our schools provide works to ensure this and is so open minded to doing this in new ways.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who was involved in any way and contributed to making the event so successful. I’m very excited to see what the future conferences will hold, as we continue to strive to provide the best service possible, utilising all the cutting-edge technology and software available.”