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ISC Digital Conference | Microsoft HQ | Thursday 30th November

The ISC Digital Strategy conference will take place at Microsoft Headquarters on Thursday 30th November. Following the success of the 2016 conference, the day will begin with an update from the keynote speakers, looking at what has been achieved in the past year - one year on from the 2016 conference. The conversation of how we future proof our schools through 4 themed sessions where you will get a chance to interact with a range of speakers as well as speaking to suppliers and networking with colleagues. We are lucky to have speakers from all over the world contributing to this debate to enable us to connect with the wealth of current discussion.

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Tickets: £100

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What is it for?

Society is undergoing a digital transformation more radical than the industrial revolution. Which schools will thrive and how will we prepare tomorrow’s leaders for this new era? Now more than ever, the world needs creative, innovative and entrepreneurial young people. How we can contribute to this conversation happening all over the world?

Target Audience

The event is aimed at Heads, Bursars, Deputies & ICT Directors to share evidence-based best practice from around the world.

Thurs 30th Nov, 10:00-16:00

Microsoft Campus, Building 3, Thames Valley Park, Reading, Berkshire RG61WG


2016 Conference Speakers

Ian Phillips
Assistant Headteacher - Director of Computing and ICT, Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School

Ian is an Intel Visionary, on the Microsoft independent schools’ Steering group, a member of CAS and says he is the original board member of the Independent schools Council’s Digital Strategy Group. He has enjoyed 30 years’ experience, overseeing the school’s technical development as well as the use of technology for the whole school community. He is currently working with academics and tech companies Microsoft and Intel to help support student learning and has recently had great success with the micro:bit initiative.

Donna Teuber
Innovation Program Designer in Richland School District Two, Columbia, SC.

Donna is a respected leader in the field of educational technology with a passion for using design thinking to help schools implement innovative practices that support engaged student learning. She leads the R2 Innovates innovation incubator which provides teams of teachers with the training and resources that they need to implement innovative practices, is an Intel Education Visionary, Google for Education Certified Innovator and a Google for Education Certified Trainer. Her work has been highlighted in Forbes.com, T.H.E. Journal, District Administration magazine, Project Red, Tech & Learning magazine, EdWeek, and Center for Digital Education.

Dr Andrew Storey
Director of IT, Dulwich College

Dr Andrew Storey attended Blackpool Grammar school and read Mathematics and Music at University. After 5 years teaching music he returned to academic life and gained a PhD in Computational Science. He has been the Director of IT at Dulwich College for the past 19 years where he has witnessed the ever changing world of IT and the impact it has had both in and out of the classroom. In 2006 he won a BECTA Award for leadership in ICT. Andrew is passionate about ensuring that his pupils’ have the relevant set of digital skills which will support them when they move on to tertiary education or the workplace.

Vaughan Connolly
ESRC scholar, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge

Vaughan is an ESRC scholar at the Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge where his research areas include school effectiveness and improvement, and staff workload. He also has a part-time role as Director of Digital Development at The Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School. He has previously held leadership roles in ICT, e-Learning and Computing.

James Mannion
PhD Student, University of Cambridge

James qualified as a Teacher of Science in 2006 and has extensive leadership experience including Learning to Learn, teacher research and behaviour for learning. James’s PhD is a 5-year longitudinal evaluation of Learning Skills, a new approach to Learning to Learn. James is a passionate advocate of practitioner research as a basis for professional development, and he regularly presents at educational conferences on this topic. He is the founder of Praxis Teacher Research, a peer-reviewed platform for sharing professional knowledge. James is also an Associate of the London Centre for Leadership in Learning at the UCL Institute of Education, working with schools throughout the southeast of England to promote professional development through research inquiry.

Cat Scutt
Head of Learning Technology and Innovation, Girls Day School Trust

Cat is passionate about education, technology, and what can be achieved when the two are combined. Her career has included learning technology consultancy and teaching across the state and independent sectors, as well as in corporate environments. In her current role as Head of Learning Technology and Innovation at the Girls' Day School Trust, Cat defines and manages the strategy for learning with digital technologies across 26 leading girls’ independent schools and academies. She is also currently working on a PhD at the Institute of Education, looking at the use of digital technologies and simulation games in leadership development programmes.

Aulden Dunipace
Education Director, Bloodhound SSC

Aulden is a disruptive educationalist who left a successful career in the city of London to do something worthwhile! Aulden founded The Learning Partnership in 2001 to link educational engagement with neuroscientific discovery in human learning and development. Aulden developed www.Dendrite.me as a social learning platform in 2010 and in 2014 Aulden became education director of Bloodhound SSC at Richard Noble's request to deliver Bloodhound's mission to inspire the next generation into science, technology, engineering & maths.

Mark Steed
Director, JESS, Dubai

Mark Steed spent most of his working career in the UK Independent sector as a teacher at The Leys and Radley, and as a Head of Department and Housemaster at Oundle. He was Headmaster of Kelly College, Devon (2001-08) and went on to be the Principal of the Berkhamsted Schools Group (2008-15). He was the chair the Independent Schools Council IT Strategy Group from 2001 to 2015. He moved to Dubai 15 months ago to become Director of JESS, Dubai, one of a handful of ‘not-for-profit’ HMC schools in the Middle East. Mark is currently studying part-time for an Executive Masters in Management at Ashridge Business School and enjoys blogging about a range of educational issues at www.independenthead.blogspot.com.

Miles Berry
Principal Lecturer in Computing Education, University of Roehampton

Prior to joining Roehampton, Miles spent 18 years in four schools, much of the time as an ICT coordinator and most recently as a head teacher. He is a member the management boards of Computing At School and the CSTA, the UK Forum for Computing Education and the Raspberry Pi Foundation. Over the years he has contributed to a number of computing related projects including the national curriculum computing programmes of study, Switched on Computing, Barefoot Computing, QuickStart Computing, CAS TV and Project Quantum. He gives regular keynotes and CPD workshops on computing and education technology in the UK and abroad and has worked on a number of international consultancy projects involving curriculum development and CPD.

John Rawlinson
Director of Academic Performance, Wellington College

John is a data expert and Maths teacher at Wellington College and a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert.

Mark Reynolds
Founder, Hable

Mark is the Founder of Hable, a specialist Education consultancy practice which launched in January 2015. Education IT has been his specialism and passion for over 10 years, during which time he’s worked with customers, partners and government organisations to drive change and help people learn in new ways. His previous role was leading the Education team at Microsoft UK. Mark left Microsoft to build a start-up that inspires people to do great things, then empowers them with useful technology. Hable offer expert consultancy and learning experiences, to help you dream big and deploy fast. Mark studied English and Sociology at the University of Manchester. He is also a parent governor at Rush Common Primary School in Oxfordshire, UK.


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About Us
The ISC Digital Strategy Group was set up in 2007 by the Independent Schools Council. The group is composed of experts with representatives drawn from the various Independent School Council member associations. The group provides independent advice to Senior Management teams on a range of ICT related issues primarily through the publication of briefing papers.
The conference is managed through Berkhamsted School so please direct any enquiries to Rebecca Brooks, Events Manager at Berkhamsted School.

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