Influencing edtech policy and practice

TPEA, Stand SD72, South Hall

Experts on research into edtech products and services will be available to discuss how companies can raise awareness of the value of their product in teaching and learning.

Just call in or contact Professor Christina Preston for an appointment

Powerful Pedagogies

TPEA Launch

South Gallery Suite 2 1500 24th January

Dr Mike Sharples will be launching TPEA with a talk about the powerful pedagogies that have been made possible by education technologies followed by a discussion about good practice and innovation.

The Technology, Pedagogy and Education Association (TPEA) is a new learned society that aims to influence developing edtech policy and practice. TPEA combines the expertise of members from The Association for Information Technology in Teacher Education (ITTE), the MirandaNet Fellowship and their associate companies. TPEA’s more than 1,400 international members represent a wide range of education technology experts including university and college lecturers, advisory services and independent consultants, school leaders, classroom teachers, researchers and associate edtech companies who all share an interest in improving learning through the application of digital technology across the curriculum and through the effective teaching of Computing as a curriculum subject.

Refreshments will be available and participants will be welcome to join us for an informal supper at 1830.

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Platform talk: Teachers as co-researchers: investigating solutions for SEN and PMLD learners

Dr Sarah Younie, Professor of Education Innovation, De Montfort University, Thursday 23rd January 17:10 – 17:30 Followed by refreshments

This session will explain how teachers as co-researchers have investigated digital technologies in order to customise their teaching techniques and make more accurate assessments of pupils’ learning interests and progress. Differentiation in teaching and good feedback are vital to improving achievement, particularly when the students have Special Educational Needs (SEN) and Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD). It will discuss the TPEA members’ extensive research results focusing on digital technologies like e-readers, digital media and assistive and immersive technologies. Members have investigated features designed to promote inclusion in products including BrainPOP, EyeGaze, IRIS Connect and Learning by Questions. This session will suggest ways of using technology effectively to promote engagement and enhance learning for all. In addition, suggestions will be offered about technologies that can enable teachers to be creative in engaging children and young people, especially SEND pupils and those with PMLD.

What does the edtech research say?

The TPEA team will run three research safaris after these presentations in The Staffroom

  • Artificial realities for connecting classrooms: Led by Dr Helen Caldwell, Northampton University and Mark Frydenberg, Bentley University, US. Chair John Sibbald, Technology, Pedagogy and Education Association(TPEA) Wednesday 22 Jan, 14:00 – 14:30
  • Digital opportunities for edtech professional development collaboratively or self-directed: Led by Elizabeth Hidson, Sunderland University Chair Professor Christina Preston Technology, Pedagogy and Education Association (TPEA) Thursday 23 Jan, 11:45 – 12:15
  • Ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning for all: Led by Professor Sarah Younie and Raj Gill, De Montfort University Chair John Sibbald, Technology, Pedagogy and Education Association (TPEA) Friday 24 Jan, 11:45 – 12:15

Research tourists will then embark on guided visits to key edtech associates to explore the themes more deeply. A safari debrief will take place back at our base, SD72, where tourists will have the opportunity to reflect on their learning journey and consider next steps with us. A TPEA report will be published after the BETT20 with the responses from participants.

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