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Education Show 2016 Review


Reflecting on the Education Show 2016 T


eachers flocked to the NEC, Birmingham from 17 to 19 March for the 26th edition


of the Education Show. As the recognised event for the latest and most innovative developments in education, teachers gathered to find out how their school can become an even more inspirational place to teach and learn through a programme of free CPD and advice from hundreds of leading education providers.


New for 2016 With technology still high on the agenda in UK schools, the Education Show provided teachers with guidance and inspiration throughout its dedicated ‘Learning through Technology’ zone. According to the British Educational Supplier’s


Association’s (BESA), ICT in UK State Schools research, over half of UK schools anticipated that more than 53 per cent of teaching time would incorporate ICT by this year, and this growth is expected to increase to 57 per cent by 2017. The Learning through Technology Zone was


developed to address the importance of technology in education, with a series of free-to- attend seminars and an opportunity to try and test the latest and most innovative classroom technologies. In the Learning through Technology theatre,


Microsoft and Tablet Academy hosted a programme of workshops, designed to help teachers develop their skills and keep up with tech-savvy students! For teachers seeking guidance on the BBC micro:bit, and ideas on how it can be used in the classroom, the BBC micro:bit session provided an introduction to the handheld, programmable computers that are being given free to every Year 7 (or equivalent) child across the UK. Another practical, hands-on session,


demonstrated the fundamentals of Minecraft and helped teachers to explore ways to use it in the classroom. Participants used it as an opportunity to familiarise themselves with the MinecraftEdu environment and received hands-on training on everything from building objects and


creating a new world to setting up a secure classroom server. In other sessions, teachers found out how


FlashSticks help increase engagement and retention for students learning new languages (including EAL), and discovered the benefits of LEGO Education’s solutions, WeDo and Mindstorms, which can be used to empower learning across the whole curriculum.


Hours of free CPD Visitors to the Education Show 2016 were given access to an inspiring programme of free CPD and training, with sessions taking place throughout the show, in a number of theatres across the show floor. James Lissaman, assistant head teacher at De


Lisle College led a session on ‘Life after levels: How are your peers progressing?’ in the School Leaders’ Summit. James shared the story of how this primary and secondary school has faced the challenge of the removal of levels and its victories so far. The session covered: incorporating the key


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