Edtech Festival : Delivering education in an evolving edtech world

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Ed-Tech Festival

The New Normal: Delivering education in an evolving edtech world

6th and 7th July 2020

Join Cornerstone Academy Trust (one of the DfE's Edtech Demonstrator Programme Schools) for their online Ed-Tech festival, hear from industry experts and high profile speakers, whose perspectives on learning technology are set to shape the future of education. Join educators in the classroom and observe the utilisation of Ed-Tech in action and examine the challenges ahead and query the shape of things to come.

Hear from key-note speakers . Observe lessons . Engage with teachers and children . Panel Discussions

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Anne Frank Trust : Creative Writing Awards

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In this time of lock-down, when people are separated from each other, the Anne Frank Trust UK invite young people to write a poem, story, essay or article inspired by Anne Frank which shows how important it is that we all live together with kindness, respect and equality.

Taking part

To take part you must be aged between 10 and 15. Your piece of writing can be factual or make-believe, about yourself or about other people or events.

Email work to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as soon as possible, and no later than 30 June 2020..


Moving Learning Online

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To support the rapid shift to remote learning,  Doug Lemov author of Teach Like a Champion is researching and sharing how teachers are moving their instruction online. Doug is Managing Director of Uncommon Schools, a non-profit charter management organisation that manages 42 charter schools across New York, New Jersey and Boston.

The Teach Like a Champion blog is publishing a range of video guides on supporting teachers and schools in moving their teaching and learning online,

The following video 'Dissolving the Screen' is especially interesting given the current pandemic. 

View further videos here. 

Report on Providing Educational Continuity under COVID-19

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'A rapid evidence summary of what is known about best practice in teaching when school students are educated by distance learning'

This report provides a rapid evidence summary of what is known about best practice in teaching when school students are educated by distance learning. It considers both theoretical concepts and empirical evidence relating to the effectiveness of teaching methods used in a distance learning context. The report includes a consideration of the grey literature about pedagogy produced in response to the current period of global school closures. There are limitations in the nature of the evidence base. Much of the research into remote pedagogy comes from a higher education context. Little attention has been devoted to remote pedagogy at primary school level. Research evidence from low-income and middle income countries is limited.

Read the report here

EdTech Demonstrator Programme

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The EdTech Demonstrator programme will provide peer-led advice and training to help schools and colleges use technology to support remote teaching and improve their digital capability.  The reach of this programme will be expanded over the coming weeks, and schools and colleges can now register their interest in receiving support here: https://edtech-demonstrator.lgfl.net/register-your-interest

Broadclyst Community Primary School (Cornerstone Academy Trust) has been selected as one of the schools that will be delivering the programme. BCPS, along with the other EdTech Demonstrators, will provide support and training to other schools in the region from this week and helping set up digital education platforms, which at this time of school closures will support schools in delivering home learning.  To view the press release, please click here.

FREE Webinar

Cornerstone Academy Trust will be running its first EdTech live event this Thursday (30 April) at 2.00pm on ‘Setting up a virtual school from scratch’.  The free webinar will offer training on how schools can set up and use resources most effectively to deliver remote teaching and can be booked at here.

The South West also offers Digital Learning Cornwall (operating within Aspire Academy Trust) who has been offering bespoke and scheduled CPD and consultation across MATs and primary schools for a number of years.  Their focus is always on streamlining EdTech processes; knowing that staff need quick-to-access, efficient workflows that can be utilised swiftly by typical primary education staff.  For more information on Digital Learning Cornwall (Aspire Academy Trust) please click here.