I’m really pleased to announce that I will be presenting at the 2017 Music and Drama Education Expo on Friday 10th February in London Olympia.
I’m going to be delivering a seminar about the use of technology in education, called ‘Mobilising the classroom’. Technology has always offered teachers fantastic opportunities but, and speaking from experience, we often use technology for its own sake rather than thinking about what value it adds to teaching and learning. I’m a bit of a geek at times and I love new tech. However, I’ve been too eager to try it in the past without thinking it through properly. I’ve charged in thinking it’s going to revolutionise the way I teach, or the way my students learn, only to find a few months later its proven impossible to manage, implement or maintain. The reality is, which I’ve learnt the hard way, is that any new technology in the classroom needs to add value to the teaching and learning experience without too large an expense on either your time or your financial budget.
However, there really is a huge variety of different devices, apps and technologies that can bring massive value to the classroom with the minimal price, or even free. The session will explore how both teachers and students can safely and effectively use technology that is easily available to us; helping us go beyond the classroom and even replacing it.
Delegates will receive practical ideas that can be applied immediately in practice, as well as model policies for student engagement and examples of how webinars can move teaching practice away from the classroom and into the online world.
- Learn about how technology has impacted teaching in the 21st century
- Explore excellent, immediate and practical ways of using technology to improve and develop teaching practice
- Discover how to engage students in the use of technology appropriately and fairly
- Learn how technology can help to move out of the classroom and into the online world
Find out more by following this link.
There is so is so much going on at this years Music and Drama Education Expo and I’m really excited to be going. There is so much there for Drama Teachers and educationalist and much of the music elements are relevant to Drama as well. I’m particularly looking forward to Jill Lloyd-Jones’ seminar on The Internet as Text: Engaging the Heart, which sounds fascinating and close to my own interests of how technology can impact the classroom. I think Rhea Walkers’ talk on mastering peer the classroom is going to be really beneficial to my teaching practice, so I’m also excited about that as well. Sarah Hendersons workshop on physical drama skills for on and off the stage also looks amazing. I’m also really looking forward to doing a workshop with the cast of The Lion King, the sharing lab and all the different performances going on. I’m only worry about this years expo is how I’m going to fit everything I want to see and do in without missing anything!
It’s a great day and you have to go. Register online for your free ticket at: http://www.musicanddramaeducationexpo.co.uk/london/conference