Wednesday, 5th June 2019 at Royal Holloway University of London, Egham
We are extremely pleased to bring you another S7 conference in the wonderful Windsor Building at Royal Holloway in Egham. The day will begin with two exciting and relevant keynote speakers, expert in their fields, who will be speaking on ‘Harnessing the Positive Power of Social Media’ and ‘Understanding the Teenage Brain: why do students make the choices they do?’. We will then break up into subject groups so that you can meet with your colleagues to discuss your everyday issues and after a delicious lunch in the sun (we hope) the afternoon will provide you with two workshops from a possible fifteen, which deal with current educational issues and are there to interest and inspire you.
Signing up for the conference will be on a first come first served basis and the workshops will have limited places, so please log on as soon as you can after registration starts on Wednesday, 24th April (a link to the registration form will appear at the bottom of this page on that date). The registration period will last for two weeks only.
The first key note speech will be delivered by digital consultant Euan Semple (click here to view Euan's website); the second from Bradley Busch, Director of Inner Drive (click here to view the Inner Drive website) The speeches will focus on:
Euan Semple: Harnessing the Positive Power of Social Media
click here to read the synopsis for Euan's key note speech
We are all familiar with the headlines about the negative effects of social media, the polarisation of society, the “fear of missing out”, air brushing our lives on Facebook, the list goes on. But what gets forgotten is what encouraged those of us who adopted these new ways of connecting nearly twenty years ago when online forums and blogs first emerged. The opportunity to reach out across geographical or social boundaries, the ability to find like minds and share learning as never before, the potential to build lifelong relationships often with people we have never been able to encounter face to face, was fresh and exciting, and powerful. This early idealism may have been drowned in the noise of social media but those conversations are still going on, they still have the power to change lives and change the world, young people are still using them to reach out and learn. WE should help them to do so more effectively.
In his keynote Euan Semple will explore this still exciting potential and how those involved in education could tap into it and help their students to change their lives and the world around them for the better.
Euan Semple has been a leader and an influencer in the ever changing field of digital technology for two decades. An early adopter of social media he implemented one of the world’s first enterprise social network systems inside the BBC. He also ran BBC DigiLab, a department whose purpose was to help the BBC understand new technologies across the range of its activities and make better decisions about their use and implementation. He left the BBC in 2006 to establish his own consultancy and has subsequently worked around the world with an amazing range of organisations including BP, The World Bank, The European commission, and Volvo. His work with them has been to help stretch their thinking about digital transformation in all its forms and to ensure that they end up doing the right things for the right reasons.
Bradley Busch: Understanding the Teenage Brain: why do students make the choices they do?
click here to read the synopsis for Bradley Busch's key note speech
Using the latest research from psychology and neuroscience, this talk will look at why teenage students think and act differently to adults. Specifically, this will include why they don’t get enough sleep, how they plan their revision, the role that group dynamics play, motivation, procrastination and how to revise.
Bradley is a chartered psychologist and director of InnerDrive. He is one of the leading experts on how psychological research can best help students, teachers and parents improve how they think, learn and perform. He has written two regular blogs for The Guardian: ‘The Science of Learning and Teaching’ and ‘Lessons from Research’ as well as the award winning book ‘Release Your Inner Drive’. Outside of education, he works with Premiership and international footballers, and helped members of Team GB win medals at London 2012 and Rio 2016.
The programme for the day can be downloaded here: Programme for S7 Teaching and Learning Conference 5.6.19
Before registering for the event please read through the document here which provides a synopsis of the content of each workshop on offer: S7 Conference 2019 - Workshops Information. You will need to choose two different workshops that you will attend during the afternoon.