Northern Ireland school leaders attend world-leading education technology conference, Inspire 2017


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Over 400 education experts gathered at Titanic Belfast today for Inspire 2017, the Northern Ireland school leaders’ conference showcasing some of the world’s leading educational technology. Supported by joint sponsors Dell EMC and Microsoft, today’s event followed its original success in 2015, and was again hosted by Capita Managed IT Solutions, in partnership with the Education Authority’s C2k Managed Service.

Inspire 2017 provided NI schools with the opportunity to both discover and experience first-hand how new technologies are achieving better educational outcomes. Delegates including NI school principals, vice-principals, teachers and educational specialists heard from influential leaders in education and had the rare chance to directly engage with numerous global technology suppliers. Keynote speaker was David Mitchell, former Head Teacher and now an Educational Consultant across the UK, who shared his innovative ideas on attainment in the classroom through best-practice use of technology. Speakers from NI schools, C2k and the Education Authority also shared their own experiences on the use and impact of technology in their environments during various break-out seminars.

David Mitchell, education consultant and keynote speaker, said: “It has been a pleasure to speak at today’s Inspire 2017 conference. The way NI schools are using technology to make an impact in the classroom is remarkable, and I am delighted to share my experience with the audience. Following the conference I will be running a project in partnership with Capita to encourage schools to use technology in literacy, and I am really looking forward to seeing the results this brings.”

Ed Brown, Managing Director of Capita Managed IT Solutions, said: “Capita is delighted to welcome so many leading education technologists to Inspire 2017. The conference has been designed with NI school leaders in mind, to enhance their knowledge and best-practice through the use of innovative technology and apply this in the classroom and beyond. Inspire is the perfect opportunity for schools in Northern Ireland to share their experiences of how they are using technology today, and its educational impact on the teaching and learning experience. I’d like to thank everyone who attended Inspire 2017, and am sure all delegates found the conference hugely beneficial.”

Tim Matchett, EA Head of C2k Managed Services, added: “Today’s Inspire event is a fantastic opportunity for NI schools to demonstrate how they are using classroom technologies to actively engage, motivate, and of course inspire both teachers and pupils. The conference is also the ideal place to network with suppliers, and to share knowledge and experiences with other school leaders.”

The conference included a technology partner exhibition area with suppliers including joint gold sponsors Dell EMC and Microsoft, as well as Capita SIMS, Fortinet, Securus, Promethean, TextHelp and many more. Exhibitors each had a stand in the conference breakout areas to fully showcase their latest educational technologies.

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