Engaging Education Workshop: Connecting Schools & Tech Start-Ups

TechHeads is proud to announce a partnership with the BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, and an exciting new series of evening events.

For any education and learning tech start-up, engaging schools and teachers (getting face-time inside a school or college to test your product) is no easy task. But if you're going to succeed, how do you test your hypothesis and build that all important evidence base?

Our next event focuses on this common concern: how do you best engage schools and how do create a meaningful, curriculum-relevant workshop, while testing your product?

From Pre-school to Primary, Secondary to Further Education, we've invited a fantastic set of tech start-ups to speak about their success and failures in engaging schools and students and a panel of educators passionate about technology - well-versed in the assumptions start-ups make.

The evening will be a presentation/panel discussion mix, which will open up to the floor for questions.

Evening Format:

Zondle - Founders, Ben and Wayne explore how they engage UK Primary schools with games-based learning

BlikBook - co-Founder Barnaby Voss explores how his company engages Higher Education

Social Media for Schools - co-Founder & educator, Leon Cych explores how his company engages education

Kaltura Video Platform - Global Sales Executive of Education and Media, Jeffrey Newman explores how an established edtech company works with schools

Decoded - co-Founder Alasdair Blackwell discusses how a new edu company plans to engage education

Teacher Panel (with Q&As from the floor)

Educators, Dawn Hallybone & Laura Knight, and Nick Dennis - discuss how third parties (start-ups) engage education - and the mistakes to avoid, and how to construct a great workshop!

A networking session will run at the end of the event, where you'll get a chance to meet the speakers, other tech start-ups and discuss your own ideas and innovations.

(BCS & TechHeads will be providing teas/coffees soft drinks/wines).

Looking forward to meeting you,

Ed & the TechHeads team.

> If you are a start-up with colourful experience of engaging schools, or an educator with experience of classroom workshops - please do drop us a line.

[About: TechHeads aims to connect teachers who are passionate about ICT and enterprise, with technology entrepreneurs and companies passionate about education and learning]

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  • Sergut

    The meeting was well organised. Thank you.

    I was expecting more on "engagement", though. Many of the speakers seemed to be on "selling" mode, trying to show how nice their companies and products were, and shared little about the difficulties or successes they had had when trying to engage with schools or universities. I will share a thought for next time. Why not give speakers two or three questions they have to address to help them be "on topic", e.g. "What has been your biggest challenge when trying to engage with schools/universities?", "What has been your best strategy when trying to engage with schools/universities?", "Where (place, social network, etc) have you connected more easily with your partners in schools/universities (on site, twitter, events like TechEd, etc)?".

    August 2, 2012

  • Stephen P.

    Great event with interesting companies speaking. Ben and Wayne (Zondle) were especially insightful. It was super to see Ali's (Decoded) raw enthusiasm

    August 2, 2012

  • Sarah S.

    This was well worth the trip into London. The event was well organised and the speakers were excellent. I have a lot of information to take back to the office, and share; in addition to a lot of 'I told you so's' to take back too! Thank you

    August 2, 2012

  • Gerlinde G.

    Great. But slightly shorter would have been nice so as to talk to people a bit more. The panel at the end was extremely useful!

    August 2, 2012

  • Edward B.

    A fantastic first event at the BCS! Thanks to all the speakers, the educator panel and everyone that came down. Was ambitious trying to do this mid-summer hols & mid-Olympics, but worked really well! Thanks again, and see you at the next event!


    August 2, 2012

  • Ann D.

    I co-run a social visual communication tech startup that focuses on mobile as the point of creation. I'm keen to connect with and learn how educators use video and images in curriculums especially databases of video. Also, how you encourage your students to create video in your lessons. please get in touch @annlytical Thanks!

    July 27, 2012

  • Stephen P.

    Great line-up. Looking forward to it.

    July 26, 2012

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