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Edtech Christmas in September!

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If you know edtech, chances are you know The Edtech Podcast; the one-stop audio-shop for technology innovation in education. In September, fans of the podcast are in for a treat, as the first Edtech Podcast Festival will be held within the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Hackney, London.

On Saturday 22nd September 2018, 200 edtech-lovers will head to the headquarters of innovation community Plexal. School leaders and teachers will be joined by policy makers, technologists, investors, startups, learners and media for a day of activities set to improve the dialogue between “ed” and “tech”, for better innovation and impact, through storytelling. And like with any good festival, there will be a veritable smorgasbord of food and music.

Here’s an exciting clip from The Edtech Podcast, announcing the Festival and discussing what attendees can expect from the event:

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“The Edtech Podcast Festival aims to bring together everyone involved in education innovation,” enthuses Edtech Podcast founder Sophie Bailey. “We’re talking educators from early years to HE and everything in between, plus startups, bluechips, publishers, investors, government and media. We’ll work hard to mix you up and make your experience as hands-on as possible.

“The ethos of the event is to go home with a head full of ideas, interesting conversations and leads to follow-up. After a gruelling week marking lessons or ‘hustling’ as an entrepreneur, we want you to feel loved! Education innovation cannot be achieved by one side alone. In year one, we aim to bring 200 people together; 70% UK and 30% rest-of-the-world.”

Some of the features announced so far include:

1. A live podcast programme featuring a variety of edu-podcasters, including TeacherToolkit and DebateMate, as well as Sixth Formers from School 21, showcasing their real world learning podcast project.

2. A pop-up book shop run by the Wellcome Collection and featuring book signings and chats from authors including Global Teacher Prize nominees and learning design specialists.

3. A series of educator workshops run by previous Edtech Podcast guests, including everything from top tips for saving teacher time and supporting your school improvement plan, to oracy, flipped learning, and the latest guidance on digital tools in the classroom.

4. A series of edtech workshops, including everything from a clinic to assess how efficacious your product is, what legal problems you should worry about, how to get your service out there, and how to co-create with teachers and put learner-centred design at the heart of what you do.

5. A Makers Yard, including hands-on learning experiences such as coding, 3D printing, and design thinking. Come here to get involved with the Imperial College pop-up makerspace.

6. A high street of innovation, featuring new takes on solving real problems in teaching and learning. This will cover early years to higher education and beyond, into the world of work.

7. A series of meet-ups to increase your personal learning network, including intros to communities across government, international edtech, teacher CPD and the new cultural park partners (UCL, Here East, LLDC, and more).

8. Lunchtime mindfulness walks and networking for educators and entrepreneurs around the beautiful Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

9. A final festival party to end the day!

Have you got your ticket yet? Join others from JISC, United Learning, Imperial College, UCL and many more. If you’re a teacher, use the code EDUPAL - there are a number of free tickets available. Register here to secure your spot today!

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