ACU Connected Summit 2011 schedule

Monday 28th February 2011

  • The Process, Impact and Future of 1:1 iPads at Cedars School of Excellence

    by Fraser Speirs

    Scotland's new Curriculum for Excellence aims to bring breadth, challenge and relevance back to the classroom. At the same time, technology is now an unstoppable force in society. At Cedars School of Excellence, we are committed to finding the best ways to integrate technology into teaching and learning.

    This talk will present the decision-making process that led to Cedars School of Excellence becoming the first in the world to deploy 1:1 iPads throughout the school. It will discuss the early impact of these devices and share insights into Cedars' view of the future of teaching and learning with technology in K-12 through Curriculum for Excellence.

    At 3:30pm to 4:45pm, Monday 28th February

Tuesday 1st March 2011

  • The End of the IT Department

    by Fraser Speirs

    There was a time when the first question that a geek asked to the owner of a newly-broken computer was "have you installed any new software recently?". That's changing in society as the post-PC era rolls in - the iOS App Store has given consumers confidence that installing software can, under no circumstances, break their computer.

    This raises a question: why do we "manage" computers in an organisation? There are good reasons to tightly manage desktop-class computers but in this new era of mobile devices with their own managed App Stores, is this still necessary?

    This talk will explore the idea that this broad social change in attitudes towards exploring the capabilities of smartphone platforms should be allowed into schools.

    At 3:30pm to 5:00pm, Tuesday 1st March

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