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Becta's Research Conference 2008 - Exploring technology-enabled change in education

6 November 2008

Cutlers' Hall

Church Street, Sheffield, S1 1HG

Event details

A one-day research conference focusing on the role technology can play in changing learning, teaching and leadership.


This free to attend one-day conference explored technology-enabled changes in education and aimed to bring together over 180 policy makers, the research community and expert practitioners to develop our understanding about the way technology can support transformation in learning, teaching and leadership.


The conference was targeted at policy makers, research community and expert practitioners in FESR and Schools sectors who are specifically:

  • Engaged and interested in research on technology for learning, teaching and leadership.
  • Responsible for developing and shaping policy, from all sectors of the education system.

Attendance to the conference was by invitation only.

What’s new for 2008?

Harnessing Technology review – breakfast launch
A breakfast session was held at 9:30 to launch the Harnessing Technology Review 2008. 

Presented by Dr Vanessa Pittard, the launch explored evidence and its implications; demonstrating the positive impact of technology and educational e-maturity on a range of outcomes. 

Dr Pittard also outlined how Becta will continue to ensure that the use of technology will support the development of an education and skill system fit for the 21st century.

There was an opportunity for questions and answers at the end of the launch and informal networking over breakfast and refreshments. 

World leading speakers

We were delighted to welcome Professor Roy Pea, from Stanford Centre for Innovations in Learning as our keynote speaker.  Professor Roy Pea is one of the world’s leading academics in the learning sciences and technology; exploring how information technologies can support and advance learning and teaching. This keynote ensured that we position what we know about learning and technology at the heart of the conference this year. For further information about Professor Pea, please visit the Stanford Centre for Innovations in Learning website.

Our closing speaker was Prof Jonathan Drori CBE. We welcomed Prof Drori's reflections on the day's proceedings in light of his experience in the media, policy and education worlds.

Harnessing Technology Strategy 2008

The Harnessing Technology: Next Generation learning strategy launched in July 2008 has heralded the next phase in the drive to ensure effective use of technology in learning and Becta has been tasked to drive the strategy forward.  The research conference provided you with an opportunity to share their thoughts on the strategy. 

Exploration of emerging evidence – Rose Review

We were also pleased to be working with the Rose Review team in assessing and articulating the role of technology in the primary curriculum review. Delegates had the opportunity to learn more about the emerging evidence surrounding the Rose Review and share their thoughts in an open morning seminar.

A stimulating seminar programme

This year Becta are pleased to be working with the Training and Development Agency (TDA), the National College for School Leadership (NCSL), the Quality Improvement Agency (QIA) and the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) in bringing you a stimulating seminar programme. Seminar sessions will be held in Cutlers’ Hall and Sheffield Cathedral.

A new poster session
Learn more about the emerging evidence surrounding technology and learning from Becta Research Grant awardees (2007-8) and researchers commissioned by Training Development Agency (TDA), Quality Improvement Agency (QIA) and National College for School Leadership (NCSL).

Informal networking area

This year Becta provided delegates with an invaluable networking area with lots of interactive activities. 


The day included keynotes, seminars and poster sessions on the role of technology:

  • In the classroom
  • In family contexts, and
  • In mobilising leadership

Online registration

Attendance to the Becta Research conference was by invitation only. 


Event organiser Elena Owen
Email elena.owen@becta.org.uk
Organisation Becta

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