4 Ways the Education Tech Expo will Make Your State School An Innovative Leader

4 Ways the Education Tech Expo will Make Your State School An Innovative Leader

24th October 2018

The Education Tech Expo at the Madejski Stadium, Reading is designed to help state schools make the most of their budgets. The Department for Education’s (DfE) spending is struggling to combat the ‘funding crisis’ as pupil numbers rise and more and more state schools have a budget deficit. Things are so bad, head teachers recently held a polite protest outside parliament.

The Education Tech Expo gathers the greatest minds in the edutech sector to show head teachers and IT heads at state schools how they can maximise their squeezed resources. The tech sector has answered the DfE’s call to launch a technological education revolution.

“Schools, colleges and universities have the power to choose the tech tools which are best for them and their budgets. But they cannot do this alone. It’s only by forging a strong partnership between government, technology innovators and the education sector that there will be sustainable, focused solutions which will ultimately support and inspire the learners of today and tomorrow.” 

– The Rt Hon. Damian Hinds MP, Education Secretary  

These are the four ways the technology at the Expo can make your school an innovative leader:

#1 Evolve Teaching Practices

Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) is making education engaging. A Geography teacher now has the tools to send students on expeditions through the Amazon rainforests so they can witness the impact of deforestation. A History teacher has the opportunity to drop a student safely in the middle of a virtual World War 2 battle. A physics teacher can take pupils back in time to see the apple fall on Newton’s head. VR will make students more confident and engage those who don’t respond to the traditional forms of learning.  

Sonny Sharma, founder of New Ways to Learn and Spongy Elephant, will deliver a speech and host an interactive show that will present registered guests with the opportunity to get hands on with VR and discover its massive potential.       

“I’ve been fortunate enough to see technology being used in revolutionary ways. Students are able to explore the rainforest, steer virtual ships or programme robots from their classroom, while teachers are able to access training, share best practice with colleagues and update parents on a pupil’s progress without being taken away from their main focus – teaching.” 

– Damian Hinds, Education Secretary

Education Tech Expo

#2 Cut Teaching Workload

Teaching is more than delivering a Powerpoint presentation to a class. They must plan lessons, learn about their subject and support students. Guests at the Expo will interact with a series of products designed to streamline the teacher workload and reduce the burden of ‘non-teaching’ tasks. Airhead Education create a cloud desktop solution that simplifies workflow by presenting teaching tools in one central place. Apps help organise a teacher’s timetable and their colourful, user-friendly designs will engage children — there will be no need to spend time convincing someone to learn. Attendees will have the opportunity to interact with Instrui, a company that trains schools and businesses on how to use the cutting-edge display technology.

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#3 Reduce Administrative Burdens

Making a school operate requires a complex system of internal and external communication. The exhibitors at Education Tech Expo offer an array of products designed to reduce this burden. MailaDoc’s innovative hybrid mailing system saves paper, money and time by streamlining the posting process — you can now post direct from your laptop! Mitel’s flexible communication system lets your teachers communicate on the move and you have complete control over what the system’s functions.


#4 Work Smarter

With squeezed resources, the exhibitors understand that investing in new technology might not be the right thing for your school. This is why technology companies like ITEC offer training and solutions that will help you maximise the systems you already have in place. ITEC have a history of saving schools money by advocating for smarter working, saving academy Sheldon School £30,000 in annual costs by revamping their printer usage.

“At a time when cost pressures on schools are fierce, we have made big savings in this area. Budget-holders have a sharper insight into their print activity and this allows them to manage their departments even more effectively.” 

– Tom Dawson, Assistant Network Manager at Sheldon School

ITEC and HP Inc are partnering to host the inaugural Education Tech Expo at the Madejski Stadium, Reading on the 6th November.  

Event FAQs

Where is the event?

Madejski Stadium. See directions

Where can I park?

Free parking on site

How much are the tickets?


Do I need to register to attend?

Yes – register here

Is there free public WiFi?


How do I find out the agenda?

You can view a full list of our agenda on our website

If you want to change the world, start in the classroom  

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