Who needs a juggernaut edtech show when you can have ‘human scale’ local events?

Regional edtech events have many advantages over the behemoths like London’s BETT show at ExCeL, not least of which are human scale, rich networking, easy access and atmospheric locations.

These are all true of the Animate 2 Educate "Tech on the Tyne Conference" on Friday June 9 at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead. It’s also imaginative. Flying in from Los Angeles will be 16-year-old speaker Mozart Dee, who bridges cultures, generations and learning (she was home educated).

Mozart Dee found many new UK friends two years ago when Drew Buddie, then chair of the organisation for edtech professionals, Naace, interviewed her live across a Skype connection at the annual Naace conference. A ‘digital nomad’, she has travelled the world with her family (10 years in 48 countries) and graduated school with honours that year and is already an award-winning actress and musician.

She has a lot to say about learning, with irrepressible positivity and enthusiasm. And you can check her out for yourself at her Ted Talk on Being a Global Teen.

Zoe RossZoe Ross of Mind Moose startupMozart Dee will be the icing on the presentations cake for the morning session of Tech on the Tyne. The event will bring to the north-east of England some of the very best national and international edtech speakers and practitioners. They include favourites like Lee Parkinson (@ICT_MrP), Julian Wood (@IdeasFactory), Bob Harrison (@BobHarrisonSET), Phil Bagge (@Baggiepr of 'Sandwich Bot' fame), Zoe Ross (@psychologyzoe of the interesting new startup @mindmoose) and Joe Dale (@joedale). Their collective understanding of, and experience with, technology for learning is as good as it gets.

Want to know about using mobile technology for innovative curriculum work and how to manage it? Check. Want to know how to source the technology your school needs? Check. And now in its fourth year, this Animate 2 Educate Summer Conference has a proven effective format that attracts around 200 educators from the UK and beyond.

Martin BaileyAnimate 2 Educate's Martin BaileyFormer primary teacher Martin Bailey, is the driving force behind Animate 2 Educate and its innovative approach to in-service training for teachers (its core business). He commented: “Featuring 11 high-quality presenters and a market hall of more than 30 exhibitors, ‘Tech on the Tyne’ has quickly established itself as one of the top education technology conferences in the UK.

“The event is proceeded each year by ‘Talk on the Tyne’, a TeachMeet-style social event where teachers and exhibitors gather for a night of ‘geet canny teaching ideas’. Last year’s conference was trending second only to the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations on Twitter, and bookings are already flooding in again for our 2017 conference.

“The aim of the conference is to inspire, to enthuse, to educate and inform those in attendance. It is packed full of ideas that can be taken back and immediately implemented in classrooms and hopefully encourage teachers to exploit the potential of technology-enhanced learning.

“Technology can change the world, and we need to fully equip teachers and pupils with the skills and the understanding to make this belief a reality.”

Mozart DeeMeanwhile, over in the US Mozart Dee (pictured left) is happily anticipating the prospect of her UK trip to Tyneside. She'll also get to perform her music and visit a UK school. She commented: "I am so excited and honoured to be a keynote speaker at the "Tech on the Tyne" Conference as I am passionate about education and feel so lucky for all I've learned through my world travel.

"I was only five when we began our ten years of non-stop travel, so I didn't realise I was a "pioneer", but our digital nomad life could never have been done without our laptops, Skype, and social media, so we we owe a lot to tech!"

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