Brentwood School AI Conference

AI in Education: Practical Insights and Innovations

Be a part of our 2024 Conference on Tuesday 7th May from 9am-3.30pm.

As leaders and educators, you're invited to join us on a journey to delve into the possibilities that Artificial Intelligence (AI) brings to education. This conference will be tailored for everyone, with breakout sessions designed for each of early adopters, people just starting their journey with AI and those also yet to start. There really is something for everyone!

Our conference is designed to combine practical tips from those in the classroom, share our journey to date and evaluate the opportunities and challenges posed by the latest technological advancements. We will provide a session for delegates to bring along ideas, successes and challenges that have moulded all of our educational journeys and allow time to discuss them in a forum with like-minded educators.

We are also excited to welcome both Ben Whitaker and James Fraser as guests on Tuesday 7th May. Ben will be joining as us our Keynote speaker, discussing the topic of  'Embracing AI: Why (and how to) educate the next generation'. James will be providing three different practical workshops across the day, in parallel to the other workshops below. Delegates will be able to opt into these closer to the event. Both James and Ben will then join Brentwood staff as panellists in our interactive Q&A to close the day.

Keynote Speaker
Ben Whitaker
Author, Google Certified Coach, Trainer & Innovator 

We welcome our Keynote Speaker Ben to Brentwood School. Ben is a freelance consultant working with a number of clients on both digital and cultural transformation. Prior to this, Ben worked for 15 years in education latterly as an Assistant Principal, focusing on Digital Transformation and his subject specialisms of Religious Studies & Sociology.

He is co-host of the popular Edufuturists podcast where he explores the future of education by interviewing thinkers from around the world, most notably around the implications of AI in Education.

Ben has travelled around the world talking about effective tech integration that has an impact on learning and culture, notably in Rwanda, South Africa, and the upcoming AIDucation Conference in Bucharest. He is a Google Certified Innovator, Trainer & Coach.

Ben is Chair of Governors at a primary school but most importantly he is husband to Amanda, and dad to Niamh (13) and Martha (9). He is active on social media and on X as @itsbenwhitaker and is the author of the upcoming book, The Ideas Guy.

Running Practical Workshops
James Fraser
Computing Specialist, ICT Consultant, Apple Teacher

James Fraser works as a primary computing consultant through his business, Eat Sleep ICT Repeat. He is also the computing specialist at Elsley Primary School in Brent where he teaches over 800 children.

He is a certified Apple Teacher, a Professional Development Leader with STEM Learning, and delivers training and pupil workshops to schools across the UK; supporting them to develop and enrich their computing curriculums.

In 2022, he won an EdTech50 award for the work he did in supporting schools with utilising technology during the pandemic. James enjoys sharing lesson ideas on X, follow him @EatSleepICTRpt or contact him through his website.

We want to plant our flag firmly in the ground of opportunity, partly because to do otherwise is to mimic the Ostrich with its head in the sand but mainly because of its enormous potential benefit to students and staff alike, while acknowledging that we need to mitigate the risks.

Michael Bond
Headmaster, Brentwood School

There will be a wide range of workshops on offer, please click here to view the full list available.

  • Hands-on session on prompt craft
  • Maintaining Academic Honesty in the Age of AI
  • Opportunities for AI in a 7-13 setting 
  • Ethics behind using Generative AI as a tool to manage workload. What are the optics around marking, grades, and report writing? Is it cutting corners or enhancing education?
  • Staff and student application of AI at Brentwood 
  • Exploring Generative AI beyond ChatGPT
  • Working with non-text Generative AI 
  • Empowering staff to embrace AI in the classroom
  • How to run AI CPD for staff in your context
  • And much more!

Closer to the event, we will contact delegates to select their workshop preferences, dietary requirements and transport methods.

If you require any further information, please email us at [email protected].

Outline Conference Agenda

8.30amRefreshments before conference starts
9amIntroduction to the day
9.20amKeynote Speaker: Ben Whitaker
10amWorkshop 1: menu of workshops to be shared at later date
11.15amWorkshop 2: menu of workshops to be shared at later date
12noonNetworking lunch
1pmAfternoon introduction
1.10pmWorkshop 3: menu of workshops to be shared at later date
2pmBring and Share session: Bring one idea and leave with many
2.40pmQ&A session with a panel including Ben Whitaker, James Fraser and Brentwood staff
3.20pmClosing remarks
3.30pmEnd of day
3.35pmTours available

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