10 Year Anniversary Event

2016 marks our 10th year in Business. We have a lot to celebrate and would like to share our Birthday with you!

We are hosting a free event which is taking place on:

Friday 6th May 2016
Wrightington Hotel & Country Club, Wigan
9am - 4pm
Complimentary lunch provided

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The event includes technology and curriculum workshops, demonstrations of the latest technologies and much, much more.

Who is the event for?

Throughout the day there will be different tracks running to best suit each department in your establishment. There will be points of interests for Senior Leadership teams, Finance teams and Technical teams from both primary and secondary schools. From our keynote speaker to end user devices, Sign in solutions to training days our event has something for everyone.

Keynote Speaker

It gives us great pleasure to announce that the keynote speaker at our event will be:

Professor Don Passey

Professor of Technology Enhanced Learning
Lancaster University

The new Computing Curriculum sets demanding challenges for Trusts, schools and teachers, but at the same time enables important short and long-term opportunities. Computing is no longer an endeavour concerned with solidarity working. Collaboration is an important aspect of computing and how it is managed.

Don's keynote will explore important issues such as:

  • How can Trusts, schools and teachers manage collaboration - across schools, between teachers, with peers, and with parents?
  • What are the implications, and how can these be supported technically?

Professor Don Passey will offer examples of practice of how this has been achieved.

Click here to visit Professor Don Passey's bio

Breakout sessions

There will be many different breakout sessions taking place to meet everyone's interests. Breakout topics include ICT strategies for schools, Office 365 for Education training and OneNote Education, Google Apps for Education, Apple Education, coding, digital signage and much more. You'll also have the chance to hear from the Virtue Technologies technical team who will be hosting breakout sessions throughout the day on topics such as virtualization, Primary School support, Secondary School support, Office 365 and Azure, redundant Internet and Cloud Disaster Recovery.

Agenda

9.00 Registration & Coffee

9.30 Phil Lawson MD at Virtue Technologies will welcome guests and present the 'Virtue Journey' and talk about the key milestones which has made Virtue what it is today

10.00 The first breakout sessions will commence

10.45 Coffee break and a chance to meet our exhibitors in the exhibition hall

11.15 The next breakout sessions will take place

12.30 A complimentary lunch will be served and the keynote speech will commence

13.45 The final breakout sessions will take place

14.30 Another chance to meet with our exhibitors and the opportunity to have one to one sessions with Virtue Technologies staff

16.00 Event comes to a close

Exhibitors

Each week leading up to the event we will be confirm more exhibitors so keep an eye on your emails and social media! See below for exhibitors who are confirmed so far:

Helen Walker, Virtue's Education Consultant, specialises in educational technology. Helen can work with key stakeholders to focus on ensuring that ICT is effective in teaching and learning, administration, operations and communications. Helen will be discussing the effective use of Office365 for Education as a teaching and learning tool together with the introduction of the Microsoft Academy as a training tool for staff and students.

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Kevin Sait has been working with education establishments for the past 15 years. Kevin and Senior Leadership Team at Wymondham High, a Microsoft Global Showcase School, have created a whole-school innovative learning environment enabled by technology, where students participate in their own learning and achievements to make learning more exciting. Listen and explore with Kevin how they used Microsoft technology to deliver the school's strong vision for change in the Microsoft Education breakout session.


Trilby TV will be demonstrating their digital signage solution. Aimed at the education market, it’s all about student voice, teacher sharing and the wider community. Create some digital content with TrilbyTV at their fun and engaging breakout session on the day.


The CTOUCH Laser air range brings high end features to those with smaller budgets. Available in sizes 43” to 84”, all displays include 10 points of touch, Android operating system, built-in WiFi, Oktopus collaboration software and a market leading 7 year education warranty. CTOUCH Laser air interactive displays make it easy to create effective, eye-catching teaching materials which make the classroom fun for both the teacher and students.



New Ways to Learn is a team of fully qualified teachers, senior leaders and education specialists with a genuine love for learning and technology. They spend days within schools in the UK and abroad, bringing technology to life, working with headteachers to create exciting visions for learning, and delivering some of the most bespoke and engaging training and CPD available for teachers and students today.



Fujitsu will be talking about their Education Ambassador Programme which has been set up to enable and promote collaboration across all levels of education, and promote shared best practice vision for driving transformational change through technology.


Steljes help students of all ages learn better, improve collaboration and push the boundaries of education. They will be bringing along the new VIVIDtouch Full-HD Interactive Touch Screen which offers a world of educational possibilities.

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Syscap, part of The Wesleyan Group, have partnered with Virtue Technologies for 10 years to provide tailored finance solutions for its customers. As one of the largest and most established providers of finance in the UK, they aim to provide you with a competitive, value for money service to suit your specific needs.


Specialists in SIMS Support for the Education Sector, School ICT Services are a leading provider of MIS services to schools and Academies. At our 10 year Anniversary Event, they will be delivering sessions about 'getting the most out of SIMS' and 'SIMS for Senior Leaders'.


As fully qualified Apple Solution Experts (ASE) we provide everything you will ever need to raise standards across the curriculum with Apple technologies. We supply. We train. We support. Our tech and curriculum experts will be demonstrating how iPad can act as the catalyst for positive impact across the curriculum.



Sophos is focused on keeping IT security simple and reliable. They know that a proper security strategy must include networks, servers and devices - all managed easily through the cloud. Plus - discover the next thing in next-gen: Ultimate enterprise firewall performance, security, and control with the XG Firewall.


Trusted by hundreds of thousands of students and teachers, Foldr provides access to your files wherever you are. With apps for iOS, Android and web you can open, edit and save documents from any device. Foldr uses your existing logins and storage for true integration. No need to save work to hosted cloud services, Foldr creates your own private cloud where your documents stay in your control.


Epson UK has a strong reputation as being an innovation leader, and will be showcasing expertise and ground-breaking new product developments at our event. Their products could offer you great cost savings as well as those all important environmental credentials.


Black Country Atelier (BCA) is a leading provider of Additive Manufacture and Smart Technologies curricula. Unlike traditional content providers BCA provide Live teacher support online and onsite to give educators the confidence to deliver their courses.


InVentry Sign in Solutions manage Visitor, Staff, and Student Sign in, and was created specifically for, and in collaboration with, educational clients. Staff have the ability to sign in via barcode, RFID card, or Mobile App. Their multi-platform Apps also allow for external registration in the event of a fire, and registration for breakfast and after-school clubs. InVentry fully integrates with most MIS - including Capita SIMS, RM Integris, Facility CMIS, Progresso, Bromcom, and ScholarPack.


School Audit will revolutionise the way you manage assets in your school. Their software is simple, smart and effective, and gives you access to live accurate data at all times. School Audit is designed for all education establishments that want to take control of their asset and compliance problems using a cost effective software solution.

Peerless-AV is a leading designer and manufacturer of audio visual solutions. The company's award winning mounts and solutions range from innovative video wall mounts, trolleys & stands and individual display mounts to more specialist products such as menuboard mounts and customisable kiosks. At the event Peerless-AV will show its SR598 Large Format Trolley, which provides ideal support for 55-98" displays in any application environment.


Fortinet’s virtualized wireless network architecture operates on a single channel, optimising usage of 802.11ac’s potential for higher throughput and capacity. The result? An 802.11ac solution that is the fastest in the industry. They'll have a full demo suite setup in the lounge all day at the event.

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Linx is a quality yet affordable range of Windows tablets. Born in November 2014, quickly became the best-selling intel-based product on Black Friday and it's currently the most popular Windows tablet in the UK with more than 300,00 units sold. On the day they will be showcasing their current range, prototypes of the new range and a great value education bundle offer.


Blippit IO is a collection of uniquely powerful, creative and open ended Cloud based software tools currently in 700+ Primary and Secondary schools in the UK & abroad.


The Association of Network Managers in Education has been started by two school Network Managers who have worked in schools for over 20 years. They arrange termly meetings/conferences inviting various topical companies in to display and demonstrate their products and services. The ANME is free to join, and open to all Network Managers or IT Technicians in education.

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Edge 4 Solutions Limited provide an innovative range of Access Control and CCTV solutions. They provide cutting edge, bespoke systems to fulfil your security needs, they assess the safeguarding risks that schools require on a day to day basis providing a tailor made design to fit your requirements. On the day they will be displaying a small selection of CCTV cameras and Access Control and will have experts on hand to answer any questions.

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Zioxi design and manufacture furniture to support and inspire learning and working. Whether you are a school, college, university, commercial organisation or specialist provider, if your students are four or forty, their furniture is designed to make your learning and working spaces work better.

How to get to the venue

Wrightington Hotel and Country Club is located just seconds away from junction 27 of the M6 motorway. (Sat Nav: WN6 9PB)

Directions

From the South Follow main signs to Preston/Wigan on M6 exit at junction 27 (Standish/Parbold), follow the signs for Parbold. Follow the road for 600 yards until you see Moss Lane on your Right. The Hotel and Leisure Centre are situated 75 yards up on the road.

From the North Follow main signs to Preston/Wigan on M6, exit at junction 27 (Standish/Parbold). Bear right on the roundabout following the signs for Parbold. Follow the road for 600 yards until you see Moss Lane on your right. The Hotel and Leisure Centre are situated 75 yards up on the road.

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