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2013 National ICT and Computer Science Festival Review

The 2013 National ICT and Computer Science Festival was held at Hertfordshire Development Centre on 6th March. The event was hosted by the Hertfordshire ICT team and attended by over 200 people.

There was a wide range of innovative and leading-edge resources available including ICT Litebite sessions, designed to update and provide CPD to delegates across a wide range of ICT topics.

Some delegate feedback:
Extremely useful workshops - lots to think about!
It is a good chance to see and speak to people from software companies. It is worth going to. It also helps develop your own professional knowledge and understanding.
It was very worthwhile and well organised.

Exhibitors including RM Education, Lego Education, Toucan Computing and Storyphones showcased a range of software and peripheral devices for use within the curriculum. The University of Hertfordshire, School of Education & School of Computer Science, was based in the Computing Zone.

Some exhibitor feedback:
I had quite a lot of interest at the exhibition and a good order, so many thanks Crick
It was a very good day, and well organised, everyone was so helpful. We would be very grateful if you could let us know when you have confirmed next year’s date. StoryPhones
Great event, very well organised, lots of people from the right target audience

Also in attendance were St Luke’s School TV/radio station who hosted a live radio show during the event.

ICT Litebite Sessions

Litebite sessionICT litebite sessions are typically 30 minute seminars which are designed to provide update and CPD in many areas of ICT including policy, eSafety, tablet technology, Computer Science and the ICT curriculum. These sessions proved so popular that some were packed with standing room only!






A guide to help and support for ICT in Schools

Carole Bennett


eSafety - What Ofsted expects

Ann Layzell


20 Apps in 20 Minutes

Chris Carter

ICT and computing in the primary curriculum?

- the way ahead

Sue Collins and

Shelagh Mackenzie






SIMS Update and Ofsted

Maralyn Pomeroy and Sally Cort

  • Acrobat pdf, 673kb/14 pages, 22/03/2013, sims.pdf

Microsoft Office 365

Mark Reynolds

Introducing RM Unify: Your Launch pad to the Cloud

James Browning




Computer Science Zone

Kodu sessionThe Computer Science Zone offered an opportunity to immerse in this increasingly important and exciting area of the curriculum.

Sessions included Super Fun Scratch Projects, Portable Python Projects Workshop and Kodu Workshop.

Delegates were encouraged to 'Bring your own device' to participate in these sessions.






Sue Sentence

An Introduction to Microsoft Kodu

Mark Reynolds


Portable Python

Stephen Hunt

SuperFun Scratch

Stephen Hunt



Raspberry Pi Jam

A new feature this year was the ‘Raspberry Pi Jam’ for people interested in developing the use of the Raspberry Pi. During the Raspberry Pi Jam delegates were able to find out about the sorts of things you can do with the Raspberry Pi, see demonstrations of what different people had been up to and get help with Pi problems. A Raspberry Pi was not essential for this session.

Download Raspberry Pi Education manual :









The exhibition showcased software and peripheral devices for use within the curriculum.

National ICT Festival exhibitionNational ICT Festival exhibition hall

Exhibitor Demonstrations






Purple Mash

Getting Messy with Purple Mash and Happy with 2Simple Apps.

2Simple Software


dB Primary

Inspiring Online Learning

Editure Education


Show My Homework

Show My Homework case studies and the topic of homework

Show My Homework

Proactive Learning

Teaching with Touchscreens – the facts and the finances