Smartschools and Microsoft host education technology conference for ETBs and Trusts


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Education experts and IT leaders from ETBs and Trusts across Ireland joined Smartschools – part of Capita plc, and Microsoft last week for Inspire, a conference for Ireland’s education sector leaders’. Inspire was hosted by Smartshcools in partnership with Microsoft, held at the new Microsoft HQ campus in Leopardstown, Dublin, it showcased some of the world’s leading educational technology.

Inspire provided ETBs and Trusts with the opportunity to discover how technology in teaching and learning is achieving better educational outcomes as part of digital transformation programmes.

Delegates heard from influential speakers including Shirley Finnerty from Microsoft and John O'Donnell from Galway & Roscommon ETB (GRETB) who shared his experience of the new consolidated IT service to schools and colleges within GRETB. Corinne Latham, Principal of Seaview Primary School and leading educationalist, provided first-hand best-practice examples of how a consolidated IT service, under the C2k contract, supports teaching staff to implement technology that enables them to focus on innovative teaching and learning practices.

The conference included a technology partner exhibition area with suppliers of leading and innovative education software technology showcasing their products, exhibitors included SIMS, Reading Cloud, Planet eStream, Learning Possibilities and Senso. Cloud.

Paul Roche, Sales Director, Smartschools said: “Smartschools was delighted to welcome so many leading education technologists to Inspire. The conference was designed with ETBs and Trusts in mind, to enhance their knowledge and to provide a platform for them to engage and share best-practice use of innovative technology. I’d like to thank everyone who attended Inspire, Microsoft for hosting in partnership with us and I am sure all delegates found the conference hugely beneficial.”

Kevin Marshall, Microsoft, added: “The Inspire event was a fantastic opportunity for ETBs and Trusts to meet and discover ways technology can underpin their digital transformation journey. The conference, held in Microsoft’s new Dreamspace room was the ideal place to network with suppliers, and to share knowledge and experiences with other IT and education leaders. We were delighted to host the conference in partnership with Smartschools”

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