imageSpring is in the air and a conference season is rapidly approaching! One highlight that I’m really looking forward to is the Sunday Times Festival of Education, which will be held at Wellington College in Reading on the 25th and 26th June this year. This year, the festival is being held in partnership with Microsoft and it promises to be even more memorable than last year’s event.  There are speakers from a wide range of backgrounds taking part in the event, with much opportunity to have our thinking challenged, our tastebuds tickled and our brains stretched. There’ll be something for everyone and to find out more, book tickets and check out the programme, the website is here.  Keep checking the Festival of Education website as there will be more and more information on there in the next few weeks before the event. And if you are using twitter as part of your professional network, follow @educationfest2011 and checkout the hashtag, which is #educationfest2011.

As part of the Partners in Learning commitment to sharing good practice about what is going on in the classroom, we have award-winning teachers Gareth Ritter (@ritzertech), Dan Roberts (@chickensaltash), Mandeep Atwal (@Shoutlearning)image talking about how technology has made a difference in their classrooms and Isobel Bryce (@issybryce), head teacher from Saltash.net, will be talking about how it has made a difference in their school. Stuart (@innovativeteach) and I (@innovteach2) will be there too, sharing a range of free tools and talking about the difference that collaboration can make to learning.  Come say hi to us on our stand and visit our workshops for inspirational ideas that you can take away and use in your classrooms. Put the date in your diaries and book your ticket for some great value professional development - we’re looking forward to meeting lots of you there!