In Conversation with…

Presenting the latest thinking from key educational technology influencers across the globe. We bring education leaders the intelligence they need to make informed decisions regarding education technology in their organisations. 

Mike TholfsenPrincipal Product Manager for Microsoft Education  – talks to Glaucia Rosas about how Microsoft is helping schools face the challenges of blended learning and what lies ahead. Mike stresses Microsoft’s focus on personalising learning  and accessibility tools in their platforms and shares how schools can keep up with the company’s new developments. 

Philippa Wraithmell, Head of Technology and Innovation at Cranleigh School in Abu Dhabi discusses the importance of having a structured education technology ecosystem in schools. Philippa also highlights the responsibilities that digital learning leaders have in schools (data protection, safeguarding, training and much more) and their critical roles as school advisors. 

Dr. Arnie Bieber, has steered the International School of Prague to become one of the most innovative schools in Europe. His 13 year headship is marked by a deep commitment to the school mission and a shared strategy that is present in all corners of the school. 

In this interview, he talks about embedding a strong mission and a solid strategy in schools, leading innovation and learning for the 21st century. He also talks about skills-based curriculum, challenging learning environments, and schools as learning organisations for students and staff.

Hannah Young is an experienced educator and specialist in blended and hybrid learning. She teaches History, Politics & Modern Studies at a prestigious school in Scottland and holds a masters in Educational Technologies and Instructional DesignIn this interview she shares her strategies for effective teaching and learning that any teacher can incorporate in their online or blended courses. Hannah also talks about future proofing the school curriculum and the role of technology to support this new educational paradigm.

JC Gaillard is an expert on security, risk and emerging technologies. JC is a thought-leader active across the Cyber Security community in the UK and abroad, and the founder of Corix Partners, a Management Consultancy Firm focused on assisting C-level executives in resolving Cyber Security Strategy, Organisation and Governance challenges. In this interview he talks about the importance for school leaders to understand cyber issues that can affect schools and shares corporate best practices that they can adopt to avoid data breach and ransomware attacks.

Silvia Scuracchio is the Founder and Principal of Escola Bosque,  a private school in São Paulo, Brazil.  Escola Bosque is a Microsoft Showcase School, a T4 Global Showcase School, and a true reference of leadership for innovation in education. In this interview, she shares the principles of a successful digital transformation and how her school navigated the pandemic with impressive results. Silvia shares how good leadership is the key for smaller schools to be innovate and maintain themselves as future relevant to students.

Ben Schorr is a Senior Content Designer in the Microsoft 365 Cybersecurity team and a guru on the subject. He is also an author, speaker, and columnist. In this interview he covers the wealth of cybersecurity features that Microsoft’s Office365 platform has to offer.  He highlights the features of Microsoft 365 that schools should deploy to be safer, such as conditional access, multi factor authentication, safe-links, safe-attachment, least privilege, and many more. Ben also explains concepts such as ‘Zero Trust’ and ‘Safe Access Surface Edge’ and touches on the importance of promoting a positive security culture within the school. The interview is not technical and is intended for School Leaders and IT Managers.

This is a fantastic session for school leaders – cybersecurity in plain English!

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