Education and Innovation

Tablets for Schools are proud to support the Education Innovation Conference happening on 27/28 February at Manchester Central. Education Innovation is a national conference and exhibition that brings together leading education experts, thought leaders and practitioners to share advice and training on integrating innovation and technology into learning.

If you are an educator looking for new ideas, free CPD and training, or a chance to network with like-minded professionals, Education Innovation will provide insight into the latest learning technology and innovation to help you enhance levels of learning and achievement.  Among the many practical workshops and special areas featured at the conference, there is a Classroom of the Future, an Innovation in Practice Workshop, and a Computing at Schools Clinic.

Tablets for Schools Presentation

On Thursday 27th February, Tablets for Schools will be presenting:  ’Tablets – A Catalyst for Change in Education‘, that will take place in the Purple Seminar room at 1:20pm-1:50pm. In this presentation, Niki Gandham (Project Coordinator for Tablets for Schools) will talk about  the latest updates on the project and new research findings. The talk will also address issues as the kit-factors for leading 1:1 successfully and the change that tablets bring to pedagogy.

Our Study Schools

Daniel Ibbitson from Dixons City Academy, one of our study schools, will do a presentation on the use of Android devices in school. His presentation will take place in the Yellow Seminar Room at 12:30pm on 27th February.

Tim Cross from Longfield Academy,  another of our research schools, will be talking about the school’s use of tablets over the last two years, how their introduction has transformed learning and how pedagogy has evolved.

Some Keynote Speakers

  • Bob Harrison (Education Advisor, Toshiba Information Systems)
  • Toby Young (Co-founder, West London Free School)
  • Hannah Jones (Founder & Director, Connected Learning)
  • And many others from organisations such as US Safer Internet, and schools across the US. See the full speaker list.

Exhibitors Include…

  • BBC Learning
  • British Dyslexia Association
  • Corel US Ltd
  • Guardian Teacher Network
  • Lego Education
  • And many more…check out the resource list.

How to Register

The event is free, and you can register your interest here.  The conference is already starting to generate twitter-buzz:

The 2nd Education Innovation Conference & Exhibition is at Manchester Central on February 27th and 28th 2018

— Elaine Evans (@Elainesresource) November 24, 2018


What’s on at Education Innovation?

  • The Latest Events & Activities: Visit What’s On At Education Innovation. Activities include an Innovation in Practice workshop, and Raspberry Jamboree 2018.
  • #WeTweetEd6 Tweet-Up: A great place to network and debate education policy.


Help Spread the Word About EICE

Help to spread the word about the event by mentioning EICE in your tweets.  Use @EICEManchester as the tag, and #EICE.

EICE will show appreciation for your support by including your press release, news item, case study, or blog on their site (they get around 2,500 hits a week, and have almost 2,200 Twitter followers).

Selecting the Best Dental Plans

Best Dental Plans

When it comes to maintaining health, one thing that everyone needs to be sure of is that they have dental insurance coverage. Selecting the right type of service plan is something that can be easily done after a person assesses their situation. In some instances, people may discover that insurance is available through their employer. However, much more will find they need to seek out coverage on their own.

Dental Plans

Several factors can influence the dental plan somebody chooses, starting with how many people the plan is intended to cover. Special health concerns may have better coverage under one plan than another or one plan may look better than the others because of the provider list. Prospective customers will need to assess each one based upon these qualifications.


Monthly premiums are a tremendous concern for many people. Looking into the options and sorting by rate can help give customers an idea of how much coverage will cost. While it may seem like an unnecessary expense, having dental insurance is an important health investment that should not be taken lightly. Balancing a realistic budget plan with coverage that is truly beneficial should be a goal for everyone when shopping the best dental plans.

Some insurance companies offer discounts when patients see providers on their lists. This can be one way that members can reduce their out of pocket medical expenses. People who do not already have a preferred dentist often appreciate this option. In many cases, if a patient wishes to continue services with a professional, not on the list, the insurance company will continue to cover a portion of the bill only it will be less. We love our orthodontist in Centennial Co.

Preventative services

Those with children may want to look further into the pediatric services covered by an insurance provider. Preventative services including in-depth instruction on cleaning to braces may be needed by children. Parents that have investigated the coverage beforehand will be well prepared to handle these situations.

People of all ages may require emergency dental services at some point. A good dental plan will have a protocol in place for the payment of emergency treatments. When an infection or injury occurs in this part of the body, it needs to be taken seriously. Swift access to professional dental treatment can prevent the spread of infection and save teeth that would otherwise be lost.

Before deciding upon a plan, consumers should also look into how claims are processed by each company. In many cases today, dental providers and insurance companies work together to make sure the patient is not incorrectly charged. Some of these relationships work better than others. Investigating this beforehand is one more way that a person can ensure they are selecting the most appropriate coverage.

Dental insurance is such an important topic. Everyone needs to look into their options and select a plan that will suit their needs. Whether for a single person or a large family, having insurance is one way to make certain that your dental health remains a top priority.

Have a Career in the Health Care Industry

Have a Career in the Health Care Industry

If you’ve dreamed of working in the medical field but don’t have the money or interest in years of schooling to become a doctor or other specialist, you will be happy to know you have other options. You can find plenty of job options in a vocational school, which will only take a few months of study before you are able to search for a job in your chosen field.

Medical Technicians

You will find many vocational schools offering medical technician certifications. You will learn how to operate specific equipment to assist doctors and other medical personnel in treating patients. There are radiology technicians and diagnostic medical sonographers as two examples in this field.  Here is a look at a career as a medical technician.

Dental Hygienists

You can become a trained dental hygienist at a vocational school, which will allow you to assist dentists with teeth cleaning and other tasks. You may also be able to become certified as a dental assistant, who assists with patient care. You may be able to help set up a room for the next patient or hand instruments to the dentist as they perform oral surgery or other procedures.

EMT and Paramedics

If you want hands-on work with patients, you can become an emergency medical technician or paramedic. You will need to become licensed and learn basic emergency care until the patient can get to a hospital or other emergency medical facility.


Another option for direct patient care is as a licensed practical nurse or LPN. With this certification, you would be able to provide patient care under the supervision of an RN. You could work in a hospital, nursing home, rehab facility and other places that utilize the services of a nursing staff.

Physical Therapy

Physical therapists must attend college to be licensed to practice, but they require the help of assistants who can get their start in a vocational school. If this sounds like an area of interest for you, consider studying to be a physical therapist assistant, which usually requires a two-year program. You also have the option of becoming a physical therapy aide, which has fewer requirements with a one-year program. As an assistant, you would be able to provide some direct patient care while an aide works to set up the area for the therapist.

If you love the medical field but not the years of study, you’ll be happy to discover several options which don’t require a degree. Check out the choices available in your area and find a career you can enjoy without the time and expense required to go to college.

Vocational School is an Excellent Alternative to University

Vocational School is an Excellent Alternative to University

It wasn’t that long ago that a high school education was all you needed to land a decent paying job.  Those days are gone and in the world today many entry level jobs expect you to have some type of college education.  Unfortunately a college education is expensive and out of reach for many Americans.  However, technical or vocational school is a viable alternative to university or college.

University Costs

According to research done by Bloomberg the cost of a university degree in the US has increased by 1,120% in the past 30 years, that is more than two times the rate of inflation.  There are less than 10% of students that can afford the cost of tuition.  The rest are forced to take out loans that will take decades to pay back.  Most graduates leave college with $30,000 worth of student loan debt.

Vocational School

While we constantly hear of college graduates that can’t find jobs, there are more than three million openings in the skilled trades.  Many of these jobs have very good salaries and there is no one to fill them.  These trades include plumbers, electricians, along with medical and technical trades.  These salaries are also rising faster than the rate of inflation.  If you don’t have the money nor the desire to go to college this is a viable alternative.

The Advantages

Not every student can handle college life and there is nothing wrong with that.  Both parents and the school system have been pushing students towards a college degree and many go just to avoid fighting with their parents.  A whopping 40% of students drop out of school before they finish their degrees.  That’s thousands of dollars wasted on a school they weren’t interested in going to in the first place.  Perhaps if they had been encouraged to pursue a career in the skilled trades it might have worked out better for everyone.

Shorter Degree Programs

When you focus on a single area of expertise rather than a complete curriculum you can finish training that much sooner.  Many vocational programs are two years, they can complete school with less debt and enter the workforce immediately.  Not only that 2 years of vocational training is far less expensive than 2 years in university.

Vocational schools offer students a hands on learning program and they prepare you for the job market from the first day of class.  Once students are ready to graduate they are ready to start a job in their field.  For that reason alone vocational or technical school may better serve your career goals than going to college.