VisitScotland: Business events examine the classroom of tomorrow

School pupils entering the human bloodstream via a ‘micro-ship’ and holding red blood cells in their hands is just one of the innovate ways virtual reality is entering the education system, a VisitScotland event will reveal.

INNOVATEEDUCATION will examine ‘the classroom of tomorrow’ and the state-of-the-art techniques currently being employed in the education sector, by hearing from leading experts in their field.

The event, at Stirling Court Hotel, the University of Stirling, on Thursday 27 April, is part of the INNOVATETHENATION programme created by the national tourism organisation’s Business Events team.

The talk series, launched last year, provides a networking opportunity for academics and the business events sector, while celebrating Scotland’s vast innovation legacy and developing it for the future.

Earlier this year, VisitScotland launched its first virtual reality app, ScotlandVR, which features 360˚ imagery and footage of 26 exciting attractions in Stereoscopic 3D.

According to the latest research, by 2020 the virtual reality market will be worth 20 times what it was in 2016 – estimated at US$37.7bn.

The speakers at INNOVATEEDUCATION are:

  • A leading voice in Scottish academia, Professor Mark Priestley, Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, the Director of the Stirling Network for Curriculum Studies, is also the author of ‘Teacher Agency: an ecological approach’.
  • Lauren Rodger, Head Teacher of North Berwick High School in East Lothian, who also sits on the Executive Council and the Strategic Planning Group of School Leaders Scotland, the professional organisation for school leaders. She is also a professional verifier on the SCEL Into Headship programme.
  • Fearghal Kelly is currently a lead specialist with the Scottish College for Educational Leadership (SCEL). He was the driving force behind the creation of the online community of teachers which has provided alternative, community driven approaches to teacher professional learning across the UK.

Patrick Lamont, VisitScotland business events executive – associations & Sectors, said: “Scotland’s education system has produced a vast array of inventors, innovators, pioneers and leaders throughout the years and the advancement in technology is becoming ever present in schools.

“INNOVATEEDUCATION will shine a light on major innovations in the education sector and explore the emerging opportunities for shaping the Scottish educational landscape of the future.

“Our INNOVATETHENATION programme provides an opportunity for local experts and industry champions to network for future collaboration, to help bring the best business events to Scotland and boost its profile on the world stage.”

Billy Agnew, owner of Viarama, said: “Viarama is a social enterprise committed to utilising the power of VR as a force for good within our communities. We deliver VR in the education and healthcare sectors, in schools, nursing homes, and in domiciliary care settings.

“Our educational software includes an app which allows pupils to enter the bloodstream in a micro-ship, and hold red blood cells in their hands, before seeing them replicate in real time on their journey through an artery.”

Liam Spillane, director of commercial services at the University of Stirling, said: “Stirling Venues is delighted to be hosting the INNOVATEEDUCATION event alongside our colleagues in the University of Stirling. We’re sure our academic expertise combined with the outstanding facilities at Stirling Court Hotel and the stunning surroundings of our campus will make for a successful event.”

Martin Fullard


Martin Fullard

Martin Fullard: journalist, presenter, producer. Martin is the Deputy Editor at Conference News and Conference & Meetings World magazines. He leads the digital channels on Mash Media’s Conference Division as well as heading up Mash TV. He is formerly a web editor at a national newspaper in the Middle East and motoring journalist.

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