Digital Education: Opportunities for Reading and Learning

19th and 20th June 2020

This year's weekend course is on the subject of digital education, and brings in speakers from diverse backgrounds and specialisms so that delegates are exposed to a range of  ideas to take back to their schools. 

Who's speaking?

Professor Stephen Heppell  - Stephen has been hailed internationally as an expert in online education and learning spaces. His vast portfolio of projects have established him as a leader in the fields of learning, new media and technology.

Lucas Maxwell - Lucas has spent over ten years working with teens in both public and school libraries. He is a current school librarian, and a writer for popular book site , Book Riot. In 2017 he was named the SLA's School Librarian of the Year in recognition of his excellent work in his school .

Professor Julian McDougall - Julian is Professor in Media and Education, Head of the Centre for Excellence in Media Practice and Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He is the author of a range of over 100 books, articles, chapters and research reports on media education.

Dr. Neelam Parmar - she currently works as Director of Educational Technology, Digital Learning and Innovation at Ashford School, United Learning. She is an award-winning professional, international researcher, author, thought leader and speaker on effective technology, pedagogic, and content integration within education and supports the South East Regional Lead for @WomenEdTech.

Lucy Powrie - Lucy began her blog at the age of 12, and has since created and hosted extremely successful Twitter chat #UKYAChat, has been featured in The Times, and was named as one of the Guardian’s Top Book Blogs. She is also author of her own enchanting book series, The Paper & Hearts Society. 

Baasit Siddiqqui - Baasit has combined his extensive teaching experience with his  television connections as a member of the BAFTA and NTA winning show Gogglebox, to use technology to educate, motivate and build the aspirations of school children across the nation.

Plus amazing authors and illustrators; see the programme below for the full line up. 

How is it going to work?
Utilising an online platform there will be two virtual rooms: the ‘Speakers room’ and the ‘exhibition room’. The Speakers room is where the main programme will take place, while in the exhibition room will be exhibitors who are ready and willing to talk to you (there’s a chat function). 

Exhibitors will also get a half hour slot which will include 15 mins for a demonstration, video or talk, and 15 mins for a Q&A session. Each exhibitor will have a secret word you need to get in order to fill out your exhibition bingo form. Get all the secret words right and you’ll be entered into a draw for a wonderful prize.

If you book a day delegate ticket you will only receive the recordings for that day, but you will get both the Speaker Room and Exhibition room so you can re-watch at your leisure. There will be a virtual delegates bag with goodies for everyone as well. The 'Introductions' sessions are short sessions to introduce the latest in technology developments that are relevant to school libraries.

This event is happening virtually and so all delegates will receive a virtual goody bag. Norfolk Children's Book Centre will be on hand to support book sales (we're still working on exactly how, but Marilyn and the SLA team will do everything we can to make this work). 

Engage on social media using #DigiEd20 and @uksla.

For full details of the virtual weekend course please download the programme (updated June 2020).


Course Fees (all +VAT):

SLA Member:
Friday £70.00
Saturday £70.00
Both days £120.00

Friday £95.00
Saturday £95.00
Both days  £180.00

There is a discount available for second delegates from a school. The first delegate pays full price, the second receives 10% discount.

Online booking is now open

Booking closes:  noon Friday 12 June 2020

If you need to make a case for attendance, use our Advocacy document to help: Advocacy for attending Weekend Course


When you're ready to book, use this link: Delegate Booking 2020

Delegates will be sent full instructions on how to join the virtual course once they've booked.  


This year we have moved to an online booking form: Exhibitor Booking 2020

Please book your places as soon as possible as places are limited.