VTC 2020



Academia and ATAMA extend an invite to our first ever Virtual Technology Conference (VTC).



14 live webinars from Tuesday 5th May to Friday 22nd May

Who should attend?


–  Anyone working in IT

–  Senior leadership team members

–  Anyone managing Apple devices

–  Senior IT staff

–  Anyone working with and managing Microsoft Technology


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Fully remote working – how do we do it?

Date: Tuesday 5th May | Time: 10:00am


James Dancer (Technical Director – Academia Group) and Tom Able-Green (UK & I Education Solutions Manager) discuss how our business went from working in the office one day, to a seamless transition to a fully work-from-home environment across the business. Both the technical and user-focussed aspects of what we’ve done and how we’ve done it will be covered. This is one of our most asked questions by customers, and the best bit is that it’s entirely possible for you to do exactly the same – learn how in this webinar!

Help! Remote Teaching and Learning Consultancy

Date: Wednesday 6th May | Time: 10:00am


Tom Able-Green (TAG) and Mat Pullen will be discussing how you can utilise distance professional learning in these unprecedented times.  As staff are exploring what avenues to explore in terms of continuity of learning, it is important to see the bigger, long term approach that can develop as a result.  Knowing what you don’t know is important in helping you decide an approach going forward.

TAG, Pullen and Pile + Special guests 

Date: Wednesday 6th May | Time: 16:00


TAG, Pullen and Pile will be talking all things remote learning and discussing how we support and reach all learners with esteemed fellow panellists, Paul Hutton and Greg Hughes. The team will be talking about how to make the best use of available technology, engagement, workflows, feedback including key topics, SEND and Accessibility and how to also support disadvantaged learners.

We will also be hearing from Christalla Jamil (Executive Headteacher, St. Paul’s and All Hallows CofE, Tottenham), Aaron Webb (Holy Trinity School), Sophie Lamb (Kender Primary SChool) and Benji Rogers (Plymouth School of Creative Arts).

Delivery of remote learning with Jamf School 

Date: Thursday 7th May | Time: 11:00am


iPad has changed the way we work, play and learn and so with learning no longer confined to the classroom or traditional classroom hours, schools are re-evaluating their learning environments to accommodate an at-home, virtual learning experience.

The ability to make this fully functional and effective falls squarely on school administrators, curriculum designers and teachers. With the right tools in place, virtual learning can be as intuitive and engaging as in-person. With Apple technology becoming increasingly popular in the education space, the iPad seem to be the go to device for both remote learning and in the classroom.

In this webinar we explain how it’s not only possible to fully support remote learning, but help students and teachers alike thrive and stay connected all from the comfort of home with iPads whilst ensuring success in the classroom too.

Managing Mac Logins Remotely with Azure AD

Date: Tuesday 12th May | Time: 11:00am


In this webinar Jamf and Academia will be giving an overview of how to manage and utilise Jamf connect with azure active directory. This will be a brief overview on how this works across the azure portal alongside the custom profiles distributed via Jamf to seamlessly authenticate against your Azure AD from anywhere!

Modern working with Ring Central 

Date: Wednesday 13th May | Time: 10:00am


Communicate, collaborate, and connect better—anytime, anywhere…. Welcome to the next frontier of communications for today’s modern workforce.

Finance options to help fund your tech project

Date: Wednesday 13th May | Time: 16:00


Funding in the education system is still a hot topic of conversation. TAG and Liam Doyle from Apple Financial Services will discuss the great options available to customers to fund technology projects, from class sets to 1:1 schemes. We will dispel the myths around financing and also talk about how changing the mindset around financing can open a route to successful sustainability.

Outsourced Warehousing & Logistics

Date: Thursday 14th May | Time: 10:00am


During these unusual times businesses, schools, colleges and universities are not functioning as ‘normal’ with major disruption to most areas. Many buildings are now closed to deliveries and the staff that would traditionally receipt and configure goods and services to meet the specific needs of an institution are now working from home.

Having recently moved into a new secure facility with increased warehousing and engineering capacity we have looked at ways we can support the operational and logistics requirements for businesses, schools, colleges or universities, providing a degree of normality to a specific area of your establishment.

Accessing your Apple Estate Remotely ​​​​​​​

Date: Thursday 14th May | Time: 15:00


James Dancer (Technical Director – Academia Group) and Martin Dorschler (Apple Solutions Manager – Academia Group) explain how to fully access your Mac estate remotely. Covering both allowing users to use on-premise Macs from home and granting admins the ability to securely SSH/Apple Remote Desktop into a Mac from anywhere, if you have a Mac estate in your organisation – and especially if you use Macs for creative purposes – this is a webinar not to be missed!

Accessing on-premise files remotely ​​​​​​​

Date: Friday 15th May | Time: 10:00am


Since Lockdown, you may have realised how reliant you were on accessing your data on your local network. Whether you’re a charity, business, school or university, odds are you’ll have a file server on premise or a collection of cloud storage providers dotted around. Join our webinar to discover a means of bringing these locations together into a single place for internal and external access regardless of where they are and with no need for other remote access technologies. See how you can modernize your way of working in a way that makes your users and admin’s lives significantly easier!

Introduction to Jamf Protect

Date: Monday 18th May | Time: 10:00am


Join this webinar to find out about Jamf Protect, which is built for Mac to protect Mac.

Intro to Windows MDM

Date: Tuesday 19th May | Time: 11:00am


If you’ve worked with Group Policy and Active Directory before, you’ll appreciate the sheer power they can provide you as admins. However, the benefits of these platforms are typically limited to within the four walls of your office. Join us as we walk you through your device and user management, regardless of their location using Microsoft Intune.

The importance of Digital Signatures 

Date: Wednesday 20th May | Time: 10:00am


There are some obvious benefits to digitally signing documents as opposed to physically signing them and it seems surreal that in 2020 physical signatures are still the more common method. We had been seeing a slow migration toward digitising this process, however one of many implications of staff working from home is the lack of access to printers and scanners which would have been integral to them signing contracts and documents historically. This is forcing organisations to look at digital signatures to ensure staff still have the ability to get work done.

In this webinar, we look at some of the features and benefits of using Adobe Sign and how you can integrate digital signatures into your workflow.

Malton School – Transforming teaching & learning with Apple technology

Date: Wednesday 20th May | Time: 16:00


Since the coronavirus lockdown began, we have seen a number educational establishments switch to remote learning with ease. Malton School is a fine example, an establishment that has been able to ensure their pupils can continue their studies using a 1:1 iPad scheme. Headteacher Rob Williams commented…

“Thanks to our iPad scheme the school has been able to offer a high-quality learning experience from day one of the lockdown. Every student already had an iPad, paid by parents on a monthly basis, using pupil premium funding to support disadvantaged children, and we were able to ensure that they all had access to the internet, using dongles

Hear from Rob Williams and his team on:

– Why iPad

– How was it financed?

– Engagement with parents

– IT infrastructure

– Workflow

– CPD for staff and students

– Transition to remote learning due to COVID-19

– What might lessons look like in 2021

– Next steps


Zero Touch using Microsoft Autopilot ​​​​​​​

Date: Thursday 21st May | Time: 11:00am


Fed up of unboxing all those laptops to plug them into your network and pull down all of your policies and applications? Purchased new devices but can’t get into the office to set them up in the usual way? We’ve all been there or are currently encountering these issues. Join us as we open your eyes to the wonder of AutoPilot and how, when working with Azure and Intune, you can dispatch your devices anywhere in the world and have them under management with very little effort for your admins or your users.

Execute Digital Safeguarding on Remote Devices – Smoothwall

Date: Friday 22nd May | Time: 10:00


This webinar will detail how school IT staff can provision devices for children at home and ensure their safety through digital safeguarding technologies. It will cover how to plan, execute and monitor these devices, as well as some of the driving forces behind why digital safeguarding is more important than ever.

Help! IT Consultancy Roundtable ​​​​​​​

Date: Friday 22nd May | Time: 14:00


Join James Dancer (Technical Director – Academia Group), Dave Prince (Lead Microsoft and Infrastructure Consultant – Academia Group) and Gary Collins (Lead Mobile Device Management Consultant – Academia Group) for a roundtable discussion on anything IT. Make sure you come armed with your problems questions to fire at the team, covering anything from general strategy to Infrastructure, Cloud, Deployment and MDM. This is essentially a completely free quick-fire consultancy session, so feel free to throw as much at us as you can!

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