DAY ONE – Thursday 7 June 2018


9:00 | Chairpersons opening remarks

9:10 | Neuroscience meets technology: a vision of the future of classrooms learning and assessments

Prof. Adam Gazzaley, World famous Author, Neuroscientist, Entrepreneur and Inventor; Professor of Neurology, Physiology, and Psychiatry; University of California ; Founder,  Neuroscape (USA)

9:40 | Future of Learning

Anthony Salcito, Vice President Education, Microsoft (USA)

10:00 | Space for learning: a new language for school design

  • Learn about the global shifts in School Design from the world's foremost authority on the subject
  • How to adapt your school environment to maximise its effectiveness as a great place to learn and teach
  • Transform your learning environments to transform education itself
Prakash Nair, World renowned futurist, visionary planner and educational architect; Founding President and CEO, Fielding Nair International (USA)

10:20 | Morning tea & coffee break, exhibition exploration and expo main stage presentations

10:55 |  Welcome back by the Chairperson


11:00 | The two technology challenges of education

  • Assess the future frontiers of technology in education
  • Explore the two technology challenges and the implications of developments in AI and automation
  • Outline approaches to 21st century skills and next steps to overcome challenges
Mark Scott AO, Secretary, NSW Department of Education
11:20 | Exciting speaker and topic to be announced!

11:40 |  Mind-Fit for life: designing the learning power classroom

  • Hear why supporting focussed professional development for all teachers in a school is the most important leadership role there is
  • Learn about the three layers of teaching that every teacher employs, and why Layer 3 is the most important - and the most neglected
  • Discover the small, smart tweaks to teaching that turn compliant learners into enthusiastic explorers
Prof. Guy Claxton, best-selling international author on education, intelligence and building learning power, King's College London (UK)

12:00 |  The enigma mission towards deep learning

  • How to infinitely engage your educators and students, and prepare them for life
  • Discover innovative learning symposiums and case studies on multi-aged, complex and long-term research projects
  • How your educators need to move with your students - educators shifting from the role of an ‘assessors’ to ‘knowledge architects’
Jennie Vine, Assistant Principal, Senior School Coordinator, Wooranna Park Primary School

12:20 |  Lunch, exhibition exploration and expo Main Stage Presentations



During the breakout session delegates split into smaller groups where they have the option to attend interactive and in-depth seminars on a wide variety of subject matters. Delegates pre-select breakout sessions ahead of the event so they cover the issues and topics that matter most to them.

15:40 | Afternoon tea & coffee break, exhibition exploration and expo main stage presentations



16:20 |  Outsource weakness, develop strength to reach for greatness

  • Focus on developing children's strengths instead of fixing their deficiencies
  • Teaching children to identify and solve problems worth-solving and create value for others through product-oriented learning
  • Make education personalizable for children, not personalized for them
Dr Yong Zhao, Foundation Distinguished Professor, School of Education University of Kansas (USA); Professorial Fellow, Mitchell Institute for Health and Education Policy, Victoria University (AUS); Global Chair, University of Bath (UK). Most recent book: Reach for Greatness: Personalizable Education for All

16:50 |  Building success on strong foundations

  • Teamwork: everything is better when you have support and leadership
  • Foundations: Success builds from strong foundations and it’s never too late to focus on quality training
  • Brennon’s lifelong secret to success
Brennon Dowrick, Former Olympic Gymnast and multiple gold medal winner.

17:10 | XPRIZE: A moonshot in education

  • A deep dive into the $15 million global competition challenging teams to create open source and scalable software to enable children in developing countries to teach themselves basic reading, writing and arithmetic in just 15 months
  • A look at other XPRIZE competitions that will impact learning and human potential, including an Adult Literacy XPRIZE, an AI XPRIZE, and an Avatar XPRIZE
  • Generally, how exponential technologies can democratize education
Matt Keller, Senior Director Global Learning XPRIZE

17:40 | Networking Drinks


The annual EduTECH Gala Dinner is the perfect opportunity to relax, reflect on the day, and enjoy good food, wine and music with peers from across the country. Showcasing great entertainment, live music and flowing drinks for all, this is an EduTECH highlight you wouldn’t want to miss.

*The Gala Dinner is a ticketed event


DAY TWO – Friday 8 June 2018


STREAM A: Leading the School

9:00 | Opening remarks from Chair 


The Future of Education

9:10 |  Online assessment: authority, action and agency

  • Strategic overview of the opportunities and benefits of moving to online assessment
  • Overview of NAPLAN trial results, and key lessons learned
  • Strategies for implementation of formative and summative assessment in a digital environment
Andrew Smith, CEO, Education Services Australia (ESA)

9:30 |  Australian schools as hubs of innovation and design

  • Understand the cultural transformation happening in Australian Schools
  • See how to enable a richer response to curriculum through technology and context
  • Learn how to effectively lead for wellbeing, growth and learning
Karen Spiller OAM, Principal, St. Aidan's Anglican Girls School and AHISA Chair

9:50 |  Presentation by HP

David Hollands, National Education Lead, HP

10:10 | Morning tea and coffee break, exhibition exploration and expo main stage presentations

Leading the Digital School

10:50 |  Deepening engagement with children to improve educational outcomes

Chris Marley, National Solutions Manager, SEQTA Software

11:10 |  The dawn of a new type of school: designing secondary schools in the period of exponential change

  • Go on Claire's journey from traditional school leader to start up senior leader of a modern learning environment
  • Learn from the STEM senior school that blurs the lines of high school and start-up co-working culture
  • Hear about the lessons learned along her journey, and the new technologies being implemented
Claire Amos, Principal and Co-Founder, City Senior School at The Launching Pad (NZ)

11:30 |  Effective school leadership

  • Understand the role of the Gonski panel, and the imperatives for change
  • Find out what the pressure points are in school and systemic leadership teams
  • Learn how to build effective professional learning communities to effectively lead learning
Lisa Rodgers, CEO, AITSL

STREAM B: Teaching the Classroom

9:00 | Opening remarks from Chair 


Shifting Paradigms

9:10 |  Teaching high possibility schools in australia

  • Understand how Australian schools are using the High Possibility Classrooms framework to build teacher capacity and confidence in digital literacy
  • Learn how the framework transforms classroom practices in key curriculum areas
  • Challenge your staff to form teams of HPC coaches to activate and maximise student learning
Dr Jane Hunter, Leading Australian Researcher, University of Technology

9:30 |  Future focussed teaching: It’s all about 21st century skills /digital-age skills in the classroom

  • The mind shift – how we will learn in the future
  • Using computational thinking to develop resilient problem solving learners
  • Seeking out what works and learning from the success of others
Prof. Stephen Heppell, Chair in Learning Innovation, Universidad Camilo José Cela, Madrid; Chair, New Media Environments, Bournemouth Uni

9:50 |  Bright futures are written by hand

  • Understand why literacy rates are falling
  • Understand how handwriting impacts reading, literacy & creative thinking
  • Rethink your approach to improving cognitive development amongst students

Louise Parker, Author and Bright Futures Are Written By Hand ambassador for BIC in Australia and New Zealand, BIC

10:10 |  Morning tea and coffee break, exhibition exploration and expo main stage presentations

Teaching the Digital Classroom

10:50 |  Artificial Intelligence (AI) and learning

  • See how AI is impacting the fields of psychology, neuroscience and education
  • Learn how AI is enabling and deepening adaptive learning, and learning personalisation
  • Understand what AI will mean for classroom management, learning styles and experiences
  • Find out how to explore and make the best use of the available AI technologies

Prof. Rose Luckin, Professor of Learner Centred Design, University College London, Knowledge Lab (UK)

11:10 |  The use of technology in computing education

  • The current research and innovation in technology use for computing education
  • Increasing student engagement in computer science education
  • Designing introductory programming courses and the use of collaborative learning strategies
Prof. Katrina Falkner, Lead, Computer Science Education Research Group, The University of Adelaide

11:30 |  Exploring the real outcomes and impact of large scale innovative pedagogies in a comprehensive high school

  • At what cost do we venture into innovative pedagogies?
  • How do we ensure we respect and take responsibility for every child's learning?
  • What does deep and sustained teacher collaboration look like, and what are the challenges?
Louise Barnott-Clement, Principal, Ambarvale High School
Justin Yee, Head Teacher, Learning and Development, Ambarvale High School
Danielle Vandenberg, Head Teacher English, Ambarvale High School
11:50 | Lunch, exhibition exploration, and expo main stage presentations


During the breakout session delegates split into smaller groups where they have the option to attend interactive and in-depth seminars on a wide variety of subject matters. Delegates pre-select breakout sessions ahead of the event so they cover the issues and topics that matter most to them.



15:20 | Afternoon tea and coffee break, exhibition exploration and expo main stage presentations




15:50 |  Bringing more “beautiful questions” into the classroom—and beyond

  • Addressing how teachers can be inquirers into their own practice
  • New models on the power of student-led inquiry
  • Understanding inquiry across different curriculum areas
Warren Berger, Questionologist, internationally acclaimed author of 'A More Beautiful Question'

16:10 | The future of the digital economy
  • Future-proof the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and computational thinking
  • 5 reasons to invest in AI
  • The importance of machine-learning in education
Tanmay Bakshi, world’s youngest ‘algorithmist’

16:30 | End of day two & conference close