DAY ONE | 8 June 2017

10:25 | Expo Opening and Welcome by Expo Chair

Scott Sleap, ME Program Director, Regional Development Australia - Hunter


10:30 | Systems Innovation

  • What are some of the challenges we face in step changing our Education Systems?
  • How can we best adapt to become agile, innovative learners

Charles Leadbeater, Author of Frugal Innovator and We-Think and Senior Research Associate, Desmos, UK

11:10 | Opportunities and challenges for the EdTECH start-up ecosystem: Global vs Local

Riley Batchelor, CEO, EduGrowth

12:10 | Unleashing teacher talent: How Tes is using online collaboration to solve education problems

  • Crowdsourcing the ultimate global lesson plan library
  • Finding the right teacher for your classroom

Rob Grimshaw, CEO, TES Global

12:40 | Global Developments in Education and Skills: The Education 2030 Framework

  • Find about about the Education 2030 project and the work being done across 25 countries to embed 21st century competencies into teaching, learning and assessment practices
  • Gain insight into the way different countries and schooling authorities are addressing some of the wicked issues in education through innovative schools networks and other disruptive strategies
  • Understand the key drivers for change and the kind of competencies our young people need to acquire to live, work and thrive in a volatile, unpredictable, complex and ambiguous world.

Dr Phil Lambert PSM, Adjunct Professor, University of Sydney and Nanjing Normal University


1:10 | FIRST robotic challenge with the Barker Redbacks' student team

  • Could your students design, build and program a sophisticated robot in under 6 weeks?
  • Find out how to compete in the FIRST Robotics Challenge World Championships, here and overseas.
  • See robots in action, and learn how to develop a robotics program that builds excellence in STEM

Lael Grant, Robotics Co-ordinator, Computer Science Teacher, Barker, and student team

1:50 | Real world and out of this world

  • An Educator, Engineer and former NASA Astronaut, Astronaut Greg Chamitoff will simply "blow you away".
  • Find out how to STEM education to the very next level

Greg Chamitoff, Prof. Aerospace Engineering, Texas A&M University


2:30 | Developing a culture where risk taking is encouraged and collaboration is the norm

  • What pedagogy is required for futures learning and how do you engage your teachers?
  • High quality professional learning is the key to pedagogical change.
  • How do you nurture a culture of trust in the challenging and dynamic environment of a school?

Kylie Donovan, Principal, Hoxton Park Public School
NSWPPA Annual State Conference Chairperson

Future Parents Program
(incorporated within the Main Stage Agenda)


3:10 | Healthy food demo for school canteens

  • Healthy body, healthy mind - find out how to set your students up for lifelong health

Zoe Bingley-Pullin, Celebrity Chef and Nutritionist, Falling in Love with Food


4:00 | Fostering Entrepreneurship through Kidpreneurs

  • Kidpreneur Challenge is a national competition for years 4, 5 and 6 showcasing the innovation capacity of Australia's young entrepreneurs
  • Kidpreneurs build a business, sell products at market, donate profits to charity, and pitch their ideas to real entrepreneurs
  • Find out why and how to foster entrepreneurship in the next generation, from the youngest of ages

Creel Price, Entrepreneur and Founder, Club Kidpreneur


4:20 | Optimal Parent-Student-Educator relationships for Parents

  • Connect with a range of parental perspectives, and recurrent research themes
  • CExamine trust as a two way street in negotiating difficult situations
  • CLeading engagement and support, to centre student outcomes in P-S-E relationships

Rachael Sowden, Director, Family Focus Consultancy
Wayne Chaffey, Consultant and Presenter, Family Focus Consultancy
Sharon Johnson, Community Connection Consultant, Family Focus Consultancy


4:40 | Digital Nutrition and Virtual Vitamins: What's in a healthy digital diet?

  • Consider how what we know about food nutirtion and healthy eating can help us manage technology use
  • Rethink 'screentime' limits to consider the 'virtual vitamin' content of online activities
  • Learn the 3M's of Digital Nutrition for balanced technology use

Jocelyn Brewer, Psychology // Digital Nutrition // Research // Digital Citizenship, Digital Nutrition


5:00 | Tech Girls are Superheroes

  • Find out why and how to change beliefs, value and culture around STEM, TECH and gender
  • See what it takes to seed a superhero culture in your learning organisation
  • Take the tech girls movement to the global stage!

Jenine Beekhuyzen, Founder and Lecturer, Tech Girls' Movement and Griffith University

DAY TWO | 9 June 2017

9:25 | Expo Welcome Back by Expo Chair

Scott Sleap, ME Program Director, Regional Development Australia - Hunter


9:30 | Increasing Student Agency and Engagement through the use of AWE

  • Examine theoretical and practical underpinnings of STEAM from a classroom context.
  • Discover a range of proven strategies to encourage the "wow factor" to increase student independence and self-direction.
  • Benefit by harnessing elements of design thinking, PBL, and mastery learning to invigorate student engagement.

Brian Host, ICT Integrator, Learning Coach & Classroom Teacher, Inaburra School


10:00 | Changing the role of the School Librarian to Resource Centre Manager

  • Retaining the old, introducing the new - Transforming the learning environment to create a learning hub.
  • Making it fluid - Taking the resource centre into the classroom. Integrating a new library operating system that is accessible from anywhere.
  • Paper clickers - Plickers - A cheap and effective way to engage students and teachers in the classroom.

Kieran Moors, Senior Leader and Learning Resources Manager, Aldinga Beach B-7 School, SA

11:00 | Power of Play

  • Connect with untapped opportunities in your library
  • Unleash the creative genius of your learning community

Philip Minchin, Play, imagination & learning advisor


11:30 | Advancing the Next Generation in STEM

  • Connect with best practice in school and industry links to support real-world learning for K-12 students
  • See how curriculum integration and contextualised learning builds knowledge, understanding and skills
  • Be inspired by leading, regionally applicable, and pragmatic STEM linkages that increase productivity and know-how

Scott Sleap, ME Program Director, Regional Development Australia (RDA) - Hunter Region

12:00 | How to implement the Substitution Augmentation Modification Redefinition (SAMR) model, using G- Suite and Google Classroom, across the whole school

  • Hear the experience of establishing a digital mathematics curriculum for the entire school
  • Explore the implementation of technology in mathematics classrooms at each level of SAMR using G Suite and Google Classroom
  • Discuss the transformation from 'technology in learning' to 'technology is learning', which enriches the learning experience, and increase student engagement.

John Meng, Co-Deputy Principal, Rooty Hill High School NSW

President of the Mathematical Association of NSW

12:30 | Real World Problems - How to hit the Digital Technologies curriculum in your classroom

  • The National Curriculum Digital Technologies talks about real-world problems but what does that really mean?
  • CS + X is not the same as X + CS - You've heard the term but how to bring it from the world of software engineering to the world of education
  • Discover how to hit those DigiTECH outcomes in the busy classroom

Amanda Hogan, Computing Teacher, Tara Anglican School for Girls; Computing Education Specialist, Australian Computing Academy; President, ICT Educators NSW (ICTENSW)


1:00 | Brace for Impact: a crash course in innovation and disruptive education

  • Grapple with the often unspoken realities of disruption and learning innovation in schools
  • Discover how to leverage student choice, voice, and co-construction in PBL and STEM/STEAM
  • Develop habits that create and sustain the conditions for authentic, purposeful learning

Jake Plaskett, Director of Learning Innovation, Curriculum Developer, Ruyton Girls' School


1:30 | Knowing, Doing and Being - A Whole School Community Approach

  • Explore relational processes and tools
  • Use Digital Technologies as a tool to connect school, family and community
  • Build successful partnerships

Torres Webb, Senior Community Engagement Project Officer, Indigenous Performance, Far North Queensland Region


2:00 | Green Screen Curriculum Integration for K-6 Students

  • Discover the cutting edge technology of green screening in K-6, and get your students collaborating through emergent classroom technologies
  • Find out how to transform your learning and teaching programs into engaging, innovative lessons.
  • Transition the writers of today to become the media scriptwriters, playwrites, e-journalists, storytellers and marketeers of tomorrow.

Grant Jones, Educator and pre-service Teacher Educator, St. Mary's School


2:40 | A matter of difference: How to foster Inclusion

  • Why do we need to be inclusive
  • Strategies for inclusion in schools
  • Benefits beyond the classroom

Najla Turk, Diversity and Inclusion Integration Specialist, ConnEQt


3:10 | Clean Water for every child benefits all

  • Find out how bringing clean water to impoverished communities benefits all
  • Discover real life opportunities for social and environmental change
  • See how you and your students can contribute

Rez Haremi, CEO,