BREAKOUT SESSIONS DAY 1


Choose your 3 favourite seminars. All seminars are 30mins and will run in 3 rotations with 10mins in between each rotation to allow you to move between seminar rooms.

Session 1
2:00-2:30

Session 2

2:40-3:10

Session 3

3:20-3:50

To Code or Not To Code, That Is The Question

With coding now a major component of STEM related activities in our curriculum and the confusion over its place in the digital technologies Australian Curriculum, Simone will debunk and demystify coding and coding concepts and demonstrate its importance in our programs with a defined look at the NSW and Australian Curriculums.

Attendees will gain an understanding of STE(A)M from the perspective of a Creative Arts and English teacher who travels the country professionally developing teachers in coding using Apple technologies and will receive a document which Simone has created, mapping coding to the curriculum.

This will be a workshop not to be missed.

Steve Iuliano, Head of Professional Development and Simone Maciel, Professional Development Teacher, Mac1


Topic and speaker to be released shortly
(registered delegates may modify their registration at any time)


Biometric Solutions for Schools

In our society of ubiquitous networks individuals can easily access their information anytime and anywhere. We are also faced with the risk that others can easily do the same. Because of this risk, personal identification technology that can distinguish between registered, legitimate users and imposters is generating increasing interest.

Today passwords, PIN numbers and ID cards are used for personal identification. However, cards can be stolen or lost, multiple passwords and numbers can be guessed or forgotten and need constant management.

Biometric solutions are at leading the way to a secure, easy, single sign-on process for identity protection and validation. They require no cards or chips to be issued and can lead to secure and restricted access to physical space or data. Schools are even using biometrics to run "cashless canteens" with secure automatic billing.

Register now for Fujitsu's "Biometric Solutions for Schools" breakout sessions at EduTech 2017 and learn about where this technology is going. In particular see where Fujitsu's current biometric products are and where the R&D is taking us in the future.

Joe Lopez - Fujitsu National Presales


Cloud Professor, Coding, 3D Design & VR in Education

ACER presents "Cloud Professor" technology that allows wireless programming to Arduino boards using a kit that includes LED lights, motors, temperature and light sensors and much more (with an optional robotic arm).

This presentation will discuss using robotics to learn fundamental coding principles, how these can be implemented into cross platform game design software, and a brief look at 3D design and how student 3D models can be viewed in VR instead of just printing them to a 3D printer. A highly engaging and jam packed session!

Steve Iuliano


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Delivering Internet Services to the classroom - What to Consider

Adam Smith, CyberHound's Product Manager, will explore the important elements schools need to consider to ensure a successful and safe digital learning environment for their students. He will touch on the following topics:

  • Defining the importance of internet performance and identifying the ultimate impact to a school if it goes down
  • Why agreeing acceptable Service Level Agreements around network continuity and performance within the school is important
  • Understanding the balancing act between internet security and providing access to online content
  • How to accurately define ICT budgets to ensure they align with school internet service requirements

Adam Smith, Product Manager, CyberHound


Topic and speaker to be released shortly
(registered delegates may modify their registration at any time)


Is Managed BYO Making a Comeback?

Are schools finding an any device BYO policy too hard to manage - too much downtime, a variation of devices, multiple operating systems. How do we ensure learning outcomes with any array of devices throughout the classroom? Shrinking budgets are forcing schools to make difficult decisions when it comes to tech - how can a school remain seamless in an open BYO environment - join a panel of industry experts debate these issues and more at EduTech.

Danielle Watts, Education Program Manager, Lenovo


You say you want a revolution...making new discoveries in schools through big data

The revolutionary potential of big data is clear. From curing disease to creating driverless cars, the volume and velocity of data flooding the world is challenging the very foundations of many industries.

Schools are beginning to open their eyes to the allure of big data and its power.

Learn how schools can join the big data revolution and become more efficient, improve the transmission of knowledge, and ensure fewer students fall through the cracks.


Chris Marley, National Solutions Manager,
Rosemary Murphy, Solutions Manager &
Peter Crookes, Solutions Manager, SEQTA Software


Topic and speaker to be released shortly
(registered delegates may modify their registration at any time)


Flipping Tradition for Our Technology Era
The traditional model of education has reached its current status due to contextual and historical circumstances. Classrooms and schools have been constructed around a particular model of need which is outdated in today's society. Flipped learning represents a paradigm shift that can be analogised as an adaptable operating system akin to what we experience on computers, smart phones and tablets. When understood in this way, flipped learning allows a more flexible application of its implementation for various contexts and has the ability for other pedagogical approaches to be applied within the flipped learning paradigm. Flipped teachers are influencing the shift in traditional education to suit and strengthen our innovative generation.


Brendan Mitchell - ClickView


A Space to Learn; for Every Type of Learner

Space is NEVER neutral. It impacts everything we do ALL the time, positively or negatively, whether our intention is to socialise, rest, create or to learn. It influences the behaviour of those within it providing both opportunity and constraint. This will vary from teacher to teacher, student to student and even day to day. Will your learning space provide a positive environment that supports teaching and learning? Or will its impact be counterproductive?

The socio-technological influences of the world we live in today, make it harder than ever for teachers to be able to engage students and ensure that constructive, valuable and worthwhile learning occurs (or more importantly for the teacher to derive a sense of fulfilment, engagement and enjoyment from teaching). Being deliberate about space can give you another tool, one that is easily exploitable; to help create a positive environment for both the teacher and the learner.

This 30 minute exploration will provide attendees with a practical framework and programme on how to be a part of the solution to develop sustainable and engaging learning environments that support you, the teacher and to nourish every learner.

Andrew Ford, Director of Research Learning Environments, Sebel


Topic and speaker to be released shortly
(registered delegates may modify their registration at any time)






BREAKOUT SEMINARS DAY 2


Choose up to 3 favourite seminars over a 90 min duration. Breakouts are in 3x30 min blocks, 2 x 45 min blocks or 90 min blocks, with 10mins in between each block to allow you to move between the breakout / seminar rooms.

10:50-11:40 & 11:50-12:40

S1 | Growth Mindset - An Interview

  • Enjoy a close Q&A session with the world authority on Growth Mindset
  • Unpack misconceptions, and get real insight into the psychology of learning
  • Make a step change in teaching

Carol Dweck, Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology, Stanford University

Carol's Q&A session will be facilitated by:

10:50-11:40 Shannan Judge, Principal, Ermington West Public School

11:50-12:40 Tim Bowden, Principal, Inaburra School


10:50-11:40

S2 | Digital Plumbing

  • Find out how to strategically digital design and configuration to support broad, deep and focused learning
  • Facilitate deeper learning with a targetted selection and presentation of classroom technologies

Abdul Chohan, Director of Development, Essa Academy (UK)


11:50-12:40

S3 | Publishing Your Own Digital Textbooks

  • Learn how to become a published author and reach the global market through iTunesU
  • Put your expertise and school on the national and international stage
  • Elevate your work through your own published, interactive, animated and collaborative digital texts

Abdul Chohan, Director of Development, Essa Academy (UK)


10:50-11:40

S4 | Student Motivation, Engagement, Contribution and Attainment

Angela Maiers, Leader, Visionary, Entrepreneur, Disruptor, Change Maker and Author, Choose2Matter

11:50-12:40

S5 | A New Type of Student Literacy

Angela Maiers, Leader, Visionary, Entrepreneur, Disruptor, Change Maker and Author, Choose2Matter

10:50-11:40 & 11:50-12:40

S6 | Conversations for Educational Improvement

  • Leading with purpose
  • Creating leaders not followers
  • knowing when to say no to conventional wisdom

Maxine McKew, Former Commonwealth Parliamentary Secretary, National Media Personality, Author, and Hon Fellow, Graduate School of Education University of Melbourne


10:50-11:40

S7 | Welcome to the Digital Revolution: Education in the Age of Disrupted Learning

  • Examine the changing nature of our world, and consider education as "the future's business"
  • Identify essential 21st-century skills, and how they can be used to create modern learning experiences
  • Connect with strategies and resources to engage learners, so they can perform well on exams, while learning the critical new basics of modern learning From PD to degree - attend purely for PD or earn credits towards a Masters in this EduTECH session

Ian Jukes, Founder, Infosavvy Group
Nicky Mohan, Director, InfoSavvy 21


11:50-12:40

S8 | Leading From the Future: Looking Back, Looking Forward

  • Learn how to "think in future tense" using a compelling planning technique
  • Discover the power of collaborative planning through questions
  • Access an extensive digital library of strategies and resources to prepare ourselves and our students for the world of tomorrow From PD to degree - attend purely for PD or use it to earn credits towards a Masters in this EduTECH session

Ian Jukes, Founder, Infosavvy Group
Nicky Mohan, Director, InfoSavvy 21


10:50-11:40

S9 | What's Next? 21 Ideas for 21st Century Education

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


11:50-12:40

S10 | What's Your Innovation Recipe?

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


10:50-11:40 & 11:50-12:40

S11 | Robots in Space! Skills Development Through Inspiring, Team Based Competition

  • Learn about Zero Robotics, the international programming competition.
  • Hear what students learn and how they learn through participating in the competition.
  • Discover how you can run a Zero Robotics team at your school.

Benjamin Morrell, Project Zero Lead, University of Sydney


10:50-11:40 & 11:50-12:40

S12 | Future-focused Learning Workshop

  • Investigate the element of future-focused pedagogies including STEM, inquiry, and PBL
  • Unpack and construct units of working collaboratively to build essential questions and the learning challenge scenario
  • Learn how to connect curriculum to relevant real-world situations and solve problems that matter

Lee Watanabee-Crockett, President, Global Digital Citizen Foundation


10:50-11:40

S13 | Design Thinking and Literacy for Primary Students

  • Get students reading about, thinking about, talking about and writing about designs and inventions
  • Foster the next generation of STEMgineers
  • Transition the consumers of today to become the global critical thinkers, collaborators, communicators and creators of tomorrow

Karen Binns, IT Teacher and Integrator, St. George Christian School


11:50-12:40

S14 | Trends in Learning Innovation

Miri Young, Head of Learning Innovation, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa


10:50-11:40

S15 | Make a Retro Brickout game in AppInventor

  • See how you can quickly and easily make a game in Appinventor
  • Develop Apps for Android, and check out drag and drop coding
  • Find out how to make a colourful and fun breakout game

Samantha Pennington, Executive and Software Design and Development Teacher, ICTENSW and Carlingford Public School


11:50-12:40

S16 | K-10 Rolling out the DigiTECH Curriculum

Meredith Ebbs, NSW CSER Education Research Consultant, University of Adelaide


10:50-11:20

S17 | The Wide-Reaching Applications of Video Conferencing Technology

  • The National Virtual Debating competition
  • Music Master Classes
  • iSee Virtual World

Ian Quartermaine, Project Manager (Independent Schools Digital Collaboration Network - ISDCN), Independent Schools Queensland


10:50-11:40

S18 | Practical Aspects of Professional Learning Communities - PART A

Professor Louise Stoll, Prof. Professional Learning, London Centre for Leadership in Learning, University College London - Institute of Education


11:50-12:40

S19 | Practical Aspects of Professional Learning Communities - PART B

Professor Louise Stoll, Prof. Professional Learning, London Centre for Leadership in Learning, University College London - Institute of Education


11:30-12:00

S20 | Rethinking STEM Learning - A TECH School Approach

  • Designing learning for STEM in Secondary Education - An in depth exploration into educational design processes utilised in the Yarra Ranges Tech School program design and development;
  • Exploring a range of key considerations, issues, and challenges to create an engaging and active learning experience, that emphasises gamification and authentic workplace experiences, industry trends, interactive learning spaces, learning technologies, and career pathways;
  • Outcomes and recommendations for future secondary education program design.

Elissa McKenzie, Lead Educational Designer - Yarra Ranges Tech School project, Teaching Innovations, Box Hill Institute


12:10-12:40

S21 | Rethinking STEM Learning - A TECH School Approach

  • Designing learning for STEM in Secondary Education - An in depth exploration into educational design processes utilised in the Yarra Ranges Tech School program design and development;
  • Exploring a range of key considerations, issues, and challenges to create an engaging and active learning experience, that emphasises gamification and authentic workplace experiences, industry trends, interactive learning spaces, learning technologies, and career pathways;
  • Outcomes and recommendations for future secondary education program design.

Elissa McKenzie, Lead Educational Designer - Yarra Ranges Tech School project, Teaching Innovations, Box Hill Institute


10:50-11:20

S22 | Igniting Whole-School Pedagogical Shift Towards Future Focused Learning

  • Using evidence-based analysis and measures to drive future focussed learning
  • Inspiring pedagogical change through frameworks such as Microsoft 21CLD and The Essential Fluencies to enhance quality teaching and learning
  • Generating whole-school support through Professional Learning Communities

Tina Russell, Head of Learning Technology, Penrhos College WA
Shannon Armitage, Assistant Dean of Teaching and Learning, Penrhos College WA


12:10-12:40

S23 | Igniting Whole-School Pedagogical Shift Towards Future Focused Learning

  • Using evidence-based analysis and measures to drive future focussed learning
  • Inspiring pedagogical change through frameworks such as Microsoft 21CLD and The Essential Fluencies to enhance quality teaching and learning
  • Generating whole-school support through Professional Learning Communities

Tina Russell, Head of Learning Technology, Penrhos College WA
Shannon Armitage, Assistant Dean of Teaching and Learning, Penrhos College WA