BREAKOUT SESSIONS DAY ONE


Delegates split into smaller groups where they have the option to attend 3 x 30 minute repeated Breakout sessions OR 1 x 110 min Workshop. There will be 10 minutes between each breakout rotation to allow you to move between rooms.

Session 1
2:00-2:30

Session 2

2:40-3:10

Session 3

3:20-3:50

Is managed BYO making a comeback? How are you positioned with your infrastructure to cope in a BYOD environment?

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 an array of devices throughout the classroom? Shrinking budgets are forcing schools to make difficult decisions when it comes to tech. How can you remain seamless in an open BYO environment - have you got the right infrastructure in place to manage your environment? Our panel of industry experts will debate BYO from cradle to grave...this is not just a device discussion but more around the whole managed environment.

Matthew Robinson, Operations Manager, Lowanna College (VIC); Co-Founder of The Educational Technology Consortium of Victoria (ETCV)


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.

Simone Maciel, Professional Development Teacher, Mac1


Disruptive Technologies - What's Now and Next for Education (30 min)

With the advent of powerful cloud computing and changing environments, how will emerging and future technologies impact on school based IT, teaching, learning and even buildings and learning spaces? In this session, Ray Fleming, Microsoft Education Industry lead, will explore the technology you have now, and what's likely to transform the education sector in the coming years - including prescriptive analytics; mixed reality technologies like Hololens; IoT (internet of things); Azure cognitive services and much more.

Ray Fleming, Education Industry Lead, Microsoft


Building STEM in your school with Minecraft: Education Edition and beyond (30 min)

In this session Dan Bowen, Microsoft Australia's STEM lead, makes STEM come alive in your classroom. Explore the use of Minecraft: Education Edition to allow students to collaborate and create to improve their learning outcomes at school. Discover the latest tools to help kids code devices such as Micro:bit and AdaFruit. Learn more about other Microsoft tools that can help you develop problem solving, computational thinking and creativity around STEM in the classroom. Underpinning all this is our professional development opportunities to support schools exploring STEM, including our industry level courses and official certifications for students and staff in the Imagine Academy suite.

Dan Bowen, STEM Lead, Microsoft


Creating collaborative classrooms - Spotlight on CEWA (30 min)

Travis Smith, Microsoft's Teacher Engagement Manager, will explore the Office 365 for Education platform and what's new - including Microsoft Teams. Classroom experiences will make Teams a digital hub for teachers and students by adding features specifically designed for teaching and learning. Cathy Cavanaugh, Head of Leadership, Learning, Research and Digital Transformation, at Catholic Education WA (CEWA), will show how Office 365 for Education offers a broad and deep toolkit for content creation, collaborative classrooms, and personalised learning. Cathy will share how Teams is key to the success of the CEWA Leading Lights project.

Travis Smith, Teacher Engagement Manager, Microsoft
Cathy Cavanaugh, Head of Leadership, Learning and Research | Digital Transformation, Catholic Education WA (CEWA)


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.

Joel Lopez, National Presales, Fujitsu


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


Sphero Edu: Learning #BeyondCode

"Sphero Edu goes beyond code by incorporating robotics and tech with collaborative STEAM activities for students of all ages"

  • Learn how to progress with ease by programming your bot three ways: Draw, Blocks, Text
  • Learn how to seamlessly integrate Sphero Edu into your existing curriculum
  • Hear an experienced educator and share best practices
  • Walk away with the resources you need to get started

David Millage, VP of Education, Sphero Edu


Can Furniture Really Improve Naplan Results?

Melise Sutton is the Principal at Margaret Jurd College, a special school for students with mental health diagnosis, behavioural disorders, trauma histories and/or autism. In practice the school provides an alternative education environment for students whose lives and health impact on their behaviours in such a manner that they cannot manage within a "normal" school. Mrs Sutton has been working with disadvantaged youth across Newcastle and surrounding regions for 25 years in both the welfare and education sectors. Her passion to see all young people succeed leads her into exploring new initiatives that drive flexibility in learning and working with Reed Furniture to explore and integrate new concepts and ideas in furniture to assist with meeting objectives and improve learning outcomes.

Mrs Sutton Commenced as Principal of Margaret Jurd College in 2004 when the College, operating out of a residential property, was a learning centre with 15 student and delivered life skills outcomes. Today the College operates a purpose built school site with 60 students across years 9 - 12 and is expanding. The College prides itself on it's multi-disciplinary team structure, providing holistic care and support to students and their families in order to achieve real change.


Melise Sutton, Principal, Margaret Jurd College


Improving teacher wellbeing, school leadership and student engagement through simplifying compliance

According to published research education standards in Australia have fallen since the mid-1970s The amount of time that educators are required to spend on non-student facing school administration and accreditation tasks have also increased four-fold in the same time and has contributed to the drop in our education standards. Simplifying compliance and giving educators a platform to engage with policy in a less bureaucratic way will reduce the amount of time that is currently dedicated to compliance. It will also reduce stress and make educators more credible, valued and connected. We have seen extraordinary things happen in the classroom when principals gain full control over policy implementation and school registration processes, when teachers have the time to engage with students on a more dynamic and individual level and when students are engaged with their learning in a meaningful way. This in return fosters trust within the entire school community.

  1. Meeting and exceeding school registration and compliance obligations
  2. Adopting and embracing technology to simplify compliance
  3. Taking full control over compliance and reducing stress
  4. Freeing up time for educators to engage with students
  5. Establishing credibility with school communities and stakeholders

Rochelle Bennett, Director, Obsidian Data & Eric Jamieson, Expert Coach, Australian Schools Plus; Teaching and Learning Advisor, Obsidian Data


Using robotics to foster explorative STEM learning in competition and in the classroom

  • Overview of available curriculum
  • Competitive robotics programs in Australia
  • Overview of different robotics platforms & programming languages

Travis Burroughs, Robotics Coordinator for Design and Technology, Teacher Association of Victoria


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


Per Pupil Personalised Pedagogy - Realise your path to student-centred transformation

Essentially the way we teach has not changed in hundreds of years! Yes we've used different technologies to make incremental improvements, but what about a total disruption?

Innovative ideas and ubiquitous access to digital resources provide endless opportunities to create authentic student-centred learning experiences. You want to inspire and empower students to take charge of their learning, but knowing how to support your school is today's challenge.

This session is designed to help you support and accelerate your school's digital transformation, by providing an innovative modern user experience, within an environment that keeps your users, data and school safe. Based on the lessons learnt by Dell EMC with partners like Microsoft, this session will outline how to transform your user experience and security posture delivered from an automated hybrid infrastructure, allowing you to focus on the use of technology, rather than be consumed by running it.

Clive Gold, Director Healthcare and Education, Dell EMC ANZ


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.


Out with the old and in with the new. Using software to streamline a students learning journey.

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


How best to teach young people whose lives will reach into the 22nd century


One school's blueprint to define a chosen future, build a vision, articulate and communicate our aspirations, and begin the process of implementation. It is the story of a work in progress, and is based on the understanding that schools operate in a broad 21st century context - globally, nationally and locally.

It will demonstrate how they have used Technology to collaborate, communicate and structure blended learning opportunities to support the new learning Framework.

It recognises that every school is unique, and must identify those things that are central to its meaning and culture.

Kingswood College is an independent, co-educational Uniting Church school in Melbourne's east that has been educating young men and women for 125 years.

Liam King, Deputy Principal, Kingswood College, Box Hill, Victoria


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


Thursday 8th June | 2:00pm - 3:50pm

Workshop 1: Practical strategies for deeper student engagement

Phil Stubbs, Chief Academic Officer, Verso Learning