DAY ONE – Wednesday 21 March 2018

9.00 | Official Opening by conference chair

Aine Maher, Director – Education Services, Independent Schools Victoria

Morning Plenary:


9:15 | Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That’s Transforming Education

  • Rethink the nature and purpose of education
  • Understand the factors that motivate and shift human potential
  • Appraise the role that creativity is playing in learning systems and organisations
Sir Ken Robinson, Internationally recognised authority in creativity and New York Times best-selling author

10:00 |  How drones can be used for teaching, learning and imagination

Dr Catherine Ball, Chief Executive Officer, Remote Research Ranges

10:20 |  Exciting Speaker and Topic TBA

10:45 | Morning Break – Tea/coffee and Exhibition Viewing with Main Stage Presentations


11:20 |  Welcome to ClassTECH Conference Stream

Joachim Cohen, Schools Technology Innovation Lead, NSW Department of Education


11:30 |  Beyond Creativity: Educating for an Uncertain World

  • Find out how to prepare children to solve problems that neither their parents or teachers can imagine
  • Understand how children realize their potential with parents and educators standing at their sides
  • See how learning-by-doing, new technological materials, and timeless craft traditions can supercharge the learning process
Gary Stager, Maker, Author, Innovator, The Constructivist Consortium


11:50 |  Technology in Outdoor Experiential Learning

  • Learn about how technology can enhance learning in the natural world outside the classroom.
  • Case study on which technologies actually interfere with experiential learning outcomes and how this can be avoided.
  • Discover the potential of emerging technologies (e.g. Augmented Reality) will have in taking more students outdoors.
David Hills, Teacher Outdoor Education, Brisbane Grammar School



12:10 |  How to make your own drones, robots, gadgets and fun

  • Find out how to build a high tech learning lab and makerspace at your school
  • See how nurturing student curiosity can shift learning responsibility
  • Get your students laser cutting, 3D printing, designing, problem solving and working creatively
Kelly Bauer,  Learning Coach, Leadership Years,  St Luke's Marsden Park

12:30 | Lunch and Exhibition viewing with Main Stage Presentations



During the breakout session delegates split into smaller groups where they have the option to attend one of three workshops OR three Roundtable Discussions. Roundtables are small group discussions focused on a particular topic and directed by a central table host who guides the conversation and facilitates questions and answers from participants. Roundtables run in three rotations of 30 minutes each. Delegates pre-select breakout sessions ahead of the event so they cover the issues and topics that matter most to them.


15:30 | Afternoon Break – Tea/coffee and Exhibition Viewing with Main Stage Presentations


Closing Plenary Sessions:


16:30 | Authentic conversations to lead systemic growth and change

  • Learn how the world’s largest International School Campus achieves top-rankings
  • Discover how to expand your 4Cs of 21st Century learning to include content knowledge, competence, and character
  • How to tackle future and present complexities through personalised learning, and institutional problem solving
Dr Chip Kimball, Superintendent, Singapore American School


17:00 |  Top notch school leadership

  • What does the research reveal as important in high performance leadership teams?
  • Learn how to build positive and effective structures and processes for quality schooling
  • Recognise, support and nurture the next generation of school leaders
Danny Pinchas, General Manager - Teaching and School Leadership, AITSL

17:30 | End of Day One

17:40 | Networking Drinks



DAY TWO – Thursday 22 March 2018


9:10 |  Day Two Welcoming Remarks

Joachim Cohen, Schools Technology Innovation Lead, NSW Department of Education


9:10 |  Piaget told us kids couldn’t do this

  • Are students bored because we’re not challenging them sufficiently?
  • Let’s look at some examples that challenge the traditional scope and sequence view of learning
Martin Levins, Principal, Douglas and Brown


9:30 |  The intentional use of technology as a learning enabler

  • Find out why the social, physical and other tacit dimensions become so important in technology enabled learning
  • See how to shape learning through informed pedagogy that addresses the whole learner
  • Discover how to balance humans doing what humans do best, and computers doing what computers do best
Dr Kate Highfield, Technology in Education Researcher, Swinburne University of Technology



9:50 |  CS+X across the curriculum

  • Discover how DigiTECH can be applied across the curriculum with CS+X
  • See how an Integrated STEM project can boost student engagement and foster creativity in the classroom
  • Learn about CS+X projects from poetry slams (combining machine learning and Natural Language Processing) to geometry
  • Explore free resources supported by the commonwealth government to support CS+X in the classroom
Nicky Ringland, Computing Education Specialist, Australian Computing Academy


10:10 |  How to creatively apply coding in an integrated manner, to improve student learning

  • Discover where and how to innovate with, and integrate, digital systems thinking in K-6
  • See awesome and inspiring examples in geography, history, literacy and mathematics
  • Find out how to innovate with, and Integrate TK2C within the existing K-6 curriculum
Amanda Dodson, K-2 Stage Leader and K-6 STEM integrator, St. Catherine’s School Waverley


10:30 | Morning Break – Tea/coffee and Exhibition viewing with Main Stage Presentations




11:15 |  How to hold your technology investment accountable

  • Stop your students and eductors falling into the mirror of distractive technologies
  • Find out which classroom and schoolwide ICT habits actually serve learning
  • Discover how to implement effective learning practices with ICT in your school
Matt Robinson, Operations Manager, Lowanna College


11:40 | How to build a supportive video learning culture at your school

  • Learn from the experiences of others in adapting to collaborative video technologies
  • See a range of videography tools and external resources to enhance online learning
  • Find out how to really flip your classroomand your students' grades
Eddie Woo, Maths Teacher and Youtuber, Cherrybrook Technology HS




12:00 |  Become an effective STEM teacher

  • Find out how to lift STEM learning off the curriculum page with active and tacit experiential learning
  • See how inquiry, project and problem based learning build connections to improve memory retention and skill
  • Experience a host of hands-on practical project to invigorate STEM learning in K-6

Ian Fairhurst, K-6 ICT Integrator, Knox Grammar School

12:20 | Lunch and Exhibition viewing with Main Stage Presentations




13:40 |  Melding technology and creative arts to create innovators rather than consumers

  • Be inspired by where technology and the maker movement is taking creative arts
  • Learn how moving to the sixth dimension with colour, material, shape and 3D
  • Switch on the creative juices with a range of creative technology projects, across the curriculum
Dr Narelle Lemon, Associate Professor in Education (Professional Experience), Swinburne University of Technology


14:00 |  Technology, Pedagogy and Practice that improves teaching and learning

  • Find out which tools, technologies and processes are at the cutting edge of K-12 education
  • See what’s working to prepare high school students for the new work paradigm
  • Learn how to improve learning outcomes via student engagement

Simon Harper, Head Teacher Secondary Studies, TAS Faculty, Killara High School


14:20 |  Building a working model of what best practice looks like

  • Understand what was expected of a teacher ‘back then’ vs what the reasonable expectations of teachers/your staff are now
  • Find out how to shift staff gently into the 21st century, and stil play to the strengths of experience?

Melissa Carson, Coordinator of Innovative Learning, Oakhill College

14:50 | Afternoon Break – Tea/coffee and Exhibition Viewing with Main Stage Presentations


Closing Plenary Session:


15:20 |  Don't teach games - teach game design

  • Discover a revolutionary pedagogy and 20 week program that develops literacy, numeracy, ICT skills and feedback cycles
  • Hear about how you can create high tech and low tech solutions whilst establishing challenging learning goals
  • Understand the behavioural and psychological elements behind game design that empower your staff and students
Bill Cohen, Teacher Librarian, ICT Integrator, Asquith Girls High School

15:40 |  Exciting Speaker and Topic TBA


16:00 |  Exciting Speaker and Topic TBA

16:20 | Closing remarks from the Chair

16:30 | Conference Close