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
  • Discuss emerging drone, 3D visualisation and big data technologies and the opportunities for innovation and entrepreneurialism
  • Be inspired by a range of humanitarian and environmental applications to education
  • Discover a unique way of marrying literacy, communication, and STEM skills for educators and students
Dr Catherine Ball, Creator, Communicator, Entrepreneur, Humanitarian

10:20 |  Diversity, inclusion, and Safe Schools for the education workforce and our students

  • Assess how to develop the knowledge, skills, and attributes needed now and for the jobs of the future
  • Understand how to build your school’s capacity to acknowledge and value diversity, provides equal opportunities, and is inclusive of all differences
  • Outline of unique and important aspects of the Safe Schools strategy

Gill Callister, Secretary, Department of Education, Victoria

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 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 classroom and your students' grades
Eddie Woo,  Maths Teacher and Youtuber Cherrybrook Technology High School

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 |  Develop creative problem solvers in TinkerTime

  • Creating a student directed learning environment that promotes agency in your classroom
  • Practical lesson ideas that can be incorporated across the curriculum
  • Making ideas that do not break the budget
Eleni Kyritsis, Leader of Digital Learning & Innovation & Year 3 Teacher, Strathcona Baptist Girls Grammar


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 expo main stage presentations




11:15 |  How to hold your technology investment accountable

  • Stop your students and educators 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
Paula Christophersen, Immediate past DigiTECH Curriculum Lead, Dorothy Hoddinott medalist


11:40 | 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




12:00 |  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 expo main stage presentations




13:40 |  Innovation is accessible to all teachers: here’s how.

  • Research and practice on technology enhanced active learning
  • Discuss the reality of AR/VR/MR in schools, visualisation, and spatial reasoning
  • The benefits and how to implement the design thinking process (in primary and high school)

Prof. Robert Fitzgerald , Director, INSPIRE Centre for Innovation in Education & Training, STEM Education Research Centre, University of Canberra


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 expo main stage presentations


Closing Plenary Session:


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

  • Discover a fast-paced, custom-designed elective that smashes together collaboration, creativity, communication and critical thinking - LOUDLY!
  • Learn about the design principles and psychology underlying everything from high-budget video games to card games and outdoor games
  • Explore the ways game design and gamified thinking can help your students (and your staff!) understand the world around them
Bill Cohen, Teacher Librarian, ICT Integrator, Asquith Girls High School

15:40 |  Preparing students for the “new work-order”

  • Discuss some of the ‘enterprising skills’ projects from 2017 – biggest challenges, failures, and lessons learned overall
  • Analyse the research and need behind student negotiated learning that focuses on capabilities and skills
  • How to reconfigure your school curriculum and learning spaces to maximise ‘skills’ outcomes vs ‘subject’ outcomes (on a budget) to better prepare your students for the workforce

Rob Steffler, Dean of Studies, Glasshouse Christian College 

16:00 |  Cultivating capabilities through Entrepreneurial Learning at school

  • Discover the initiative that successfully implemented learning principals from internationally renowned education expert Professor Yong Zhao to help secondary schooling better meet the needs of individual students
  • Analyse the results of Mitchell researchers’ work with 21 schools across two states to advance the unique talents of students and cultivate entrepreneurial mindsets/environments
  • Gain insight on the challenges and benefits directly from the students and teachers involved in the trial
Dr Bronwyn Hinz, Policy Fellow, Mitchell Institute at Victoria University
Hannah Lewis, Assistant Principal, Western Port Secondary College
Paradigm Shifters student, Western Port Secondary College
Paradigm Shifters student, Melbourne Girls’ College
Hannah Matus, Policy Analyst, Mitchell Institute at Victoria University

16:20 | Closing remarks from the Chair and Conference Close