Masterclasses: 20 March 2018
Conferences & Expo: 21 - 22 March 2018
Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre
Internationally recognised authority in creativity and innovation in education, and New York Times best-selling author
Chief Executive Officer, Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL)
Following an extensive national and international search, Lisa Rodgers was appointed CEO of AITSL, commencing in October 2016.
Before joining AITSL, Lisa was Deputy Secretary, Early Learning and Student Achievement in the New Zealand Ministry of Education, with responsibility for raising achievement and improving system effectiveness with school leaders across education and the wider social sector.
Lisa made significant contributions in several different posts at the NZ Ministry of Education, including as the Deputy Secretary Evidence, Data and Knowledge, applying research and analysis to identify where effort and resources can best help children, young people and students achieve.
Lisa has a strong public sector background in strategic policy, research, insight, and analysis with the Ministry of Justice, the University of Wales, and the British Army.
Maker | Author | Innovator, Constructing Modern Knowledge
Director, Cut Through Coaching & Consulting
Senior Lecturer, Swinburne University of Technology
Superintendant, Singapore American School
Chief Executive Officer, Remote Research Ranges
Author, founder, and ethics advocate, Dr Ball works across global projects where robotics and new technology meet human and environmental need and protection. Dr. Ball continues to support Australia as being the world leader in the non-military application of drone technology, also known as “drones for good”.
A sought after voice in industry, Dr. Ball works with the application of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) aka drone technology across remote communities, schools, industry, and citizen scientists. She is leading the call for discussions around the ethics of spatial data, and commercial drone operations, and her biggest passion is found working on projects that have a humanitarian aspect, ranging from the use of RPAS for emergency response, to recording cultural heritage, and conducting agricultural assessments.
Dr. Ball has travelled and worked globally on cutting edge projects that combine science, entrepreneurship, empowerment, education, and training. Her latest passion project is #SheFlies whereby women and girls get a chance to fly and try drone technology. She Flies aims to reach 100,000 Australian women and girls by 2020, and is already expanding internationally. Further, Dr. Ball has co-created the World of Drones Congress.
Dr. Ball holds a BSc Honours (Environmental Protection) and a PhD (Spatial Ecology, Descriptive and Predictive Statistics) from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in the United Kingdom. Some of the awards Dr. Ball has won include: • 2015 AFR’s BOSS Magazine Young Executives of the Year - Winner • National Telstra Business Woman of the Year 2015, Corporate and Private Award • Queensland Telstra Business Women's Awards Winner 2015: Queensland Business Woman of the Year, Queensland Corporate and Private. • Innovator of Influence, 2015 at Innovation Week • Courier Mail Q Magazine: Queensland 50 Best and Brightest, 2015 • Westpac 100 Women of Influence 2016 (Innovation) • Top 25 Women in Robotics List – 2016.
Junior School Teacher | Stage 1 Leader | Coordinator of STEM, St Catherine’s School
President, Douglas & Brown, Australia
Aitken Creek Primary School
Cofounder & Director of Code the Future and Committee Member, Digital Learning and Teaching Victoria
Content Manager: Digital Technologies Hub, Education Services Australia
ICT Manager, Lowanna College (VIC)
Computing Eucation Specialist, Australian Computing Academy
President, Digital Learning and Teaching Victoria
Mel is an Australian educator passionate about contemporary learning and students centred learning and uses technology to develop global connections, collaborate and create. Mel has taught in primary schools in regional Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne as well as London. She has also worked at Monash University as an educational designer supporting academics in improving learning and teaching.
An enthusiastic speaker, Mel has presented at conferences, webinars and schools across Australia sharing her expertise in making global connections, being a connected educator, using digital technologies and social media in schools. Mel has also mentored teachers and principals in teaching and learning in the 21st Century, building an online network and making change in schools.
While studying her Master in Educational Policy (International) Mel has travelled to London, Copenhagen, Berlin and Rwanda looking at schools and educational policy. She is passionate about changing policy to reflect the 21st century world students live in and provide equity to students.
As President of Digital Learning and Teaching Victoria, Mel works towards creating new professional learning opportunities for teachers which reflect contemporary learning and teaching pedagogies.
Program Director Education Services Australia (ESA)
Leanne has led educational resource development and research projects for over fourteen years. Leanne first became interested in digital technologies in the 90s while teaching in a primary school in rural New Zealand. Leanne was involved in the development of New Zealandís Information Technology Roadshow before moving to Australia where she completed her Masters in IT in education and worked on numerous projects for The Learning Federation, Curriculum Corporation and ESA.
CSER Founder and Director and Head of School, School of Computer Science, The University of Adelaide
Professor Katrina Falkner leads research into Computer Science Education and Computational Thinking. Katrina also leads the Modelling and Analysis program in the Centre for Distributed and Intelligent Technologies. Katrina’s research efforts have together attracted in excess of $11 million in government and industry research funding.
Katrina is the winner of multiple teaching and educational leadership awards, including an Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citation, and the 2016 Australian Council for Computers in Education and Australian Computer Society - Leader of the Year award. Katrina is the Chair of the ACM Special Interest Group for Computer Science Education Australasia, and Vice Present for the Australian Council of Deans in ICT.
Immediate Past DigiTECH Curriculum Lead, VCAA, and APTA Dorothy Hoddinott medalist
Paula is an exceptionally experienced education consultant in the area of Digital Technologies. She is the immediate past DigiTECH curriculum lead for VCAA, a role in which she managed curriculum from Foundation to Year 12. Paula has been actively involved as a co-writer of the Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies, and a co-writer of the Australian Curriculum: ICT as a general capability. She has contributed to a range of educational forums that focus on Digital Technologies curriculum including the national Coding across the Curriculum project, as well as a member of the national steering group for the National Assessment Program for ICT Literacy.
Paula is a life member of Digital Learning and Teaching Victoria and in 2014 was awarded the Dorothy Hoddinott medal for outstanding lifetime contributions to subject associations by the Australian Professional Teachers Association.
Head Teacher Secondary Studies (Technology & Learning), Killara High School
Simon is Head Teacher Technology & Learning at Killara High School. He is passionate and committed to leading digital transformation to stay on the cutting edge of education to improve student engagement, outcomes and prepare them for the new work paradigm.
Simon is an accomplished public speaker and has presented at many principal conferences, universities and TeachMeets locally and globally. He is a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, TeachMeet NSW coordinator and expert in flipped learning.
General Manager - Teaching and School Leadership, Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL)
Daniel has worked in education leadership roles for over ten years, joining AITSL in 2013.
anager of the Quality Teaching team for most of that time, Daniel’s responsibilities included supporting implementation of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers through a range of policy initiatives, and development of online resources.
Previously Daniel was at the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, after spending several years in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, working in remote communities as a teacher, principal and numeracy coach.
Head of Learning and Teaching, Beth Rivkah Ladies College
Elizabeth Lonergan is the Head of Learning and Teaching at an independent school in the South Eastern Suburbs of Melbourne. Her studies include a Masters of Educational Leadership and Administration and a Bachelor of Business with majors in Management and Strategic Relations. Prior to her current role, Elizabeth was the Learning and Development Manager for Pearson Australia and had held various senior leadership roles in schools, including the Director of Staff and Head of Mathematics. Elizabeth has published books in Hands on Numeracy and in 2017 received excellence in the CHOOSEMATHS Teaching Awards for her demonstrated capacity to engage and inspire students to study Mathematics. Elizabeth has presented at numerous conferences throughout Australia and New Zealand with a focus on professional learning, early career teachers, leadership, culture, organizational change, developing staff capacity and integrated and digital learning. Her passion for succession planning, personal growth and empowering staff to critically reflect and analyse performance has enabled her to work one-on-one with teachers and teams to improve personal, school and systemic outcomes through the setting of strategic goals and targets.
Principal, Oakwood School
David Roycroft is Principal of Oakwood School, a position he has held since 2010 when he was asked to develop a school for disengaged students.
David has been a teacher for over 40 years, which includes 27 years in the principal class at a diverse range school settings, including technical schools, alternative settings and a new large high school.
Significant achievements include being twice selected to build a new school, being a finalist in the Victorian Principal of the Year awards and winner of the Most Innovative Secondary School in the Excellence in School Education awards.
David is an innovator and thinks outside the square. His mission is to create flexible school environments that empower vulnerable young people to re-connect with learning and develop the self-respect and confidence to actively pursue their future.
Assistant Principal/ Literacy Coach, Lilydale District School
Alison Venter is an Early Childhood teacher with 16 years teaching experience. She is an early career leader and currently holds an Assistant Principal Literacy Coach position in a K-10 school in Tasmania. Alison believes in developing strong relationships with her students, parents and staff and her physical disability is not a barrier in demonstrating her passion for quality teaching and learning.
Alison attained a Masters in Counselling in 2007, specialising in grief, loss and trauma in young children and adolescents.
In 2012 Alison graduated with a Masters in Education after conducting an action research study in her early childhood classroom. She has shared her findings at a number of literacy conferences and professional learning meetings around Australia and Tasmania.
In 2015 Alison presented her research on vocabulary development in her low SES, high poverty school at the International Literacy Association Conference in St Louis, Missouri.
In April 2017 Alison was published in the online issue of ASCD Educational Leadership Journal where she honestly shared her experiences and challenges of being an included student, teacher and colleague.
Principal, Sinai College
Megan Moore is a passionate education leader focussed on producing quality learning outcomes using an inquiry approach.
As a highly effective school principal, she gains job satisfaction through mentoring teachers, developing high quality curriculum and leading a school that produces great results within a caring environment that values the whole learner.
Deputy Headmaster 7-12 | Head of Student and Teacher Excellence K-12, Knox Grammar School
Karen Yager is the Deputy Head 7-12 & Head of Student and Teacher Excellence K-12 at Knox Grammar School and an English method lecturer at UNSW.
Karen has contributed to many journals and professional publications and has been a presenter at State, National and International conferences. She is a Premier’s Literary Scholarship winner and in 2013 the Singapore Ministry of Education awarded her their first ever International Teaching Fellowship.
In 2014, Karen was awarded the prestigious APTA (Australian Professional Teachers’ Association) for Meritorious Contribution to the Profession Award.
Lecturer, Design, Digital and Technologies Education, Southern Cross University
Leanne Lectures in Design, Digital and Technologies Education in the School of Education at Southern Cross University, Coffs Harbour and she has published widely in the area of effective technology integration in education. In addition to her academic role, Leanne is the current President of the ICT Educators of NSW. Leanne is an international expert in social media and Web2.0 tools in education and learning design.
Leanne's passion lies in up skilling teachers to meet the challenges of the new Australian Technologies curriculum implementation. She draws heavily on her experience as a classroom teacher and as a Technology Trainer for the NSW Department of Education's Training & Development Directorate, providing classroom-ready advice and support for teachers.
Head of ICT and Chairman, Iona College and RoboCup Junior Australia
Alexander chairs RoboCup Junior Australia and has been a member of RoboCup Junior Queensland since 2007. His students have participated in the RoboCup Junior competitions since 2001.
As the Head of Department ICT for Iona College, Alexander is an expert in brining project and inquiry based learning to life through physical computing and robotics.
Catch Alexander at National FutureSchools and explore the links between the Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies, and opportunities for critical thinking, creative problem solving, collaboration, and communication through hands-on learning.
Head Teacher Mathematics, Cherrybrook Technology High School
As a passionate maths teacher and technology lead, Eddie is the creator of Wootube, a Youtube channel on which he freely shares videos of his daily classroom teaching.
Eddie’s extensive video contributions have enabled students both inside and outside his classroom to accelerate their maths learning.