Masterclasses: 20 March 2018

Conferences & Expo: 21 - 22 March 2018

Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre




Sir Ken Robinson

Internationally recognised authority in creativity and innovation in education, and New York Times best-selling author

An internationally recognized authority in creativity and innovation in education and business, Sir Ken Robinson is also one of the world’s leading speakers. Videos of his famous talks to the prestigious TED Conference are the most viewed in the history of the organization and have been seen by an estimated 300 million people in over 150 countries.
Sir Ken works with governments in Europe, Asia and the US, international agencies, Fortune 500 companies and leading cultural organizations. He led a national commission on creativity, education and the economy for the UK Government, was the central figure in developing a strategy for creative and economic development as part of the Peace Process in Northern Ireland, and was one of four international advisors to the Singapore Government for a strategy to become the creative hub of SE Asia.
Called “one of the world’s elite thinkers on creativity and innovation” by Fast Company magazine, Sir Ken has received numerous awards and recognitions for his groundbreaking contributions. He was included in Thinkers50 list of the world’s leading business thinkers and has been named one of TIME / Fortune /CNN’s Principal Voices. In 2003, he received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II for services to the arts. His 2009 book, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything , is a New York Times best seller and has been translated into 21 languages. A 10th anniversary edition of his classic work on creativity and innovation, Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative , was published in 2011. Finding Your Element: How to Discover Your Talents and Passions and Transform Your Life , was published by Viking in May 2013 and is also a New York Times best seller.]
His latest book, Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That’s Transforming Education (Viking, 2015), written with Robinson’s trademark wit and engaging style, includes groundbreaking research and tackles the critical issue of how to transform the nation’s troubled educational system

Lisa Rodgers

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.

Gary Stager

Maker | Author | Innovator, Constructing Modern Knowledge

Dr Gary Stager, PhD, is an award-winning teacher educator, speaker, consultant, and author who has spent the past 36 years helping schools around the world embrace the power of computers as intellectual laboratories, and vehicles for self-expression.
Gary is one of the world’s leading advocates for computer programming, robotics and the maker movement (learning-by-doing in classrooms). Gary led PD in the world’s first laptop schools, earned a doctorate in science & mathematics education at The University of Melbourne, and has worked at government and independent schools across the nation since 1990. Gary has studied in Reggio Emilia.
When Jean Piaget wanted to better understand how children learn mathematics, he hired Seymour Papert. When Dr. Papert wanted to create a high-tech alternative learning environment for incarcerated at-risk teens, he hired Gary Stager.  This work was the basis for Gary's doctoral dissertation and documented one of Papert's institutional research projects.
Gary is a co-author of “Invent To Learn – Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom”.

Dan Haesler

Director, Cut Through Coaching & Consulting

Dan works with individuals and organisations around issues of engagement, wellbeing, mindset and leadership.
As Director of Cut Through Coaching & Consulting he consults to government education projects, corporate business, schools, professional associations, The Black Dog Institute and other not-for-profit organisations.
Dan is an international keynote speaker and has presented alongside well-known education thought leaders as well as Olympians, Academy Award Winners and His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
He regularly features in the media, and writes a monthly column in the Australian Teacher Magazine. Dan is passionate about equity in education and engaging our hardest-to-reach kids and communities. His first book, #SchoolOfThought is now available, and all profits are supporting the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

Dr Kate Highfield

Senior Lecturer, Swinburne University of Technology

Kate is an experienced teacher and researcher, with an interest in how technology impacts on learning, pedagogy and play.
Prior to moving to Swinburne University of Technology, Kate spent over a decade working as a classroom teacher, and then ten years working as a lecturer at Macquarie University in the Institute of Early Childhood, and as a research fellow at RIPPLE (Research Institute for Professional Practice, Learning and Education).
Kate researches the impact of technology as a tool with children, parents and educators. Her current research focuses on the use of technology in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM), and analyses supports that enable teachers’ effective use of technology.

Dr Chip Kimball

Superintendant, Singapore American School

Dr. Chip Kimball is an experienced leader with a track record of excellence at the school, district, state, national, and international level. Chip has led public and private systems, both large and small, with a future orientation, and a commitment to improvement and results.
An innovator and systems thinker, Chip is an expert in defining a vision, strategic planning, building teams, and developing effective strategies for exceptional performance.
Chip has broad experience and knowledge, with expertise in business and strategy, as well as instruction and learning theory. He has deep experience with high performing school systems, and working with communities to set and deliver upon high expectations.

Dr Catherine Ball

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.

Amanda Dodson

Junior School Teacher | Stage 1 Leader | Coordinator of STEM, St Catherine’s School

Amanda is an experienced primary teacher, having worked in the public and independent school system in Australia and internationally. Her strong interest in Science and Technology has led to previous roles as K-6 Science Coordinator, and Technology and Grade Coordinator in Year 4.
Amanda is passionate about embedding STEM across the curriculum, and empowering students as interdisciplinary learners.

Martin Levins

President, Douglas & Brown, Australia

As the President of the Australian Council for Computers in Education, Martin leads the national peak body for educators using technology in teaching and learning. He is the co-author of "BYO-the digital evolution of schooling" (with Mal Lee). As well, he is an occasional lecturer in the School of Education at the University of New England.
Martin is a national authority in the use of technology in education, and the deployment of hardware, software and wetware technology processes and systems in schools. He has always loved playing with tech, and finds play to be an essential ingredient of learning (that's his excuse!).
With a teaching career spanning Science, Maths, Design, Technology, IT and Outdoor Education, Martin assists in developing cutting edge curriculum and professional learning. He has extensive experience in strategic planning, management, and public speaking, and consults to systems, schools, districts and authorities nationally. Martin delivers professional keynotes and workshops to leaders, parents, staff and student organisations.
Kate researches the impact of technology as a tool with children, parents and educators. Her current research focuses on the use of technology in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM), and analyses supports that enable teachers’ effective use of technology.
Don't miss the opportunity to learn from Martin's unique insights and high level experience and knowledge.

Bec Spink

Assistant Principal,  Aitken Creek Primary School ;
Cofounder & Director of Code the Future and Committee Member,  Digital Learning and Teaching Victoria

Bec Spink is an Assistant Principal at Aitken Creek Primary School in the northern suburbs of Melbourne, Australia. Bec has a Master of Education specialising in Knowledge Networks and Digital Innovation. In 2013 Bec was awarded the Victorian Department of Education and Training Education Excellence Award for Primary Teacher of the Year for outstanding contributions and dedication towards leading classroom innovation.
Bec is a co-founder and Director of Code the Future (codefuture.org). A non-profit organisation that connects schools and teachers with the technology industry to support the learning and teaching of computer science in schools.
Bec is a contemporary educator, leader and speaker having presented at conferences and events both nationally and internationally. A believer in continuous learning and sharing, Bec writes a blog, becspink.com, sharing, reflecting, supporting and advocating for the next wave of change in schools.

Martin Richards

Content Manager: Digital Technologies Hub,  Education Services Australia

Martin is an expert in how students can meaningfully use digital technologies to investigate, create, and represent their ideas. He has extensive experience in developing digital resources across different learning areas and levels of schooling.
Martin has been contributing to the national ESA Digital Technologies Hub, to provide opportunities for students to employ computational, design and systems thinking, and to shift students along the continuum of being users of technology, to becoming creators of technology.

Matt Robinson

ICT Manager, Lowanna College (VIC)

As a co-founder of the Education Technology Consortium Victoria (ETCV), Matt leads collaboration between the IT Managers and curriculum leaders driving some of Victoria most innovate School IT programs. ECTV aims to develop best practice in the delivery of IT services to improve learning and teaching.
Matt has had significant involvement in developing and sharing strategies to support schools and student learning around the 1:1/BYOD technologies around Australia. At Lowanna College he is responsible for managing one of the largest, business-grade, single-site ICT networks in the Gippsland region, rivalling local hospitals, universities and the power industry.
In 2014 Matt was in the top 3 Finalists in the 2014 Finalist Australian Government ICT Professional of the Year.

Owen Braiser

Computing Eucation Specialist, Australian Computing Academy

Owen Brasier is a Computing Education Specialist at the Australian Computing Academy.
Owen was previously the manager and technical lead of MadMaker - an outreach project that teaches STEM skills through programming, and has engaged over 2,500 students and teachers.
Owen is an electrical engineer whose passion is teaching students to create and build technology to improve the world around them.

Mel Cashen

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. 

Leanne Robertson

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.

Prof. Katrina Falkner

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.

Paula Chrisophersen

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.

Simon Harper

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.

Daniel Pinchas

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. 

Elizabeth Lonergan

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.

David Roycroft

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.

Alison Venter

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.

Megan Moore

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.

Karen Yager

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.

Leanne Cameron

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.

Alexander Bush

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.

Eddie Woo

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.