Global Speakers

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Sue O’Malley

Head of Robotics and Multimedia

Trinity College

Sydney & Melbourne Sessions

Topic: Experiential Learning in K12 through Robotics, 3D Printing, and Multimedia: How Experiential Learning Dramatically Transforms Student Learning 

I am, Sue O’Malley, the Head of Multimedia and Robotics at Trinity College, Gawler. I currently teach Multimedia, Mathematics, Digital Technology and STEM from Reception to Year 12. In 2018, I was honoured to be named the South Australian STEM Teacher of the Year.

I completed my B.Ed. with First Class Honors for my thesis on ‘Characteristics of Gifted Students that can be used for early identification’. A major in Technology and extensive professional development in pedagogy and learning styles led to my first role in teaching as a Special Education Co-ordinator, developing programs and managing a learning team of 15. I also created a Technology program for Year 2 – 8 and quickly developed skills in Information Technology and the integration of technology into all subject areas. I most enjoy designing real world learning opportunities for my students.

In 2010, I formed the Trinity College Engineering and Robotics program to compete in the FIRST progression of robotics programs. ‘Team BaCoN’ went on to win the Strategy and Innovation Award at the World Championships, the Australian Young Inventor of the Year 2011 and hold a patent for the ‘Space Saver Spacer’ collapsible Asthma Spacer. In the years to follow, the program grew to include teams competing in the FIRST Tech Challenge and most recently the FIRST Global Challenge. In this time, the team has earned over 25 National and International awards. In 2017, collaborating and competing with 157 national representative teams, we won the Albert Einstein Award for International Excellence and I was humbled to receive the Francisco Jose de Caldas Award for Sustainable Excellence, in recognition of my role in developing the inaugural event.

Prior to gaining my teaching degree, I worked as an Analytical Chemist at the Australian Water Quality Control Centre in South Australia. I also hold a Diploma of Applied Chemistry and Microbiology and a Diploma of Management, which provide a unique set of skills which are stretched to the limit creating engaging learning opportunities.

I have an amazing support team at home, with my sons, Sam (software engineer), Ryan (Science teacher), Matthew (Biomedical Engineer) and my husband Mark (Business Manager, former Fitter and Turner) providing expertise and helping as team mentors and inspiration.

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Michael Ha

Director of Digital Innovation

Hillcrest Christian College

Sydney and Melbourne Sessions

Topic: Fostering a culture of innovation and continuous improvement

Michael is a Director of Digital Innovation who actively promotes shifting the focus from valuing right answers as the purpose for learning to knowing how to behave when we don’t know answers; to encourage curiosity, questioning, problem solving, and wonderment. His current role includes being a committee member of AISNSW Student Wellbeing Committee, the founder of Sydney Digital Learning Invitational Forum and the founding Director of ‘Teach Tech Play’. Michael has a passion in understanding and implementing essential educational technology strategies that teachers and students require in the twenty-first century to enhance learning outcomes. He believes in nurturing the next generation of Innovators, Culture-Shakers, Dreamers, Thinkers & Storytellers.

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Sophie Poisel

Innovation Leader

Emanuel School

Sydney and Melbourne Sessions

Topic: Next Generation Makerspace in Schools: Modern Learning Spaces that Encourage Mobility, Collaboration and New ways of Learning

Sophie is the K-6 Innovation Leader at Emanuel School. She was the recipient of the Premier’s Commonwealth Bank STEM Scholarship and spent 5 weeks learning from innovative educators across North America. The focus of her study included transdisciplinary project-based learning, design thinking and alternative assessment & reporting regimes that highlight the importance of future skills.

In her current role, Sophie works with teachers to embed design thinking, maker-centred learning and emerging digital technologies into grade projects. She also works with students to develop interest based projects, highlighting the skills and dispositions they need now and in the future.

Sophie has worked at a range of independent schools in Sydney with primary and secondary students, as a primary teacher, a Gifted and Talented Coordinator, and with pre-service teachers, at University and as a supervising teacher. She is passionate about fostering students’ curiosity in STEM fields and developing partnerships with industry mentors.

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Claire Seldon

Learning Design Officer

NSW Department Education

Sydney and Melbourne Sessions

Topic: Digital Gamifications and Blended Learning with Fun in K-6 and K-12 Sector

Claire Seldon is a Science and Technology teacher who works as a Learning Designer with the NSW Department of Education. She uses her ICT background to create digital teaching resources for students to use in the classroom with a focus on gamification and emerging VR/AR/MR experiences.

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Travis Goulter

Head of Junior School

Ormiston College

Sydney & Melbourne Sessions

Topic: Using the ‘Design Thinking’ Process for Curriculum Reform, to Enhance Mainstream Learning Opportunities and Experiences for Students

Travis Goulter is Head of Junior School at Ormiston College and is passionate about the utilisation of digital technologies and innovative pedagogical practices to engage students and enhance learning.  He strongly believes in the benefits of strong professional learning networks that challenge and support teachers to continually grow as educators.  Travis has been recognised as a Microsoft Innovative Education Expert and in 2017 represented Australia at Microsoft’s Global Education Summit in Toronto.  In 2016, the Educator Magazine recognised Travis for his commitment to innovative teaching and learning, with his inclusion in their national Hot List recognising forty educators from across Australia who are the most influential figures in Australian education.   Then in 2017, Australian Council for Educational Leaders awarded Travis the ACEL Emerging Leadership Award.  At the inaugural Australian Education Awards in 2018, Travis was recognised for his leadership and commitment to education when he won the Australian Head of Department of the Year award.

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Chris Bradbury

Principal

Northholm Grammar School

Sydney & Melbourne Sessions

Topic: Flipped Classroom in K-12: How Flipped Classroom Creates Better Interactions Between Students, and Between Students and Teachers

Chris is Principal at Northholm Grammar School, an independent co-educational school in Sydney, Australia. Northholm seeks to be large enough to cater for wide academic choices and small enough to care for the individual student. High expectations, scholarship and pastoral care are the School’s stated ideals that guide the development of young people in their adolescent growth.

Chris is an innovative and dynamic teacher with a strong presence as an educational leader demonstrating creativity and agility. He has a proven record of achieving effective change management targets by developing concrete strategies in working collaboratively with others to build awareness of the need of change, and developing a shared mission and a common agenda. Chris has a genuine commitment and passion for the growth of young people to achieve their personal best through life-wide learning.

Chris has been awarded a NSW Quality Teaching Excellence Award in recognition of outstanding teaching practice by the NSW State Government and was a recipient of both the Gandel Holocaust Studies Program for Australian Educators Scholarship and the NSW Premiers Westfield’s History Teacher’s Scholarship. In 2018, he has been selected to participate in the NSW AIS Leadership Centre Flagship Program which is a rigorous, holistic program for experienced school leaders in schools. He holds a Bachelor and Master’s degree in Education from the University of Sydney and a Graduate Certificate in Advanced Educational Leadership from Harvard University.

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Monica Williams

Educational Consultant

Associations of Independent Schools of South Australia

Sydney & Melbourne Sessions

Topic: Emerging Technologies: investigating how to use them in the ELC -Year 12 classroom

Leading educational change in Digital Technology, pedagogy, literacy, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education and curriculum for 17 years, working at the local, sector and national levels. Monica is part of the team that won the 2017 Australia Computer Society: Service Transformation for the Digital Consumer Team Award (NFP) for project design and implementation of an emerging technology.

Monica’s recent work has focused on how innovative technologies change the roles of teacher and learner. Monica is collaborating with AISSA schools and university researchers on a three-year project investigating the impact of NAO Humanoid robots on student learning, particularly in the Australian Curriculum Digital Technologies subject area of coding and computational thinking. She has supported school leaders build capacity in their teachers to embed ICT into effective pedagogical practice and continues to support school leaders and teachers foster reconciliation through embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives into school culture.

Monica has many years’ experience in enterprise software as both a vendor and client. She was a core member of the team that designed and implemented a government sector education solution. She defined the teaching and learning requirements and supported the pedagogical change management.

Involved in every phase of the Software Development Life Cycle: high level functional design, tender response, pre-sales workshops, business requirements, detailed functional design, collaboration with technical teams, change management, UAT, Implementation.

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Fiona Clayton

Head of eLearning

Torrens Valley Christian School

Sydney & Melbourne Sessions

Topic: How Introducing Robotics and Game Programming Has Had a Positive Impact on Torrens Valley Christian School Students 

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Mary-Lou O’Brien

Chief Digital Officer

Melbourne Girls School

Sydney & Melbourne Sessions

Topic: Moving from Blended Learning Environment to Individualisation and Personalisation and How Data Analytics Can Support Fitness and Academic Achievements

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Cameron Ross

ICT Coach

St Peters College

Sydney and Melbourne Sessions

Topic: How Gamifications Drive Better Learning Experience and Higher Levels of Student Engagement 

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Adrian Puckering

Director of Learning

Luther College

Sydney and Melbourne Sessions

Topic: Designing Great AR/VR Learning Environments: Blending Physical Spaces with Immersive Reality

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Juliette Bentley

Technology Implementation Mentor for Colleagues And Secondary Teacher

Mt St Michael's College

Sydney and Melbourne Sessions

Topic: Use of Technology to Teach English

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Alex Borlenghi

Head of Digital Learning and Practice

Luther College

Sydney & Melbourne Sessions

Topic: Designing Great AR/VR Learning Environments: Blending Physical Spaces with Immersive Reality

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Tyson Grinham

Principal

Lockleys North Primary School

Sydney & Melbourne Sessions

Topic: Lockleys North Case Study – Future Focused Learning Spaces

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Chad Ferris

Leader, Professional Growth & Culture (HR)

Sydney Catholic Schools

Sydney & Melbourne Sessions

Topic: Organic Learning: A Self-Determined Learning Journey

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Annette McArthur

E-Learning Teacher Leader

Ormiston College

Sydney & Melbourne Sessions

Topic: Case Study of Successful AR/VR Applications in a Australian K12 Education Institution

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Mark Hansen

Acting Deputy Principal

Sandy Strait State School

Sydney and Melbourne Sessions

Topic: Use of Technology to Teach Math

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Brett Salakas

Primary School Educator

MLC School Sydney

Sydney & Melbourne Sessions

Topic: VR/AR As New Immersive Learning Tools: How AR/VR is Changing the Way Students Learn, Experience and Engage

 

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Eleni Kyritsis

Leader of Curriculum Education

Strathcona Baptist Girls Grammar School

Sydney & Melbourne Sessions

Topic: Blended learning innovations- transforming school culture – this could include robotics, VR, STEM, 21st century skills (collaboration, communicate etc)

Eleni is an award winning teacher with a passion for sharing her creative lesson ideas to enhance teaching and learning around the world. Eleni has been recognised for her outstanding contribution and support of the education community by being awarded the 2017 ACCE Australian Educator of the Year and the 2016 DLTV Victorian Educator of the Year. She is a Google Certified Innovator & Trainer, Microsoft Innovative Education Expert, Apple Teacher and Hapara Certified Educator. Eleni has been honoured by the opportunity to facilitate keynote presentations and professional learning workshops across the globe.

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Jackie Child

Junior School Technologies Coordinator

St Aidan's Anglican Girls' School

Sydney & Melbourne Sessions

Topic: Digital Technologies for Special Needs K12 Education

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Joe Haig

Director of ICT / ICT Integrator

Belmont Christian College

Sydney & Melbourne Sessions

Topic: Experiential Learning: Using Robotics to Teach Coding

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Annie Van Homrigh

Dean of Innovation

St Patrick's College Townsville

Sydney & Melbourne Sessions

Topic: How to Design for An Individualized Learning Experience in K12 Environment

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Josephine Cali

Director of Teaching and Learning

Catholic Schools Office, Diocese of Broken Bay

Sydney and Melbourne Sessions

Topic: The Future of the Classroom: Evidence-based Classroom Design to Foster Positive Learning Outcomes

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