Trudy Sweeney – EdTechSA Leader of the Year 2014
Trudy has been an active member of the Management Committee for EdTechSA (formerly the Computers in Education Group of South Australia – CEGSA) for twelve years. As President since 2007, her leadership developed unity as the committee strived towards a shared vision and organisational strategy, based on teamwork, integrity, and clear communication and decision-making procedures. Affectionately, this process was described as identifying the right people for the seats on the bus, setting the coordinates for the GPS, and keeping the wheels turning. As a testament of Trudy’s leadership, EdTechSA recently hosted the successful national conference ACEC2014.
Trudy is currently employed as Senior Lecturer, Digital Media in the School of Education at Flinders University. In this role, Trudy provides leadership on the use of ICT and digital technologies with F-12 teachers, preservice teachers and postgraduate students in South Australia and Internationally. Trudy collaborated on the Teaching Teachers for the Future Project as the Flinders University Project Coordinator and was a member of the project’s Research and Evaluation Working Group. She has conducted ICT research and published multiple peer-reviewed papers. At ACEC2010 she received a best paper award. Recently, at ACEC2014 she chaired the Refereed Papers sub-committee and co-authored the conference proceedings. She has presented at numerous state, national and international educational technology conferences including ACEC (since 2004) and ISTE (2012).
As a long-standing member of the ACCE Board since 2007, Trudy has demonstrated leadership at the national level through her voluntary management of two AITSL funded ICT projects related to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers in 2011 and 2012. Trudy designed and led ACCE’s 2012, 17-day study tour to the USA and Canada with 24 participants. She was ACCE Treasurer for five years (2009 to 2014) and is on the editorial board for the Australian Educational Computing Journal.
Trudy Sweeney is a most worthy recipient of EdTechSA’s 2014 Leader of the Year award. EdTechSA is honoured to endorse her nomination to the Australian Council for Computers in Education, as the 2015 Leader of the Year.