Leading Light Award Winner 2017 – Matt Jessett
We are delighted to announce Monique Green, Matt Jessett, Gary Pascoe and Kelly Rivett as the 2017 Leading Light Award recipients. These inspirational people go above and beyond in their teaching practice, to ensure that their work has a significant positive impact on the use of technology in education.
Matt Jessett, Teacher, East Adelaide High School
Matt’s passion for technology extends beyond his classroom teaching. He actively leads by example and motivates others to incorporate technology effectively into their teaching, taking risks and trialling new innovations and passing his experiences onto others.
In 2017 Matt played a lead role in the Morialta Partnership Collaborative STEM Project, developed to create rich learning opportunities for Year 7/8 students. The students used 3D printers, virtual reality and 360 degree cameras, redesigned learning spaces and furniture using programs such as TinkerCAD and Floorplanner.
Matt invites experts to visit his classrooms to ensure that his students are inspired by real world examples of technological solutions that benefit the community. Recently his class took a lead role in teaching the rest of the school in how to use Makey-Makey, a highly successful program which increased student voice and added value to the professional development of teaching staff.
Currently Matt is part of an Action Research project developing a new resource using the BitL (Bringing it to Life) questioning tool specifically for the Technologies Curriculum.