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EdTechSA is proud to announce that the annual State Conference will be held on Wednesday 19 & Thursday 20 July at the state of the art Margaret Ames Centre at  Immanuel College. We are excited to announce the call for presenters for our EdTechSA2017 State Conference.

The theme of the conference is STEAMing AHEAD: Navigating a Digital Future.

How do you effectively integrate Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths?
What are the technologies in our digital future?
Do you have a great story to tell?

Consider presenting on the following:

  • Maker space
  • Digital technologies curriculum
  • Digital tools
  • Robotics
  • Unplugged activities
  • Innovative teaching and learning
  • Design and Technologies

You are invited to share the great things you are doing with technologies and STEAM teaching.

Conference sessions will be either 45 minute presentations or 90 minute practical workshops. Participants will be asked to bring their own device.

Submit your 150 word abstract below by Monday 3 April 2017.

We will be in touch by 13th April 2017 to let you know if your submission is successful.

Please email us if you have any questions via

EdTechSA Conference Call for Presenters 2017

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EdTechSA 2016: Updated program now available Tue, 21 Jun 2016 11:16:34 +0000 EdTechSA 2016 State Conference program is now available, workshop and presentations can be viewed here.

We gratefully acknowledge the contributions from educators to create the diverse selection of workshops for delegate involvement.

Registrations are open, register now so you don’t miss out on the fantastic workshops on offer over the 2 days! Registrations close Friday 15 July, 2016.



Call for Presenters Extended – EdTechSA 2016 Sun, 15 May 2016 09:41:24 +0000 Conferece Logo 2016


EdTechSA conference is coming up in the 2nd week of the next school holidays. We look forward to seeing you there.

Thank you to all those who have submitted their abstract to be a presenter.

We have had some requests to extend the deadline for submission of abstracts due to NAPLAN tests being in Week 2 of term instead of the usual Week 3. Therefore we have decided to extend the deadline for abstracts to next Sunday 22 May.

If you are doing amazing and interesting things either on your own or in a team please think seriously about offering others the benefit of your experiences.

Once again, all conference sessions will be practical sessions (of 45 or 90 minutes duration) and participants will be asked to bring their own device.

Submit your 150 word abstract online by Sunday 22 May 2016.

Please email us if you have any questions via

Martin Levins – Keynote EdTechSA2016 Fri, 29 Apr 2016 01:51:24 +0000 Martin Levins


Martin has taught science, design, and technology, and Computing Science for over 40 years.

He has a love for empowerment through learning that has taken him into primary, secondary and tertiary classrooms.

He is also involved in the development and delivery of training on the use of technology in education for teachers and educational leaders at schools and conferences around Australia and overseas.

Martin is co-author of the ACER best seller “Bring Your Own Technology”,  is Director of ICTENSW (the peak state body for teachers who use technology) and President of the National body, the Australian Council for Computing in Education.

Keynote: “What have we learned?”


The BBS, Apple ][ and the PC Jnr were the flavour of the month when I began seriously to look at Technology in education. After fiddling with Microbees, Commodore 64s and ZX80s, where we all learnt coding, the Apple and PC began the journey for more than the geeks.

And here we are in 2016, coming full circle, talking about how everyone should learn coding.

Let’s look at some lessons that can be learned from this merry go round.


Aimed at stages 3/4, and using prompts from the SA year 3 curriculum, this workshop will look at Technology in context, using the programming language Scratch to enable students to demonstrate their learning about diverse communities.

Once we get a grip on the Scratch environment, we’ll look at using MakeyMakeys to make even more fun stuff

No programming knowledge assumed, participants will need a laptop, with Scratch loaded ( to get the most out of this workshop.

Call for Presenters – EdTechSA2016 Mon, 11 Apr 2016 23:23:06 +0000 Conferece Logo 2016



EdTechSA is proud to announce that the annual State Conference will be held on Thursday 21 and Friday 22 July at the state of the art Margaret Ames Centre at  Immanuel College. We are excited to announce the call for presenters for our EdTechSA2016 State Conference.

The theme of the conference is Digital Learning: NOW.

You are invited to share the great things you are doing with ICT, Digital Technology and Computer Science.

Once again, all conference sessions will be practical sessions (of 45 or 90 minutes duration) and participants will be asked to bring their own device.

Submit your 150 word abstract online by Sunday 15 May 2016.

Please email us if you have any questions via

Dan Haesler – Keynote EdTechSA2016 Thu, 07 Apr 2016 04:29:07 +0000 dan-profile-edges

Dan Haesler works with organisations around issues of engagement, wellbeing, mindset & leadership.

As well as schools, he has consulted to government education projects, corporate business, The Black Dog Institute and other not-for-profit organisations.

He is an international keynote speaker and regularly presents alongside the likes of Sir Ken Robinson, Sugata Mitra and His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

He regularly features in the media, and his monthly School of Thought column appears in the Australian Teacher Magazine. 

He is passionate about equity in education and engaging our hardest-to-reach kids and communities.

Keynote: Engaging Kids Today

The body of literature around student engagement is vast and continues to grow. Educators have never been better informed of the complexities and interactions between pedagogy, technology, neuroscience and engagement. And yet, across the western world in particular, studies suggest that student engagement levels continue to drop. Not only are more students seemingly disengaged, but they seem to be so an increasingly earlier stage of their academic career. Teachers need to be equipped with a range of approaches to engage students in meaningful ways. This keynote will explore the meaning of authentic engagement, and how teachers and schools can encourage it in their community. And then we’ll talk about how ICT can help with that…


This workshop follows on from Engaging Kids Today. This workshop explores the notion of Authentic Learning and how by incorporating different tools and opportunities we can provide students with compelling reasons for the work we’re doing. Going Beyond The Grade encourages teachers to consider the power of service learning and the connectivity afforded us by technology. What will we say the next time a kid asks us, “But Miss, why are we doing this?”


Participants will each receive access to an online resource with further self directed learning opportunities

Bron Stuckey – Keynote EdTechSA2016 Mon, 07 Mar 2016 07:05:06 +0000 Bron-conf-2

Bronwyn has been engaged in educational community and gameful practices in learning development for the past 15 years. She has worked to explore virtual worlds, games in learning and how we can cultivate identity, agency, citizenship, leadership, and community. She is a postdoctoral research fellow of the Arizona State University Center for Games & Impact and is global leader in the gamification for community and identity cultivation. Bronwyn is also lead member of the Sydney Education Technology Group working to support edutech startups and to make Sydney the hub of educational entrepreneurship. Bronwyn Currently consults to groups such as Intel’s Engage and the Microsoft Minecraft team in areas of gamification and community cultivation. Bronwyn has consulted in K-12, adult and workplace learning contexts in relation to communities of practice, games based learning and aspects of gamification. She is a co-facilitator of the Open Badges Australia and New Zealand (OBANZ) community and has for the past 2 years researched the efficacy of open badges in re-imagining and re-framing academic learning programs and contexts.

Keynote: Growing Gameful

The focus of this presentation will be to inspire you to find your own gameful space to ignite learning. We will examine the place of game inspired learning in today’s classroom. With lots of local and global examples we will explore and differentiate the ways you can begin to bring a gameful approach to learning in your classroom. We will take a game inspired approach to the session itself and make room to share the gameful expertise and examples of the room. #getgameon

Workshop: Game Inspired Design (Bring your own device)

This workshop involves individuals and/or teams identifying an area of the curriculum to revamp, given several sets of signals. The room decides on a single theme to focus on. Using the Gamification Model Canvas work through a high level plan for the redesign of this curriculum aspect in a gameful way (using gamification). Work through the canvas and several rounds of group feedback. End by discussing the diversity and efficacy of each method presented and how to take them further in the the classroom. * Both instruments are made available for teachers to use back in their schools with curriculum teams.

Workshop: Game Design (Bring your own computer)

Participants will work in pairs to learn a game design tool and then design and create a game (or at least a start to the game). Games will be play tested and feedback given on ways to use this process (not on the gamefulness of the the games themselves) in the curriculum. *It is anticipated teachers will only get started in the game design but will be able to take their products away to work further on. Only free tools will be used for this workshop so that teachers can avail themselves of them later.

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Digital Learning : Now

21st & 22nd July 2016 at the Margaret Ames Centre, Immanuel College

Call for presenters coming soon!

Tom March – Keynote EdTechSA2015 Thu, 14 May 2015 02:25:28 +0000 tmarch_04
Tom March

Bio: Tom March began his career in education in as a high school English teacher who loved using technology to engage students in authentic learning challenges. This, plus a willingness to take risks and work hard, saw him recognised as a Teacher of the Year finalist for San Diego County after just five years in the classroom. While a teacher, Tom served as Head of English, IT Coordinator and district technology mentor. After 10 years in the classroom and completion of a Masters degree in Educational Technology and Instructional Design, Tom received a fellowship at San Diego State University where he and his colleagues developed some of the earliest Web sites to support teachers and students. While on staff he also taught pre-service teachers and collaborated with Professor Bernie Dodge to develop the WebQuest. Since those early days, Tom has been “working the Web for education” by designing online curriculum, developing eLearning environments for teachers and combining evidence-based pedagogies with classroom savvy to produce new conceptual frameworks for authentic learning and ICT integration. These days, Tom works to support systemic preparedness for our next era of education where 1:1 digital access can shift us from mass produced schooling to personally meaningful learning. At the heart of this change is helping schools develop a curriculum that promotes sophisticated student competencies and deep understandings. Tom March frequently keynotes, writes, facilitates workshops and consults with schools, all focused on making learning more real, rich and relevant for every student. In January 2015, he joined Hobsons as Principal Consultant for Teaching and Learning where he continues this work with Edumate schools.

Closing Keynote: How Ready is your School for Next Era Ed?

What’s up in schools these days? Students seem to arrive equipped with one-to-one digital devices that provide immediate access to rich media and smart software. Schools are jumping in with initiatives for BYOD, iPads and Chromebooks. Environments like Edmodo and Google Apps help put everyone in a shared online space. Once your head stops spinning, can I ask a question: So how’s that all going for you? Are students achieving and flourishing like never before? Is technology an accelerator of learning or more a distraction or disruption? If the reality at your school comes up short of your EdTech dream, see if any of the five Next Era Ed criteria could positively re-shape your experience and increase your success.


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