Leanne Robertson & Jill Wilson – Education Services Australia


Leanne Robertson is a Program Director at Education Services Australia (ESA). She 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 New Zealand where, along with a colleague, they stimulated interest in the school community by holding Sunday family internet sessions in their homes. Leanne was involved in the development of New Zealand’s Information Technology Roadshow before moving to Australia where she has worked on the start-up of a telecommunications travel company, completed her Masters in IT in education and worked on numerous projects for The Learning Federation, Curriculum Corporation and ESA. Jill Wilson has created and curated content for a diverse range of education-focussed websites including the Digital Technologies Hub and award-winning Language Learning Space. Prior to her current role at ESA, she worked at the Asia Education Foundation.

Delving into the Digital Technologies Hub – Thursday 2:30pm – 3:30pm in the Otto Theatre

Be part of the inaugural presentation of the Digital Technologies Hub with opportunities for hands-on exploration of content.


Dr Elliot Gann & Scott Griffiths elliot gann


A clinical psychologist/psychotherapist by training, producer/beat maker and DJ, Dr. Gann has been teaching in Oakland and San Francisco Bay Area schools and community settings in the U.S. for over a decade.  As Executive Director and lead instructor, his work with TFS has taken to multiple continents teaching in Canada, Africa, South America, Asia and he also spent the summer of 2015 as an artist-in-residence at Music Industry College in Brisbane, Australia where he worked with high school aged students teaching music production and recording/engineering as well as working with homeless youth. Dr. Gann also taught in school, community and juvenile justice settings across Australia (Perth, Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide) and New Zealand, reaching over 1,000 youth, and presented at the EduChangmakers Conference #EC15 in Melbourne, on TFS’ model and work. He has also conducted research on Therapeutic Hip Hop activity groups, involving both rapping and beatmaking, which demonstrated the significant positive effects of such interventions, and is currently collaborating with Dr. Raphael Travis/Texas State, San Marcos School of Social Work on therapeutic applications of beat making and implications for positive youth development. Building off of both his research findings and clinical/educational experience, Dr. Gann is now leading TFS to continue such work and further advocate for its use, including expanded wellness/mental health, educational, economic and social justice applications.

90 Minute workshop: 3 x Thursday and 3 x Friday

Beats and Rhymes: Hip Hop Music and Culture as Culturally Responsive Pedagogy, PBL, and Mental Health Intervention

This workshop will introduce participants to various educational as well as mental health/socioemotional applications of Hip Hop culture and music, including beat making/music production. Hip Hop Pedagogy is currently one of the leading culturally responsive practices in the United States and internationally and has incredible potential as a teaching tool to deliver content as well as to increase engagement and retention of knowledge in addition to being an ideal form of Project-Based Learning. Participants will have a chance to try out the most current software and hardware and compose their own beats and rhymes as an en vivo illustration of this pedagogy. Take-aways include a basic understanding of Hip Hop culture and history, the process of beat making/music production/composition, live beat performance, alternative methods to teaching fractions, multiplication and division, as well as algebra to multiple grade levels, a list of free and low cost music production applications to use as resources, various youtube videos to use to teach Geography and Social Studies, and mental health/socioemotional applications of rhyme-writing and beat making.