2018 EdTechSA Award Winners

EdTechSA has a long history of recognising outstanding educators, in the field of digital technologies. 

Paul Clapton-Caputo

Paul Clapton-Caputo

2018 Leader of the Year

Paul is committed to progressing the capacity of educators, families, communities and students to have equality of opportunity and works with others to remove anything that contributes to the digital divide and digital poverty.

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As a school principal, Paul has worked with teachers, students, families and communities to integrate established, new and emerging technologies with learning goals for individuals and whole school priorities. He was a Principal Consultant on the Senior Executive Group of the South Australia Department for Education He has worked on National agendas including the National Assessment Program for ICT Literacy and the National Digital Technologies reference group. He also led a team which was responsible for the successful familiarisation of the Technologies learning area of the Australian Curriculum and provision of the implementation program for the Department of Education.

Paul makes regular and extensive contributions to the teaching profession, ensuring his work is available for others to share, remix and repurpose. His advice has been sought by large, medium and small scale service providers and community groups. He contributes regularly to online forums and networks to promote and share information. He has presented nationally and locally on a diverse range of topics related to leadership and learning technologies.

Paul has led the formation of the Thinking Technologically State Reference Group of South Australia, made up of the Catholic, Independent, Federal Project Leads, EdTechSA, DATTASA, Public Education and University leaders in the area of Learning Technologies. He has recently contributed as an EdTechSA committee member to the development of the new Stage 1 and Stage 2 SACE subject of Digital Technologies.

Paul is an active member of EdTechSA as a representative on the Management Committee and Executive Group. He is also a current member of the EducatorsSA (formally CEASA) board as Director and Secretary. He is uniquely placed as an expert and authoritative voice for EdTechSA to lead the work of connecting technology to contemporary learning priorities, from birth to senior secondary and post-secondary pathways, and across Associations and sectors.

Fiona Clayton

Fiona Clayton

2018 Educator of the Year

Before joining Torrens Valley Christian School as Learning Coordinator and IT teacher, Fiona worked in the IT industry after gaining a degree in Computer and Information Science. 

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Fiona has radically changed the way ICT and Digital Technologies is taught at TVCS since joining the staff. She has increased the engagement of students, in particular girls, in IT and introduced SACE Stage 1 and 2 IT (now Digital Technologies) which has led to an increase in students enrolling in Digital Technologies

Fiona is committed to innovating to ensure that students have increased skills, particularly in programming. She has been asked by students to start a coding club at lunch times and has started a Year 5/6 STEM group where she works with 10 select students on robotics and coding in preparation for entry in the FIRST Lego League Competition. These students now see themselves as leaders of Digital Technology in their classes.

Whilst Fiona has regularly attends conferences and workshops, she has discovered there is not enough support available for Middle School and Senior School Digital Technologies teachers.  To rectify this, she is committed to networking and sharing, and has been approached by several schools and individual Digital Technologies teachers to help them with their practice.

Fiona freely shares resources and ideas with teachers and schools and presents workshops for EdTechSA. Recently, she was approached by AISSA and the SACE Board to help run professional development, moderate and write sample material for the new Stage 2 Digital Technologies curriculum. The Digital Technologies Hub invited her to write sample material and share her digital technologies implementation journey. As a result, there is information on their website including teaching resources and curriculum outlines.

Fiona says, “The IT learning area has been an isolated one for many years, with teachers going it alone. This has to change; we need to work together and support each other if we are to navigate this ever-changing industry”. Fiona’s work exemplifies this.

Kate Tyrwhitt

Kate Tyrwhitt

2018 Digital Technologies Teacher of the Year

Kate is the R-6 Visual Arts Teacher at St Michael’s College. She has been integrating ICT’s into the Visual Arts and Primary Teaching roles she has had in the curriculum since she started teaching over 12 years ago in the Catholic Education sector.

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As a specialist teacher in Visual Arts, she uses a wide array of digital technologies to enhance and engage students in learning. She has presented workshops in Adelaide and Melbourne and showcased student digital works in Canberra (National Gallery Visual Arts Educators Conference 2016) and Sydney at the ACCE conference and in various states in Australia. Using Showbie, Kate has put the Art student learning online as a visual portfolio and a place for feedback and assignment links. She uses a variety of iPad apps for teaching Art, Design thinking and supporting Information Technologies in the classroom.

Kate has been a part of the school’s Digital Technologies Program and has embraced the use of Augmented Reality, Blue Bots, Coding, Spheros, 21CLD, Flipgrid, 3D Design and Printing using Makers Empire. Kate connected 4 classes this year with a school in America via Makers Empire and Flipgrid in a Global Design Project. She has also arranged VR fieldtrips in the school and Livestream Virtual Excursions with the National Portrait Gallery in 2017 and 2018. Kate is also a Makers Empire Ambassador, Certified Flipgrid Educator and a Showbie Champion.

Kate collaborates with the Specialist team at St Michael’s College and has conducted in-house workshops on Showbie and conducted parent/student workshops on 3D printing. Kate has shared her learning at EdTechSA conferences since 2007. She has presented a showcase video nationally and has contributed to Mail Art Projects and MoMA learning forums with an international Arts and Inquiry group.

Karen Butler

Karen Butler

EdTechSA 2018 Leading Light

Karen has led the design and development of the Technologies Stream of the Department for Education’s STEM 500 strategy. 

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This involved working successfully with numerous Industry, university and education professionals and lead educators to design and develop a program that provides multiple entry points for primary teachers to embed the Digital Technologies subject into their current practice.  Karen led the delivery of the 3D Printing in Primary Schools Project and the STEM500 Primary Years Project. Through this work, Karen has positively influenced the development of technologies learning in 78 school sites across South Australia.

Karen has worked with the Computer Science Team Education Research Group team (CSER) at the University of Adelaide to deliver successful professional learning to over 100 school sites in conjunction with enrolment and participation in the Digital Technologies MOOC.

Karen has presented for EdTechSA on numerous occasions in her capacity as Project Officer in Digital Technologies learning for the CSER team.  Karen is passionate about making technologies learning accessible to all members of the community but particularly those most marginalised by traditional technology practices.  She is an exceptional advocate for the need to increase the participation of females and diverse groups in the work of digital technologies as evidenced through her work with sites across South Australia and in particular the APY lands and the Tech Girls Movement. 

Emma Fowler

Emma Fowler

EdTechSA 2018 Leading Light

Emma is Learning Coordinator at Nazareth Catholic College. 

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She has been responsible for the development of an ICT implementation plan for the whole community so that it focuses on the use of IT in the early learning centre, primary and secondary campuses as well as community services. She has developed a Digital Technologies curriculum implementation plan along with the school’s STEM strategy.

Emma is always looking for new ways to increase the capability and confidence of teachers to not only implement the Digital Technologies curriculum but to create engaging lessons that are future focused and incorporate the use of IT. She regularly shares lists of free Digital Technology resources with other schools, and recently created NazTech, a Digital Technologies Conference at her school, attended by twelve Catholic schools from across South Australia and over 150 educators from Early Learning Centres, Primary and Secondary Schools. Staff at Nazareth led the various masterclasses and keynote presentations that were offered on the day.

Emma has generated partnerships that enhance the use of technology at her school and other local schools. These include supporting of the use of iPad technology and apps in the classroom, participating in research with the University of South Australia focused on the importance of Digital Literacy and developing a partnership with industry in the implementation of 3D printing.

Emma is always researching and staying up-to-date with emerging trends in technology and shares this information through her Facebook page – Future Focused Education or by uploading content to her YouTube channel.

Danni Yang

Danni Yang

EdTechSA 2018 Leading Light

Danni has been teaching Digital Technologies for 8 years and is presently at Golden Grove High School.  

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She has designed Year 9 and Year 10 course outlines, assessment plans, assessment tasks and grading rubrics based on the Digital Technologies Curriculum and also designed and wrote the school Digital Technologies curriculum handbook for all year levels.

Danni shares her professional skills and resources with colleagues both at Golden Grove and other schools and works collaboratively with colleagues across school faculties.  She is also a member of the new SACE stage 1 Digital Technologies online discussion group.

As an active Digital Technologies teacher, Danni wants her students to challenge themselves and broaden their learning experience. She has organised their participation in ICAS Digital Technologies and Unleashed Digital Technologies competitions which has provided them with opportunities to use their knowledge to solve real-word problems.

EdTechSA Awards

Each year EdTechSA calls for applications for these awards and to be eligible for awards of Educator, Leader and Digital Technologies Educator of the Year, nominees must be an individual member of EdTechSA. This does not apply to candidates for Leading Light awards.

Nominations for the 2019 EdTechSA awards will open soon.

Award Categories
  1. EdTechSA Leader of the Year
  2. EdTechSA Educator of the Year
  3. EdTechSA Digital Technologies Educator of the Year
  4. EdTechSA Leading Light