Conference Invited Speakers
Dr James Curran is an Associate Professor in the School of Information Technologies, University of Sydney. His research is in computational linguistics — the field of Artificial Intelligence involved in understanding natural languages, like English and Chinese. James is Director of the National Computer Science School, the largest computer science school outreach program in Australia. Last year, over 9,000 students and teachers participated in the 5-week NCSS Challenge. James is a co-founder of Grok Learning, an edtech startup aims to children everywhere to learn to code. James was a writer on the Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies, the new national computing curriculum. He has won Faculty, University and national awards for university teaching excellence; and AIIA iAward, and an Engineering Australia (Sydney Division) Excellence award (Education and Training). Last year, he was named ICT Leader of the Year by the ICT Educators of NSW and the Australian Council for Computers in Education.
Bruce Fuda has been teaching in ACT secondary schools for ten years after some time working as a web developer and network administrator at the Australian National University. During this time, his emphasis has been on developing the understanding of computer science and programming capabilities of students in years 5-12 using a range of programming tools and learning approaches. He was a member of the Advisory Group for the development of the Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies during the writing phase and has been involved in projects across multiple Australian jurisdictions developing teacher capability and lesson resources to support the implementation of the curriculum. He is currently the President of Information Technology Educators ACT, and the Director of Learning Technologies at Gungahlin College. He believes that the skills and knowledge that you develop through an understanding of the digital technologies are the modern equivalent of magic, and wants to see all students have the opportunity to become masters of this mystical art.
Paula Christophersen is the former Digital Technologies Curriculum Manager at the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority, responsible for managing the digital technologies curriculum from Foundation to Year 12. She was one of the writing team for the Australian Digital Technologies Curriculum as well as a co-writer of the ICT capability for ACARA.
Dr Jane Hunter was a classroom/head teacher in primary and high schools for many years. She worked in education policy too. Jane is an education researcher and senior lecturer in postgraduate teacher education in the School of Education at the University Technology Sydney. Her book Technology integration and High Possibility Classrooms: Building from TPACK is leading education change in Australian schools. Jane enjoys writing and sharing what she learns from research conducted at the ‘elbow of teachers’ in professional and peer reviewed journals/conferences/book chapters/blog posts. See the www.highpossibilityclassrooms.com website and this site for free HPC related resources https://uts.academia.edu/janehunter Twitter: @janehunter01
Jackie Chambers is Digital Technologies Lead Teacher, St Andrew’s School, Walkerville and EdTechSA Educator of the Year for 2016. Jackie inspires educators to embed ICT and digital technology into engaging, purposeful classroom learning. Jackie has worked tirelessly to develop deep expertise in ICT and the new Digital Technology subject and combines this with well-grounded pedagogical content knowledge. Jackie is aspirational for young learners and their capacity to engage with digital technologies and she models the pedagogical approach and teaching strategies that create exciting, interactive learning that is aligned to the Australian Curriculum. One of the most noteworthy things about Jackie is her generosity in sharing her skills and knowledge with other educators through workshops with EdTechSA, the Association of Independent Schools of South Australia and DECD. Jackie is open to answering all questions from educators who are keen to learn from her, and she has a gentle, respectful manner which invites conversation and genuine learning.
Kevin Richardson is Principal of Immanuel College and is EdTechSA Leader of the Year for 2016. Kevin is a highly supportive member of the educational technology community, frequently hosting educational technology events, and innovative enterprises. He is generous with both his time and resources in supporting and inspiring the advancement of education across educational sectors and corporate partnerships. Kevin uses his extensive international network to bring people and ideas together and create new global networks. Kevin’s reach extends beyond the educational technology community and reaches into core educational leadership in Australia. He has served diligently in national leadership roles in numerous executive leadership roles including on the the board of the Australian Council for Children and the Media as well as the Australian Council for Educational Leaders.
Dr Elliot Gann is a clinical psychologist/psychotherapist, producer/beat maker and DJ from Oakland, USA. As the Executive Director and lead instructor of the not-for-profit organization, Today’s Future Sound, he has worked in Canada, Africa, South America, Asia and Australia teaching music production and recording to thousands of young people in school, community, homeless and juvenile justice settings. He also conducts research on the therapeutic applications of Hip Hop and beat making, and the implications for positive youth development. Dr Gann is a committed advocate for the use of Hip Hop in wellness/mental health, educational, economic and social justice applications.
Scott (Optamus) Griffiths is a rapper and Hip Hop educator who works as a facilitator and lecturer in schools, prisons, aboriginal communities and at-risk youth facilities. Regarded as Western Australia’s leading music facilitator, with 18 years’ experience in facilitation, Scott has combined his passion for social justice, Hip Hop and education to facilitate hundreds of workshops and classes in diverse areas, including Aboriginal Communities dealing with issues including Youth Suicide, Drug Addiction, Positive Body Image, Truancy, Crime Prevention, Sex Education, Cultural empowerment and Family Conflicts.
Selena Woodward: A self-proclaimed nerd and English teacher, Selena has spent her career examining the role of technologies in the classroom. Passionate about ensuring that everything she uses to teach enhances learning, she’s spent years tweaking and re-purposing technology to create innovative, constructive and fun learning environments for her pupils. Her journey has brought her a great deal of knowledge about technology integration, in particular in the areas of the TPACK framework, Interactive Whiteboards, QR codes, Augmented Reality and Tablet devices. Co-founder of Reflect Growth and Edufolios, Selena also works with pre-service teachers as well as consulting in a number of local South Australian Schools.