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EduTECH: Disruption, creativity, diversity

The annual EduTECH International Congress and Expo is one giant event covering the entire education sector. A festival of education, it aims to inspire today’s educators for the world of tomorrow.

From 9-10 November 2020, the International Convention Centre in Sydney will be entirely transformed into an education hub complete with pre-event masterclasses, parallel conference streams, roundtables and breakout sessions. 

EduTECH brings together the entire realm of education, covering K-12, tertiary and higher education, workplace learning and continued adult education.  

The popular and informative event has continued to grow each year and now attracts in excess of 10,000 attendees, over 300 speakers and more than 300 exhibitors. 

The 2020 edition of EduTECH is centred on the theme ‘Disruption, creativity, diversity’. The event’s mission is:

To improve teaching methods and learning outcomes across all subjects.

To demonstrate how new technologies such as robotics, virtual reality, augmented reality, drones and 3D printing can be integrated into mainstream learning.

To enhance STEM education.

To promote gender equality, inclusiveness and equity.

As a result, EduTECH proudly supports gender equity and is demonstrating this by featuring an equal number of male and female key speakers. 

They will take to the stage to provide a range of talks across six congress streams: School Leadership, School Teaching, School ICT Management, Design/Build, Higher Education and Tertiary Education, and Workplace Learning.

The School Leadership Stream will take a big picture strategic look at the future of education by sharing global trends and developments, updates on policy and Australia’s curriculum, and the latest thought leadership into how to lead within 21st century schools. It is also designed to provide actionable insight and practical advice on how technology can be used to improve teaching and learning.

Within this stream, Stacey Quince is among the speakers who will present. She is Director of Teacher Quality at the NSW Department of Education, where she leads state-wide initiatives aimed at deepening teacher capacity through a range of strategic projects, and is also the Principal at Campbelltown Performing Arts High School.

Governor of Future Schools Alliance, Peter Hutton, will also present within the School Leadership Stream. His strength is in transformational insight and how to implement significant pedagogical, organisational and cultural change in schools. Mr Hutton’s expertise extends to change management, student entrepreneurship, individualised learning, alternative tertiary pathways and supporting dyslexic students.

In the School Teaching Stream, global ed-tech consultant Craig Kemp has been revealed as a speaker. In his role, he works with departments, ministries, school leadership, school communities and educators to understand, design and implement digital learning solutions.

Dr Jane Hunter will also present within the School Teaching Stream. A Senior Lecturer at the University of Technology Sydney, Dr Hunter is currently conducting a series of postdoctoral research studies to build teacher capacity in STEM and STEAM in NSW, ACT and Victorian schools. Her work reinforces the importance of teacher professional learning and building teacher capacity through ongoing school-university partnerships.

Along with gaining insight and info from various respected education experts, attendees can also visit the free EduTECH expo, where over 300 exhibitors will span an impressive 12,000 square metre space. Showcasing new technologies, hosting workshops, launching new products and running demonstrations, attendees can discover what’s new and what’s happening in the education space. The expo also provides an opportunity to network with like-minded peers and educational experts, sharing knowledge and ideas. 

Apple will be among this year’s exhibitors. Join Apple for an immersive learning experience that’s possible only with iPad. Unleash your creativity at the Apple Pop-Up Classroom. 

A series of masterclasses will also be held on Wednesday 11 November 2020, providing delegates with the opportunity to maximise their professional learning investment by attending specifically curated and practical sessions, led by renowned education experts.

As Australia’s premier education conference and exhibition, attending EduTECH counts towards registered professional development in all states. Teachers can log up to five hours and 30 minutes for each day they attend EduTECH.

EduTECH will run alongside two other co-located events: EduBUILD, which is Australia’s largest event for education buildings and infrastructure; and Learn@Work, held within EduTECH and designed for learning and development, and training managers from the business and government sectors. These events are all organised by Terrapinn, which is also the team behind the National FutureSchools Festival, being held on 22-23 March 2021 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

For tickets and more information, please visit the EduTECH website. Enter the code EM20 for a special reader’s discount.