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As Australia’s largest festival of education, EduTECH brings together more than 10,000 education leaders and professionals for a transformative experience.

Ahead of the release of the full program, EduTECH has provided a sneak peek at some of the sessions and thought-provoking speakers delegates can expect to hear from at EduTECH this year. These include the School Leaders Conference, the School Teachers Conference and the Digital Tech Conference.

“Prepare to be inspired and challenged at our School Leaders Conference as we delve into important topics and engage in meaningful discussions that will help educators shape the future of education and leadership,” EduTECH conference producer, Ms Elizabeth Paterson, said.

Delegates attending the School Leaders Conference will:

  • Explore the cutting-edge realm of AI innovation and digital transformation
  • Gain profound insights into assessment through an AI lens
  • Engage with strategic leadership discussions focusing on leading innovation
  • Uncover the keys to successfully leading a school of the future
  • Navigate strategic approaches to data.

They will have the opportunity to learn from inspiring speakers including:

  • Leon Furze, Education Consultant, author and PhD candidate
  • Kerrie McDiarmid, Principal, St Mary’s Cathedral College
  • Adrian Camm, Principal and Executive Director, Westbourne Grammar
  • Kirsten Ferdinands, Executive Principal, Brisbane State Secondary School
  • Dan Walker, Principal, Canterbury College
  • Lauren Sayer, Director Curriculum, Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority.

“Alongside the School Leaders Conference, our School Teachers Conference will offer delegates the chance to discover the latest perspectives and cutting-edge teaching methods, empowering them to enhance their skills as an educator,” Ms Paterson said.

It said the conference is an opportunity for teachers to embark on an inspiring voyage of personal and professional growth, filled with opportunities for empowerment and development.

Delegates attending the School Teachers Conference will:

  • Dive into the realm of AI and discover how it can seamlessly support teaching and learning practices
  • Explore the seamless integration of digital technologies, unlocking a world of possibilities to enhance the learning journey of students
  • Explore methods to improve literacy and numeracy skills, gaining crucial insights to nurture foundational abilities vital for student success
  • Discover effective classroom management techniques
  • Elevate your school’s STEM initiatives with practical insights on growing meaningful STEM programs.

They will hear from inspiring speakers including:

  • Amy Haywood, Education Deputy Program Director, Grattan Institute
  • Doug Thomas, Winner of the Primary School Principal of the Year award, Claremont College
  • Lisa Mackenzie, Senior Education Officer – Digital and Virtual Learning, Department of Education, Queensland
  • Tamara Templeton, Digital Technologies Teacher, St Anthony’s Catholic College
  • MJ Raatz, Head of Department – Digital Technologies and Business, Forest Lake SHS
  • Paul Wulfrun, Year 9 Level Leader, Horizons Coordinator & Science/Maths Educator, Mount Lilydale Mercy College.

Ms Paterson said the Digital Tech Conference is geared towards teachers who are passionate about integrating coding, robotics, AR/VR/XR, drones, multimedia, esports, gamification and other cutting-edge digital technologies into their classroom.

Topics include:

  • Move from AI prompting to AI fluency with large language models
  • Learn about explicit instruction through graphic design for programming
  • Using real world studies to drive authentic STEM learning in the classroom
  • Discover innovative XR-based pedagogy
  • Explore the profound impact of robotics
  • Strategies for students who are lacking basic skills and experience with technology and coding
  • What are some low cost robotic options for schools.

Speakers presenting at the Digital Tech Conference include:

  • Ryan Elwell, Director, Digital Pedagogies and eSafety Education, ACT Education Directorate
  • Dr Melanie Tarr, Digital Technologies Teacher, Aveley Secondary College
  • Andrew Del Mastro, Digital Learning Coach, Wesley College
  • Tara Barron, Teacher of the Year, Rochedale State School
  • Ian Clapham, Teacher/esports POE Co-ordinator, Forest Lake State High School.

“Consider this just a glimpse into the world of knowledge that awaits. Stay tuned for the complete agenda, packed with powerful sessions and inspiring speakers, which will be revealed soon,” Ms Paterson said.

“Plus, don’t miss Sal Khan, Founder and CEO of Khan Academy, as EduTECH’s keynote speaker, offering invaluable insights on AI’s impact on Education.”

EduTECH Australia will take place from 13-14 August at Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre.

Register at https://www.terrapinn.com/exhibition/edutech-australia/index.stm and use the code EM10 to receive 10% discount.

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