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Saturday, March 12

9:00am AEDT

Conference Opening
We are thrilled to have a huge supporter of Digital Technologies curricula opening our conference. If you are not aware of how Alex is fighting for us, you might like to read his latest attempt to bring NSW into line with other Australian states in the area of Digital Technologies. See here: http://goo.gl/FF8PEx  For more information about Alex, see http://www.alexgreenwich.com/

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Alex Greenwich

NSW Independent Member for Sydney & Co-Chair of Australian Marriage Equality
Alex was elected as the Independent Member for Sydney at a landslide by-election in 2012, following undemocratic legislation designed to remove the popularly elected Clover Moore.Prior to entering politics Alex ran a small recruitment business that found jobs for 1000s of Sydneysiders... Read More →

Saturday March 12, 2016 9:00am - 9:15am AEDT
00 Ryan Auditorium

9:00am AEDT

Introductions and Welcome to Country

Saturday March 12, 2016 9:00am - 9:15am AEDT
00 Ryan Auditorium

9:15am AEDT

ICTENSW Presidents' Welcome
Welcome to Country - James Curran
Welcome by Leanne Cameron, President (ICT Educators NSW)

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Leanne Cameron

Lecturer, Educational Studies, ICT Educators NSW
Leanne Cameron, President, ICT Educators, NSW is Lecturer in Educational Studies (ICT) with the Faculty of Education & Arts located at the Australian Catholic University (Strathfield). Her current research investigates ways to improve learning by the effective integration of technology... Read More →

Saturday March 12, 2016 9:15am - 9:30am AEDT
00 Ryan Auditorium

10:00am AEDT

Opening Keynote: Digital Technologies – The new literacy

Digital Technologies represent an ever changing force in our world – change the way that we engage socially, how we do business, and how we innovate. The Digital Technologies learning area represents a fantastic opportunity for our next generation of students to move past capabilities in using technology, to developing literacy in creating technology. This represents a shift were students gain awareness of the problem solving processes that underpin the creation of technology, and are able to harness that power to drive innovation in new technologies that can change the world around us.So how can we teach this problem solving process in our classrooms? What key pedagogy underpins this? What are some of the key learning and teaching issues we should really be aware of? In our work with the CSER Digital Technologies MOOC, we are starting to explore such ideas, working with a community of teachers to help understand how we can think about Digital Technologies education in the primary and junior secondary spaces. 

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Katrina Falkner

Associate Professor and Head at School of Computer Science, the University of Adelaide.
Katrina Falkner is an Associate Professor and Head at School of Computer Science, the University of Adelaide. Katrina is a leading researcher in computer science education. In 2010, she established the Computer Science Education Research (CSER) Group at the University of Adelaide... Read More →

Saturday March 12, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am AEDT
00 Ryan Auditorium

11:00am AEDT

The SLANSW's President's Welcome
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Michelle Jensen

Teacher Librarian, New Media Artist and President of the School Library Association of NSW
Michelle Jensen inspires students, teachers and librarians every day, as a Teacher Librarian at a DoE High School and as President of the School Library Association of NSW, www.slansw.asn.au. Her most recent work has been on the Great School Libraries campaign as a member of FAIR... Read More →

Saturday March 12, 2016 11:00am - 11:15am AEDT
00 Ryan Auditorium

4:00pm AEDT

4:15pm AEDT

Go4IT and other programs
Tata Consultancy Services is a global IT services company. They have just produced a careers guide for IT careers. It focuses on the variety of roles and careers in IT, the attributes, course of study required, employment pathways and employment conditions (eg salary). The guide includes classroom resources and lesson plans for teachers. 

Additionally, they run a week-long work experience program, Go4IT, four times a year in Sydney. In this short presentation, Karen will share the learnings from the program (it's been running for 4 years now) and open up opportunities for conference participants, and their students.

TCS has just launched a community education program called Global Insights to share our knowledge of tech trends. I believe this program is a great opportunity for teachers looking to expand their understanding and undertake professional development. The courses are accredited with the Australian Computer Society. 


Saturday March 12, 2016 4:15pm - 4:30pm AEDT
00 Ryan Auditorium

4:15pm AEDT

NSW ICT Leader of the Year
Empowerment, Social Justice and The Future of Education: 

Education in Australia is under greater scrutiny than ever before, with many reforms being done 'to' students, schools and educators rather than being driven by students, schools and educators. In this presentation, Corinne will discuss how we can become empowered through reform and use that power to create a socially just future which ensures ALL children, including those from disadvantaged and marginalised groups have an education worth having.  

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Corinne Campbell

Relieving Principal, Arndell School
Corinne has worked as a teacher in primary education for 20 years, including 9 as an assistant principal. Throughout that time she has she has supported teachers develop meaningful uses for technology which enable students to work collaboratively, creatively and connect with a global... Read More →

Saturday March 12, 2016 4:15pm - 4:45pm AEDT
00 Ryan Auditorium

4:45pm AEDT

NSW ICT Educator of the Year
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Chris Woldhuis

Assistant Principal - Teaching & Learning, Northern Beaches Christian School
Chris is an enthusiastic educator who is passionate about the use of technology to enhance learning. As part of the Northern Beaches Christian School's (NBCS) Senior Leadership Team, Chris’ role is to lead Professional Development and to grow Student Opportunities. He partners with... Read More →

Saturday March 12, 2016 4:45pm - 5:15pm AEDT
00 Ryan Auditorium

5:15pm AEDT

ACCE Introductions – Your National Voice

The ACCE is the national professional body for those involved in the use of information and communications technology in education. This includes educators who teach computing / information technology subjects as well as all educators who strive to improve student learning outcomes through the powerful use of ICT.

ACCE strives to encourage and maintain a level of excellence in this field of endeavour throughout Australia. Each state and territory has an independent association (or Computers in Education Group - CEG) which advances the professional development of its members in the use of learning technologies in education.

The ACCE Board consists of representatives from the state and territory CEGs and the Australian Computer Society. It publishes the journal Australian Educational Computing and authorises the Australian Council for Computers in Education Conferences (ACCE). It is affiliated with the International Society for Technology Education (ISTE) and the Technology Education Federation of Australia (TEFA).

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Martin Levins

Martin has a history as a science, design, and technology educator with a love for empowerment in learning that has taken him into primary, secondary and tertiary classrooms. He is also involved in the development and delivery of training on the use of technology in education for... Read More →

Saturday March 12, 2016 5:15pm - 5:45pm AEDT
00 Ryan Auditorium
Sunday, March 13

9:15am AEDT

New technology-based classroom design
About 20 years ago Liz was visiting a conference when she saw an example of an Interactive Technologies (IT) lab that seemed to work. This space worked not just in supporting student access to technology but also from the point of view of supporting their learning. I came back with grand plans and spent probably 3-4 years ‘fighting’ with my University administration to make it a reality. This presentation is about how persistence and a good idea works can lead to change, and how once senior leaders see its positive impact, how it can result in significant ripple effects within an organisation.

In this talk Liz will discuss a number of the IT classroom design projects she has worked on in the UK, Newcastle Australia and Sydney. She will indicate decisions that were made, their impact on student learning and satisfaction and how she intends to improve the design in future. She will include pictures of the design from classrooms, labs and informal learning spaces focusing specifically on the design of IT around them. Also included will be a brief overview of some of her research into interactive technologies (table sized multi-tough surfaces – like giant iPads) and how they will go about implementing aspects of this research into the University classroom infrastructure in 2016.

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Liz Burd

Pro-vice Chancellor, University of Newcastle
I work at the interface between computer science and education having held personal chairs in both disciplines. I have played a leading role in furthering Computing pedagogy in wide range of ways. In December 2004 I was the author of Durham’s only successfully funded CETL (ALiC... Read More →

Sunday March 13, 2016 9:15am - 9:45am AEDT
00 Ryan Auditorium

9:45am AEDT

Next Era Education and You!
People might wonder: What’s going on in schools these days? Students seem to arrive connected to personal digital devices that provide immediate access to rich media and smart software and schools are jumping in with initiatives for BYOD, iPads and Chromebooks. Environments like Edmodo and Google Apps help put everyone in a shared online space. Wow! Once your head stops spinning, here's a question for school administrators and teachers: So how’s that all going for you? Are students achieving and flourishing like never before? Is technology an accelerator of learning or more a distraction or disruption? Tom March has been a leader on this tricky issue for more than two decades and has a few simple ideas that can help any school and its leaders move toward their next phase of transforming assembly line schooling to personally meaningful learning. Wherever a school is on this spectrum, attendees will learn strategies to personalise the ideas shared and to leave with a deeper understanding and a clearer direction for their school. If the reality at your school comes up short of your EdTech dream, see if aspects of the Next Era Ed model could positively re-shape your experience and increase success at your school.

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Tom March

Director of Innovation, Hobsons APAC
Tom March began his career in education in as a high school English teacher who loved using technology to engage students in authentic learning challenges. This, plus a willingness to take risks and work hard, saw him recognised as a Teacher of the Year finalist for San Diego County... Read More →

Sunday March 13, 2016 9:45am - 10:35am AEDT
00 Ryan Auditorium

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