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Lee is an optimist. He believes in a bright future and our ability to build it together through connection and compassion.
Lee Watanabe-Crockett works with governments, education systems, international agencies and corporations to help people and organisations connect to their highest purpose and realise their wish for the future.
Lee believes in creating balance in the reality of a digital present and future. As such, living in Japan, he studies Aikido, Buddhism, and the Shakuhachi, a traditional Japanese bamboo flute.
Joyful curiosity is the foundation of his approach to creating vital learning environments for groups around the world.
His several best-selling books including Literacy is not Enough, Growing Global Digital Citizens, and Mindful Assessment, have garnered many awards and are used in schools and universities around the world.
Keynote: Digital Citizenship
Practical Workshop: 10 Essential Shifts of Practice
Practical Workshop: The Six Essential Fluencies
Practical Workshop: Creativity in Schools
Dan currently works for Microsoft as the National STEM lead which includes product lead for Minecraft:Education Edition and Microsoft Imagine programmes. He has also worked with the large Microsoft partner ecosystem across Australia for Microsoft as well as leading the Microsoft Office product set in Australia for education. Dan comes from a computer science background and also taught for 10 years in the UK school system and the University Sector in Australia. Dan’s current interests include Machine Learning, Bots, Cognitive Services and Holographic computing.
Presentation: STEM tools and strategy, from coding to Minecraft
Kim is currently working as an education futurist drawing upon diverse experience in performing arts, applied science, technical and creative management, educational leadership, arts and education research to position him slightly to the left of thought leaders shaping the future direction of education and learning engagement within Curtin University and across their partners and collaborators.
Current focusses include games and gamification in learning contexts, new platforms for collaborative global learning, challenge-based engagement, sustainability education, learning by making, transmedia approaches to learning engagement, micro-credentialling and badging approaches, computational learning, learning analytics and other big data strategies in the higher education sector.
Presentation: Creativity via Big Data
Brooke graduated from Penrhos College as dux in 2013. She is currently in her final year of the Bachelor of Philosophy (honours) course at UWA, majoring in electrical engineering and mathematics. This year she is undertaking an honours project in electrical/biomedical engineering at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, looking at a handheld optical imaging probe for use in breast surgery. Brooke has a strong passion for encouraging girls to pursue leadership careers in the field of technology, and volunteers large amounts of her time to be an active leader and role model within the field. She is currently the Schools Manager for Robogals Perth, where she regularly runs the club’s robotic outreach sessions, and as of Term 2, 2017, is the founder and project leader of a new workshop series initiative called ‘RoboClub.’ In recognition of her efforts in inspiring girls in the community, Brooke was chosen to receive the prestigious Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship for 2016. Brooke has been a Mathematics Mentor at Penrhos College for almost 3 years, and this year will also be undertaking the role of STEM Researcher in Residence at the College.
Presentation: Mathematics needs a Makeover
Professor David Gibson, is Director of Learning Futures at Curtin University, Education Theme Leader of the Curtin Institute for Computation and the UNESCO Chair of Data Science in Higher Education Learning and Teaching. Gibson’s research focuses on leadership and policy studies, games and simulations in education, learning analytics, complex systems analysis and the use of technology to personalize learning via cognitive modeling, design and implementation. He has over 90 publications on these topics. He is the creator of simSchool, a classroom flight simulator for preparing educators, and eFolio an online performance-based assessment system and provides vision and sponsorship for Curtin University’s Challenge, a mobile, game-based learning platform. He received his doctorate from the University of Vermont in 1999 based on a study of complex systems modeling of educational change.
Practical Workshop: Challenge-Based Learning: Advancing Collaborative Problem Solving
Susan’s background is in Mathematics with a PhD in the field of Medical Statistics. She spent several years teaching senior mathematics in the UK before moving to the sunnier Australian climate, where she continued working in education as the Head of Senior Learning in an independent school.
Susan currently works for AMSI (the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute), which is based at Melbourne University. Her role is as the Careers Awareness/ Awards Project Officer for the national CHOOSEMATHS project, which is aimed at increasing public awareness of the importance of mathematics, particularly amongst girls.
Presentation: CHOOSEMATHS Careers
Peter Allen is the Director of Teaching and Learning across K-12 at Scotch College, Perth. With international experience from London and Dubai, Peter brings a global focus to education through his oversight of the International Baccalaureate Programmes at Scotch College. A father to two beautiful children, he is increasingly interested in what is going to be the Uber of education; what major disruptions are going to affect the next generation of children in Australian and around the world?
Shannon has taught Politics and Law for over 10 years in the Catholic and independent sectors and her students regularly attain the state’s highest standards. She was the President of the Political and Legal Educators Association of Western Australia for three years and has been a member of the Course Advisory Committee in WA for the past five years. Shannon’s experience and expertise in Gifted and Talented education and pedagogy with an ICT focus has equipped her to motivate her students through innovative and engaging learning experiences. Shannon has a Masters of Educational Leadership and has lead the introduction of Professional Learning Communities at the College to support robust discussion and professional learning of staff. Shannon enjoys the challenge of leading and fostering innovative design and delivery of curriculum by teaching staff in the Secondary School to ensure students are prepared to enter a changing society with 21st Century Skills.
Presentation: 21st Century Learning Design
Mandy has worked as an ecologist and science communicator for 30 years. She has experience in primary, secondary and tertiary education as well as in industry and the not-for-profit sector. She is a key collaborator on environmental education packages including Agora Bushwalk, Mandurah Samphire and Butterflies in my Backyard. Mandy supports the teaching of STEM by facilitating contact with native fauna both within the school and through excursions and contact with scientists. At Penrhos, Mandy collaborates with primary staff to deliver presentations and displays about animals and the work of scientists in the field.
Practical Workshop: Nature in Schools – Bringing STEM to life: Thinking Ecologically
Elaine's career in education includes classroom teaching in Early Childhood Education (ECE), Head of a Junior School, consultant with the Association of Independent Schools Western Australia (AISWA) and most recently guiding undergraduate and post graduate students in Early Childhood Studies at Edith Cowan University. Her doctorate investigated socio-cultural aspects of learning and teaching science in early learning centres. Current research investigates how science can be applied to assist young children's literacy development. Elaine is a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators and published work includes the teacher resource, 'Planting the Seeds of Science'.
Practical Workshop: Enhancing young children's science learning and identity
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” (Lao-tzu). Jacinta is an AMSI Choose Maths Schools Outreach Officers. Jacinta’s journey started with being ‘good at maths’ at school, then continued with maths being one of her favourite subjects to teach. She enjoys problem solving and puzzles and building and creating. She now shares this love of teaching mathematics with others. Jacinta was a primary teacher for 20 years, and holds a Masters in School Leadership (Numeracy). Jacinta believes maths should be fun, challenging and promote a sense of achievement. It’s the journey, not the destination, that is important!
Practical Workshop: Mathematics, the language to support, describe and enhance STEM
Jan has been with AISWA since 2008. She has primary and secondary teaching experience, including specialisation with G&T education, digital and design technologies and management of competency-based certificate qualifications. She has supported AISWA schools with the introduction of the WACE T&E subjects and continues to support their ICT capability, their familiarity with the new WA Technologies subjects, the integration of subjects in iSTEM education and assisting schools leverage BrightBytes data analytics for mapping school progress in key areas of C21 teaching and learning.
Practical Workshop: An Ozobot PlayDate
Presentation: iSTEM Ideas for Early Learners
Graduating from Mechatronic Engineering in 2016 Carl has gone on to become an electrical and mechanical engineering lecturer at TAFE as well as the hardware technician at Spacecubed. Prior to this Carl had an extensive history within the entrepreneurial space where he co-founded Picci, a facial recognition app, and worked as the technical officer for Gecko Steps where he designed some of our key programs.
Practical Workshop: Sewable Electronics
Peter joined AISWA after working as Head of Technology at Hale School. He has extensive engineering experience which includes working for defence establishments and engineering design consultancies. He was an Adjunct Lecturer in Design and Technology at Edith Cowan University Perth and has been a member of many state and national educational working groups and steering committees.
Peter is Assistant Director at AISWA responsible for STEM and Learning Technology initiatives and the development of agreements for products services and infrastructure for member schools such as software licensing, broadband and IT infrastructure. Peter is the Project Manager for the AISWA\BrightBytes agreement.
Nathan is the Learning Technologies Coordinator at Penrhos College Junior School, the STEM Coordinator for the Junior School and Chair of the Penrhos College K-12 STEM Committee. Nathan has extensive experience with learning technologies and has been involved in the notebook program at Penrhos College for 15 of its 21 years of operation. Prior to that, Nathan assisted in leading the integration of technologies into classrooms at Hale School. He is a qualified Microsoft 21CLD Coach and Facilitator, a certified Microsoft Innovative Educator, contributor to SCSA Technologies Curriculum supporting materials, contributing writer for EPICT and a key facilitator of current college initiatives with Global Digital Citizens Foundation.
Presentation: 21st Century Learning Design
Katharine Gillam (Kate) is currently the Assistant Dean of Pastoral Care at Penrhos College. She holds a Masters of Educational Administration and a Bachelor of Education from Edith Cowan University, Perth. Kate has been member of the College Leadership Group for the past eight years and taught in the Food and Textiles Technology area for over 30 years. Two of her Year 12 Fabrics, Design and Technology students received Certificates of Excellence in the 2007 and 2008 Curriculum Council Education Exhibitions and Awards. As a passionate teacher, and a strong advocate for the creative arts, Kate is always seeking out new ideas and ways to incorporate technology into the curriculum.
Practical Workshop: Unmasking E-Textiles
Coordinator of Early Childhood Programs, Association of Independent Schools of Western Australia (AISWA). Wendy has gained experience and wisdom from working across a variety of school settings in her 30 years of as an early childhood teacher and leader. Wendy coordinates the Early Childhood consultant team for AISWA. Her current role involves supporting all Independent Schools across WA with children aged from 3 to 8 with Early Childhood policy implementation, pedagogy and practice. Wendy is a trained Little Scientist facilitator and trains educators across the state. Wendy is the WA Board Director for Early Childhood Australia.
Practical Workshop: An Introduction to the Little Scientist Program
David is passionate about education and technology’s capacity to help transform people, nations and the world for the better. David is currently the National Education Lead for HP , covering the South Pacific region as part of a Global education team. David's work involves thought leadership in education for HP. Engaging with Governments, schools , teachers and students to help connect technology use in learning, offering industry perspectives to curriculum and sharing future global trends. He is a member of ACARA’s advisory group for Digital Technologies Curriculum. David also works in the United Nations Association Australia in the education team . Assisting in a number of programs including UNESCO Global Citizenship Education model alignment with WA Curriculum for schools and as acting chair for the WA World Teachers day award.
Practical Workshop: Immersive Technologies (VR, AR & AI): Will they be a game changer in educating our students? (Co-presenter)
Hall Jackson is a Primary School Educator with a focus on interactive multimedia technology. With experience in education department and Private schools in Western Australia, as well as working in the UK as a supply teacher and then Japan as an English language teacher. Hall had been working for Keepad Interactive for the last ten years, helping schools with interactive solutions for their classrooms. Now working with Datacom, helping schools with device and network management as well as local cloud options.
Hall has presented at many technology and science conferences over the years and they still invite him back so he must be doing something useful.
Practical Workshop: Breakout EDU: Beyond the boxes
Tanya Lee is a Western Australian artist based in Perth. Her work is multidisciplinary often taking the form of performances and tasks undertaken in public spaces, but her practice also includes drawing, sculpture and video.
Tanya has exhibited nationally most recently at the Australian Center for Contemporary Art, Melbourne in 2016, the Adelaide Central School of Art in 2017 and as part of the Perth International Arts Festival earlier this year.
Tanya has a MA in Visual Art from Curtin University which included a year at ENSAD in Dijon, France. She works at Penrhos College as the Senior School Art Technician helping students solve their artistic problems!
(photo: Jacqueline Ball)
Presentation: Technology in Art
Kim Maslin is a West Australian educator and author who is passionate about digital technologies and cybersafety. Over the past nine years she has worked in both primary and secondary schools as a teacher, ICT services specialist and digital learning coordinator. In 2013, Kim established her own business with the goal of raising awareness about cybersafety issues, through presentations, workshops and an online parenting program. In 2017, she released an illustrated children’s book about cybersafety, “The Tweeting Galah” and launched “Learn Digital,” a podcast to assist teachers in integrating ICT into the classroom.
Presentation: Digital Literacy in The Logic Lab
Gabrielle Migliore, a trained primary teacher, graduating 2002, taught in the classroom for seven years before her role as Professional Learning Facilitator and Aboriginal Education Officer at Scitech. She has spent her career travelling to West Australian community schools delivering professional learning and student workshops in STEM and the West Australian Curriculum. Gabrielle designed and delivered Horizon Discovery Zone, Horizon Power’s school education program to regional and remote schools across the state in her role as Education Officer. After having time off to grow her family, Gabrielle returned to Scitech as Professional Learning Coordinator. Gabrielle is currently Engineering Outreach Coordinator at Curtin University, continuing her love for delivering innovative STEM programs and inspiring students to learn.
Paul Moro has over 27 years' experience in education and training industries, with specialised expertise in curriculum development and computing technology. As a leader and innovator in emerging technologies in his field of work, Paul has managed a number of key strategic projects in education focused on building capacity in leadership for change. Paul has broad and extensive experience working with schools in the delivery of pedagogically grounded technology learning. This included Curriculum Consultant: Technologies at AISWA, Lecturer in Education at ECU, Manager of Technology at Scotch College and Curriculum Officer at Curriculum Council WA.
Alexandra Myer is a STEM Coordinator with a Secondary School focus at Ashdale Secondary College. She is also an exemplary teacher in the area of Digital and Design Technologies. Her interests include curriculum design, fostering authentic learning experiences and cultivating innovative practice of ICT in teaching in learning. She has extensive experience in the design of unit plans, assessment tasks and learning tasks to facilitate a stimulating learning environment. Alexandra believes in the power of transformative teaching to guide students into becoming 21st Century learners. She can be followed on Twitter using the tag @alexmyer
Steven Payne runs Standout Education, a Perth-based training and consultancy company. A former teacher, Steven has worked with the Microsoft Education team for the past five years as a learning consultant, supporting school leaders, teachers, and students to make the most of technology. He is a certified Microsoft Learning Consultant, demonstrating his deep understanding and experience of school transformation and digital strategy, particularly with Office 365.
Steven is also the WA Project Officer for the Computer Science Education Research group at the University of Adelaide, supporting the CSER Digital Technologies program, assisting teachers in delivering the Digital Technologies curriculum.
Practical Workshop: Office 365 and OneNote for STEM learning and teaching
Megan Pusey is a science communicator and high school physics teacher. Megan has worked for science museums, communicating complex ideas through exhibits, hands-on activities, articles and live action science shows. While working for Penrhos College Megan experimented with using video games in her science classroom. She enjoys using ICT in the classroom and became a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert in 2016. Megan currently works for the Professional Learning team at Scitech and is pursuing a PhD in the effects of video games on student academic resilience and problem-solving skills.
Practical Workshop: Using Minecraft in the classroom
Scitech is a not-for-profit organisation that seeks to increase awareness, interest, capability and participation by all Western Australians in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. It was established in 1988 as a company limited by guarantee through the combined efforts of the Western Australian Government, leading industry figures and the State’s top scientists and educators. Since inception, revenues from attendance, outreach programs, exhibition rental and sponsorship have comprised around 40 to 60% of Scitech’s funding requirements, and the balance is obtained through a five-year funding agreement with the WA Government. The strong support from the WA Government, industry, universities and teachers is due to Scitech’s primary focus on raising awareness and participation in science to create scientifically literate citizens, and to support our teachers in educating our children about science. Scitech’s mission leads to broad-based benefits to the State through the generation of a population skilled and appreciative of science and technology. Scitech reaches over 500,000 people annually and works directly with over 90% of Western Australia’s schools, teachers and students.
Practical Workshop: Tech Play
Shirin Reyhani is a passionate teacher with an affinity for STEM education. Shirin received an honours degree in electrical and electronic engineering from the University of Western Australia, as well as a Bachelor of Computer and Mathematical Sciences, but chose to pursue her love for education and become a teacher. She is currently teaching Mathematics and STEM at Scotch College, and has previously taught ATAR Computer Science. In 2016, Shirin and two of her colleagues were invited to write an integrated STEM curriculum for Scotch College which was implemented in 2017.
Presentation: STEM curriculum
Tina Russell has worked in education for sixteen years in primary and secondary schools in the government and independent sectors as well as overseas. She has a Master of Information and Communication Technology in Education and has also lectured at a tertiary level in this area. Tina is a qualified Microsoft 21CLD Coach and Facilitator and a certified Microsoft Innovative Educator – Expert. Passionate about digital technologies, Tina works with teachers and students, to lead and implement programs to support meaningful integration of ICTs into future-focused classrooms. She inspires teachers to design ICT-rich learning tasks that challenge students to engage more deeply in their learning and to develop 21st century learning skills.
Presentation: 21st Century Learning Design
Andre has worked in High-Tech R&D, IT and has had an obsession with cutting edge technology since the early 80’s. Andre shifted into Education sector when appointed as the first every Network Administrator at Hale School, WA. Following on from that Andre formed his own company, C-it Group Pty Ltd and has been supporting schools across the state enter into the advanced technology manufacturing space, focusing on CO2 Laser engravers/cutters, 3D Printers and most recently, STEM Robotics projects. Andre is an avid supporter of technology in education and donates his time and expertise engaging learning experiences and the promotion of 3D Modelling(CAD) as a core skill set for every student in WA.
Practical Workshop: Immersive Technologies (VR, AR & AI): Will they be a game changer in educating our students? (Co-presenter)
Practical Workshop: Can we get creative with STEM in Primary Schools by taking on a Technologies & Design Thinking through a Project Based Learning approach? (Co-presenter)
Dr Rachel Sheffield is a Senior Lecturer at Curtin University where she teaches pre-service teachers in the STEM and Digital Technology space. She has an extensive record of awards in tertiary education including 4 Curtin University awards and a National award from the Office of Teaching and Learning, Citation in 2016 for inspiring tertiary students in science education and an International STEM award from ISTE (International Society for Technology Education) in 2016. She has an interest in Makerspace and presented at ISTE in 2016 on her work creating the STEMinists and working with female students in University and primary schools.
Practical Workshop: Let’s DREAM: The Future of STEM through a distributed professional network
Jarrad Strain is a Mathematics Teacher at Perth Modern School. In 2017 he has been running a Year 10 Student-Led, Project Based Learning Course dubbed "STEAM". This course uses Arts and Humanities ideas to bring together traditional Mathematics & Science Curriculums. Projects have explored global/spherical ideas, scaling of architecture and solar boats and others to provide students with authentic learning experiences. Jarrad has learnt a lot through the process and looks forward to engaging with colleague to share that experience.
Practical Workshop: Raspberry Pi, Music and Technology in Year 10 Maths
Magda is Code Camp's Perth City Director, she is passionate about connecting the dots between kids, fun and coding. Code Camp have taught over 18,000 children to code nationally over the last 3 years. Working with many schools and organisations locally, Magda aims to help children become digital creators, innovators and ready for the STEM heavy future ahead.
Practical Workshop: Code Camp
Travis Vladich is Deputy Principal – Dean of the Arts at John Curtin College of the Arts. He started his teaching career in a remote Kimberly community in 1993 before returning to Perth to teach in his field of Drama. Travis has had vast leadership experiences with the School Curriculum and Standards Authority and the Department of Education in Students Services, Curriculum and assessment, as a Head of Learning Area and as an Acting Principal. In his current role he works with the philosophy of student engagement and achievement through innovation and creativity.
Presentation: How John Curtin SHS established a Vision for STEM and how they focused on their college value of creativity, innovation and Imagination to establish and motivate Collaboration amongst staff
Michael is a classroom teacher and the STEM and Mathematics Curriculum Co-ordinator at Rosalie Primary School in Shenton Park. Recently, Rosalie Primary School won the Leadership Excellence Award (2015) and the Meritorious Leadership Award (2016) in the Western Australian Governor’s School STEM Awards.
Michael came to teaching from a previous career as an economist. He holds a Masters Degrees in Economics and in Teaching from the University of Western Australia. His teaching interests focus on mathematics enrichment, the development of authentic mathematics instructional contexts, and in strategies to improve mathematics learning outcomes for students experiencing difficulty.
Lainey is the proud driver of a great high school program called Just Start It. Just Start It is a 20 week SCSA (WA Curriculum Authority) Endorsed Program, equating to 5 points out of the 20 needed for students to complete Year 12. The program teaches students how to create and take to market their own tech enabled start-up. Start-ups are different from conventional business. Start-ups utilise technology to scale. Think of Uber and what they have done to the taxi industry.
The Just Start It Team is made up of industry start-up-preneurs from different walks of life; collectively having taken business to market over the last 40 years and are the most tenacious and creative bunch you will ever meet. It is a team of Hackers, Hawkers and Hipsters, and work in start up, design, film, music, farming, science and robotics.
Just Start It kicked off this year as Australia’s first Certificate II & III in Innovation, and we are changing education through project based learning every day.
Practical Workshop: Design Thinking Workshop (Just Start It)
Debbie Yates is a STEM Coordinator with a Primary School focus at Ashdale Secondary College. She has a background in various business roles and owned her own Career Consultancy which has grown her passion for bringing authentic learning to the classroom and developing entrepreneurial skills in students. Debbie teaches a range of ICT, Business and Design subjects and loves helping students to think outside the box and work outside of their comfort zone. Debbie has a keen interest in engaging students in STEM at a very early age and inspiring more girls to consider STEM education and career pathways.