DAY ONE – Thursday 7 June 2018


9:00 | Plenary chairpersons opening remarks

9:10 | Neuroscience meets technology: a vision of the future of classrooms learning and assessments

Prof. Adam Gazzaley, World famous Author, Neuroscientist, Entrepreneur and Inventor; Professor of Neurology, Physiology, and Psychiatry; University of California ; Founder,  Neuroscape (USA)

9:40 | Presentation by Microsoft

Anthony Salcito, Vice President Education, Microsoft (USA)

10:00 | Space for learning: a new language for school design

  • Learn about the global shifts in School Design from the world's foremost authority on the subject
  • How to adapt your school environment to maximise its effectiveness as a great place to learn and teach
  • Transform your learning environments to transform education itself
Prakash Nair, World renowned futurist, visionary planner and educational architect; Founding President and CEO, Fielding Nair International (USA)

10:20 | Morning tea & coffee break, exhibition exploration, and expo main stage presentations


11:00 |  Opening remarks from Chair

Jenny Kemp, Director of Information Services (Library), St Andrew's Cathedral School



11:10 | Creating the best libraries in the world
International keynote to be announced


11:30 | The role of the teacher-librarian in 21st Century schools and classrooms

  • How the job has changed
  • How to support classroom teachers with information skills and literacy needs
  • Becoming the ‘21st Century Library’ and the use of: blended learning; group learning; teacher-directed learning; and flipped learning
Julie Chisholm, Teacher-Librarian - Library Coordinator, Inaburra School


11:50 |  Kapow: the power of practitioner research 

  • What is the rationale for engaging in practitioner research?
  • Discover what practitioner research might look like
  • Assess the challenges and celebrations of practitioner research
  • Understand how practitioner research can be used
  • Insights from the Action Research Program for the International Boys’ Schools Coalition
Di Laycock, Head of Library Services, The King’s School

12:10 |  Challenges facing the VET sector library, and strategies to address

  • Diminishing physical library footprints
  • Electronic and print resources
  • Promoting digital literacy and narrowing the digital divide
  • How are we providing service to on-campus/off-campus students
Linda Fryer, Librarian, South Western Sydney Institute, TAFE NSW

12:30 |  Exciting speaker to be announced


12:50 |  Lunch, exhibition exploration, and expo main stage presentations


14:20 |  Exciting speaker to be announced


14:40 |  Exciting speaker to be announced


15:00 |  Exciting speaker to be announced


15:20 |  Exciting speaker to be announced


15:40 |  Afternoon tea & coffee break, exhibition exploration and expo main stage presentations



16:20 |  Outsource weakness, develop strength to reach for greatness

  • Focus on developing children's strengths instead of fixing their deficiencies
  • Teaching children to identify and solve problems worth-solving and create value for others through product-oriented learning
  • Make education personalizable for children, not personalized for them
Dr Yong Zhao, Foundation Distinguished Professor, School of Education University of Kansas (USA); Professorial Fellow, Mitchell Institute for Health and Education Policy, Victoria University (AUS); Global Chair, University of Bath (UK). Most recent book: Reach for Greatness: Personalizable Education for All

16:50 |  Building success on strong foundations

  • Teamwork: everything is better when you have support and leadership
  • Foundations: Success builds from strong foundations and it’s never too late to focus on quality training
  • Brennon’s lifelong secret to success
Brennon Dowrick, Former Olympic Gymnast and multiple gold medal winner.

17:10 | XPRIZE: A moonshot in education

  • A deep dive into the $15 million global competition challenging teams to create open source and scalable software to enable children in developing countries to teach themselves basic reading, writing and arithmetic in just 15 months
  • A look at other XPRIZE competitions that will impact learning and human potential, including an Adult Literacy XPRIZE, an AI XPRIZE, and an Avatar XPRIZE
  • Generally, how exponential technologies can democratize education
Matt Keller, Senior Director Global Learning XPRIZE

17:40 | Networking Drinks


The annual EduTECH Gala Dinner is the perfect opportunity to relax, reflect on the day, and enjoy good food, wine and music with peers from across the country. Showcasing great entertainment, live music and flowing drinks for all, this is an EduTECH highlight you wouldn’t want to miss.

*The Gala Dinner is a ticketed event


DAY TWO – 8 June 2018


9:00 | BREAKOUTS - Peer-to-Peer Roundtables

Choose between a wide variety of specific topics to discuss and debate with your peers. This is a completely open forum where you have the chance to split into smaller groups, and attend 3 x 25 minute discussion roundtables to swap ideas and leverage the knowledge and experiences of your peers.

10:30 | Morning tea and coffee break, exhibition exploration and expo main stage presentations

11:05 |  Opening remarks from Chair

Jenny Kemp, Director of Information Services (Library), St Andrew's Cathedral School



11:10 |  Innovative library design
Managing the challenge of balancing library layout, design and the needs of the community

Exciting speaker to be announced



11:30 | How to set up a robotics programme in your library

  • How to go about bringing robotics into the library
  • Steps involved in setting up: pedagogical approach; budgeting; skills required; collaboration with STEAM teachers; and selling the concept to senior management
Exciting speaker to be announced

11:50 |  Cyberbullying: what, how, when, and then?

  • What behaviour constitutes cyberbullying and where does it occur (including The Law)
  • What are the latest problematic apps/sites for cyberbullying
  • How to implement prevention through education
Susan McLean, Director, Cyber Safety Solutions

12:10 | Building new streams of library engagement through Podcasts

  • Insights from “new” and what you need to know
  • Background on podcasts and content development
  • Resources required
  • Insights and feedback
Justine Hanna, Sam Merrifield Library & Customer Engagement Team Leader, Moonee Valley City Council

12:30 | Lunch, exhibition exploration, and expo main stage presentations

14:00 | Creating a community using technology engagement at public libraries

  • What are the next steps in creating a flourishing Makerspace within a library framework?
  • What is the redundant technology that can help you?
  • What is the future engagement that will help you lead your space into a community that takes ownership of the space?
Gil Poznanski, Maker, Teacher, ‘The Kosher Tony Stark’

14:20 | How to set up a school makerspace

  • The background, definition and history of the maker movement
  • How to move from co-curricular to genuine curriculum engagement
  • How to generate buy-in from management, teachers, students and parents
  • How to incorporate Harvard's Cultures of Thinking into the makerspace documentation to make thinking visible beyond the end product
Roxanne Ciddor, Head of Educational Resources, Bialik College

14:40 | Implementing student focused Makerspace at University

  • User engagement for the development and implementation of a student focused Makerspace
  • How Makerspace aims to support and encourage students to learn, collaborate and explore their creativity in a community of like-minded individuals
Nathan Riggir, Maker/Media Space Coordinator, University of Wollongong Library

15:00 | Digital literacy development through Research Fluency Framework

  • How to address the growing need for specific digital literacy skills for staff and students in secondary school
  • How we developed a 'Research Fluency Framework', based on the Adelaide University’s RFF
Exciting speaker to be announced

15:20 | Afternoon tea & coffee break, exhibition exploration, and expo main stage presentations




15:50 |  Bringing more “beautiful questions” into the classroom—and beyond

  • Addressing how teachers can be inquirers into their own practice
  • New models on the power of student-led inquiry
  • Understanding inquiry across different curriculum areas
Warren Berger, Questionologist, internationally acclaimed author of 'A More Beautiful Question'

16:10 | The future of the digital economy

  • Future-proof the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and computational thinking
  • 5 reasons to invest in AI
  • The importance of machine-learning in education
Tanmay Bakshi, world’s youngest ‘algorithmist’

16:30 | End of day two & conference close