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 | Canadian school library experience

Trish Cislak B.Ed., OCT, P'17, Head of Libraries and Research Head of Grade 9, Team Advisor - IBSC Action Research Program Crescent School , Toronto, Canada

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 |  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

12:10 |  Have e-Texts and e-Books transformed learning and teaching?

  • How technological innovation of e-Texts and e-Books have totally transformed learning and teaching
  • How e-Books and e-Text generate efficacy and tangible transformative outcomes within K – 12 education
Joyce Sendeckyj, Head of Library and eLearning, CBC St.Kilda East



12:30 |  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

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



14:20 | Why coding? : role of librarians as guardians of access and equity in this emerging technology landscape

  • Understanding what coding is and how it relates to libraries
  • Who should be teaching the coding – librarians or IT experts
  • How we are implementing coding: programs languages; and setting up a coding club
Margaret Lawson , Teacher Librarian, Mater Christi College

14:40 | Open Educational Resources (OER) and the school library

  • Teacher librarians can play a vital role in finding, selecting, curating and promoting OER to their school communities
  • Gain an understanding of OER and the issues surrounding OER for K-12 teacher librarians and teachers
  • Discover a variety of OER and Open Access (OA) repositories and sources suited to K-12 education
  • Examine strategies and tools employed by teacher librarians to manage and encourage OER
Karen Malbon , Teacher Librarian, Penleigh & Essendon Grammar School

15:00 | Creating digital stories

  • Objective and aims
  • What technology was used
  • Application to libraries
Heather Bailie, Teacher Librarian, Library & Information Services Manager, The King David School, Melbourne

15:20 |  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  

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 personalisable 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 |  Learning from Singapore: the power of paradoxes

  • Examine an education system that embraces timely change and timeless constraints, centralisation and decentralisation, teaching less and learning more
  • Understand the key success factors of Singapore’s education system
  • Learn the eye-opening difference between acing an examination vs appreciation of subject
Dr Pak Tee Ng, Dean of Leadership Learning, Head of Policy and Leadership Studies Academic Group, National Institute of Education, Singapore

17:10 | Exciting speaker and topic to be announced!

17:20 | 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

Dr Lyn Hay,  Online Learning Innovation Leader, Senior Lecturer, u!magine Digital Learning Innovation Laboratory  Charles Sturt University  & Director,  Leading Learning Institute



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

  • Creating the design brief
  • Designing library spaces that enable community engagement
  • Assessing library layout and design and what works
  • Managing the stakeholders
  • Our experience 2 years on – would we change anything
Vicki Munro, Manager, Woollahra Libraries, Woollahra Municipal Council



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
Chelsea Wright, Library & Learning Resources Leader, Salesian College Sunbury

11:50 |  Australian Museum’s engagement through technology

  • Background on the Museum in a Box
  • Virtual Excursions and Incursions
  • Development of world-first FrogID smartphone App

Karen Player, Manager Museum Outreach Engagement, Exhibitions & Cultural Connection, Australian Museum

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 | The impact of a Library as the Academic Heart of a School'

  1. School-wide design consultation process
  2. Learning space design and supporting teacher use
  3. Measuring the macro/micro impact the library on teaching and learning
Dr Terry Byers , Research Fellow, ARC Linkage Project ; Innovative Learning Environments and Teacher Change Project (ILETC), Learning Environments Applied Research Network (LEaRN), Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, The University of Melbourne

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




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

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

16:10 | The great learning expansion
  • The story of personalised learning to experiential learning to mastery-based learning
  • Demonstrations of how A.I. and immersive technology will reshape learning forever
  • Give practical advice on what you think Principals and Teachers can do to take that step up to improve education
Lucas Rizzotto, award winning VR/AR creator, technologist, immersive experience designer, artist (USA)

16:30 | Building success on strong foundations (don’t miss Brennon’s live gold medal performance!)

  • 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

16:50 | End of Conference - closing remarks