DAY ONE – Thursday 7 June 2018


9:00 | 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 | Future of Learning

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

10:55 |  Welcome back by the Chairperson


11:00 | The two technology challenges of education

  • Assess the future frontiers of technology in education
  • Explore the two technology challenges and the implications of developments in AI and automation
  • Outline approaches to 21st century skills and next steps to overcome challenges
Mark Scott AO, Secretary, NSW Department of Education
11:20 | Future frontiers – the AI revolution
  • Why education is challenged by Artificial Intelligence and automation
  • How to unleash the potential of AI in education
  • Discover unique practical applications of AI in education
Prof. Toby Walsh, leading Australian Artificial Intelligence Scientist, University of New South Wales

11:40 |  Mind-Fit for life: designing the learning power classroom

  • Hear why supporting focussed professional development for all teachers in a school is the most important leadership role there is
  • Learn about the three layers of teaching that every teacher employs, and why Layer 3 is the most important - and the most neglected
  • Discover the small, smart tweaks to teaching that turn compliant learners into enthusiastic explorers
Prof. Guy Claxton, best-selling international author on education, intelligence and building learning power, King's College London (UK)

12:00 |  The enigma mission towards deep learning

  • How to infinitely engage your educators and students, and prepare them for life
  • Discover innovative learning symposiums and case studies on multi-aged, complex and long-term research projects
  • How your educators need to move with your students - educators shifting from the role of an ‘assessors’ to ‘knowledge architects’
Jennie Vine, Assistant Principal, Senior School Coordinator, Wooranna Park Primary School

12:20 |  Lunch, exhibition exploration and expo Main Stage Presentations



During the breakout session delegates split into smaller groups where they have the option to attend interactive and in-depth seminars on a wide variety of subject matters. Delegates pre-select breakout sessions ahead of the event so they cover the issues and topics that matter most to them.

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!  

17:40 | 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 – Friday 8 June 2018


STREAM A: Leading the School

9:00 | Opening remarks from Chair 


The Future of Education

9:10 |  Educational change - from theory to action

  • Discover a school with no school levels, no school bell, and where the staff selection and curriculum is decided by the students
  • Gain the tangible and intangible results of this revolutionary new education system
  • Understand how to implement transformational change to your education system to remove bullying whilst increasing innovation and collaboration
Peter Hutton, Principal, Templestowe College

9:30 |  Australian schools as hubs of innovation and design

  • Understand the cultural transformation happening in Australian Schools
  • See how to enable a richer response to curriculum through technology and context
  • Learn how to effectively lead for wellbeing, growth and learning
Karen Spiller OAM, Principal, St. Aidan's Anglican Girls School and AHISA Chair

9:50 |  Presentation by HP

David Hollands, National Education Lead, HP

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

Leading the Digital School

10:50 |  Deepening engagement with children to improve educational outcomes

Chris Marley, National Solutions Manager, SEQTA Software


11:10 |  Online assessment: authority, action and agency

  • Strategic overview of the opportunities and benefits of moving to online assessment
  • Overview of NAPLAN trial results, and key lessons learned
  • Strategies for implementation of formative and summative assessment in a digital environment
Andrew Smith, CEO, Education Services Australia (ESA)

11:30 |  Effective school leadership

  • Understand the role of the Gonski panel, and the imperatives for change
  • Find out what the pressure points are in school and systemic leadership teams
  • Learn how to build effective professional learning communities to effectively lead learning
Lisa Rodgers, CEO, AITSL

11:50 | XPRIZE: A moon-shot 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 (USA)
12:10 | Exciting speaker to be announced
STREAM B: Teaching the Classroom

9:00 | Opening remarks from Chair 


Shifting Paradigms

9:10 |  Teaching high possibility schools in Australia

  • Understand how Australian schools are using the High Possibility Classrooms framework to build teacher capacity and confidence in digital literacy
  • Learn how the framework transforms classroom practices in key curriculum areas
  • Challenge your staff to form teams of HPC coaches to activate and maximise student learning
Dr Jane Hunter, Leading Australian Researcher, University of Technology

9:30 |  Exciting speaker and topic to be announced!

9:50 |  Should we be concerned with the emerging threat of digital dementia?

  • Analysis of the emerging threats of digital dementia and the critical cognitive and physical benefits of handwriting
  • How to find the right balance between setting students up with future technologies and maintaining fundamental learning skills
  • How to engage and ensure students are practicing handwriting in the classroom and at home from an early age

Louise Park , Literacy Expert & Children’s Author

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

Teaching the Digital Classroom

10:50 |  Artificial Intelligence (AI) and learning: the future of education is superintelligent

  • See how AI is impacting the fields of psychology, neuroscience and education
  • Learn how AI is enabling and deepening adaptive learning, and learning personalisation
  • Understand what AI will mean for classroom management, learning styles and experiences
  • Find out how to explore and make the best use of the available AI technologies

Prof. Rose Luckin, Professor of Learner Centred Design, University College London, Knowledge Lab (UK)

11:10 |  The use of technology in computing education

  • The current research and innovation in technology use for computing education
  • Increasing student engagement in computer science education
  • Designing introductory programming courses and the use of collaborative learning strategies
Prof. Katrina Falkner, Lead, Computer Science Education Research Group, The University of Adelaide

11:30 |  Exploring the real outcomes and impact of large scale innovative pedagogies in a comprehensive high school

  • At what cost do we venture into innovative pedagogies?
  • How do we ensure we respect and take responsibility for every child's learning?
  • What does deep and sustained teacher collaboration look like, and what are the challenges?
Louise Barnott-Clement, Principal, Ambarvale High School
Justin Yee, Head Teacher, Learning and Development, Ambarvale High School
Danielle Vandenberg, Head Teacher English, Ambarvale High School
11:50 |  Preparing students for the “new work-order”
  • Discuss some of the ‘enterprising skills’ projects from 2017 – biggest challenges, failures, and lessons learned overall
  • Analyse the research and need behind student negotiated learning that focuses on capabilities and skills
  • How to reconfigure your school curriculum and learning spaces to maximise ‘skills’ outcomes vs ‘subject’ outcomes (on a budget) to better prepare your students for the workforce
Rod Steffler, Dean of Studies, Glasshouse Christian College
12:10 |  The Experiential Learning Project
  • Discuss how to move from generating buy-in to proof of concept and gaining partnerships with industry, mentors and tertiary institutions
  • Moving beyond the ATAR as a sufficient measurement of success – an analysis of Woodleigh’s success on experiential and applied learning
  • Outline key learnings from research in relation to student accreditation, pilot projects and the experiences of staff and students
Jonathan Walter, Principal, Woodleigh School
Dr Richard Owens,
Head of Teaching and Learning, Woodleigh School
12:30 | Lunch, exhibition exploration, and expo main stage presentations


During the breakout session delegates split into smaller groups where they have the option to attend interactive and in-depth seminars on a wide variety of subject matters. Delegates pre-select breakout sessions ahead of the event so they cover the issues and topics that matter most to them.



15:10 | Afternoon tea and 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