About the EduTECH Masterclasses

All masterclasses will be held on Wednesday June 1st 2016 from 9am-4pm


EduTECH offers a choice of optional and practical Masterclasses, led by world renowned keynote speakers.


By adding a post-congress Masterclass to your registration, you get the chance to spend a whole day learning from one of the world’s leading education thinkers.


Masterclasses are more interactive, practical and intimate, so they offer a more in-depth learning experience.


Numbers are strictly limited for the Masterclasses and have sold out in 2011 – 2014, so please make sure you book early to guarantee your spot.


The agenda and speaker line up is still in production, so please keep an eye out for updates.



Your Library is a Lean Start-Up: Using Entrepreneurship Principles and Practices for Library Planning and Evaluation

Dr Marcia Mardis

Associate Professor, iSchool@Florida State University (USA)


It’s time to re-invent your library! For years, many public and school libraries had operating models that were working for their communities. Now, librarians face more challenges than ever before and are increasingly pressured to demonstrate a “return on investment.” Changing user behavior, the Internet, and competing models of information access call for a new approach to planning and evaluation. During this workshop, participants will work together on how to systematically understand, innovate, validate, and implement entrepreneurial planning and evaluation (i.e., “business”) models using the Business Model Canvas.



9:00-10:30am | Intro to business model thinking as a strategy tool

• Flaws in library planning and evaluation approaches

• Business models and why they are important today

• Exploring the Business Model Canvas

• Situating the business model concept in library services


10:30-11:00am | Morning tea


11:00am-1:00pm | Business model innovation cases and buzz groups

• Understanding how innovative business models can transform library services

• Using the Business Model Canvas with introductory examples

• Ground rules and pitfalls of the Business Model Canvas


1:00-2:00pm | Lunch


2:00-4:00pm | PART I: Design thinking for business model innovation

• Coming up with innovative business models with a design mindset

• Customer centricity as a starting point for business model innovation

• Prototyping business models


PART II: Intro to testing business models with the “Customer Development” and “Lean Startup” process

• Introduction to testing business models

• The customer development process

• Examples of significant business model ‘pivots’



Upon completion of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe three sections of the Business Model Canvas: customer segments, value propositions, and channels.
  • Apply these three sections of the Business Model Canvas to marketing their library services and products.
  • Evaluate their current marketing approaches and make changes that better reflect customer needs.
  • Advocate for the products and services their customers need and want, as well as for their libraries, using the information they glean from the customer discovery process.


All Library and Information professionals from school/public/academic/state libraries



Participants may be asked to view short, publicly available videos prior to the workshop.




Re-engaging Students with Big Picture Learning

Viv White

CEO, Big Picture Education Australia




Elliot Washor,
Co-director, Big Picture Learning (US)
live via video link



In 2013, the Global Educational Leaders Partnership (GELP) identified Big Picture Education as one of the 10 most innovative ideas for a 21st Century Education. Two years on, The Big Picture approach embodies the core ideals engagement; relationships, autonomy, mastery and purpose. Technology is front and centre in the manner in which they align the Australian Curriculum to the personal interests and passions of each student, as well as connecting students locally and globally.


In this workshop, Viv will demonstrate how the simple formula people + real world situations + tools equals engagement, deep learning, understanding and wisdom that benefits the student, their community, and the planet. She will show how students can use technologies in both academic and non-traditional learning environments in and outside of school, for school credit. She will discuss the use of technologies in education that are both old and new, as well as the role of adult and peer relationships in learning.



9:00-10:30am | Why Big Picture?

In this session Viv White will work with attendees to uncover reasons for student disengagement in particular contexts. She will look at:

  • The visible signs of student disengagement
  • The deeper reasons that lie beneath and out of view
  • What students really expect from their schools and their learning experiences
  • How schools can start re-designing the way they work to meet student expectations and re-engage learners

This session will be interactive, with feedback from participants about what's working and not working in their own schools. Video case studies from Big Picture schools around Australia and the world will show real students producing inspiring projects with hackers, makers, breakers and fixers.

10:30-11:00am | Morning tea


11:00am-1:00pm | Interactive video conference Q&A with Elliot Washor, co-founder of Big Picture Learning USA


Elliot and Dennis Littky started the first Big Picture School in Rhode Island in 1995. These two daring educators took a struggling technical college in one of America's highest crime areas and turned it into one of the worlds most renowned high schools by re-designing every aspect of the building, management and pedagogy with one seemingly simple idea - “one student at a time”.

In this video conference Q&A Elliot will outline the challenges innovative schools encounter, and consider the latest global developments in education thinking. Key to the Big Picture design are concepts that are becoming increasingly mainstream, such as:

  • A bespoke approach to learning
  • Rediscovering hand skills to enrich the mind
  • Students as makers and creators
  • Small “m” manufacturing and flexible “fab labs”
  • Utilising the underused skills and technique of people in our local communities


1:00-2:00pm | Lunch


2:00-4:00pm | Sounds great but how do I do it?

In this session participants will get a chance to play with Big Picture Education distinguishers and their own context. With her experience of coaching Big Picture schools and programs around Australia – big schools, small schools, city schools, remote schools, private, public, conversion, greenfield, Big Picture programs inside bigger schools – Viv White will help participants plan to leverage the “Leaving to Learn” approach in their own context.


Participants will identify ways to approach and engage community mentors to help students hack, make and create learning around shared passions.


Upon completion of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Align the Australian Curriculum to the personal interests and passions of each student
  • Identify ways to help students hack, make and create learning around shared passions
  • Apply the disruptive design of Big Picture to suit YOUR school setting
  • Meet student expectations and re-engage learners


This masterclass is designed for principals, teachers, and curriculum leaders in any K-12 school.




Developing Skills and Mindset of the Maker Educator

Dr Jackie Gerstein,
Expert in online learning in teacher education (U.S.)


Being a maker educator requires developing a new mindset; a new set of skills and roles. Discover, through this masterclass, first, a process for reflecting on making through creating circuits and hacked toys, and second, through a self-assessment, the mindset characteristics of an educator who is embracing making education. Even though educators who attend this workshop will gain skills and ideas to bring back to their classrooms, the focus is on developing skills and mindset as a maker educator.



9:00-10:30am | Part I

• Short introduction to maker education

• Make simple or complex electrical circuits on paper

• Reflect on the making process and what was learned through that making. Assess the resource finding, play, feedback, sharing, and learning process


10:30-11:00am | Morning tea


11:00am-1:00pm | Part II

• Develop personal goals for your next Make

• Make Toy Hack – Discover what makes your toys move, make noise and light up by taking them apart

• 2nd reflection on the making process


1:00-2:00pm | Lunch


2:00-4:00pm | Part III

• Personal assessment of mindset of a maker educator

• Review characteristics of the mindset of a maker educator

• Group drawing with LEDs

• Develop goals for making in your own instructional setting



By the end of this workshop, participants will learn and be able to apply:

  • new maker activities that can be brought to their own educational environments
  • a process for reflecting on making for the purposes of increasing learning following each make
  • the characteristics and qualities of an educator as a maker educator: lead learner, safe environment manager, relationship builder and enabler, process facilitator, resource provider, ambiguous problem finding and solving, technology tutor, feedback facilitator, tour guide of learning possibilities
  • an assessment tool for evaluating the maker mindset of educators
  • a process for identifying goals to increase one’s potential to be a maker educator


This masterclass is designed for any educator, principal, head of curriculum, and classroom teacher who is and wants to integrate maker education into their instructional settings.