K-12 Digital Classroom Practice Conference (part of the National Education Summit)
 
We introduce you to our conference presenters, chosen for their expertise in the practical use of digital technologies in their classroom and their ability to motivate and inspire. The presenter bios can be found below, we welcome them and thank them for their generous support.

Presenters
Nathan Alison
Education Program Development Manager + Head of IT and Digital Technologies teacher
333D + St Andrews Christian College, VIC
Nathan has over 12 years experience teaching Digital Technologies at Middle and Senior school levels in Victoria. He is currently working as Head of IT at St Andrews Christian College, an independent P-12 school, alongside a position developing educational materials for Melbourne-based 3D printing company 333D. Over his years of teaching, Nathan has seen digital technologies such as coding, 3D modelling and 3D printing begin to find their place in the classroom. He is passionate about helping teachers and students to focus on the knowledge and skills that can be gained with these technologies, and to avoid the hassles, distractions and gimmicks that can accompany them.
 
Ariel Almoite
Digital Teacher, Science Teacher
American School Foundation of Monterrey-Mexico
I’ve been teaching for 9 years as a Science teacher. I used to work as the Head of the Science and Technology department in an International School in Philippines where I mentor teachers and help them improve their practices through data-driven instruction. I’ve been using LMS and differentiated instruction in my classes for 5 years now. I am currently working in ASFM as a digital teacher and a Science teacher for grades 7 and 8. I graduated with the degree of Bachelor in Secondary Education major in Science and took my Master’s degree in Educational Administration in PH.
 
Jan Clarke
ICT Capability and Technologies Consultant
AISWA
Jan has been a consultant with AISWA since 2008. She has extensive teaching experience in both primary and secondary education including G&T and computing education, school leadership roles in Technology and Enterprise and the management of competency-based certificate qualifications. In addition to the core business of supporting Independent schools in WA with the ICT Capability, the Technologies subjects and iSTEM education, she has assisted schools with curriculum implementation in new senior secondary subjects, represented AISWA on national and state curriculum panels, investigated and reported on impacts of the DER, collaborated on university research projects around mobile technologies and has represented AISWA at conferences in Australia and internationally. Through working with teachers, she has developed and shared many ICT-related teaching and learning resources, including the 2016 publication, "APPortunities to Shine: Using Mobile Technologies in Classrooms and Other Amazing Places".
 
Paul Connelly
Head of eLearning
Portside Christian College, SA
With a passion for educating K-12 students with digital technologies, Paul has worked with several schools from across Melbourne and Adelaide to improve their digital practices to meet the educational challenges of today. A strong focus on pedagogy as a classroom practitioner, Paul enjoys engaging with staff, students and parents to transform they way they operate while maintaining their sense of community.
 
Belinda Dello-Iacovo
Teacher of Chinese/ Director
Walford Anglican School for Girls SA/ Jiale Zhongwen
Originally and still a secondary teacher, I have taught Chinese as a second language from beginning secondary to Year 12 (both IB and South Australian Certificate of Education) in Adelaide for many years. I’m passionate about innovative teaching methodology and like to combine digital resources with in class interaction to maximise student language and cultural learning. US based company Better Chinese are world leaders in contemporary and engaging Chinese as a second language curricula and publish the interactive digital secondary curriculum ‘Discovering Chinese Pro’. I have been the Australian and New Zealand Better Chinese distributor since 2011 and also teach with Discovering Chinese Pro in the classroom.
 
Mark Dibdin
Senior Systems Training Consultant
TAFE SA
I have been involved with teaching and training for over 12 years including apprentice training, driving instructing, TAFE SA lecturer and most recently corporate training for TAFE SA staff. Being a mixture of tradie and techie I am always looking at the best ways to integrate digital solutions to a practical world. Any tradie will tell you to always use the best tool for the job, and the digital world of education is no different. I have designed and developed digital contant and elearning training courses, and have now turned my many years of experience in public training towards the area or corporate staff training.
 
Darren Gray
Founder
eLearning Video Mastery.com
Darren A. Gray is a learning video consultant, writer, director, producer, editor, instructor and international speaker. He has vast experience in the production of video media across both the corporate and education sectors. After learning the craft in the film industry, he has spent the past 15 years involved in the production and development of over 1,000 training and education videos as well as hundreds of eLearning courses for both accredited and non-accredited application. His vast personal experience spans project roles such as; Writer, Director, Producer, Editor, Camera operator, Sound recordist, Commissioning Editor, Program Designer and Executive Producer. Darren also assists organisations build video production capability through courses, workshops, coaching and consultancy. He is the founder of Sticky Training Media and eLearning Video Mastery.com
 
Nick Jackson
Senior Leader - Transforming the Learning
Wirreanda Secondary School, Adelaide, SA
Nick has spent over 17 years as an educator, 15 of them in leadership positions. He has worked in primary, secondary and higher education in four different countries and has a wealth of experience in technology enhanced pedagogy. Nick has 2 Masters degrees in Education and eLearning and is currently slogging through a PhD part-time, researching an area he is passionate about: the role of student Digital Leaders in enhancing teachers' technology proficiency. Currently, part of a leadership team in a fast paced, forward thinking secondary school in South Australia, Nick is heavily involved in STEM advancements, technology, empowering students, learning spaces and strategic improvements to teaching and learning in the school. He is a regular contributor to the Twitter network under the guise of @largerama and blogs at largerama.creativeblogs.net and learnenabling.com as well as running ozdls.com. Nick brings a forthright, Yorkshire perspective and energy to the education Lazy Susan.
 
James Jenkins
Director of Digital Pedagogy
Canterbury College, QLD
I am the Director of Digital Pedagogy at Canterbury College in Queensland. My role allows me to work with students and teachers across the school to incorporate technology in the most effective ways.
 
Louise Johnston
Leader of STEM and Grade 5/6 Learning Leader
St Peter Apostle Hoppers Crossing, VIC
Louise Johnston is a Catholic Primary School teacher with 10 years experience teaching Grade 6. 2017 sees her as the Leader of STEM and Grade 5/6 Learning Leader at her Primary School in Melbourne's outer west. She is passionate about fostering students who are creative problem solvers, who enjoying taking responsible risks through the use of differentiation and learning agency. This is always enhance through the integration of technology. Louise is a Level 1 Google Certified Educator, a Hapara Certified Educator and is currently understanding the Hapara Champion Trainer accreditation. In her spare time, Louise enjoy plays basketball.
 
Grant Jones
STEM Teacher/ ICT Teacher
St Marys Public School, NSW
Grant has been a teacher across both catholic and public education systems for the past 15 years. He has taught K-6 throughout his time in the classroom while taking on advisory and coordinator roles in technology. Grant has been at the forefront of technological integration in all the schools that he has taught at. He has been fortunate enough to present at conferences on qr coding, app building, flipped learning and the integrating of technology into the classroom. Recently Grant wrote an article for Education Technology Solutions on Modern Learning, Green Screening across the Curriculum and iPads creating vs consuming.
 
Sharan King
ICT Integrator
Shore, NSW
An ICT Integrator at Shore Senior School. I am passionate about utilising digital devices to enhance the learning of the students and coaching ICT skills with the Staff. I work closely with the TLs in embedding the Digital Citizenship Program into Years 7 to 10.
 
Serge Komadina
eLarning Coordinator/Trainer
Australian Industry Trade College, QLD
Teacher, trainer and ICT pedagogy adviser at the AITC from 2010. Music, Media production, ICT, Business. State Schools in NT, Broadcasting (EX YU), Consultancy ICT in EDU. Interested in application of gamification, Augmented reality, most emerging technologies. Using multiple platforms and trying to remain platform agnostic.
 
Eleni Kyritsis
Year 3 Teacher
Firbank Grammar School, VIC
Eleni Kyritsis is a Year 3 IB PYP Teacher from Melbourne, Australia. She has been recognised for her outstanding contribution and support of the education community by being awarded the 2017 ACCE Australian Educator of the Year and the 2016 DLTV Victorian Educator of the Year. Eleni is a Google Certified Innovator & Trainer, Microsoft Innovative Education Expert, and Hapara Certified Educator. She is the Host of TeachTechPlay, a monthly web show that invites educators from around the world to share creativity lesson ideas and annual conference designed by teachers for teachers. She is the Founder of the Genius Hour Fair, a platform for students to share the wonderful projects they create each year to a global audience.
 
John Pearce
Tutor
Deakin University, VIC
Having spent more than thirty years teaching in primary schools John Pearce now tutors at Deakin University. John’s ongoing interest in the use of ICT across the curriculum has seen him present at local, national and international conferences. Lately he has become interested in digital curriculum including coding and Makerspaces. His web based resources attract readers from all over the globe.
 
Dean Pearman
Director of Learning Technologies and Innovation
Peninsula Grammar, VIC
Dean Pearman is the Director of Learning Technologies and Innovation at Peninsula Grammar. Dean is interested in igniting student voice and passions through making which utilities technologies to empower the learner. Dean has extensive experience in the areas of digital learning and implementation having been involved in numerous strategic projects in this area. Dean’s role sees him working with teachers to bridge the gap between pedagogy and best practice technology use. His passions are in the areas of Design Thinking, STEAM, 3D printing and fabrication, constructivist and constructionist learning and Maker Ed. Dean’s relentless pursuit is ensuring students have the best possible environment to freely express ideas and make experiments around the problems they find. The goal is to meet students where they are at by using immersive technologies that thrust their thinking to new levels. Dean is enthralled by the power of technology to transform learning for all learners.
 
Rob Powley
Music Specialist
Rotorua Intermediate School, Rotorua, New Zealand
2012-present: Music Specialist Teacher, Rotorua Intermediate 2004-2011: Itinerant Music Specialist at various schools in and around Rotorua (Kaharoa, Mamaku, Malfroy, Owhata) 1998-2004: Job-sharing with my wife, Rose at Kaharoa School + house-husband -3 children. As at 2017: Liam (25), Alayna (23), Caleb (20) 1981-1997: Art Specialist, Kaitao Intermediate School, Rotorua 1980: Scale A Teacher, Kaitao Intermediate School 1978-79: Limited Tenure Position Ngongotaha School, Rotorua 1977: 1st year Teaching, Te Aroha Primary 1974-76: Training at Hamilton Teachers College, Hamilton, NZ 1972-73: Staff member ANZ Bank, Te Puke NZ 1968-71: Student Te Puke High School A brief summary of my interests: Have painted portraits since 1972, Make pottery (stoneware, raku + pit-fired) since 1981, Have art/music studio at home (Hamurana) where I run holiday workshops + weekly guitar lessons. Have played in musical bands since high school days, including 'Classic Tracks (21 years) 'A Taste of Irish' (32 years)
 
Jonathon Roberts
Primary School Teacher
Emmanuel College, QLD
Primary trained teacher, specialising in Physical Education and use of technology. Currently teaching in both Primary School and at University level for undergraduate education students.
 
Brendon Thomas
Director of Technologies
Brisbane Girls Grammar School, QLD
Director of Technologies at Brisbane Girls Grammar School and in 2016 was the lecturer in charge of Digital Communication Technologies for the Faculty of Education and Arts at the Australian Catholic University (ACU). His students have won state, national and international ICT awards. Design methodology is what drives his curricular in secondary and tertiary teaching. His programmes challenge each of his students’ to examine a variety of design techniques that can be employed across a range of contexts. His design briefs encompass active participation and strong collaboration in a comprehensive range of technological systems and design thinking in order to provide students and teachers with a deep understanding of design as they respond to a broad range of complex challenges.
 
Vanessa Thurgood
Teacher Librarian
Shore School, NSW
I am a teacher librarian, enthusiastic about Digital Literacies and all things about Network Literacies. I am passionate about organising and curating information digitally. I have a Wide Reading Program at my school and I'm enthusiastic and committed to igniting students' interest to read.