EDUTECH is the biggest educational technology exhibition in Australia, bringing educators and influencers from across the learning life-cycle together all under one roof.
EDUTECH, the only Australian event that brings schools, tertiary education, VET and workplace learning together, features eight parallel conferences covering the entire learning life-cycle, plus pre-event master classes for a more tailored and intimate learning experience.
The conference is aimed at educators, leaders and executives, managers and administrators, IT decision makers, system leaders, government and business.
Attendees are offered unparalleled networking with educators from across the country, exclusive access to some of the most well-regarded education experts in Australia and around the world, case studies from leading Australian schools, dedicated leadership seminar sessions for hands-on engaged learning, and access to Australia’s biggest educational technology exhibition. Educators can even earn Professional Development points for attending.
Beginning six years ago as the Technology in K-12 Conference, EDUTECH was born out of the desire to connect educators with practices that improve teaching and learning.
Many schools and educators struggled when the “One Child One Laptop” policy was introduced. Help was needed with device management, BYOD, network connectivity, Wifi, cybersecurity, software choices, hardware selections and tech support. The pedagogy and psychology of digital device usage accelerated in importance, and EDUTECH was born.
The team at Acevents worked to create and build an unprecedented international expo that celebrated and progressed learning. EDUTECH has been described as the rock concert of education in the Southern Hemisphere, and its success has spawned satellite events in Asia and the Middle East.
EDUTECH Head of Education Dr Meagan Vasey is a Fellow of Engineers Australia and has a PHD in computing, an MBA, and first-class honours in Electrical Engineering. She was the founding STEM consultant with the Association of Independent schools in NSW, launching STEM and Digital Technologies into the national political agenda.
Dr Vasey says that for educational leaders at school, TAFE, University, in workplaces or communities, one of the most important lessons to learn and impart on others is being a learning person and being part of a learning organisation.
“Learning is innate and exciting. Learning allows us to adjust, adapt and improve. Learning generates ideas and possibilities, and creates progress,” Dr Vasey said.
“We have the exceptional fortune to be surrounded by technologies that enhance collaboration and communication in learning, but are we on the right track with these? Are we applying the right strategies, processes, tools and technologies, for best effect, in the best way? How can we push the boundaries, and go further?”
Dr Vasey describes the conference as an International ‘Festival of Learning’ that aims to share the art, science and business of learning with a much wider range of students and educators, at much greater depth.
“As Head of Education for EDUTECH, I work with a strong and experienced team to put the right people and organisations, on the right stage, at the right time, and thereby create a truly spectacular must-attend event,” she said.
Over three spectacular, invigorating and intensive days, EDUTECH shares cutting edge approaches that are purposeful, meaningful, relevant and effective.
“We have all these amazing gifts in the people, technologies and resources surrounding us. How can we best support the communities around us through learning?” Dr Vasey said.
“Where can the selection and application of these amazing technologies mobilise and support communities in achieving the good stuff, including comfortable, happy, constructive, fair, and sustainable lives?
“Regardless of whether it’s digital or non-digital, the motivated and focussed application of technology is a powerful lever to improve learning. How can we achieve balance, so as not to lose students or educators to a virtual landscape?”
With a fantastic array of key speakers and master classes, EDUTECH is attracting attendees and key speakers from around world and beyond, with Astronaut Greg Chamitoff, Professor of Aerospace and Engineering at Texas A&M University speaking at the event.
“EDUTECH’S 2017 line-up is truly spectacular: Professor Carol Dweck is a must-see to unleash learning potential in ourselves and our networks. Greg Chamitoff will take you to the edge of your seat, with amazing feats of nature and humanity. We are bringing you Louise Stoll, Charles Leadbeater, Angela Maiers, Ian Jukes, Jan Owen, Philip Minchen, in one of the planet’s three largest gatherings of world leading educators,” Dr Vasey said.
The Masterclasses are a big draw card for attendees, with a variety of topics and expert presenters.
Dr Vasey believes there are trends appearing in education around professional learning communities, growth mindset, adaptive assessment, digital dashboards, wellbeing, inclusiveness, pedagogies to support creativity, feedback, student agency, and engagement.
“For campus ICT directors and managers there are Masterclasses on BYOD, Campus Wi-fi, and Cybersecurity, to cover all aspects of setting up, managing, and securing your campus network at schools, TAFES, Universities, community organisations and workplaces,” Dr Vasey said.
“For K-12 educators building upon the 21st century skills of communication, creativity, critical thinking and collaboration, we have Masterclasses responding to the Maker Movement, the new Australian Curriculum — Digital Technologies, and hands-on sessions with Makeblock, led by our International and UK Keynote Abdul Chohen.
“These tacit learning experiences activate and support whole-child and whole-school, as well as inclusive education goals.
“Our international expert Professor Jane Burns is delivering our Digitally Young and Well Masterclass, in which you will be able to connect with all aspects of digital wellbeing, and digital resources in support of wellbeing.
“In the business of constructive and creative thinking, Bill Jarrard will take you through Mind mapping. Further, Roger La Salle will show you how to achieve stronger student acquisition and marketing in your school, RTO, TAFE, University or other learning organisation,” she said.
EDUTECH is well placed to explore current educational topics and potential challenges in Australia and globally.
When asked what her thoughts were on innovation, using technology in classrooms and particularly female teachers and students participating in Science Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subject areas, Dr Vasey said that STEM is innate.
“We need science to understand how things work, engineering to make things actually work and that as a community we need to rethink sewing, knitting, tatting, dressmaking and food technology as fundamental engineering sciences,” she said.
“STEM is not just for boys or girls, not just for gifted and talented and not just for high school or primary school.”
“Technology enables us to make things work better, and to make things in an even better way. Your gender might be male, female, in between, or even ‘apache attack helicopter’ as my kids say. It really doesn’t matter, we still need maths to underpin rational decision making in each and every field.”
“We work very hard at EDUTECH to make the entire expo and congress content is inclusive. We hope this will become a reality for STEM in Australia too,” she said.
EDUTECH International Congress and Expo runs from June 8th to 9th at the International Convention Centre in Sydney.
“OVER THREE SPECTACULAR, INVIGORATING AND INTENSIVE DAYS, WE SHARE CUTTING EDGE APPROACHES THAT ARE PURPOSEFUL, MEANINGFUL, RELEVANT AND EFFECTIVE.”
WITH A FANTASTIC ARRAY OF KEY SPEAKERS AND MASTER CLASSES, EDUTECH IS ATTRACTING ATTENDEES AND KEY SPEAKERS FROM AROUND THE WORLD.