EduTECH 2015 Wrap Up
Educators, speakers and edtech innovators from all over Australia, New Zealand and the far reaching corners of the World came together last month at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre in Queensland to share their insight and experiences in what amounted to an absolutely awesome and awe-inspiring series of conferences, hands-on masterclasses and one large exhibition.
Growing in size from a successful year in 2014, EduTECH this year brought even more value for educators professional development budget by offering targeted and thought provoking conferences all under one roof, which also included K-12 Ed Leaders, K-12 Library Managers, K-12 IT Directors, K-12 Business Managers, Higher Ed Leaders, Tertiary IT Leaders, Workplace Learning and VET Leaders congress. Harvard Professor Eric Mazur (USA) made delegates rethink approaches to assessments and provided example through his own practice of allowing students to take open book tests and use computers. Eric Sheninger (USA) on a similar note preached that action starts with the school’s leader removing obstacles and excuses in order for others in the school to innovate.
The unrivalled and unstoppable Gary Stager (USA) moved the maker movement forward here in Australia, along with other MakerMovement-ers Sylvia Martinez and Super Awesome Sylvia (YouTube sensation). With a dedicated MakerSpace lounge on the expo floor, attendees engaged one another and shared personal experiences with the three education rockstars (whilst hinting for an autograph and a selfie or two).
As EduTECH continues to grow in scope and popularity, you can be sure to look forward to an even bigger and better event next year with just as many (if not more!) opportunities to catch the inspiration bug and earn those valuable professional development points while growing your personal learning network of inspired and likeminded peers.
If however you missed out on EduTECH this year, you don’t have to wait another 12 months to get all the inspiration you need to get you through the year. There is still time to register for the National FutureSchools EXPO 2016 – mark it on your calendar, it’s going to be absolutely fantastic.