2015 Presenters

Bec Spink

Bec Spink is a Leading Teacher in Melbourne, Australia. She has a Master of Education (Knowledge Networks and Digital Innovation). In 2013 Bec was awarded a State Education Excellence Award for Primary Teacher of the Year for her dedication towards leading classroom innovation. Bec is a co-founder of and an Education Ambassador for Evernote.

Brett Salakas

Brett is the founder of #aussieED and a moderator of multiple twitter chats. He is a Primary School teacher who, over the past 18 years, has taught in South East Asia and Australia in both public and independent schools. He is passionately committed to turning educational theory into real classroom practice. Brett is all about CONNECTION, COLLABORATION and INSPIRATION.

Gayleen Jackson

Gayleen Jackson is a Digital Learning & Teaching Consultant providing Professional Development and coaching in digital teaching and learning for P-12 schools with her consultancy LiteBulb Moments. Gayleen also works as a Digital Coach at Bounty Boulevard State School and Kallangur State School where she provides support to students and teachers who have BYOD iPads in their classrooms and teachers starting their digital journeys.

With over 25 years experience teaching in a primary classroom and the past 10 years has being involved in the delivery of PD for school staffs across Queensland, first as Co-ordinator of LDC - ICT Cleveland, Senior Project Officer Middle Phase of Learning, then Program Manager ICT Learning Innovation Centre, Sippy Downs.

In 2010 Gayleen was named the QSITE Outstanding Leader of the Year and she uses these qualities to mentor individual teachers as well as whole school staffs to begin and continue their digital journeys.

Greg Dwyer

Greg is a current classroom teacher who has worked with the iPad since it's inception. He is an award winning educator, having gained recognition for his work in the communication project Linking Latitudes. His knowledge of the iPad and the way that it can be used in classrooms is extensive, with his ability to think creatively on how it can be used in new an innovative ways being widely recognised and he has instigated a successful Bring Your Own Device initiative. His session will be of great benefit to those beginning their journey with iPads or those who are looking to take their teaching skills using the iPad to the next level.

Jacinta Browning & Kevin Browning


Jacinta Browning has been teaching in Catholic Primary Schools in the Cairns and Tasmanian Dioceses for the past 20 years. She is a passionate and energetic teacher with a particular interest using mobile technologies to assist and enhance learning and student engagement.

Kevin Browning is a keen educator and leader, passionate about new and innovative teaching. Interested in the contemporary classroom which embraces mobile and flexible learning, Kevin has spent 25 years in Catholic Education having worked as a teacher and Principal in the Cairns Diocese and also a number of years in Tasmania. The integration of technology as a means of connecting and celebrating faith and life is viewed as a contemporary means for engaging students as 21st Century learners.

Kate Bridge

Kate has been the ICT co-ordinator and an IT teacher at St Aloysius Catholic College in Huntingfield for the last three years. She played an integral role in the implementation of multi-platform BYOD's at the College and has worked closely with staff and students on developing current knowledge to work across different platforms.  Before moving to Tasmania Kate was a classroom teacher and ICT Co-ordinator in Western Australia. She also has a Grad Dip. in Applied Science and Informations Systems and has a background in developing CMS and Websites.  Kate believes that diversity in IT use is crucial to up-skilling students for the future.

Liz Shenstone

Liz Shenstone is an ADE who has rich experience in best practice technology integration that supports authentic learning both inside and outside the classroom.

Lois Smethurst

Lois has been a Leading Teacher in ICT for more than 15 years and is now the Head of Teaching and Learning in a large primary school in Gippsland, Victoria. She has a Masters of Information Technology in Education, and recently worked as Coach for DETVic in the TL#21C professional development program, developing the digital technology skills of teachers across the state.

Maggie Mattson

Maggie is an enthusiastic Google Certified teacher who has taught both primary and infant levels. Maggie believes in developing strong relationships with all members of school community and promotes student creativity in all key learning areas. She is currently leading the Australian ClassDojo community and recently spoke at the SXSWedu Conference in Austin, Texas. Maggie is also an authorised Google Trainer and is a co-moderator of the Twitter chat #aussieED.

Nathan Jones

Nathan has been teaching within Primary Education for 18 Years, both in the Catholic System and now within the Independent Schools System. His current role at Carey Baptist Grammar School (Junior school Donvale) is teaching a 1:1 iPad Year 6 classroom and working off campus as an E-Learning Consultant.  In 2007 the school decided to switch from PC machines to Apple Devices. This year both Junior Schools have switched to an iPad 1:1 from P-6 (Years5/6 take their iPad’s home).  In 2011, he was privileged to be acknowledged by Apple as an Apple Distinguished Educator. 

Ray Nashar

Ray Nashar is a teacher, edtech coach, digital content producer and Apple Distinguished Educator (2011). He has worked with numerous cultural and educational institutions of various types across Australia. As an extension of his work in the education sector, Ray has also co-authored iBooks and iTunes U courses for Disney, the Australian Football League Players’ Association (AFLPA), Telstra, and the University of New South Wales.

Richard Lawler

Richard Lawler

Prior to returning to the coalface as a Mathematics teacher, Richard was Director of ICT at St Virgil's College, Hobart. As Director, he introduced and developed St Virgil's iPad programme, extending it to all students (Grades 3 - 10) by 2013. Currently, Richard is working at The Friends' School, Hobart, and is enjoying figuring out different ways to integrate technology into the Mathematics classroom.

Terry Jacka and Janelle Maurer


Terry Jacka is Head of Mathematics and Janelle Maurer is Head of Business at St Hilda’s School on the Gold Coast, Queensland Australia.

We are experienced educators with a passion for inspiring students and improving student engagement and learning outcomes via the appropriate use of technology within our subject areas. Our school’s introduction of iPads as their one-to-one technology device in 2011 has created exciting opportunities within all classes at St Hilda’s.

Both presenters are Apple Distinguished Educators and have presented at conferences and workshops in Australia and overseas.

Trevor Milevskiy

Trevor is currently teaching IT at Good Counsel College, Innisfail after 11 years teaching in the USA where he was the Director of IT. He has worked at St. Augustine’s College and was Head of IT at Peace Lutheran College in Cairns as well as working in various Primary schools in the Cairns District.

He has a passion for using technology in the classroom to enhance the learning experiences of the students and has been responsible for the introduction of technology into the schools where he has worked.

He currently holds a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, is an Apple Registered Developer, Filemaker Pro Developer, Adobe Campus Leader and Adobe Education Trainer.

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