Andrew Churches- Transforming Education
I am a teacher, author, keynote and workshop presenter and ICT enthusiast. I believes that to prepare our students for the future, we must prepare them for change, teach them to question and think, to adapt and modify, to sift and sort. Our students are born into a world where the only constant is change, they are immersed in technology and yet are unaware of how ubiquitous this technology is.
I am fortunate to teach at a school with a technology program that encompasses iPads in the classrooms through out the younger years and a comprehensive BYOD program in the senior years. This reflects the future our students and children will be entering into with ubiquitous portable computing. The use of these technologies has been an inspiration for the books I have written.
Outside of school, I am a family man and when I can get a spare moment I am an outdoor instructor and an adventure enthusiast.
In 2009 I was a finalist in the Microsoft Distinguished educators awards. In 2009, 2010 & 2011, I have been a member of the advisory board for the Australia and New Zealand Edition of the Horizon report and the only secondary or primary school teacher on the advisory board of 32 educational experts.
I am an Apple Distinguished Educator in the class of 2013.
In 2012, I was named a Learning Commons Visionary for 2012 by the editors of Teacher Librarian: the Journal for School Library Professionals.
In collaboration with my colleagues at the 21st century fluency project I have written five books. They are:
Jenny Jongste - I don’t NO: taking everyone on the journey to success
Jenny is currently working for Notre Dame University in Fremantle WA and is also involved in a number of projects within the Catholic Education Office of WA. She is a passionate educator, particularly focussed on adults and undergraduate teachers. She believes that IT can be the greatest tool at a teacher's disposal and loves to mentor and coach others to use all forms of technology in the most effective, and easiest way possible.
Jenny has presented at a number of state and national conferences as well as conducted countless Professional Learning sessions and projects with schools in WA, NT, QLD and Vic.
Being an extreme gadget junkie, Jen saw the potential of the iPods and iPads to change the landscape of teaching. She spends way too much money on the iTunes store and is always on the lookout for new and innovative ways to extend thinking using mobile devices.
Steve Papp - Natural Technology
Steve Papp has a career that spans two decades in classroom and environmental education settings. As the principal of the Field of Mars Environmental Education Centre he has led the innovative use of digital technologies to support fieldwork, environmental and sustainability education. He has pioneered the use of video conferencing to deliver quality authentic learning and content to thousands of students across NSW. In 2013 he was named an Apple Distinguished Educator.