Jenny Ashby has been the ICT specialist and the network administrator for over 10 years at Epsom Primary School, Victoria, Australia. She has been an early adopter of technologies including wireless networking, laptops, iPods and iPads. Jenny also keeps her feet on the ground with her Reading recovery sessions.
In term 3 Jenny will begin a new role as Regional Virtual Learning Coach in Victoria. This will see Jenny attending to her passion of education for all.
Jenny has been involved in ipod and ipad trials with the DEECD in Victoria across her school and advocates the use of idevices for creative purposes. Create2learn. Recently Jenny has returned to an earlier passion of coding that is now being added to our curriculum as Digital Technologies.
Jenny presents on a State, National and International level. She has presented at Mobile 2012,13 and 2014 in Arizona, Miami Device 2014,2015 along with LWF in London, AIS Jakarta and uLearn in NZ. Jenny learns everyday from her global PLN on twitter.
Jenny enjoys sharing her experiences using the iDevices in the classroom and also is a cohost of two podcasts, RUConnected and AU2AZ.
An early adopter of Apple's mobile technologies (starting with the eMate back in 1999!), Deon has been involved in the use of iOS devices in schools since 2009, when he coordinated the IT program in a school with 1:1 iPod touch devices, which evolved into a BYO Apple device scheme (on top of a school provided 1:2 MacBook scheme)...
This role introduced him to a number of amazing educators in Australia who, through the medium of social media, came together to organise the first Slide2Learn event in 2010 - what is believed to have been the world's first professional learning conference for educators, based around the use of iOS devices.
In 2013 Deon moved on, to take on the role of integrating 700+ new iPads into a school full of eager boys and after two years of this, has now become the Director of Innovation, assisting with developing change in all areas of the curriculum.
His biggest love is developing creative solutions to everyday teaching problems (along with taking photos of tiny things!). His biggest challenge is getting teachers to put their enthusiasm towards bettering the learning of their students into practice.
You can track Deon on Twitter: @deonscanlon.
Kate Maccoll currently enjoys the challenges offered by a variety of roles within Education.
Kate drove the development of 21st Century learning and digital pedagogy across the Hambledon State School in Cairns through 2008-2013. Exciting aspects of her work here included the implementation of an MP3 program to improve literacy, a multiphased Action Learning Research project on the potential of iOS devices to improve learning and the development of three separate 21st Century learning spaces to be opened in 2010 and 2011.
As a regional advisor with Education Queensland, Kate was in demand, helping teachers and Principals to develop a clear understanding of the role of digital pedagogy in enhancing learning.
Currently coordinating Innovation and eLearning at a large P-12 College in Cairns, she enjoys the professional challenge of helping the College Leadership Team to drive strategic change and develop innovative curriculum across the College.
She loves peer mentoring and coaching, offering meaningful professional development and working with teachers to incorporate technology in meaningful ways as they plan units of work.
With children of her own, Kate has a particular interest in helping students develop meaningful understanding of the concepts of digital citizenship and cyber safety.
Kate’s passion and enthusiasm for digital pedagogy was recognised in 2007 with an Education Queensland Smart Classrooms Award, in 2009 with an ICT Pedagogical Licence (Advanced), in 2010 with the QSITE Educator of the Year Award and by becoming an Apple Distinguished Educator in the Class of 2011.
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.
Adele is the Leading Teacher at Wonga Park Primary School, Melbourne, Victoria.
Wonga Park PS is a BYO iPad school for Levels 1-6. Adele coordinates Challenge Based Learning throughout the school. Through CBL, we aim to personalise the learning experience, utilising appropriate technologies. The program has seen students empowered to think big, question the world around them and find solutions to real challenges in their lives. These authentic learning opportunities, supported by the meaningful use of technology, has seen the school recognised as an Apple Distinguished School, with visitors from all over the world including New Zealand, Japan and USA. In 2014, the Wonga Park story was shared in Beijing and Shanghai.
An educator of over 35 years experience, now retired from full time teaching. Fascinated by the use of mobile tech in education. Passionate about human rights, a diverse and welcoming Australia and forcing his ageing brain into new and exciting paradigms.
Rod has also been and ICT coordinator over most of his career, in Primary, Secondary, Catholic and Government schools. He recently retired from his position as an Assistant Principal at a Victorian DET Primary School, and still enjoys working with iPads in schools for a day each week.
He is a self confessed app addict, and is continually upgrading storage, so that he can add further apps to his collection of over 2000.
Rod has been a Slide2Learn Team roady since it began and gained life membership in 2014. He is now greatly honoured to be a Slide2Learn member and shares a wealth of knowledge and support with the Slide2Learn Team and Community.
Chris has over 21 years experience of leading digital technology integration in schools. Chris is Assistant Principal of Stirling East Primary School in the Adelaide Hills of South Australia, a position he has held for the last 12 years. Stirling East has evolved with Digital Technologies and currently implements a BYO program with nearly 200 student provided iPads within the school.
Stirling East Primary School has been an Apple Distinguished School since 2013. Chris has been an Apple Distinguished Educator since 2009 and enjoys sharing his experiences and learning journey with peers from throughout the world. Chris is constantly excited by the evolution of Digital Technologies in education, not only the new opportunities afforded by hardware and the 'digital environment,' but also the pedagogies that drive this.
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. In 2013, he was named an Apple Distinguished Educator.
Past Team Members:
2010-2014: Louise Duncan (Founding Team Member)
2010 - 2015: Jonathan Nalder (Founding Team Member)
2010 - 2013: Megan Iemma (Founding Team Member)
2010: Stacey Kelly (Founding Team Member)
2013-2015: Louise Cimetta
2014: Greg Swanson