Jenny Ashby (@jjash)
Jenny Ashby has been the ICT specialist and the network administrator for 12 years at Epsom Primary School, Victoria, Australia. She has been an early adopter of technologies including wireless networking, laptops, iPods and iPads. In a leading teacher role, Jenny is also the reading recovery teacher and the literacy co-ordinator at Epsom.
In 2008 Jenny was involved with a DEECD trial of the iPod Touch involving a grade 5/6 class and three other schools. In 2009, Jenny's role changed to a classroom teacher from 9-1pm for a Prep/1 class. She used the iPod Touch extensively with the Prep/1's in the literacy and numeracy blocks. In 2010 Jenny facilitated the use of the iPod Touch across three classrooms from Grade Prep-2 and began to implement the iPad trial with DEECD. 2011 has seen further implementation of iPads and iPods across the school into the middle levels.
Jenny presents at state, national and international conferences and was awarded the 2011 ICTEV teacher of the year award. Jenny is a founding team member of Slide2learn and enjoys sharing her experiences with using the iPod Touch/iPad in the classroom.
Peter Lelong is an Information Communications and Technologies educator for the Tasmanian Catholic Education Officer and an Apple Distinguished Educator (2004). He works with teachers and students across all year levels and curriculum areas from K – 12.
In recent years, he has represented Catholic Education and Independent schools at the Learning Federation meetings where he assisted in developing an awareness in the use of online resources in teaching. Currently, he is working with schools on the introduction and integration of iPads across all areas of the curriculum.
Peter is a teacher of 27 years, having taught in both Primary and Secondary schooling in Western Australia and Tasmania and in all three education sectors. He works with students across all year levels and curriculum areas from K – 12.
Peter also taught multimedia as a Vocational Education Teacher for eight years, using Apple technologies with his students to create interactive and engaging online projects.
Richard has been a teacher for 15 years and involved in various leadership roles for many of those years, including a two-year stint in Papua New Guinea where he helped oversee the introduction of laptops to all international schools in the country.
Since 2010, Richard has been Director of ICT at St Virgil’s College, Tasmania. In 2010, he introduced iPads to the school, trialling a class of Grade 8 students each having their own personal iPad. In 2011, the trial has expanded so that all Grade 9 students have an iPad, as well as all teachers. The College also has a class set of iPads available at the Primary campus.
Richard is very much enjoying the journey of discovering how iPads can be used to transform classroom learning.
Louise has been teaching in secondary schools in the Goulburn Valley of Victoria since 1988. She has taken a leading role in the implementation of many eLearning programs including a 1 to 1 MacBook program at her school. A leading teacher at Shepparton High School since 2003, she led a team designing a new learning space and personal learning program which has been running successfully at the school for the past five years. The use of iPod touches within this program allowed for the exploration of personal mobile devices to improve student learning. As a result, Louise was awarded the Lindsay Thompson Fellowship in 2009. She was able to continue her research into mobile learning in the UK and US.
Her journeys have allowed her to meet and work with some of the greatest thinkers, researchers, innovators and practitioners in the field of mobile learning around the world. She has presented at many conferences and venues, including HandHeld Learning 2009 in London, worked with Travis Allen from the iSchool initiative in Atlanta, Georgia, the DEECD innovation and excellence showcase, the VITTA conference, mLearning in Orlando, and for the Apple Education team in Cupertino and London. She travelled to Texas to work with the team at Abilene Christian University and present at the ACU Connected 2011 summit. Louise also works with the Grad Dip Ed - Middle years from LaTrobe University to implement mobile learning into teacher training programs.
Louise believes personal, mobile technology has a myriad of uses to connect students with their learning anywhere, anytime and to facilitate life-long learning. She believes educators have a responsibility to ensure students know how to use mobile technologies effectively to make them smart and responsible users in a world where mobile technology is ubiquitous.
Louise is humbled to be a member of the amazing Slide2Learn team and have the opportunity to share her knowledge and experience nationally through the Ning and our events.
Her blog documenting "Personalising Learning with the iPod Touch" can be accessed at http://louiseduncan.global2.vic.edu.au