Tony Vincent started teaching fifth graders in 1998 when it wasn’t so easy to publish online. Knowing that students were motivated to see their work on the Web, Tony first had students write book reviews on Amazon.com. Later his students spent each school year adding to their classroom site, Planet 5th. They published writing, photos, journals, art, and videos. Planet 5th became so popular that it received thousands of hits from around the world. In 2001 Tony's students became among the first to use Palm handheld computers for learning and later among the first to podcast. Today, Tony is an independent consultant, working with educators worldwide in topics he's passionate about, including podcasting, iPods, iPads, web-based tools, and movie-making. Tony believes pairing the benefits of handheld computers with the power of sharing online is a very empowering combination. Read his blog and contact him at learninginhand.com and follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/tonyvincent.
Adam is an ADE and Assistant Principal at Ringwood North PS in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne. He has established a wide range of projects, from the iSchool.net.au podcast site through to ‘Movie Magic’, a program that won the Victorian Department of Education's Excellence Award for Most Innovative Curriculum in 2006.
In 2010, Ringwood North PS was invited to be a part of the Victorian iPad Trial, where 138 devices were issued on a 1:1 basis for our Year 5 & 6 students. The school is also participating in a ‘Challenge Based Learning’ program being developed by Apple in conjunction with schools in the USA and Canada.
Visit Adam’s blog at http://appleforkids.org and on Twitter @adambrice
She is an Australian leader in the use of ICT, well known for her work in eLearning using emerging technologies, mobile learning research, strategic planning, online teaching and digital content development.
She has previous experience as Group Manager of eLearning for Departments of Education in Victoria and Tasmania and at The Le@rning Federation. She has worked internationally on projects with Singapore, Indonesia, UK, US and Japan.
She is a contributor to a new book, Mobile Technologies and Handheld Devices for Ubiquitous Learning: Research and Pedagogy (2010, ed Wan Ng).
Twitter: @ceciliemurray or @App_titude
Jenny has taught in a variety of primary schools around WA in all year levels form Kindergarten to year 7. From 1993-1995, Jenny worked in the Catholic Education Office as a Science Consultant and later, for two years as an ICT consultant. Jenny also worked part-time as a lecturer and sessional tutor at Notre Dame University, WA, for 7 years.
Jenny's current role is as a curriculum consultant, working with teachers, students and administration teams to initiate and sustain effective teaching and learning using technology.
Alan has 18 years of teaching experience in both mathematics and technology. Some of the sites he has developed include QuestionPress.com, ShowTheMath.org and LearningTargets.com.
Along with his wife (also a teacher) and their three young boys he enjoys the great Alaskan outdoors.
Kristine Kopelke is a Senior Project Officer at Education Queensland’s ICT Learning Innovation Centre on the Sunshine Coast. As part of this role she engages in research and development around the design and development of digital content for learning. She has recently completed a feasibility study for Education Queensland on the creation and repurposing of learning objects for iOS devices and has also been engaged in the development of a number of iOS apps for the department. Kristine is renowned globally for her work with Flash in education and has since 2009 turned her attention to how Flash tools such as the Packager for iPhone and Device Central can be used to enable students and teachers to develop digital content for mobile devices and other platforms such as the Nintendo Wii. Her current research explores how user interaction and engagement can be supported through different touch and multi-touch gestures. Kristine is an Adobe Education Leader in the Asia-Pacific region and has presented on a national and international level on how Adobe Flash can be used to develop apps and interactive content for mobile devices including iOS devices. Kristine’s qualifications include a BA in Screen Production and a Masters in Education. Her passion and commitment to education has seen her work with teachers and students across P-12 contexts.
Bob started his teaching career in St George Queensland in 1973 and has been playing with computers and associated technologies since 1979. From 1994 until 2007 he was head of ICTs at Windaroo Valley SHS. During that time the school was awarded "Apple Distinguished School" status 3 times and "Apple School of Excellence" status once. In 2006 Bob became an "Apple Distinguished Educator". At present he is working at the The Learning Place as a Principal Project Officer in the Transformational Learning team. He is particularly interested in the potential of mobile devices such as the iPad and iPod Touch to be used as creation tools by students rather than simple consumption devices.