Each year, EduTECH promises the largest gathering of educators in the southern hemisphere. As the name suggests, a lot of the talk is about technology, as well as policy issues, school management and increasing efficiency. But tucked amongst all this, there are inevitably a few progressive gems - speakers and sessions that engage more deeply with topics like student-directed learning; critical and creative thinking; social and emotional skills; or seek to challenge our ideological assumptions about education.
So, in anticipation of a jam-packed two days, here are our top seven picks for what promise to be the most interesting, profound, challenging, pedagogically innovative, and just plain progressive sessions at EduTECH this year.
- Dr Bron Stuckey (@BronSt) - Fun is not a four letter word - 11:45am Monday (K-12 Ed Leaders Congress)
- Dan Haesler (@danhaesler) - Engaging Kids Today: Pedagogy before Technology - 3:15pm Monday (K-12 IT Directors and Managers Congress)
- Prof. Robert Fitzgerald (@rfitzgerald) - Understanding the Requirements of New Learning Spaces: technology, pedagogy and design - 3:15pm Monday (K-12 Business Managers & Administrators Congress)
- Howard Errey (@howard61) - Liminality in Libraries: Innovation psychology with Libraries and Librarians - 9:20am Tuesday (Future Library Congress)
- Dr Lesley Murrihy (@lmurrihy) - Paradoxical Education: Meeting the needs of our 21st century learners - 10:45am Tuesday (K-12 Ed Leaders Congress)
- Dr Jackie Gerstein (@jackiegerstein) - Maker Education: The importance of reflecting on the maker process - 11:45am Tuesday (K-12 Ed Leaders Congress, Stream B)
- Jane McGonigal (@avantgame) - The Power of a Gameful Mindset - 4:00pm Tuesday (K-12 Ed Leaders Congress)
Think we've missed something? We'd love to hear your thoughts on other great progressive content at EduTECH.