CH4HS

 

Presenters

Nasrin Moradmand
Dr Nasrin Moradmand has a background in both software engineering and education. She worked and taught in the Information Technology environment for the past twenty years in both industry and in academic environments. Nasrin has diverse experience in design and development of variety of digital learning and learning/teaching resource and was a 2012 Google Anita Borg award finalist. Nasrin currently is a Learning and Development Advisor/Technology Instructional Designer at Sonic HealthPlus. In past, Nasrin was a researcher in the School of Computer Science & Software Engineering, the University of Western Australia. The aim of her research project was to investigate how teachers and students can use appropriate computer-based educational applications in the classroom to enhance mathematical achievement.

Amitava Datta
Professor Amitava Datta did his MTech and PhD in computer science from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. He has worked at the Max Planck Institute for Computer Science, University of Freiburg (both in Germany), University of New England and University of Western Australia (both in Australia). He has taught a broad range of subjects at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. His research interests are in parallel and distributed computing, bioinformatics, computer-assisted education, mobile and wireless computing, social networks and data mining. He has supervised 27 PhD and masters by research students, published over one hundred and seventy articles in reputed international journals and conference proceedings and served in the editorial boards and programme committees of several international journals and conferences.

Mark MᶜDonald
Google Enginner
- Mark is an engineer in Google’s Developer Relations team, where he works to help others build software using Google's tools & services. He has worked on products ranging from AI tools and Google Play Music's recommender, Search, Google Maps and (his favourite) Google Santa Tracker.

Grace Oakley
Grace Oakley is an Associate Professor in literacy education at the Graduate School of Education, the University of Western Australia. She is the co-author of the highly successful book, Language, Literacy and Early Childhood Education (OUP) as well as editor of Mobile Technologies in Children’s Language and Literacy: Innovative Pedagogy in Preschool and Primary Education (Emerald). Grace has been involved over many years in the research of literacy education, particularly where literacy and technology intersect.

Andrew Barrett
Andy is the Director of abcED. He’s an energetic facilitator and educator with knowledge, skills and understanding of a broad range of adult learning methodologies. Previously, Andy was the Professional Services Manager for Principals Australia Institute, implementing the KidsMatter and MindMatters mental health and wellbeing frameworks. Andy is passionate about coaching and mentoring teachers, graduates and admin teams and is currently a facilitator for the WA Department of Education and the Graduate Induction Program. As well as presenting his workshops to schools, Andy is currently teaching at Lynwood SHS.

Russell Scott
Russell Scott is the founder and creator of the Vortals AR/VR design platform. Russell is a leading expert in experiential formats and digital environments. He has built a many virtual and augmented experiences and has directed and produced three award winning IMAX films, including the world’s first full 8k 3D IMAX documentary. Having been a professional animator, director and software designer, Russell has a unique understanding of the entire digital design process and has been working closely with teachers to bring that experience into the classroom.

Rashmi Watson
Dr Rashmi Watson has had an extensive career in education. She currently works in the Medical Education Unit at UWA and does regular consultancy with the Education Department on 'Creating a Culture of Development and Continuous Learning'. Rashmi is keen to support staff in all contexts to continue to grow and learn through a variety of methods including coaching, leadership development, appreciative inquiry, self-development, and reflective practices.

David Donnelly
David Donnelly is currently the Principal Consultant Curriculum and Assessment for Technologies at the School Curriculum and Standards (SCSA). David’s portfolio includes Computer Science, Applied Information Technology and Digital Technologies from Primary through to Year 10. David is an avid life-long learner who believes that a good curriculum is paramount to student success and he strives for fairness and validity across the state. He enjoys sharing his knowledge and helping others in areas of need. David has been involved in public education for 15 years and uses this knowledge in his role today.

Gemma Scarparolo
Gemma is the Master of Teaching Primary course coordinator at The University of Western Australia in the Graduate School of Education. As an early career researcher, she is interested in inclusive and equitable teacher practices and provision to address student diversity.

Zina Cordery 
Zina Cordery [PhD candidate, MRP, BA (Edu)/BCom (Multimedia) ] is a full-time lecturer in the School of Education at ECU working with pre-service teachers across the entire Secondary Education Program to integrate ICT into curriculum areas. Zina is also responsible for coordinating the specialisation of Digital Technologies for education. Zina’s PhD study is focussing on the use of Virtual Reality in secondary education. She is a member of the Immersive Learning Research Network (iLRN) and the Australian Technology Teacher Educators Network (ATTEN).

Shaloni Naik
Shaloni Naik is a passionate STEM, Digital Technologies and Design Technologies educator. She holds the position of Gifted and Talented Program Coordinator and STEM Program coordinator at Ellenbrook Secondary College in Perth WA. Shaloni has been an Adobe Education Leader for over 10 years and is part of a dedicated global team that comes together to work, collaborate and share ideas on how to best utilize Adobe products in various settings. Shaloni delivers professional development and facilitates Adobe workshops and courses. She is dedicated to sharing her experiences with people around the world and supporting teachers in their practice.

Michelle Ellis and Blair Johnston
Blair Johnston - ECU Cyber Security student and Dr Michelle Ellis - ECU's Outreach and Engagement Coordinator

Rachael Lehr
Rachael Lehr is an Associate Principal at West Beechboro Primary School in Perth, WA, where she was previously the science and digital technologies specialist teacher for many years. Rachael is the founder of #PrimarySTEMChat on Twitter, a weekly STEM-focused chat, where she shares her passion for the authentic integration of digital technologies and STEM learning into classrooms. She is currently undertaking doctoral studies related to digital technologies in early childhood education at UWA.

Alex Coulter
My name is Alex Coulter and I’m the Digital Technologies Coordinator at Iona Presentation College - an all-girls independent Catholic secondary school in Mosman Park. I completed a bachelor of science at UWA where I majored in engineering and specialised in chemical engineering. However, it was during this time that I discovered my passion for teaching, and this lead me to pursue a masters in secondary education. I’m currently in my second year of teaching and was fortunate enough to receive the design and technologies teacher of the year award in 2020 from DATTA WA. Since I began my journey as a teacher I’ve designed and implemented a Year 9 and 10 Engineering course that aims to transition students seamlessly into a Year 11 & 12 Engineering General/ATAR course. I have also taken charge of the extra-curricular Robotics Club at the school where I have coached teams for both RoboCup and First Inspires competitions at a state, national, and international level. My overall goal is to teach engineering and robotics throughout the K-10 curriculum in order to promote and encourage students to study STEM-related subjects further and pursue a career in this industry.  

Greg Port
I am currently the Director of Learning Technologies at All Saints’ College and lead the Nexus team, our new collaboration between library and ICT services. I worked formerly in New Zealand as a Head of Mathematics. I am a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert and Educator Hotlist 2020 winner and led the school’s digital response to the COVID lockdown in 2020 and at the start of 2021. Much of my work for the past few years has been focused on leveraging Microsoft tools in a K – 12 school. I am also the author of a series of workbooks for Hodder Education for A-Level Mathematics. The education landscape is starting to tremor as the gap widens between what we know works best for kids and the reality of the institution of school. As an educator passionate about students reaching their potential, I have always sought for better way to reach every student in my class, this quest led me to blended learning approaches and I have presented at national conferences on ideas centred on this pedagogy. I am a part of the InnovatED team at our school which has focused on entrepreneurship, innovation and student agency and have continued to find ways technology can enhance essential capabilities in students of all ages. Last year I developed a strategic plan and direction for our new ‘Nexus’ space that combines Library and ICT services. https://www.linkedin.com/in/greg-port/

Drew Mayhills
Drew Mayhills is a professionally-recognised organisational coach, educational leader and interdisciplinary artist with a demonstrated history of success in developing others and leading innovation across a range of contexts including the public and independent school systems, tertiary education, immigration detention, digital transformation and the disability sector. As Director of HotHouse Company at All Saints’ College, Drew brings staff and students together with leading practitioners and the broader community to realise a world-class innovative arts program that inspires students to realise their creative potential, and champions the arts as a means of making a positive difference in the world.

 

Linda Gillham
Linda Gillham is a digital technologies teacher at Mother Teresa Catholic College, Baldivis who teaches in both the Junior School and the Middle School. Previous roles include HOLA Technologies, ICT Coordinator and Coding and Robotics Club Coordinator for many years. Linda believes that ‘play’ is essential for student engagement, creativity, confidence and deep learning. Play matched with digital technologies is a perfect combination for PBL (Project Based Learning) and CBL (Challenge Based Learning) giving students a voice to communicate solutions to help solve real world issues with their digital technology skills, knowledge and creativity. A supporter of implementing GDS (Sustainable Development Goals) in many technology based projects.