Close to 300 teachers attended the 2018 Ignite Innovate Integrate STEAM Conference, hosted by Kingswood Primary School in Melbourne on Friday 10th August.
I was very humbled and privileged to be one of the three keynote presenters along with Will Richardson from the USA and Dr Jordan Nguyen from Sydney.
Will is a former teacher and Edu Tech administrator. He is the author of six books and is regularly asked to do keynote presentations around the world. Will is a co-founder (along with Australia’s own Brice Dixon) of Modern Learners, an online community aimed at helping educators put the focus back on learning in their classrooms.
My favourite part of Will’s presentation was his references to Professor Seymour Papert. It’s so closely aligned with a number of the points in my keynote.
And his reference to the great Alfie Kohn
Dr Jordan Nguyen is a TV Presenter and biomedical engineer and, according to his website, his mission is to improve the lives of as many people as possible and to be a driving force behind positive human and technological evolution into the future.
Dr Zguyen shared about some of the amazing people he has met and lessons he has learned while producing a range of scientific documentaries. His stories about building a wheelchair and a car that can be controlled with just the mind were amazing. And seeing a boy who could only move his eyes drive the car was an inspiration for everyone and made us all wonder what may be possible in the future. Check out his keynote show reel …
My keynote session was titled The importance of sparking creativity in the classroom. Being the second keynote, I felt like I was an insignificant filling between two amazing pieces of bread.
In between the keynotes were a range of excellent workshop options for the teachers to enjoy. It was great to see Adobe Education Leaders Brett Kent (from NSW) & Joel Aarons (from Victoria) in action.
I had the pleasure of running a workshop on Adobe Spark and one on Digital Portfolios with Adobe tools.
Special thanks to the staff of Kingswood Primary for again putting on such an amazing event.
All the resources I shared during the keynote and the workshop sessions can be found on the Adobe Education Exchange via – http://bit.ly/adobe-iii18