Spotlight sessions are led by invited speakers who will explore aspects of the uLearn17 conference strands as they relate to their work and expertise.
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Tim is a professor in the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering at the University of Canterbury. His "Computer Science Unplugged'' project is being widely used internationally with the supporting materials (books and videos) having been translated into 20 languages. Tim has received many awards for his work in education including the ETH (Zurich) ABZ International Honorary Medal for Fundamental Contributions in Computer Science Education (in 2013) and the IITP (NZ) Excellence in IT Education Award. Since 2008 he has been actively involved in the design and deployment of the approach to the teaching of digital technologies in New Zealand schools.
Tim will present "The new digital technologies curriculum - what's the big idea?".
Kaila is the New Zealand Ambassador for Singularity University. She is also a co-founder and Chair of the non-profit Ministry of Awesome, Curator of TEDxChristchurch, Chair of the New York-based Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts, Deputy Chair of CORE Education Ltd, a board member of ChristchurchNZ and a Certified ExO Consultant with ExO Works. A native New Yorker, Kaila speaks English, Spanish, French and Italian, holds a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Administration from Cornell University and has been a serial entrepreneur since the age of 22. Her purpose in life is to be an uplifting presence.
Kaila will present "The exponential future of education".
Raphael studied history and medical physics and co-developed a patent in medical technology before becoming a lecturer in mathematical modelling. He is passionate about developing the startup ecosystem and mentors at Startup Weekends around New Zealand and sits on the board of Canterbury Angels.
Raphael will present "Teaching and learning with artificial intelligence".
Michael Walmsley & Tyne Crow
Michael has been hooked on programming ever since he created his first game--battleships--as a 12 year old. For his PhD he combined his passions for education and language learning to create a computer system that helps people learn to read Spanish. While writing his thesis, Michael discovered his passion for entrepreneurship, and began building CodeAvengers.com, an online learning platform to teach computer science. Code Avengers has now expanded to a team of 17, with courses that cover the NZ digital technologies curriculum from year 1 to 13 and beyond. The courses are used by thousands of schools around the world, with several courses available in Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian and Japanese. Michael and his wife Lynnell love testing educational apps on their kids (no 4 is coming soon), and come from large families that include 26 school teachers!
Tyne is an experienced secondary educator who teaches programming and Computer Science at secondary level. His Masters degree involved investigating how learning experiences can be situated within purpose build virtual game environments by prototyping a Māori language learning tool within a game development engine. He his currently undertaking his PhD in Computer Science, investigating how programming education can be enhanced through making digital tools more intelligent and adaptive to individual learners.
Michael and Tyne will co-present "Supercharge your classroom by harnessing the true power of e-learning".
Chris is an Associate Principal at Stonefields School in Auckland, opened in 2011, where he has been involved in developing a vision for teaching and learning, building teacher capacity and having the opportunity to consider ‘what might be possible’ in a new school setting. He has a strong interest and experience in the development of Innovative Learning Environments (ILEs) in New Zealand schools; how design affordances can support approaches to contemporary pedagogy, and the opportunities engendered by the provision of new educational spaces. He is currently completing a PhD in conjunction with the ‘Evaluating 21st Century Learning Environments’ Australian Linkage Council project at the University of Melbourne, focusing on the nature of collaborative teacher practices in ILEs. He is also a Research Fellow (part time) on the 2016-2019 Innovative Learning Environments and Teacher Change project (ILETC).
Chris will present "Teacher collaboration in Innovative Learning Environments".
In Lesley's current role as Deputy Chief Executive at the Education Council, she is responsible for providing strong leadership, influence and drive to enable and support the profession to maximise the success of every learner. Lesley began her career working in a large IT company before running her own e-learning business for 15 years. She was Associate Deputy Secretary Student Achievement at the Ministry of Education for two years from 2014 where she was responsible for driving the overall direction for the digital technology strategy and during 2013 she was the Associate Deputy Secretary Novopay, leading the teacher payroll recovery project. For the past 10 years Lesley has worked in senior roles that combine her strategic thinking ability with her passion for bringing solutions that deliver. She has a reputation for leading change, solving complex problems and becoming a trusted advisor to senior leaders. Lesley has a Masters in Public Sector Management and a Diploma in Te Reo Māori.
Lesley will present "Reshaping the profession".
Melanie has a varied 20 year background from both a technical and management perspective in the Entertainment and Media industry and holds a Post Grad Dipl in Entrepreneurship, a Dipl in Business Coaching and NLP, and has spent the last 6 years immersing herself in game psychology and Augmented Reality. She is a co-founder of the NZ-based gaming technology company Geo AR Games, which is now best known for its product Magical Park, which converts urban parks into a digital playground by collaborating with councils globally. Part of her passion is to mentor young entrepreneurs and provide inspiration through motivational talks at schools, universities and conferences.
Melanie will present "Impact networks share entrepreneurship".
Ngāi Tahu me Te Arawa ōna iwi; Kaikawe terenga pouaka whakaata, kaikawe hōtaka reo irirangi, kaiwhakarauora reo, kaitito, hoa wahine, māmā ki ā rāua tamariki ko Scotty, āna mahi.
Stacey will share her experiences as a second-language learner of Te Reo Māori, who, along with her husband Scotty, is raising three tamariki with Māori as their first language. She also co-authored the new book Māori at Home with her husband, and is a founding member and driver of the Māori 4 Grown Ups community group.
Stacey will present "Te Āhuru Mōwai o te Reo: The home provides the life essence of language".
Sally is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Education, University of Waikato. Currently she is Head of School, Te Oranga School of Human Development and Movement Studies. Sally’s main research interests relate to transitions, key competencies and children’s thinking (working theories). These interests interweave, with a central focus on the ways in which learning can be fostered within and across settings, and some of the dilemmas associated with this. She recently co-led the New Zealand team in a Marie Curie International Research Staff Exchange Scheme focused on Pedagogies of Educational Transitions (POET) in Sweden, Iceland, Scotland, Australia and New Zealand. Many of her other projects have involved working in partnership with teachers and looking at ways to enhance and support learning over time. Recently she was part of the writing team for the update of the New Zealand early childhood curriculum Te Whāriki (Ministry of Education, 2017).
Sally will present "Compassion, care and curiosity - powerful drivers of teacher research".
Linda has been the Director for The University of Auckland Centre for Educational Leadership since 2011. Prior to that, she had 17 years’ experience as a primary school principal, and ten years as a regional manager in the New Zealand Ministry of Education. A life-long educationalist, Linda completed her PhD studies at The University of Auckland in 2011. Her PhD research focused on the impact of principals and distributed leadership in 29 New Zealand secondary schools. Linda has led the development of the Growing Great Leaders™ suite of modules, which has now been delivered in New Zealand and is being promoted internationally. While strongly research informed, Linda’s work is grounded and pragmatic - principles which she brings to Growing Great Leaders.
Linda will present "Are we really promoting learning for success?".
Abdul Chohan & James Petronelli
Abdul is a teacher of 17 years and an Apple Distinguished Educator. He is known for his pioneering work on mobile based learning at Essa Academy, UK and his work devising learning strategies based on mobile technology platforms with a number of international educational organisations. Abdul is currently the Director of Development for the Essa Foundation Academies Trust and the Director of ThinkSimple Ltd, a thought leadership organisation that provides support to schools and Ministries of Education, in terms of Vision and implementation.
James is a business development manager for education at Apple NZ.
Abdul and James will co-present "Raising the bar - with Abdul Chohan".
Judy specialises in communications/social change, focusing on supporting diversity/ inclusion. Judy’s latest mission has been to gather knowledge of what we know works for diverse learners and make that available to everyone. She is also passionate about students having a voice. She promotes a range of innovative tools to help us plan for all learners from the outset and inject student voice into our work.
Judy will present "Everyone's in - taking the mystery out of meeting the needs of diverse learners".
Andrew is the ex-Mayor of New Plymouth and a self confessed recovering racist. He will talk about his experiences as mayor in the context of equity for Māori in local government, and his own journey of self discovery. Known to Māori as Anaru, his commitment to finding solutions whereby Māori have a voice and are heard, has caused a range of public responses - the good, the bad and the ugly.
Andrew will present "Moving on in Aotearoa/NZ".
Bron is a K-Grey freelance consultant specialist and researcher in Game Play, Gamification, Communities of Practice, Learning Communities and Learning Design. He is currently building case stories of fabulous mainstream teachers getting gameful in a new blog: https://www.getgamehub.net/.
Bron will present "GetGame: Fostering collaborative learning in a gameful context".