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#WAES24

WA Education Summit 2024

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Revolutionising Education with Disruptive Technologies
1 Day Conference - 1st August
Optional Masterclass – 2nd August
Keynote Speaker:
Dr Jordan Nguyen
Empowering Education Together

Embracing the future of education with disruptive technologies

The future of education is here, and it’s being shaped by disruptive technologies. The WA Education Summit 2024 offers an exciting opportunity to dive into this wave of change. Whether you’re an educator, school leader, or just passionate about the future of learning, this event promises to deliver valuable insights and the best experience possible.

At the heart of our summit is the keynote address by the visionary Dr Jordan Nguyen. Hear him unravel how these cutting-edge technologies are not just transforming, but revolutionising the educational landscape. Learn from educators who are already harnessing the power of these technologies in their classrooms, and participate in engaging workshops that will equip you with practical skills for the digital age.

But it’s not just about learning – it’s about experiencing. Explore a multitude of innovative technologies that are redefining the way we manage our schools and our classrooms. Join us for a day of inspiration, excitement, and transformation. Have fun. Be inspired. Embrace the future. #WAES24

KEYNOTE Speakers

Dr Jordan Nguyen

Founder and ceo – Psykinetic

Dr Jordan Nguyen is a leading Australian engineer, inventor, and innovator, who is committed to improving as many lives as possible, and becoming a driving force behind both human and technological evolution as we move into the future.

An internationally renowned engineer for humanity, Dr Jordan designs life-changing technologies to transform the lives of people with disabilities and the elderly through his role as founder of Psykinetic, a social business creating futuristic, inclusive, and empowering technologies to improve independence and quality of life for disability, aged care, and beyond.

Author of A HUMAN’S GUIDE TO THE FUTURE (with Pan Macmillan), Dr Jordan is also an award-winning documentary maker and presenter. In 2016 he collaborated with the Australian based production company, The Feds, and the ABC Catalyst to create and present his first TV documentary Becoming Superhuman, which went on to win many prestigious awards both locally and internationally. He has also presented numerous documentaries with Discovery Channel and National Geographic – including Frontiers of Science, Smart China Start-up Revolutions, Vietnam: Connecting East Africa, and Tibet: Living On The Roof Of The World.

Inspired by human endeavour, Dr Jordan has big ambitions to see our world step consciously and creatively into a better future.

Linda Dawson

Deputy Director General - Industry, Science, and Innovation

Linda Dawson is a senior executive with more than 25 years’ experience working in large Australian and multinational organisations across the resources and utilities sectors. Over Linda’s career she has led corporate services, community development, human resources, health safety and environment, corporate affairs and operational functions. Linda currently works for the Department of Jobs Tourism Science and Innovation in the Western Australian Government, as Deputy Director General Industry Science Innovation.

Linda has a strong belief in equality and respect for all in society, learning from our First Nations people, empowering women and giving back to the community. She has been a Chair of the MCA Indigenous Community of Practice, mentor with WIMWA and a past Chair of the CMEWA Pilbara Regional Council.

Linda is currently a Board Member of Workpower, Vice Chairperson of Midland Women’s Health Care Place and a Member of the Sir Charles Gardiner and Osborne Park Hospital Human Research Ethics Committee.

She holds a Masters of Education and Bachelor of Physical Education from the University of Western Australia, is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Certified Professional of the Australian Human Resource Institute and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management.

Dan Bowen

Microsoft Technology Strategist

Dan Bowen is a seasoned Technology Strategist with a passion for education and empowering schools through innovative solutions. His journey began in education, where he served as a teacher, governor, and school inspector. Dan’s deep understanding of educational systems informs his strategic approach to technology adoption.

As a blended learning advisor in higher education, Dan explored effective integration of technology in classrooms. His work at Microsoft has been diverse, including product management for Office 365 in Education, STEM education initiatives, and managing the Minecraft portfolio for Australia. His contributions have shaped educational technology landscapes.

Dan’s interest in artificial intelligence (AI) extends beyond its technical aspects. He is passionate about its social and ethical implications in education. As a Technology Strategist, he focuses on leveraging AI to drive educational transformation. Dan believes in empowering IT professionals to harness AI’s capabilities responsibly.

CONFERENCE Speakers

Brett Salakas

HP Education Ambassador

Leon Furze

Educational Consultant and PhD Student

Paul Dionysius

Academic Leader, Siena Catholic College, QLD

Warren McLeod

Sales Director ANZ, Schoolbox

Kylie Kingdon

Virtual Schools Network (ViSN) Consultant, CEWA

Peggy Fitzgerald

Virtual Schools Network (ViSN) Coordinator, CEWA

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Brett Salakas

HP Education Ambassador

Leon Furze

Educational Consultant and PhD Student

Paul Dionysius

Academic Leader, Siena Catholic College, QLD

Warren McLeod

Sales Director ANZ, Schoolbox

Brett Salakas

HP Education Ambassador

Paul Dionysius

Academic Leader, Siena Catholic College, QLD

Kylie Kingdon

Virtual Schools Network (ViSN) Consultant, CEWA

Peggy Fitzgerald

Virtual Schools Network (ViSN) Coordinator, CEWA

Brett Salakas

HP Education Ambassador

Leon Furze

Educational Consultant and PhD Student

Paul Dionysius

Academic Leader, Siena Catholic College, QLD

Kate Kerr

Digital Integration Coach, Guildford Grammar School

William Horwood

Director of Libraries and Future Learning, Penrhos College

Kylie Kingdon

Virtual Schools Network (ViSN) Consultant, CEWA

Staale Brokvam

Director of Technology, ISWA

Louisa Kennard

Primary Teacher, ISWA

Warren McLeod

Sales Director ANZ, Schoolbox

Luke Shaw

Business Development Executive, ThreatDefence

Craig Tucker

Director, Solutions IT

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Warren McLeod

Sales Director ANZ, Schoolbox

Luke Shaw

Business Development Executive, ThreatDefence

Craig Tucker

Director, Solutions IT

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PROGRAM Details

Time Leadership and Governance IT Management Teaching and Learning
8:00 am Open for Registration
8:30 - 8:40 Welcome to Country
8:40 - 8:45 Opening Address
Trent Ray
8:50 - 9:50
(60 mins)
Opening Keynote
Future Trends in Education
Dr Jordan Nguyen
10:10 - 10:50
(40 mins)
Guest Speaker
How Today's Technology is Influencing Tomorrow's Jobs
Linda Dawson
10:50 - 11:10
(20 mins)
Morning Tea
11:10 - 11:50
(40 mins)
Effective Assessment With AI
Brett Salakas
30 mins
Implementing Teams Telephony in Your School



30 mins
The Key Steps to Roll Out CoPilot Effectively and Securely



30 mins
Provisioning With Entra ID
Craig Tucker



30 mins
Protecting Education From Cyber Attacks - Practical Solutions
Luke Shaw

Microsoft Workshop
Learning Accelerators to Disrupt Your Teaching Learning
Kylie Kingdon & Kate Kerr
11:55 - 12:35
(40 mins)
Teaching AI Ethics through the Australian Framework
Leon Furze
Apple Workshop | Siena Catholic College, QLD
Preparing Students with Future Skills
Paul Dionysius
12:40 - 1:20
(40 mins)
Case Study | Penrhos College
Transforming Goal Setting: A Journey with Power Automate
Will Horwood
FREE Is My Second Favourite F Word
Brett Salakas
1:20 - 2:10
(50 mins)
Lunch and Networking
2:10 - 2:50
(40 mins)
Apple Case Study | Siena Catholic College, QLD
Leader Spotlight: Building a Thriving and Diverse Digital Technologies Program
Paul Dionysius
Case Study | Schoolbox
Maximising Learning and Community Engagement
Warren McLeod
Case Study | ISWA & Toddle
Leveraging Generative AI to Supercharge Teaching and Learning in The Classroom
Staale Brokvam & Louisa Kennard
2:55 - 3:35
(40 mins)
Locknote
Curiosity in The Age of AI
Dan Bowen
3:40 pm
Closing Remarks, Prizes and Networking Drinks
* Program details subject to change

Optional MASTERCLASS

2nd August 2024
Delivered by Trent Ray

Together we achieve more! Trent is the co-founder of Cyber Safety Project and is passionate about collaborating with like-minded educators and industry professionals to provide young people with opportunities to develop future ready skills and create safe online communities. In his previous role as school leader and technology advocate, Trent understands the challenges of leading a safe digital school. Creating safe communities, starts with proactive education. It must be designed to empower young people to self-manage their own cyber safety and digital wellbeing and involved the whole community.

Leading a Safe Digital School

With advancements in AI, schools face unprecedented challenges in safeguarding their communities. The Leading Safe Digital Schools Framework addresses these challenges directly, offering tools and insights to help you manage cybersecurity risks and enhance the digital wellbeing of students, staff, and parents.

By Attending this workshop, You will:
  • Develop a deep understanding of the critical values and proactive that form the bedrock of a secure digital environment.
  • Explore the complexities of digital safety through a detailed examination of three fundamental elements for securing educational settings.
  • Identify ongoing challenges and areas for improvement, enabling you to stay ahead of potential risks.
  • Strategically navigate the multifaceted issues of digital safety, enhancing your ability to lead effectively in a rapidly evolving digital world.
Who Should Attend?

This masterclass is tailored for decision-makers who are on the front lines of educational innovation and safety. Principals, Deputy Principals, Directors of Teaching and Learning, IT Managers, eLearning and Wellbeing Leaders, and Curriculum Coordinators will find this workshop particularly beneficial.

Recommendation:

Whilst not a requirement, it is highly recommended that at least two representatives attend from each school.

WAES23 Feedback

Fantastic event. Great speakers. Great food. Great venue. Thank you!!

Marmion Primary

A really interesting cross-section of information about technology and school.

Rehoboth Christian College

Great day. Love this day for catching up with people and learning. Love it. Had some great information from speakers as well.

Virtual School Network

It’s awesome and worth the time away from school. I have lots of reading to do now but I’m excited to get started

Living Waters Lutheran Collge

Well organised and positive experiences, relevant content and ran on time.

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Dr Jordan Nguyen
A HUMAN'S GUIDE TO THE FUTURE
In this exciting talk, Dr Jordan Nguyen (biomedical engineer, inventor, TV Presenter and Author of A Human’s Guide to the Future) will open your mind to the big ideas globally being made possible in science and technology, and how they will impact our world. With the realms of the imagination and reality in our world slowly intertwining, extraordinary endeavours often begin with a simple idea. He will take you through advancements in Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Virtual Reality, Space Technology and more, looking into how disruptive technologies can be used as tools to improve humanity and life on Earth. In addition to his own projects and inventions, Jordan will share his adventures around the world as a presenter with ABC and Discovery Channel, uncovering some of the most amazing creations of our time based on big dreams, leading with vision and purpose, the power of diverse collaborations and teamwork, and how collectively we can pursue the extraordinary to shape a better tomorrow.
Dan Bowen
Curiosity in The Age of AI

AI will change everything. Dan will inspire us with what’s next but also share ideas on how we can make this real in our school tomorrow. We will look at examples and tools you already have to drive safe, rich AI experiences in your classroom starting now and how we can gear up for what’s next.

Staale Brokvam & Louisa Kennard
Leveraging Generative AI to Supercharge Teaching and Learning in The Classroom

Join Nick Morgan (Regional Director – Australia/New Zealand, Toddle) alongside Staale Brokvam (Director of Technology) and Louisa Kennard (Primary Teacher) from the International School of Western Australia to dive into the role that generative AI can take in the classroom. Discover how Toddle AI is elevating teaching and learning, supporting student wellbeing, and giving back more time to teachers through this case study.

Luke Shaw
Protecting Education From Cyber Attacks - Practical Solutions

Navigating the crowded cyber security landscape can be daunting for the education sector. This presentation demystifies the complexity by focusing on the most relevant threats and practical solutions. Attendees will learn how to prioritise cyber security measures essential for protecting educational data and ensuring a safe learning environment.

William Horwood
Transforming Goal Setting: A Journey with Power Automate

This session explores the innovative use of Power Automate in redefining goal setting. This session delves into how Power Automate’s robust automation capabilities can streamline the goal-setting process, making it more efficient and effective. Attendees will learn about the practical applications of Power Automate and other Microsoft applications in setting, tracking, and achieving goals. The session also highlights real-world examples and success stories, demonstrating the transformative potential of Power Automate in personal and professional goal setting. Join us on this journey to discover how technology can revolutionize traditional goal-setting methods.

Leon Furze
Teaching AI Ethics through the Australian Framework
Teaching AI means being prepared to grapple with complex ethical concerns. All artificial intelligence systems, including GenAI like ChatGPT, are prone to bias and discriminatory output. They also carry concerns around copyright, privacy, and even the heavy environmental cost of training and developing models. The Australian Framework for Generative AI in Schools requires us to be aware of, and able to teach, these complex matters. This session explores how AI ethics can be woven throughout the existing curriculum, touching on many diverse subject areas and exploring how AI will impact all of our disciplines.
Warren McLeod
Maximising Learning and Community Engagement

Schoolbox is an all-in-one Learning Management System, community Portal and engagement platform supporting over 300 K-12 schools across Australia and the globe. During this case study and fireside chat, we will explore how careful consideration and strategic planning has enabled a school to utilize the Schoolbox platform to connect, communicate and collaborate with staff, students and parents to enhance the learning and teaching experience of all. Join us to hear about change management considerations, the reasons behind technology choices and important decision making processes to enhance the user experience and build community.

Kylie Kingdon & Kate Kerr
Learning Accelerators to Disrupt your Teaching Learning

Join us for an exciting and hands-on workshop that delves into the revolutionising Microsoft Learning Accelerators. In this workshop, you’ll explore how Learning Accelerators facilitate foundational skills development, including reading, writing, and math. Learn how these tools can save you time as a teacher and encourage students to take control of their learning. Through real-world examples and interactive demonstrations, we’ll showcase how these tools provide personalised coaching to students, helping them catch up, keep up, and get ahead. Whether you’re an educator, administrator, or technology enthusiast, you’ll discover practical ideas to implement in your classroom immediately.

Brett Salakas
FREE is my Second Favourite F Word

Get ready to discover why ‘FREE’ could soon become your favourite (or 2nd favourite) F-word too! This session, ‘FREE is my 2nd Favourite F Word,’ showcases an exciting array of absolutely free AI and EDtech tools that every teacher should know about. From AI-driven resources that simplify lesson planning and grading to interactive EDtech that captivates and engages students, Brett scoured the tech landscape to bring you the best no-cost tools to enhance your teaching. Join us for a fun and informative session that will not only save your budget but also transform your classroom into a hub of innovation and learning. It’s time to elevate your educational toolkit without spending a penny!

Brett Salakas
Effective Assessment With AI

Unlock the potential of AI in educational assessment with this session. This enlightening workshop delves into the latest research that supports AI-driven assessment techniques, explores the innovative P.R.I.S.M model, and offers hands-on experience with practical AI tools that every teacher can incorporate into their practice. Whether you’re looking to enhance accuracy, efficiency, or engagement in assessments, this session provides the knowledge and tools to transform your approach. Join us to explore how AI can elevate your assessment strategies and help you achieve deeper, more meaningful insights into student learning.

Paul Dionysius
Leader Spotlight: Building a Thriving and Diverse Digital Technologies Program

How do we empower learners today and prepare them for a changing world? Technology is a driving force behind this change and the ability to leverage it to foster collaboration, develop problem-solving skills and create digital solutions. Paul Dionysius, an academic leader at Siena Catholic College, shares the school’s journey from just 18 students enrolled in the elective Digital Solutions course, to 137 students; with one third of these students female. Paul will share actionable techniques and tips to engage and empower students to meaningfully develop future skills in high school.

Paul Dionysius
Preparing Students with Future Skills

The skills that employers are looking for are changing — away from passive, knowledge-based skills toward creative problem-solving, analytical thinking, design, and collaboration. In this session, educator Paul Dionysius will share how Apple technology enables their students to do real-world work with real-world tools. We will also explore ways to bring student ideas to life with design and app development.

Robert Dodds

Head of Innovation
Robert Dodds has led and implemented innovation and transformational change in both primary and secondary schools in the UK and Australia for over two decades. He is motivated by a passion for innovative pedagogy, an obsession with technology, and a deep loathing of the six most dangerous words in education: ‘That’s how we’ve always done it’. As Head of Innovation at Methodist Ladies’ College, he currently leads the development and implementation of pioneering future-focussed learning which not only prepares students to thrive in the future, but to actively shape it for themselves. Originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, Robert is a teacher, author of books and interactive resources, Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, vocal eSports advocate, and an experienced and sought after presenter.

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