Corrine is principal of school for students with emotional & behavioural difficulties, GROWTH coach, education blogger & podcaster. She brings a wealth of education experience to all aspects of her professional work. Highly sought after keynote speaker and infectiously passionate advocate for social justice in education, Corrine has been involved in several aspects of digital leadership. She introduced and supported teachers in the use of class blogging; Google Apps for Education and Office 365. She began coding with student to enable collaboration and creativity as well as connecting them with a global community. In addition, Corrine spent eight years as ICT Coordinator for Balgowlah North Public School where she was responsible for supporting teachers in embedding e-learning throughout the curriculum.
At a local, state and national level, Corrine has facilitated professional learning for teachers in the use of social media to connect, share and learn as part of professional learning networks. She has held positions on the NSW Teachers Federation technology advisory committee that was involved in policy development around the use of technology in schools across NSW. At a national level, Corrine co-founded and administered the @edutweetoz rotation curation twitter account, that provides a hub for professional connection and learning between educators across sectors around Australia.
Corrine co-founded and hosts the informative and popular Teachers Education Review podcast, which frequently features stories aimed at informing educators in best practice around embedding ICT in the curriculum. This podcast has a world wide audience.
Matt’s work is widely recognised both locally and internationally. He has a broad professional learning network and he was one of the first people Stephen Heppell contacted in Australia to talk through and work with him on his “Lindfield School of the Future Project”. Matt is sought out by both educational and industry professionals for his clear vision of how learning can be enhanced by technology. His tireless efforts have moved the TeachMeet movement from a very local one to a national professional development phenomenon. He is also an advisor to the EduTech Conference group, which is the largest Educational Technology conference in Australia. At a very local level, he established the Good Samaritan eLearning Group.
Matt has established firm links with all major industry vendors and a number of influential developers who regularly support his endeavours with both sponsorship and expertise. He has also forged links with Social Ventures who are working with influential educators to help create better education and employment outcomes for disadvantaged Australians.
He is also extremely generous with his time. He spends countless hours outside regular school times with his own students and it is extremely common to see him attend the many TeachMeets that occur throughout Sydney. He is a regular conference presenter and he is a sought after judge for a number of educational groups promoting tech industry start-ups.
2011 saw the formal relationship with the Australian Council for Computers (ACCE) formalised and for the first time ICTENSW, as a new entity, created a process to establish a NSW ICT Educator of the Year award. The ICTENSW Educator of the Year may be nominated to ACCE to be considered for the national Educator of the Year award.
This award recognises the importance of the work of teachers who are promoting, facilitating and using Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in their school every day. The person is respected as a leader and innovator both internal and external to their own institution.
Chris has made a significant impact in education through regular sharing of passion, dreams, practise and future directions. He regularly works with staff and students at Northern Beaches Christian School (NBCS) to develop skills in using ICT and foster an understanding of how ICT can improve student learning. Chris leads the Professional Development team at the school, and hosts, manages, log and sources PD for our staff. He is involved in consulting to other schools who come to NBCS our school for PD. Most of this involves growing participant understanding of how improve student outcomes using the right balance of ICT, pedagogical strategies and learning spaces (both physical and virtual).
Amanda has designed and implemented a whole school Digital Citizenship Program which is delivered in the Pastoral Care program for students in years 7-12. It is built around the themes of USE, RESPECT and BUILD for the stages 4, 5 and 6 respectively and encourages girls to develop and maintain their digital footprint to accurately represent what they want others to understand about them. Additionally, she developed and implemented a cross-curricula program with the English Department where Year 7 classes are supported with ICT projects. Projects have included exploring making interactive, animated multimedia using Microsoft PowerPoint and using Google Tourbuilder as a way to engage with the physical locations visited by characters in a book.
Amanda works with colleagues regularly to foster a culture of learning and development where technology is used in authentic ways to enhance traditional learning experiences. She leads by example, using her own classes as models for how to use the school Learning Management System in effective ways to increase student engagement and improve the efficacy of feedback. She also runs workshops out of normal class hours and working with teachers to develop technology rich units of work.
Amanda is very passionate about raising the profile of programming and computational thinking among girls. She has added a programming unit to both years of the IST program at Tara, established a CodeClub for both the high school campus and in the primary school where she volunteers her time. These have been very successful for new programs and will be expanding them in 2015. Her latest initiative is the burgeoning “Maker Space” in the library. She has been coaching and supporting the building of simple electronic circuits with students from all over the school and she looks forward to expanding her role in supporting this initiative in 2015.
In 2015, ICTENSW introduced the Young Educator of the year award, to encourage and promote young teachers doing exceptional things within their classrooms using ICT.
This award recognises the importance of the work of young teachers who are promoting, facilitating and using Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in their school or community every day. The person is respected as a leader and innovator both internal and external to their own institution.