Will Richardson

Educating Modern Learners: New Contexts for Learning -

If we have access and the skills to take advantage of it, the Web gives us an easy connection to the people and the resources that we need to learn whatever we want to learn, when we want to learn it. That fact challenges the fundamental beliefs that we’ve held about schools and teaching and learning for over 100 years.

As our students graduate into a fast-changing, globally networked world, what assumptions do we need to reconsider about how to best prepare them for their futures? How can each one of us begin to change our own learning practice to better model these new opportunities for our students? And what new challenges do we have to overcome to make sure the idea of school remains relevant in the networked world in which our students will live?

 



Lee Watanabe Crockett

Literacy is Not Enough
What are the skills students need to survive and succeed in the digital age, and how can we ensure our students leave school with them? 

Powerful technologies have caused facts to become obsolete faster, altering the very fabric of our society. Yet schools in their structure, operation, curriculum, pedagogy, and assessment models remain largely the same as they have for decades. 

In Literacy is Not Enough, you'll learn why it's important that students develop essential 21st Century Fluency skills to operate in the new living, working, and learning environments of today. More importantly, you'll learn how these skills can be taught in a structured manner at every grade level and in every subject area, and be the responsibility of every teacher throughout the entire school experience.

This is my most requested keynote based on the best-selling book Literacy is Not Enough: 21st Century Fluencies for the Digital Age. 



Cosentino

Cosentino the Grand Illusionist is now firmly established as one of the biggest and most popular entertainers in Australia. Considered an entertainment pioneer and the catalyst for the resurgence in magic's popularity in Australia, Cosentino was the first Australian magician in history to have his own prime-time television specials on a commercial network.  He has now written, produced and starred in 4 top rating specials which were viewed by over 6.1m people nation-wide (OzTam ratings). 

These extraordinary TV specials have been embraced internationally and have now been broadcast in over 40 countries.

In 2013 Cosentino was bestowed an incredible honour, with his official acknowledgment as 'International Magician of the Year' (the Merlin Award) by the International Magicians Society, New York. This prestigious recognition is the highest honour in the magic industry with past recipients including David Copperfield, Criss Angel and Penn & Teller.   

Cosentino's impressive resume of success also includes:  Runner Up Australia’s Got Talent 2011; 

Winner of Dancing With The Stars Australia 2013; a Guinness World Record holder and his signature magic kit 'Master Illusions by Cosentino' becoming one of the biggest selling items at retail for Xmas 2013.

Now Cosentino pulls back the curtain and gives audiences the opportunity to share the secrets of his success with his keynote presentations.

Within these keynotes, Cosentino takes the audience through his personal journey and illustrates how Motivation, Creativity, Sacrifice and Overcoming Fear have taken him from a shy young boy in the suburbs of Melbourne to become one of Australia's favourite entertainers, striding the biggest stages locally and internationally.  It's an inspiring story that leaves the audience with key take-aways they can utilise in their own professional and personal lives.


Chris Betcher

In this keynote, Chris will look at some of the ways in which technology, and in particular the web, is redefining what it means to be a teacher and how it has opened up incredible possibilities for creating, collaborating and learning together. 

Long before the World Wide Web was invented, Chris Betcher was a high school art teacher. At the time, he made interesting things out of paint and clay and enjoyed helping his students learn how to do the same. When the Web came along in the early 90s it ignited a whole new passion for making things out of 0s and 1s, and he enjoyed helping his students learn in this new digital landscape even more than the old analog one.

Since that time, Chris has taught in a range of educational settings in Australia and overseas. He still has the same passion for helping others explore their world through computational thinking, digital media and the social web, while discovering the joy of working in both sides of their brains. He currently works at Presbyterian Ladies College in Sydney Australia as a technology integration specialist, where he helps students and other teachers make learning richer and more meaningful through the common sense use of network technologies.

Chris is a blogger, podcaster, speaker and author, and an active member of the Australian edtech scene. He shares openly and freely through his blog athttp://chrisbetcher.com, and has presented at numerous national and international conferences.

He is an Adobe Education Leader, Google Certified Teacher, and a Google Apps for Education Certified Trainer. He was named the ICTENSW ICT Educator of th
e Year in 2012 and the ACCE National ICT Educator of the Year for 2013.