Keynote Speakers


Tim BellTim Bell 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 over 20 languages. Tim has received many awards for his work in computing education including the ETH (Zurich) ABZ International Honorary Medal for Fundamental Contributions in Computer Science Education (in 2013) and the 2018 ACM SIGCSE Outstanding Contribution to Computer Science 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.

Presentation Abstract: An ABC of Computational Thinking and Digital Technologies

The new Digital Technologies curriculum sounds like it would be mainly about devices, but in fact it is more about people; devices aren't an end in themselves, but a means for helping people to achieve their goals. In addition, teachers might be concerned that the technology is too fast-changing to keep up with, and uses jargon that may become outdated quickly. This talk will look at the connection between the digital devices and people, including some key ideas and terminology foundational to digital systems, and reflections on helping teachers get up to speed with the curriculum. This will include exploring the lasting ideas that underpin the curriculum, illustrating them with examples from the Computer Science Unplugged approach.



Zeina is learning experience designer and storyteller with teaching experience in primary schools and university. In her role as Leader of Learning Technology & Innovation at Santa Sabina College, Strathfield, Zeina leads ‘disruptive’ change in digital pedagogy and personalised learning, creatively integrating technology and design thinking to transform learning experiences and connect communities of learners. In 2015, Zeina was awarded the Br John Taylor Fellow Research Prize from the CEC to explore innovative ways to develop creative thinking in a Makerspace through a STEAM curriculum. She also won a New Voice in Leadership Scholarship from ACEL for leading change in Digital Pedagogy & Citizenship, Gifted Education and Mentoring with pre-service teachers. Last year, Zeina was awarded the ACU Young Alumni of the Year award for her work with teachers leading STEAM by Design Programs using the new Design and Digital Technologies Curriculum. She was also a panelist at Intel Vivid in Sydney speaking about her role inspiring the next generation of creative, entrepreneurial and digital women. Zeina is a co-founder of #aussieED – Australia’s largest educational professional learning network on Twitter and founder of the #makerEDau group. She was the winner of the 2015 Edublogs Awards for the Best Individual Tweeter Category and loves engaging with her tweeps! Connect with her: @ZeinaChalich and @makerEDau.


James Curran is the Academic Director of the Australian Computing Academy and an Associate Professor in the School of Information Technologies, University of Sydney. He is Director of the National Computer Science School, the largest computer science school outreach program in Australia. Last year, over 10,000 students and teachers participated in the 5-week NCSS Challenge. James is a co-founder of Grok Learning, an Edtech startup that aims to teach children everywhere to learn to code. He was a writer on the Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies, the new national computing curriculum. In 2014, James was named ICT Leader of the Year by the ICT Educators of NSW and the Australian Council for Computers in Education.


Kristy GoodwinDr Kristy Goodwin is one of Australia’s leading digital parenting educators (and mum who also deals with her kids’ techno-tantrums!). She’s the author of Raising Your Child in a Digital World, a speaker and digital wellness researcher, who doesn’t suggest that we ban the iPhone. Kristy worked as a primary school and early childhood educator for fourteen years before becoming an academic. She has worked with clients including Apple, Nickelodeon Channel, the National Broadband Network, McDonalds, NSW Department of Education and Optus, she’s spoken at national and international conferences and at childcare centres, schools and at medical conferences throughout Australia.

Kristy is regularly called upon by the media to translate the latest research about kids and screens into practical and relevant information for worried parents and professionals. Dr Kristy takes the guesswork and guilt out of raising kids in the digital age (without suggesting that parents or educators need to ban the iPad or unplug the TV). She provides parents and professionals with facts, not fears, about how screens are impacting on children’s health, learning, wellbeing and development and also on adult health and productivity.

Presentation Abstract: Teaching the iGen

Dr Kristy Goodwin draws on the latest research from the neuroscience, technology and child development disciplines to inform health professionals and educators about how ‘digitalised childhoods and adolescence’ are shaping kids’ health, development and learning outcomes. Dr Kristy outlines how screen-time is influencing kids’ social, emotional and physical health outcomes, as well as their cognitive performance. She tackles issues such as healthy screen-time limits, screens and sleep, self-regulation skills, physical activity levels, attention spans in the digital age, the demands and risks of social media, healthy digital habits and other current topics facing educators. Dr Kristy equips professionals with simple and effective strategies to help them effectively work with the iGen in the classroom and leverage technology in learning experiences. Kristy also arms them with vital information to help them confidently guide parents, as they navigate the digital terrain.



Brett is an international keynote speaker, an author, the founder of #aussieED and a moderator of multiple twitter chats. He is a Primary School teacher and Google Certified Innovator who, over the past 20 years, has taught in South East Asia and Australia in both public and independent schools.

Brett currently teaches at MLC School, Sydney. He is passionately committed to turning educational theory into real classroom practice. Brett is all about CONNECTION, COLLABORATION and INSPIRATION.

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