On the Cusp of an Education Revolution
In this presentation, Andrew will explain why he believes it is necessary for teachers to adopt new approaches to teaching a new generation of learners. His intention is not to promote "high-tech" skills in teachers, but to encourage widespread adoption of easy-to-use technologies that are 'high-concept' and have the power to transform classroom interaction. He will show how any teacher is able to change the way he or she communicates with students, taking advantage of the very same digital communication tools that Gen-Y students use. From podcasting to social media and mobile phones, this presentation will explore the potential in digital communication technologies to challenge where, when and how class members interact, and even who the class members are.

Andrew is adamant in his belief that the most effective tools are also the simplest, and therefore any teacher, not just those with "computer skills" can transform their classroom if they are willing to question their 20th Century paradigms and assumptions about what young people find engaging, and to rethink their role as an educator in a world where information is available on-demand and communication is instantaneous.

He will show real-world examples of the ways in which teachers have used the ideas he promotes, across a range of subjects and year levels, to make a profound impact on student engagement and learning outcomes.

ad.jpgAndrew Douch
Andrew Douch is an independent education consultant and a teacher with 22 years classroom experience.

In recent years he has won numerous awards for his work with emerging technologies in education, including an Australian Government Award for Quality Schooling, the Victorian Education Excellence Award for Curriculum Innovation and the Microsoft Worldwide Innovative Teacher of the Year. His presentations on 21st Century learning, educational change, and transformative use of ICT have made Andrew a highly sought-after conference presenter and facilitator of professional learning workshops in schools and tertiary institutions. Andrew's key message is that it is no longer necessary to be "tech-savvy" in order to leverage the power of educational technology for engagement.