Travels from: Victoria
Transforming the way we teach in a technology rich world
Full Presenter Profile & Bio
With over 22 years of classroom experience, Andrew Douch sets out to help teachers amplify their impact on learning by inspiring new ways of thinking. As a teacher and independant education consultant, Andrew is passionate about transforming the way we teach effectively in a technology rich world.
Andrew has won multiple awards for his expertise in emerging technologies in education, including the Microsoft Worldwide Innovative Teacher of the Year and the Victorian Education Excellence Award for Curriculum Innovation. He has been endorsed by the likes of Microsoft, the IMS Global Learning Consortium and the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.
His presentations on 21st Century Learning, Educational Change and Transformational Use of IT, has seen him become a highly sought after speaker and presenter. Andrew has presented his ideas to schools and tertiary institutions nation wide.
Andrew's essential message is that in a rapidly changing social and economic landscape, with technology becoming ever more plentiful, user-friendly and affordable, indivduals need to use it in a way that is powerful and with open eyes.
Andrew's speaking topics include:
- The Intersection of Technology and Pedagogy - feel inspired, challenged and liberated as you consider a new contribution teachers can make to the lives of young people and the ways technology can help us to be more effective teachers.
- Redefining Classroom - Andrew explains why he believes it is necessary for teachers to adopt new approaches to teaching a new generation of learners.
- Two Sides of the Flipped Classroom - these days "flipped learning" is a hot topic, and Andrew leads an exploration of the flipped classroom concept including its advantages, disadvantages, possibilities and pitfalls.
- Teaching Smarter, Not Harder - showing audiences how to use technology strategically, Andrew frees up audience's time and head-space to work individually with students and colleagues, to think creatively, and to experiment with ideas and new tools.
- On the Cusp of an Education Revolution - Andrew predicts the changes we will see in education in the next half century. He will also discuss the aptitudes that teachers will need, in order to be relevant to the lives and learning of young people.
- Presentations for Parents - Andrew discusses with parents the pedagogical and social imperatives for the changes taking place in school, and how parents can help to support changes safely and effectively.
On the Cusp of an Education Revolution
In this presentation Andrew will predict the changes we will see in education in the next half century. Many of these changes are already apparent in incipient stages. He will also discuss the aptitudes that teachers will need, in order to be relevant to the lives and learning of young people.
Andrew will show how some teachers are changing the way they interact with their classes, taking advantage of new media and social networking platforms.
Presentations for Parents
Andrew discusses with parents the pedagogical and social imperatives for the changes taking place in your school, and how parents can help to support us to usher in those changes safely and effectively. He will also discuss with parents how they can help to guide and support their sons and daughters in their use of technology and importantly to avoid its perils. Some of the practical advice provided will include filtering your home network so that kids don’t inadvertently stumble onto inappropriate material, setting parental controls on the device and router-based timed access control to restrict your child’s internet to certain times.
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 rather to encourage widespread adoption of easy-to-use technologies that are 'high-concept' and have the power to transform classroom interaction.
Teaching Smarter; Not Harder
Andrew attributes his success in the classroom, his awards for innovation and his ability to manage a busy professional development schedule (not to mention his personal sanity) to the strategic use of technology which frees up time and head-space to work individually with students and colleagues, to think creatively, and to experiment with ideas and new tools.
By Automating the parts of your teaching that can be automated, you have more time for those that can't be automated. It is these non-automatable facets of teaching which often have the biggest payoffs in terms of student engagement and performance. Andrew will show you how.
The Intersection of Technology & Pedagogy
Feel inspired, challenged and liberated as you consider anew the contribution teachers can make to the lives of young people and the ways technology can help us to be more effective teachers.
Two Sides of the Flipped Classroom
Andrew started flipping his classes since before the term "flipped" was even coined. Nine years have passed since he stood in front of his class and said "We're going to do things differently - I'm going to start teaching you out of class time, and we'll start using class time differently..." As a result his students' engagement with learning soared, and their understanding deepened. Andrew will share his experiences as well as some of the hardware and software that he finds to be most useful, and tips and tricks he has discovered for using them effectively.