5 Conferences to Kickstart your School’s Edtech in 2016


Interested in emerging edtech, or new ways of integrating digital technology in your school or classroom? Looking for ideas and inspiration? There are a number of education focussed technology conferences happening in Australia throughout 2016 that are worth checking out.

While Principals, Deputies, Directors or Heads of year, ICT, library or department will no doubt benefit from attending one or more of these conferences, they can be expensive… Keep in mind that many of these conferences have free expos, providing a more affordable way for teachers (or aspiring educators) and ICT coordinators to get ‘hands on’ with developers and suppliers who are showcasing their latest wares and innovations. Often these expos can be just as valuable as attending regular conference talks or masterclasses, and provide a great opportunity for vendors to share practical information and advice with education leaders.

If you want to learn more about shaping a modern learning environment in your classroom, or using edtech to make a difference to your students, here are our top 5 conferences that are worth a look in 2016.

Future Schools

Future Schools (Sydney) is brought to you by the same people that run Australia’s largest technology event, EduTech (Brisbane). Future Schools is designed for schools and educators who can’t afford interstate travel, and provides a fantastic opportunity for teachers in NSW to attend 5 conferences in one with… Future Leaders, Teaching Kids to Code, SETN (Special Education Technology Needs), Young Learners and Class Tech run in parallel at Future Schools, and each stream has its own agenda and keynote speakers (all recognised as teacher PD). Over at the expo you’ll find over 80 exhibitors and you’ll be able to join the conversation with 1500+ attendees.

Where: Australian Technology Park Sydney

When: 3th-4th March |  Masterclass 2nd March

Cost: $695-$1,300 or Free to visit the exhibition centre

Website: http://futureschools.com.au/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/EduTECH_AU #FutureSchools

Special Offer

Register for a FREE visitor pass if you would like to attend a congress you can also use this link to receive 10% off the standard price of the conferences.

Connected Education Summit

The 2nd annual Connected Edtech Summit is organised by the same team that organises EduTECH (Brisbane) and the National Future Schools Expo (Sydney) and attracted over 4500 attendees in 2015. This event is more of a strategic-level, business-meets-policy affair which brings together leaders from education, industry, government and the tech sector – making it only worthwhile for school leaders and policy makers and Heads of Faculty. As with Edutech and Future Schools, there’s a large-scale trade show, this one with themed technology zones.

Where: Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

When: 20th April

Cost: $595 – $1,395

Website: http://connectexpo.com.au/connectededucation.html

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Connect_AU #ConnectAU


EduTech is the big sister of Future Schools (Sydney) and the Connected Edtech Summit (Melbourne) and brings together schools, tertiary education, VET, and workplace learning under one roof.  It’s definitely large-scale – there are eight parallel conferences running covering the entire learning life-cycle, and a free expo where you can check out the latest teaching, training and learning solutions from over 250 vendors, along with TeachMeets, and Free PD Seminars.

Where: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

When: 30th May – 1st June

Cost: $595 – $1,695 or Free to visit the exhibition centre

Website: http://edutech.net.au/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/EduTECH_AU

Leading a Digital School

Leading a Digital School 2016 is a digital education technology conference for leaders that examines 3 ‘mega themes’ over 3 days (Rethink Schooling, Shift to deeper learning, Develop students who create). This conference provides a great opportunity to look at how digital technology and innovative learning approaches can be leveraged to advance 3 critical issues in contemporary schooling. Alongside the keynote speakers, the LDS conference includes school case studies, workshops and exhibitor showcase.

Where: Crown Conference Centre

When: 25th – 27th August

Cost: $450 – $995

Website: https://www.ereg.me/ehome/digital16/elmo/www.elmo.com.au

Twitter: #Digital2016 (we think)

Leadership with Insight & Innovation

The 2016 Annual ACEL (Australian Council for Education Leaders) Conference celebrates excellence in leadership and forward thinking. This year’s program is yet to be announced, but the confirmed keynote speakers will no doubt provide insights into the innovative use of educational technology to make a real difference. ACEL also hold a personalised learning summit in Sydney (May 16th – 17th) where the focus is on educating students impacted by a disability.

Where: MCEC Melbourne

When: 28th – 30th September

Cost: $420 – $1,030

Website: http://www.acel.org.au/acel/ACELWEB/Events/Conference_2016/Conference_2016_About.aspx

Twitter: https://twitter.com/acelaustralia


Photo Courtesy EduTech.net.au

John McCann

John is an eCoach customer champion, and works across product, digital strategy, support and marketing.