Chris Betcher

226 Lessons in the Creative Process

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 at, 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.

Dr Tim Kitchen 

'Creativity & Professional Learning to Lead Change in Education’

Dr Tim Kitchen is the Senior Education Advocate at Adobe for Asia Pacific and a Vice President of DLTV (Digital Learning and Teaching Victoria). Tim started his education career in 1991 and has taught in all three sectors (Primary, Secondary and Tertiary). Most recently, he was the Director of Learning Technologies at Strathcona Baptist Girls Grammar School in Melbourne, Australia. A passionate advocate for creativity in education, Tim is a regular writer and presenter for a wide range of national and international journals and conferences.

Nathan Jones

Provoking Learning: Take the Next Step with the iDevice.

I have been teaching within Primary Education for 17 Years, both in the Catholic System and now within the Independent Schools System. My current Role at Carey Baptist Grammar School (Junior school Donvale) is teaching a 1:1 iPad Year 6 classroom and working off campus as an E-Learning Consultant. I am also the campus E-Learning Co-ordinator. In 2007 the school decided to switch from PC machines to Apple Devices. Further to this change this year both Junior Schools have switched to an iPad 1:1 from P-6 (Years5/6 take their iPad’s home). I have been lucky enough to be involved in Professional Learning for staff and students. Created curriculum content centred on the use of the iPads across the school. In 2011, I was acknowledged by Apple as an Apple Distinguished Educator. In my short time in working with Apple products I have engaged in GreenScreen movies, podcasts, screencasts for staff Professional Learning, created documents on the use of the iPad and further developed the understanding of integrating Apple Technology and various Applications as engaging and creative tools throughout the school.

Leio Ohshima McLaren

Code today, Change Tomorrow!

Leio Ohshima McLaren is a 14-year-old app developer who founded his company AppAppAway in 2012. From a young age, Leio has been actively involved in a wide range of tech related activities and has steadily gained recognition in the wider community for his active participation in workshops, competitions and conferences.

His first app Phonic Buddies was released on the Apple App Store in 2012 and has been very well received. In addition, in 2013 Leio developed his 2nd app Aussie Pop Quiz to coincide with Ellen DeGeneres visit Down Under. Leio continues to develop apps for businesses around the country and donates 20% of his revenue to organisations such as 100% Hope in Uganda and the Australian Koala Foundation.

Leio has been an avid advocate for introducing coding into the Australian curriculum. Most recently, he spoke at the 2014 EduTECH Conference held in Brisbane on this topic and garnered much positive feedback and support from those in attendance

As part of the ‘Maker Generation’, Leio embodies his mantra that today’s students should not only be the consumers of technology but also the creators. His vision for the future involves raising awareness in the current educational setting to bring about a positive change that will empower teachers and students to embrace technology in a different way.