Teachers and schools are being urged to trade in the notorious red pen for seamless digital technology at Leading the Digital School, a conference to be held in Melbourne.

The conference, hosted by Australian technology companies Stile Education and Invotec, aims to empower teachers to use technology based learning practices to enhance students’ digital literacy and engagement, preparing them for the realities of today’s business environment.

The speaker panel includes local and international leaders in the education technology industry including Alan November, one of the original five national Christa McAuliffe educators and co-founder of the Stanford Institute for Educational Leadership Through Technology.

“If used effectively, technology can allow us to change the traditional student/teacher dynamic and empower students to take ownership of their own learning process. It opens the door to allow them to apply the problem solving and critical thinking skills learned inside the classroom to real problems which exist in the community,” Mr November said.

Mr November has spoken at conferences throughout the US, UK, Canada, Asia and South America and has written a number of best-selling books on the topic of technology as educational tool.

The conference will explore strategies to help teachers embrace technology and prepare for the reality of the digital classroom.

“Many teachers are put off by the complicated nature of some digital blackboard systems that may detract from the actual business of teaching – all teachers should be able to benefit from the amazing opportunities offered by new technology,” Byron Scaf, Chief Operating Officer, Stile Education said.

Currently, digital education systems are being applied by some of Melbourne’s top schools such as Overnewton Anglican Community College, which uses the Stile Education system to allow students and teachers to exchange work electronically, nullifying the need for the red pen.

“Digital education platforms like ours allow schools to flip the classroom experience on its head for teachers, students and parents,” he said.

“We are about empowering teachers and educators to create engaging curriculum – on any device, anytime, anywhere,” Mr Scaf said.


Alan November


Alan November is an international leader in education technology. He began his career as an oceanography teacher and dorm counselor at an island reform school for boys in Boston Harbor.

He has been director of an alternative high school, computer coordinator, technology consultant, and university lecturer. He has helped schools, governments and industry leaders improve the quality of education through technology.

Audiences enjoy Alan’s humor and wit as he pushes the boundaries of how to improve teaching and learning. His areas of expertise include planning across curriculum, staff development, new school design, community building and leadership development. He has delivered keynotes and workshops in all fifty states, across Canada, and throughout the UK, Europe, Asia and Central America.

Alan was named one of the America’s fifteen most influential thinkers of the decade by Classroom Computer Learning Magazine.

His writing includes numerous articles and best-selling books, including his most recent book “Who Owns the Learning?”

Each summer Alan leads the Building Learning Communities summer conference with world-class presenters and educators from more than 25 countries.

See Alan’s TED talk on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebJHzpEy4bE

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