It was 30°C and sunny as a crowd of teachers, principals, exhibitors and other education professionals entered Sydney’s Australian Technology Park to attend EduTECH’s National FutureSchools conference. Held annually over two days, the conference is a fantastic opportunity for teachers to network, learn more about digital technologies in the classroom and share their ideas and interests with a similarly passionate group.
This year’s event was held from the 3rd to the 4th of March and hosted over 2, 500 visitors. Jacaranda Sales Consultants exhibited at the event and had these insights to share:
- The event was attended by 2,373 attendees, 91 speakers and 61 exhibitors, meaning that there was always something to do for attendees and exhibitors. Whether it attending various sessions held in the lecture halls, attending the pre-event masterclasses or just visiting exhibitor stalls, the two days were jam-packed with opportunities to learn more about the current digital landscape.
- There was also an opportunity to share best practices. Several sessions featured case studies by educational professionals explaining how they use a variety of software in their classrooms and the results they’ve achieved. In just seven minutes, the audience gained useful insights into the application of different teaching aids.
- Our Sales Consultants reported that, of the educators they spoke with, schools fell on a wide spectrum in terms of digital vision. Some were very progressive in their use of technology, some were looking to expand on the resources they use and others were just starting to discover the digital field. This is encouraging for teachers since it means that there is still very attainable progress to be made no matter where your school stands today.
- Finally, the presenters and exhibitors seemed to focus primarily on educational software. Very exciting to see were 3D printing software solutions among other useful aids. Our representatives did note however, that there was a lack of hardware exhibitors. With continuing concerns that BYOD devices are an affordability issue for some schools, this is an area that may need to be addressed in future conferences.
Thank you to everyone that came to visit us at our booth during FutureSchools. Over the course of the event, those who signed up with Jacaranda were entered into a competition to win one of 5 $100 Coles Myer gift cards. Congratulations go out to our 5 winners:
-Philip Sakellaridis, St Francis Xavier College – Senior, Beaconsfield
-Chris Burcin, St. Monica’s College, Cairns
-Leanne Clarke, St. Marys Central School, Wellington
-Laura Favelle, East Hills Girls High School, Panania
-Sally Wood, Parkside Primary School, Parkside
With FutureSchools done and dusted, we now turn our attention to future events and conferences. Keep an eye out in the coming months for events hosted by Jacaranda and of course other conferences such as GTAV and EduTECH. We hope to see you at one of these events soon!