The Australian Computers in Education Conference 2010 (ACEC2010) is the biennial conference of the Australian Council for Computers in Education (ACCE). In 2010 the ACEC conference will be hosted by ICT in Education Victoria (ICTEV).

Keynote Speakers


Sylvia Martinez will deliver a keynote address at Australia's national conference for computers in education. ACEC2010 Digital Diversity  6-9 April 2010 in Melbourne

Sylvia Martinez

Sylvia Martinez is President of Generation YES, evangelizing student involvement in education reform through technology. Generation YES helps schools through a change process that includes student-centered teaching practices, encouragement of student voice, and technology combined with service learning.

Prior to joining Generation YES, Sylvia oversaw product development, design and programming for consumer software, console games, and educational games at several software publishing companies.

Martinez started her career designing high frequency receiver systems and navigation software for GPS satellites.

Sylvia has been a featured speaker at national education technology conferences in areas ranging from the use of the internet in schools, Web 2.0 technologies, student leadership, project-based and inquiry-based learning with technology and gender issues in science, math, engineering and technology (STEM) education.

She holds a Master's in Educational Technology from Pepperdine University, and a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles.



Alan November - Keynote Speaker at ACEC2010: DiGITAL DIVERSITY conference 6-9 April 2010

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 nation's fifteen most influential thinkers of the decade by Technology and Learning Magazine. In 2001, he was listed one of eight educators to provide leadership into the future by the Eisenhower National Clearinghouse. In 2007 he was selected to speak at the Cisco Public Services Summit during the Nobel Prize Festivities in Stockholm, Sweden. His writing includes numerous articles and best-selling book, Empowering Students with Technology. Alan was co-founder of the Stanford Institute for Educational Leadership Through Technology and is most proud of being selected as one of the original five national Christa McAuliffe Educators.



Adam Elliot - Keynote Speaker at ACEC2010: DiGITAL DIVERSITY conference 6-9 April 2010

Adam Elliot

Adam Elliot is an Academy Award® winning director and has become one of the worlds most celebrated animators. For almost a decade, his films, Uncle, Cousin, Brother and Harvie Krumpet, have been viewed by millions of people around the world and have participated in over five hundred film festivals.

They have won over 100 awards, and in 2003, Harvie Krumpet, won the Oscar® for Best Animated Short Film, eclipsing the work of the Disney, Pixar and Fox studios. All his films have been eligible for Academy Award ® consideration, and in total have won five Australian Film Institute Awards from six nominations - more AFI Awards than any other Australian director. In total, the films have accumulated over $200,000.00 in prizes and have been translated, sold and distributed to broadcasters, airlines and theatres around the globe. The DVD of his films has been released in Europe, Asia and America, with sales of over 40,000 copies in Australia alone.

In 1999 he was made Young Victorian of the Year and has been honoured with many industry distinctions. He has been made an ambassador and patron for various institutions and charities and is a voting member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. He also travels the world as a juror at international film festivals and is in constant demand as a public and corporate speaker. The appeal of his films is universal. Infused with a balance of humour and pathos, his simple and endearing characters touch a nerve with so many people from all walks of life. Adam has a passion for human observation and his films are highly personal and detailed explorations of the human spirit.





Gary Stager - Keynote speaker at ACEC2010 Melbourne, Australia. 6-9 April 2010

Gary Stager

For 28 years, Gary Stager, an internationally recognised educator, speaker and consultant, has helped learners of all ages on six continents embrace the power of computers as intellectual laboratories and vehicles for self-expression. 

ACEC 2010 marks Dr. Stager's 20th anniversary of working in Australia. He considers Melbourne his second home and first keynoted ACEC in 1992. Gary led professional development at the world's first laptop schools in Melbourne and Queensland in 1990 and since that time has worked with countless schools across Australia. He has worked closely with the Victoria and ACT Departments of Education and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Melbourne.

In addition to his two decades of 1:1 leadership, Gary has designed online graduate school programs since the mid-90s, was a collaborator in the MIT Media Lab's Future of Learning Group and a member of the One Laptop Per Child Foundation's Learning Team. A long-time colleague of Dr. Seymour Papert, Stager's doctoral research involved the creation a high-tech alternative learning environment for incarcerated at-risk teens. He is a Visiting Professor at Pepperdine University where has taught across six graduate programs and Executive Director of the Constructivist Consortium.  

In 1999, Converge Magazine named Gary a "shaper of our future and inventor of our destiny." The National School Boards Association recognised Dr. Stager with the distinction of "20 Leaders to Watch" in 2007. He is featured in the recent documentary, imagine it!² The Power of Imagination.

Gary was the new media producer for The Brian Lynch/Eddie Palmieri Project - Simpatíco, 2007 Grammy Award Winner for Best Latin Jazz Album of the Year. Dr. Stager is also a regular contributor to The Huffington Post. He leads his own annual professional learning institute, Constructing Modern Knowledge, in the United States.

He barracks for the mighty Richmond Tigers and the equally mighty New York Jets.





Tom March - Keynote Speaker at Australian Computers in Education Conference - Bright Ideas for Education

Tom March


Tom March has contributed to authentic teaching, learning and children for the past three decades. He finds this often involves technology as  both inspiration to creativity and a means to impressive accomplishments.

Recognised as a Teacher of the Year Finalist for San Diego County after five years in the profession, he concluded ten years as a classroom teacher in 1995 by taking a three-year fellowship at San Diego State University. There, Tom worked with Professor Bernie Dodge to develop the WebQuest model. 

Since moving to Australia in 1998, he has contributed at least one new product or initiative every two years. These include Web-and-Flow, BestWebQuests, ClassPortals, The New WWW and CEQ•ALL. Each initiative builds on what's been learned and addresses new needs of Web-enriched education. 

He regularly keynotes, writes, and facilitates workshops focused on aspects of making learning for Real, Rich and Relevant.






Chris Rogers - keynote speaker at ACEC2010

Chris Rogers

Chris Rogers, Tufts University, has a strong commitment to teaching, and at Tufts has started a number of new directions, including robotics with LEGO bricks and learning manufacturing by building musical instruments. He was awarded the Carnegie Professor of the Year in Massachusetts in 1998 and is currently the director of the Centre for Engineering Education Outreach (

His teaching work extends to the elementary school, where he talks with over 1,000 teachers around the world every year on ways of bring engineering into the younger grades. He has worked with LEGO to develop ROBOLAB, a robotic approach to learning science and maths. ROBOLAB has already gone into over 50,000 schools worldwide and has been translated into 15 languages.

He has been invited to speak on engineering education in Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Luxembourg, Switzerland, the UK and in the US. He works in various classrooms once a week, although he has been banned from recess for making too much noise. 





Keynote Speaker - Chris Betcher
Chris Betcher

Chris Betcher is an Australian educator, writer, speaker, blogger and podcaster. He blogs regularly about education, technology and ideas, and he is an active contributor within the global edtech community.  His is co-author of "The Interactive Whiteboard Revolution", a book and online community focused on the effective use of interactive technology in schools. Chris is currently the ICT Integrator at PLC Sydney.

In this keynote, Chris will explore a few of the issues that are currently occupying his mind.






Michelle Selinger

Dr. Michelle Selinger is the Director of Education Practice in the Asia Pacific region for the Global Public Sector practice of the Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group.

Michelle’s focus is primarily on education transformation in all areas of formal education. Prior to joining IBSG, Michelle was the education strategist for all of Cisco's social investments in education, including the World Economic Forum's Global Education Initiative. She also has extensive experience in working with governments around the world in developing, developed and emerging economies on strategies for education reform through technology.

Michelle has an academic background and was the director of the Centre for New Technologies Research in Education at the University of Warwick, a research and multimedia centre dedicated to research and development in ICT.  She has the fairly unique experience of having worked in traditional, distance, and online education in all sectors from primary schools to universities, as well as vocational education and training.


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