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First TeachTechPlay Conference launched

Google, Apple and Microsoft specialists will share their expertise at 7–8 April meeting

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Billed as the first technology conference 'designed by teachers, for teachers', the event is the brainchild of Eleni Kyritsis and colleagues involved in ICT. Venue is Ivanhoe Grammar School Ridgeway Campus in Ivanhoe, Melbourne.

Keynote speakers are Alice Keeler – USA and Mark Andereson – UK. Alice Keller is the author of 50 Things You Can Do With Google Classroom. She is a Google Certified Innovator and Microsoft Innovative Educator Trainer. Mark Anderson is an award winning education technology expert, keynote speaker and independent consultant. He is one of the UK’s most in-demand speakers and strategic consultants for schools. He is an Apple Distinguished Educator, Google Certified Innovator and Microsoft Certified Educator.

Local presenters are certified Google, Apple, Microsoft, Evernote, Adobe innovators and ICT specialists.

Sessions will focus on: Google Apps For Education, Google Classroom, Student Centered Learning, Project Based Learning, Digital Technologies Curriculum, Makerspace, Microsoft, Coding, iPads and Chromebooks.

Cost for the two-day event is $355. Registrations at http://www.teachtechplayconference.com

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