Keynote Speakers

Tony Brandenburg

Tony is an internationally recognized educator who has worked tirelessly for more than thirty years in the area of education and learning with a focus on technology. 
He is a freelance consultant in education with responsibility for a number of high profile global programs, focusing on professional learning, teacher standards and system change.
He manages the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) global initiatives, the ISTE global outreach program and ISTE’s global education partnership and collaborators’ agenda.  He also provides advice and consultancy to a number of Ministries of Education and global non for profit organizations.  He has managed many large scale projects including many education and technology projects for the Australian government.
He has a Masters Degree in Education and a Graduate Diploma in Technology in Education. 
In 2010 he was made a Fellow of the Australian Council for Computers in Education (ACCE), recognizing his work in the field.  He is a past Director on the Board of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) and past president of the Australian Council for Computers in Education. 
His previous positions include teaching at a range of levels in schools and universities, as a principal of a primary school, as an educational consultant, a manager in his state’s teacher regulation authority, a project manager, a program manager for an Australian Government organization, a strategic planner and as an e-learning advisor.    He is passionate and speaks on the need for high standard, on going, contemporary teacher professional learning; he provides evidence that systems that provide significant resources for teachers and more likely to succeed over an extended period of time.

Julie Lindsay

Julie is a global collaboration consultant, innovator, teacherpreneur and author. She has a 30+ years career in K-12 schools and worked in international schools for fifteen years across Asia, Africa and the Middle East as an educational technology leader. Her passion is for online global collaboration and as Founder and CEO of Flat Connections she designs and manages award winning online projects for all K-12 levels and customizes learning experiences for educators including virtual courses and live events.

More recently has become employed in higher education and at Charles Sturt University she is an Adjunct Lecturer in the School of Information Studies and in 2016 she was appointed as the Quality Online Learning and Teaching Leader in the Faculty of Arts and Education. She is currently completing an EdD at the University of Southern Queensland. Her research focus is online global educators and pedagogical change.

Julie is the author of two books 'Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds: Move to Global Collaboration One Step and a Time', (Pearson 2012) is a definitive text on how to embed global connections and collaborations for meaningful learning, and (her new book), ‘The Global Educator: Leveraging Technology for Collaborative Learning and Teaching’ (ISTE, 2016) shares approaches, updated practices and case studies on how to learn online both locally and globally. Julie is also an Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE, 2010), Google Certified Innovator (2014), Recipient of ISTE 'Making IT Happen' Award (2013), Winner of ISTE Online Learning Award (2007).

Bruce Dixon

Bruce Dixon works as a strategic advisor in the development of programs that assist governments to make more effective use of technology across the education sector.  His insights have enabled governments in more than 40 countries to better manage large scale 1 to 1 personal technology deployments, and ensure outcomes that drive both school improvement and ultimately transformation. He co-founded the Anytime Anywhere Learning Foundation in the late 1990’s as a not-for-profit to drive advocacy and thought leadership around 1 to 1 personal technology initiatives. His experience and expertise has had a significant impact on much of the current thinking around personal technology use in schools. 

He has received commendations from the Smithsonian Institute, the National Schools Boards of America and others for his work. His background across software development and school leadership combined with several techn ology-related start-ups, both commercial and social, means he draws on a unique breadth of knowledge and experience in his advisory work. 

Dr Michael Henderson

Dr Michael Henderson spends most of his time being enjoyably frustrated with the 'wicked problem' of educational technology. He argues that technologies are not ‘solutions’ and cannot be simply parachuted from one classroom to the next - but with them we can playfully design opportunities for learning. Michael is an Associate Professor in Educational Technologies in the Faculty of Education at Monash University. His research spans early childhood through to secondary and tertiary settings and he has recently published a new edited collection on “Teaching and Digital Technologies: critical issues and big ideas.” He leads the Learning with New Media Research Group and is a lead editor of the Australasian Journal of Educational Technology. Over the past decade Michael has provided expert advice to Australian and international agencies on design thinking, eLearning, cybersafety and digital feedback and has published research on a wide range of ‘edtech’ issues including virtual worlds, gamification, data, and social networking.



Conference Dinner Keynote Speaker

Samantha Adams Becker

Samantha is the lead writer and researcher for the NMC Horizon Report series, which analyzes emerging technology uptake in various education sectors across the globe. The series garners an annual readership that is approaching five million people. She travels the world presenting the findings of these publications in keynote addresses and one of her most humbling speaking engagements was presenting on a NASA panel.

Samantha has an expertise in digital communications, with a special interest in social media and online learning. In 2013, she taught the first online course ever to exclusively take place in Facebook, which was geared towards training education professionals to integrate social media into their teaching practices. At the NMC, Samantha has managed or consulted on educational technology-focused projects for National Geographic, HP, Apple, and the Gates Foundation.

Previous to the NMC, Samantha facilitated the digitization of books and periodicals for several of the world’s largest publishers and was the managing editor of a lifestyle magazine. In her free time, she is earning a graduate professional certificate in nonprofit management at Harvard University.