K-12 Pedagogy & Innovation
Project Based Learning
Founder - Institute of Deeper Learning, TeachTechPlay & TeachTechPlay Conference
Founder - EdCamp Melbourne, Sydney Digital Learning Invitational Forum
Michael has had extensive experience in leading curriculum development workshops across the K-12 in PYP, IB, and the Australian Curriculum. He actively contributes to the national and international conversations around pedagogical growth and student wellbeing, and is currently undertaking a Doctorate in Educational Leadership. Michael believes in fostering a culture of learning that is consistent, has the ability to scale, is grounded upon researched best practices, and importantly, places learners at the centre of all conversations. In 2017, he developed a multidisciplinary elective, “The Lab”, with the intent to foster creativity and problem solving, as well as explore the value of deeper learning. This concept has evolved into a P- 12 program where past and senior school students are engaged to mentor junior school students, and “The Lab” has now become a professional learning institute for teachers. In both 2019 and 2020, Michael was included in The Educator’s annual hot list that recognises individuals who have ‘demonstrated excellence in linking theory and practice, providing insights into a wide range of learning opportunities and reflections’.
His previous roles include being a committee member of AISNSW Wellbing Committee, AISNSW Digital Technologies Conference & STEM Symposium, founder of Sydney Digital Learning Invitational Forum, and being on the advisory board of the National FutureSchools Conference. Michael is a Google for Education Certified Innovator & Trainer, a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert & Trainer, and the founder of ‘Teach Tech Play’. Michael was on the Committee of Management of Digital Learning & Teaching Victoria, and he founded EdCamp Melbourne, a free un-conference devoted to advancing best practices in K-12 education and professional development. Michael has a passion in understanding and implementing essential educational technology strategies that teachers and students require in the twenty-first century to enhance learning outcomes. He actively promotes shifting the focus from valuing right answers as the purpose for learning to knowing how to behave when we don’t know answers; to encourage curiosity, questioning, problem solving, and wonderment. He believes in nurturing the next generation of Innovators, Culture-Shakers, Dreamers, Thinkers & Storytellers.
Nerdy Phys-Eder is an online resource for teachers looking to incorporate deeper learning into the curriculum, promoting innovative and effective use of technologies.
Michael is available to present at conferences, seminars, schools, and tertiary institutions at national and international levels. You can contact him via the Contact Page or via Twitter.
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