InnovateEDU 2023

See you in Johannesburg, May 12 & 13, 2023!

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Regardless of who you teach or what you teach, you’re always focused on student learning.

Now it’s time to focus on your learning at InnovateEDU on May 12 & 13, 2023 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

InnovateEDU is our new conference, replacing EdTechTeam Summits, but with a twist!

We've invited a team of international education experts—not only in ed tech, but also in innovative STEM pedagogy. Instead of one-hour sessions, attendees will choose from half-day, deep-dive workshops that transform teaching and enable them to engage in the kind of deep learning that transfers back to their classroom and school.

Here’s what a few of the 250+ educators representing 73 schools had to say about this year's Cape Town event:

You have to send your staff - they're not going to be exposed to such a comprehensive and innovative conference anywhere. If you want your school to succeed, your teachers need to be there! The most inspiring professional development of the year! – Meghan Jeppe, Wynberg Girls' Junior School

It was an incredible opportunity to connect, learn and be inspired. The sessions I attended gave me things to do in my classroom as soon as I’m back at school. – Leigh Walker, Pridwin Preparatory

​​I would say that this conference alone is enough professional development to last teachers a year! I am leaving with so many tools to experiment with and use in my classroom. I would also like to spread some of the knowledge I've gained with my colleagues who couldn't attend. – Caitlin Forrester, Star of the Sea Convent School

It is like putting fuel in your tank - new ideas sparking creativity - I can't wait to start planning lessons for Monday. – Celesté Wepener, Hoërskool D.F. Malan

This conference needs to be available all to staff - it has been life changing and the much needed punch of motivation following 2020! – Jane Lennox, Rondebosch Boys' Prep

This event is really tailored to meet each teacher at whatever level they are at, and you are bound to walk away enriched and equipped with tools to better yourself as a teacher, your classroom and teaching. – Pharryn Jansen, The Grove Primary

Reunite with your professional learning family, connect with friends and make new ones, re-ignite your passion for teaching and learning.

Check out the 2022 lineup of international experts...

(Click the little arrow on each photo to read the facilitator's bio.)

Ken Shelton

Educational Consultant

Ken has worked as an Educator for over 20 years and spent most of his classroom experience teaching technology at the Middle School level. Ken is an Apple Distinguished Educator, a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, and a Google Certified Innovator. He regularly presents, consults, and leads workshops, covering a wide variety of Educational Technology, Equity and Inclusion, Anti-Bias/Anti-Racist, Multimedia Literacy, Cultural Intelligences, Visual Storytelling, and Instructional Design topics. Ken is the ISTE Digital Equity PLN 2018 Excellence Award winner. Ken has also been named by EdTech Magazine as an influencer to follow. Ken has worked extensively at the policy level with a number of State Departments of Education, Ministries of Education, non-Profits, and was appointed by the California State Superintendent of Public Instruction to the Education Technology Task Force.

Stuart Swann

LEGO Education Academy Certified Trainer

Stuart qualified as a primary teacher in 1995 and holds a BEd. Throughout his 27 years' experience, constructionism, innovation and play have been at the heart of his work. He led on music and ICT and developed a bespoke scheme of curriculum integration with ICT through innovative, project-based learning. In 2011, along with a partner, he established IE Solutions Ltd an educational technology consultancy which supports schools in the development and implementation of Computing curricula.

Stuart is a LEGO Education Academy Certified Trainer and regularly facilitates training in both primary and secondary schools. He works globally on behalf of LEGO Education; has delivered keynotes training and workshops in Europe, Africa, the Caribbean, and the Middle East; and has developed curriculum content for many LEGO Education resources. Stuart works closely with The LEGO Education Academy, helping to evaluate and certify new trainers. He is also an Apple Distinguished Educator and Apple Professional Learning Specialist. Twice a year, Stuart co-runs 4-day creative arts residential courses for young people where he leads on music.

Katie Wells

Head of Digital Learning

Katie has over ten years experience teaching full time in the primary classroom. A geography and computing specialist, Katie has taught in the UK and internationally. Her traveling bug took her to teach in Malaysia and Singapore. Currently she is Head of Digital Learning at the Prep Schools Trust. Her role includes training of staff, designing curriculum that takes full advantage of 1:1 Chromebook environments, and leading digital innovation across five schools. In 2021, she was named in the EdTech 50, as one of the key educators shaping Education Technology in the UK. Katie is a Google for Education Certified Trainer and Innovator, GEG UK Leader and a Certified Microsoft Innovative Educator. @misskwells

Paul Mayers

Associate Principal

Paul is the Associate Principal of Innovation in Learning and Teaching at Parklands College in Cape Town. He teaches both Creative Arts (Music) and Technology (Coding) and is an Apple Distinguished Educator and Google Certified Trainer. He is passionate about journeying with educators to help them embrace a future-oriented, student-centred learning approach, integrating different subject matter and using space in innovative ways to enhance learning in technology-rich environments. He was a key role player in the design and implementation of the Innovation Centre at Parklands College (opened 2020), the venue for InnovateEDU.

Patrick McGrath

Head of Education Strategy

Educator, international speaker, blogger, podcaster and Head of Education Strategy at the Texthelp Group. Patrick focuses on ensuring that technology has a positive, meaningful and sustainable impact on teaching & learning with a particular emphasis on inclusion and accessibility.

A Google Certified Educator and Apple Education Mentor, Patrick has received the UK Digital Leader 100 Award and an Honorary Fellowship of the University of Ulster (School of Education). Find Patrick on twitter @TH_Patrickm or

Alan Cameron has worked as an Educator for over 40 years and has presented at many international conferences including in China, Malaysia and Australia. He introduced an innovative distance learning programme in Scotland via video-link long before the availability of broadband for schools.

Currently Alan is an Education Adviser with online recording studio Soundtrap, a Spotify company. He was recently involved in supporting teachers and young people in an innovative storytelling podcast project in southwest Scotland.

Alan has undertaken projects with respected music industry figures including Sir George Martin (Beatles’ producer) and Keith Emerson (Emerson, Lake & Palmer) and composed music for film and television. In 2021, he composed the song Good Cop Bad Cop’ with his virtual band ‘EAST END FRIEND’ to coincide with the climate conference COP26 in Glasgow. The song has been made available to all schools in the UK as a cross-curricular resource.

Alan has fond memories of working with South African teachers and young people. He hosted Cape Town’s ‘Tygerberg Children’s Choir’ in 2006 in Dumfries in a highly memorable concert with young people from Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland. He looks forward to meeting educators in South Africa.

Holly Clark

Educator, Author & Consultant

Holly is known for her leadership and expertise in education and digital learning. She is an international speaker, best-selling author and an advocate for students. She is a twenty-plus year educator who has spent over 15 years teaching in a 1:1 classroom and over five years as a school administrator. She consults with schools globally on blended learning environments where meaningful pedagogy is infused with the strategic use of technology.

She holds a master’s degree in Instructional Design and Educational Technology from Columbia University. Her passion is helping teachers create classrooms where students want to learn and can become the agents of their own thinking and understanding. In 2017, Holly published her first book The Google Infused Classroom and in 2020, both The Microsoft Infused Classroom and The Chromebook Infused Classroom were released.

She is a National Board Certified Teacher, Google Certified Innovator, and is now the Chief Learning Officer at The Infused Classroom, Inc.

Allen Antoine

STEM, Math, Computer Science EDU Specialist

Allen is the Associate Director for Mathematics and Computer Science in the Rice University Office of STEM Engagement, and an educational consultant who specializes in providing mathematics and science enrichment to students and teachers in the Greater Houston region. He works with each of the programs offered in the department as the mathematics director, specializing in providing lesson ideas, professional development, and teacher mentoring in the fields of mathematics and computer science. Allen is most closely involved with is the Applied Mathematics Program (AMP!). This STEM-driven program offers unique and innovative professional development opportunities for middle school teachers.

Before joining Rice University, Allen worked in various positions in the educational field. From teaching elementary students at Johnson C. Lockett Elementary in New Orleans, Louisiana to instructing middle school students at James Holub Middle School in Houston, Texas

"I am extremely passionate about my work and always willing to learn from others who have great ideas about professional development, mathematics teaching, and student motivation. I feel that sharing my expertise and being open to ideas of others are tools that can ultimately make me more successful in my endeavors."

Monica Isabel Martinez

Global Education Consultant and Graphic Designer

Educational Consultant and Graphic Designer

Bio: Monica has worked in education for over 25 years, leads professional development on technology integration, and supports schools with Google Workspace implementations. She has also helped lead efforts for a more equitable and Anti-Bias, Anti-Racist (ABAR) world through the Young Christian Latina Leaders (YCLL), Latina Speaker Series, Our Voice Alliance, ISTE’s Equity Forum, PCHAS Techquity Initiative, and The Liberated Educator program. Monica brings creativity and an artistic flair to her work being a graphic designer of over 29 years. Monica has a master’s degree in Educational Technology and is also a Google Certified Innovator, Google Education Trainer, GEG Leader in Texas, and a Design Thinking Coach for the Google Innovator program.

Rushton Hurley

Educator, Motivational Speaker, Author

Rushton is the lead speaker and trainer for Next Vista for Learning, and has been a Japanese language teacher, a principal of an online high school, a teacher trainer, an educational technology researcher, and a school reform consultant. Since 2005, Rushton has trained teachers and other professionals on every continent not named "Antarctica," presenting at regional, national, and international conferences. His fun and thoughtful talks center on the connection between engaging learning and useful, affordable technology, as well as professional perspectives in a changing world.

Rushton is the author of Making Your School Something Special and Making Your Teaching Something Special, both from DBC Books. Additionally, Rushton wrote Technology, Teamwork, and Excellence, published by NCEA.

Tickets go on sale September 28

First 125 tickets* ("Early Bird") — R 1,600 exVAT

Standard Ticket rate — R 2,000 exVAT

Group of Five (or more!) rate — R 1,800 exVAT

* "Early Bird" rate ends when the first 125 tickets are sold.

"Group of Five" tickets do not count towards the 125 Early Bird total.

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