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South African and African Educators, this is your time!

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 6 & 7**, 2022 in Cape Town, South Africa.

InnovateEDU is our new conference, replacing EdTechTeam Summits, but with a twist! We're inviting a collection of international education experts—not only in ed tech, but also in innovative 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.

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

Make your plans today! (Registration opens mid November)

** Due to travel restrictions enforced by the Covid omicron variant, we decided to postpone the event to protect our presenters and delegates. We are confident that all fully vaccinated attendees will have a safer face-to-face experience in the new May dates.

Confirmed thought leaders

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."

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.

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.

Allen Antoine

Patrick McGrath

Alan Cameron

Rushton Hurley

Sylvia Duckworth

Sketchnoting Evangelist

Sylvia is an award-winning teacher from Toronto, Canada, with more than 30 years teaching experience in the classroom. She is an Edtech consultant and sketchnoting evangelist on a constant quest to find ways for teachers and students to “Connect, Collaborate and Create”. She is a Google Certified Innovator, Google Certified Trainer, Apple Distinguished Educator, and author of the books “Sketchnotes for Educators” and “How to Sketchnote: A Step-by-Step Manual for Teachers and Students”.

Monica Isabel Martinez

Content Manager at

Google for Education

Monica is the EDU Content Manager for Google overseeing the Teacher Center. She is an educational technology speaker, leads educator professional development on technology integration, and supports districts with Google Workspace deployments. Monica has a master’s degree in Educational Technology, is a published author, designer, and photographer.

Monica has also helped lead efforts for a more equitable and Anti-Bias, Anti-Racist (ABAR) world. 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.

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.

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.

Sylvia Duckworth

Monica Isabel Martinez

Ken Shelton

Holly Clark