2013 Keynotes

Opening Address:

Mr Nicholas Pole   Deputy Secretary, Regional Services Group

Nicholas Pole commenced as Deputy Secretary, Regional Services Group, in April 2012.

As Deputy Secretary, Regional Support Group, Nicholas’s role is to design, plan, broker and deliver integrated education, child and family services that contribute to the learning and wellbeing of Victorian children and young people.

Nicholas has more than 27 years’ experience across the education, welfare and public sectors, where he holds a reputation for leading and implementing reform. Prior to joining the Department, Nicholas was Deputy Secretary, Special Education and Canterbury Earth Recovery, for the New Zealand Ministry of Education and Canterbury Earthquake Recovery, for the New Zealand Ministry of Education.

Nicholas holds a Diploma in Teaching, a Bachelor of Education and a Master of Business Administration.

Day One Keynote:

Myf Powell:   It’s a collaborative world

Working collaboratively is a key skill in the 21st Century workplace and at the heart of blended learning approaches. But what does it actually mean to collaborate and how can you structure learning activities to provide opportunities for students to collaborate more deeply?

This session will explore practical approaches to help identify and understand the quality of collaboration and develop student skills.

Myf works as a Senior Education Consultant for Civica Education who provide ICT solutions to over 4000 schools across Australia and New Zealand.

 A former vice principal in a UK high school, Myf’s passion is inspiring school leaders to develop sustainable changes in practice that utilise technology to motivate and engage young people and improve learning outcomes.

An expert in the use of technology in education, she has worked at strategic levels in jurisdictions around the world and most recently in the UK’s Building Schools for the Future programme. She was lead educational consultant for multi-million pound construction projects, acting as the translator between educationalists, technical teams and designers. She has designed exemplar flexible learning spaces in Europe, the US and Australia that engage schools in discussion on how they can equip and furnish their flexible, open learning spaces to support the development of ‘21st Century skills’.

The other aspect of her work centres on the change in pedagogy and practice that is required to get the most out of the investment in technology in education. Change management recognises the continuum of technology use, to initially replace existing practice before becoming transformational and enabling students and staff to work in new and different ways.

Myf Powell mpowell@civica.com.au   

Day Two Keynote:

Marci Powell:   Global Trends and Pedagogical Best Practices: Video for Learning

Educators must teach differently to ensure students are prepared for the global workplace, and they must address the way students learn today which is different from the students of yesterday.  The innovation occurring globally surrounding video-enabled blended learning is empowering us to meet the demand of our rapidly changing society. The ability to visually collaborate, share knowledge, and connect to the world is empowering educators to transform the learning environment thus motivating, and engaging students of all ages.

From among the most transformative classrooms, we will hear from Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula Borough School District (KPBSD) regarding their highly successful Classroom WithOut Walls (CWOW) project which combines videoconferencing with texting, mobile computing and other tools to deliver an experience that transcends traditional classroom instruction.  Join us as we explore global trends and pedagogical best practices that are transforming the way we teach and students learn.  


Marci Powell is Global Director for Education at Polycom and Chair Emerita and Past President of the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA). Powell is an industry expert in the field of educational technology and telecommunications with extensive experience in applications related to lifelong learning and innovation.

Powell began her career as a classroom teacher and has served as an administrator at various educational institutions. With over 20 years of educational leadership Marci shares global best practices and trends as a fellow educator and futurist through her keynote addresses and serves as an advisor to public and private sectors worldwide.

In 2012, Marci was inducted into the USDLA Hall of Fame and in 2011, the Texas Distance Learning Association (TxDLA) Hall of Fame. She was also awarded the Polycom 2011 CEO Award

Marci Powell, Polycom Global Director for Education & Training
USDLA Chair Emerita and Past President
TxDLA 2011 Hall of Fame, USDLA 2012 Hall of Fame
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