DLTV aims to represent many different sectors with members on the DLTV Committee of Management drawing upon their diverse professional and teaching backgrounds. Members will attend a planning day as well as monthly meetings during the school terms.
Their work is also supported by working parties that cover resources, conference, professional development events, publications, awards, etc.
It is a great professional learning opportunity to work alongside other enthusiastic teaching colleagues to support the goals of DLTV.
The Committee of Management meet on the second Wednesday of each month 6pm-8pm at 61 Blyth Street, Brunswick. Currently however, all meetings are held online.
2021/2022 Committee of Management
Ben Gallagher - President
Ben has been a teacher at Meredith Primary School since 2003 and has a passion for integrating technology into the curriculum. In 2010, he developed the Digital Sandpit, a start to the day which sees the students completely immersed in the latest technology, such as iPads, iPods, Nintendo DSi, Xbox Kinect and the Wii. In 2011, Ben completed his Masters in Educational Leadership and has a real passion for Student Directed and Project Based Learning.
Matthew Harrison - CO-VICE PRESIDENT
Dr Matthew Harrison is an experienced educator, researcher and digital creator with a keen passion for utilising technology to enhance children's social learning and inclusion. He has taught in Australia, South Korea and the United Kingdom at primary, secondary and tertiary levels. Matthew is currently coordinating the Autism Intervention program and facilitating the digital Access and Inclusion Hub at the University of Melbourne Graduate School of Education. His research primarily focuses on inclusive education and the effective use of digital technologies as teaching and learning tools. As a gamer, he has a particular interest in digital games-based learning and intervention.
CLAIRE ANDREWARTHA - CO-VICE PRESIDENT
Claire is a passionate and dedicated educator with over 10 years’ experience in Humanities and Information Technology, in Primary and Secondary settings. This combination of subjects helps her provide richness and depth when delivering curriculum and making links between concepts and real-world situations. As a teacher and administrator Claire has a solid understanding of the challenges and barriers facing staff and students when learning about and adopting technology. With the advent of COVID-19 we have become more reliant on technology as a tool to continue to deliver our lessons in a meaningful way. Claire has assisted students and teachers to develop a greater understanding of technology and its many applications in creative problem solving.
Catherine Newington - SECRETARY
Catherine is the ICT Educator Specialist at Australian Computing Society. She leads the ACS national program to support schools to implement the Digital Technologies Curriculum. Working with schools she creates resources that target the curriculum and support content knowledge growth. Lessons promote skills such as authentic learning, global connections, critical and creative thinking, collaboration and student driven learning. These resources are available for free via the ACS ICT Educators Community of Practice.
Catherine is a registered teacher with over 12 years’ experience in the classroom including 5 years as learning and teaching leader. She holds a postgraduate degree specialising in Education Technologies. This has tightened her knowledge of how pedagogical practices influence the potential of technology in education
Clark Burt - Treasurer
Clark is a special education teacher and former lecturer and tutor at The University of Melbourne and RMIT. He is currently on Study Leave from Ashwood School and is running intervention studies at schools around Victoria. He is also a committee member of the Australian Association of Special Education (AASE) Victorian Chapter and has worked with the Department of Education developing the Digital Technologies curriculum for levels A – D.
Roland Gesthuizen - Journal Editor
Roland is a STEM Method Lecturer at Monash University, Melbourne. Secretary for Mag-Net association for STEM Educators, Journal Editor for the DLTV, ACCELN Cohost and Group Leader for 1st The Basin Scouts. Enjoys tinkering in Makerspaces, challenging thinking and learning new things. Many years ago Roland worked as a research scientist with the Orica, explosives division. Internet pioneer; first email from a US President and first to help built a website for an Australian public utility. Whovian, Trekkie & Space Science Geek; ran an EarthDial used with the NASA Mars Rovers for Planetary Society. Social media guru; most ever popular twitter post celebrated #TowelDay.
As a sought-after international leader in digital pedagogies and STEM education, Dr Jo Blannin offers a 20+ year career in educational innovation and change leadership. Her current role at Monash University is as Senior Lecturer, Digital Transformations. Her previous roles include leadership positions in schools, education systems, banking, business, outdoor education and private consultancy.
Her background in education and teaching in three countries and in two languages means she consistently brings research and evidence-based practices into her work to the benefit of her students, research partners and her colleagues.
Paula is a passionate supporter of subject associations, is a lifetime member of DLTV and its patron. Prior to retirement from full-time work, Paula was the Digital Technologies Curriculum Manager at the VCAA. She has been actively involved in the design of the original Australian Digital Technologies Curriculum, as well as the ICT (and now Digital Literacy) general capability, and their updates. Paula has worked on a range of local, state and national projects since retiring from full-time work, and is enthusiastic about providing digital technologies learning opportunities for all students and teachers.
Janelle is a passionate educator and lifelong learner. She is currently the CEO of Robogals Global and a research student at the University of Melbourne investigating Augmented Reality and Game-Based Learning having completed a Bachelor of Science and graduate certificates in STEM Education. Her previous roles included developing and publishing iOS apps, leading various educational outreach programs for schools and serving on the boards of NFPs.
Ian is a secondary school computing teacher at St. Patrick’s College Ballarat and has a zeal for teaching students to code and develop their computational thinking capabilities. In his role as the Head of Computing, Ian seeks to be innovative and creative in developing a rich Digital Technologies curriculum that encourages students to be resilient problem-solvers.
As the eLearning Coordinator at St. Patrick’s College, Ian wants to inspire and empower teachers to use technology in their curriculum areas to develop resonant learning experiences for their students. Ian is a Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Expert and in 2018 was selected to go to the Microsoft E2 Conference in Singapore.
Cristina is an experienced kindergarten teacher, currently undertaking research on early childhood science and lecturing in early chilldhod and primary courses at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education. She strives to make the link between research and practice accessible for all educators and is a co-author of the Northern Territory Preschool STEM Games. Cristina’s doctoral research investigates teachers’ enactment of playful science games in metropolitan and regional early childhood settings, with a specific focus on teachers’ assessment practices and classroom quality. Her ongoing research interests include early childhood and primary STEM education, the role of social media in teacher professional learning, and measuring the impact of STEM interventions on children’s learning outcomes.
Bernie McGrath is a Digital Technologies and Mathematics teacher at Kew High School. Bernie has school wide responsibility for Data and Digital Technologies and is passionate about information security education.
Prior to teaching Bernie worked in security incident response across the public and private sector.
Robert Maalouf is an experienced IT, maths, and physics teacher. He brings a passion for collaboration and innovation using digital technologies and design thinking. Robert is currently the digital technologies learning area leader at Wellington Secondary College. He is working on the establishment of STEM and the integration of robotics and Arduino programming throughout the digital technologies curriculum at Wellington Secondary College. Robert is always looking at innovative and engaging ways to use technology to motivate, engage and inspire students and staff to create an exciting learning environment
Craig is a passionate educator with almost 24 years of classroom experience across the state and independent sectors. The majority of his teaching career has been as a generalist primary teacher and Digital Technologies specialist. He has held several leadership positions, mainly focused on the effective use of technology across the curriculum.
In July 2021, Craig is joining Melbourne Girls Grammar as Director of Digital Learning. Prior to this Craig has been the Digital Learning Leader for Haileybury's Junior School and ELC. In this role, he has worked with staff and students across all four of Haileybury's Melbourne campuses to improve their digital capabilities and implement digital projects.
When not at work Craig enjoys spending time with his wife, two sons, menagerie of pets and coffee.
Coby is an international educator with over 10 years teaching and leadership experience in Australia, Dubai and Hong Kong. His most recent position was the Head of Primary Technology at The Independent Schools Foundation Academy in Hong Kong. With a passion for all things learning and digital technology, Coby has implemented 1-to-1 iPad programs in Dubai and Hong Kong and has presented and held workshops on all aspects of digital learning in the U.A.E, Netherlands, Germany, Hong Kong and China. Coby is an Apple Distinguished Educator (Class of 2015) and holds a Master’s Degree in Education, specializing in Information Technology and Leadership (2016).
Yogeeta Singh has been an enthusiastic educator for the past two decades, teaching Computing, Mathematics and Physics at various schools in Fiji and Melbourne.
She has expanded her love to VCE Applied Computing and has taken various leadership roles to enhance her skills.
Yogeeta has a strong relationship with STEM through her qualifications and explores innovative ways of introducing it to her students. She leads her students with warmth and care, giving them the best encouragements and opportunities to be confident lifelong learners, and future leaders.
Janene Watt is a passionate STEAM educator who brings creativity, technology, collaboration into her classes. Janene is K-12 trained, teaching Digital Technologies, Data Analytics, Digital Design & UX, and Programming to multiple age groups and tutored Uni students in User Experience.
Janene moved from a diverse Enterprise IT career involving a number of 21st Century methodologies– Agile Software Methodologies, Design Thinking, Service & Product Design, Lean Systems Thinking & Lean UX, Digital Content Design (Including web programming, responsive web design and universal design), Databases, Data Sciences and Analytics, Big Data/ Internet of Things, Cyber Security, and Social Entrepreneurship & Digital Disruption. Janene is also passionate about ensuring greater diversity in the tech industry and ensuring today’s students are successfully equipped with the skills necessary for tomorrow’s opportunities.