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.
2018/19 Committee of Management
Ben Gallagher - President
Ben Gallagher 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 Student Directed and Project Based Learning. At the start of 2012, Ben put out a call to his online peers for people to participate in the Student Conference Series, a series of presentations using the DEECD’s Virtual Conference Centre.
Andrew Williamson - Vice President
Andrew is a music and classroom primary school educator with a passion for investigating the use of creativity in education. In his 20 years as an educator he has had roles as a secondary music teacher, instrumental teacher, ensemble conductor, primary music teacher, classroom generalist teacher and ICT coordinator.
Melinda Cashen - Treasurer
A well networked educator, Melinda received the Victorian Information Technology Teachers Association Outstanding Achievement in the ICT Primary Teaching and Learning Community Award in 2011 for her contribution to the DEECD Learning Management System and supporting teachers. Melinda is an active member in many online networks and has mentored teachers in building an online community of practice. She is passionate about student learning and uses technology to develop global connections, collaborate and create. She has presented at many conferences and enjoys sharing learning in a variety of platforms.
Narissa Leung- Secretary
Narissa Leung is the principal of Campbells Creek and Guildford Primary Schools in Castlemaine, Victoria. She is also the Chair of the Central Goldfields Principal Network and is responsible for leading this network of principals to work as a Community of Practice to improve student learning in all schools in the Network. Narissa is passionate about developing the leadership capacity of other educators and has spoken about this widely at conferences.
In 2015 Narissa was awarded the “Making IT Happen” award by the Digital Teaching and Learning Association of Victoria (DLTV). This is an internationally recognised award, acknowledging drive and effort in increasing the effective use of digital technologies in schools in Victoria, and beyond.
In addition, in 2012 Narissa won the prestigious Lindsay Thompson Fellowship at the Victorian Education Excellence Awards. This award was given in recognition of her work in leading teachers across her Region, to improve their practices in curriculum delivery and ICT integration.
Irene Anderson - Co-opted representative ISV
Irene has been a teacher in Victorian Catholic and Independent schools and has taught at primary, secondary and tertiary levels. She has a particular interest in how teachers plan to implement digital technologies into their classroom practice. Her role as Manager Digital Content at Independent Schools Victoria involves working with teachers to build their knowledge of current and emerging technologies combined with effective pedagogical practice. Irene also works with school leadership groups around the development of strategic direction in ICT and advice on cybersafety and digital citizenship initiatives.
Clark Burt 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 Gesthuizen 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.
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.
Matthew is an experienced educator, researcher and entrepreneur with a keen passion for utilising technology to enhance children's learning and creativity. He has taught in Australia, South Korea and the United Kingdom at primary, secondary and tertiary levels. Matthew is currently leading workshops at the University of Melbourne Graduate School of Education focusing on inclusive education and the creative use of digital technology as a teaching and learning tool. In addition to this, Matthew is a leader in using technology to work with students with disabilities in a Special Development School (SDS). He is the founder of the edtech startup Hatt Designs and co-founder of CollabHero.
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 assistant at Wellington Secondary College. He is currently working on the establishment of STEM and the integration of robotics and arduino programming throughout the digital technologies curriculum at Wellington Secondary College. Always looking at innovative and engaging ways to use technology to motivate, engage and inspire students and staff to create an exciting learning environment.
Catherine brings a high level of experience, passion and knowledge to the digital education and technology space. Coming from a background of over 12 years as a teacher has spent the majority of the last few years pioneering the use of technology in the classroom to enhance the student learning experience. Working with students and teachers at Sacred Heart Parish Primary in Sandringham has resulted in the school embracing the benefits of mobile technology. Catherine has run multiple sessions that have targeted implementation of the new Victorian Digital Technologies Curriculum, coding, flipped classroom, digital learning journals, stop motion and green screen movies to showcase learning, and implementation of G.A.F.E. Educating all those involved doesn’t just stop with the students and teachers, Catherine has shown her commitment to the cause by facilitating workshops for parents to better understand and embrace technology in the school too.
Catherine completed her Masters of Education in 2016 specialising in digital technology. This tightened her knowledge of how technology has the potential to redefine education. It gave her a holistic approach – not to be governed by a product or a device but rather how pedagogical practices influence the potential of the technology in education.
Dr Pennie White- Journal Editor
Pennie White is a Teaching and Research Associate in the Faculty of Education at Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria. She teaches pre-service teachers in curriculum development, innovative practice and pedagogies supporting discipline specific literacies. Pennie has a background in secondary English, History and IT teaching in schools. She also has 10 years’ experience as an elearning coach working with teachers. Her doctoral thesis focused on the brokering of knowledge in communities of practice across networks of schools through a multi-tiered professional learning approach in a school cluster. This approach included teachers and coaches working together in planning and classroom delivery to successfully integrate ICT into their curriculum. Pennie is currently working with several research teams on projects in literacy education (including the development of websites for literacy engagement for school aged students), transition and pre-service teacher education programs.