Edtech Solutions
Network Summit

Knowing the Secret Past of Edtech Can Better Our Future

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Participate and share : Interactive lecture

Brett Salakas  
Features of modern edtech devices can be linked directly to technologies that were developed during the Cold War. In this unique session, explore the secret history of edtech and discover practical ways where understanding our past can allow us to teach for a better future!

Audience: Teachers, Teacher education/higher ed faculty, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Topic: Emergent technologies
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Education Leaders:
Visionary Planner
  • Engage education stakeholders in developing and adopting a shared vision for using technology to improve student success, informed by the learning sciences.
  • Share lessons learned, best practices, challenges and the impact of learning with technology with other education leaders who want to learn from this work.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Participants will develop a deeper knowledge of the history of the EDtech they use every day, specifically portable devices. They will also identify key lessons from the history of the Cold War that can a metaphor for student impact.

This unique session is also specifically practical. Participants will learn a number of new tools and techniques.


20mins - Historical deep dive
40mins - Hands on experience of 5 new tech tools

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Brett Salakas, NSW

Brett Salakas is an international keynote speaker; author; founder of #aussieED, the largest online network of teachers in Australia; and co-founder of the ED Poets Society and #TheWalkingED. He’s also a primary school teacher and experienced leader who, over the past 20 years, has taught in South East Asia and Australia. He’s committed to turning educational theory into real classroom practice, and he focuses his keynote presentations on connection, collaboration and inspiration. Salakas has led professional learning for schools and systems in Australia and North America. He has leadership experience within the New South Wales Public Education System and was a curriculum and digital technologies officer while teaching in Singapore.

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