Conference Track 2: Teachers: Equipping the classroom

Day 1: Wednesday, 4 October 2017


08h30: Registrations Open

09h00: Exhibition & Networking opens

10h00 -10h10: Welcome Address

10h10 – 10h25: Official Opening – MEC Debbie Schäfer, Western Cape Education Department

10h25 – 11h15:

Keynote Address

Digital Disruption: Remodelling education to ensure an agile and relevant curriculum

  • Defining the country’s technology roll out strategy, the plans, objectives, available resources and key stakeholders.
  • Balancing South Africa’s technological needs to ensure progress and sustainability, with available infrastructure and investment.
  • Mapping future trends and how to prevent the negative consequences of ‘leap frogging’.
  • Understanding whether the legislative framework is capable of supporting industry growth and whether the foundations are in place to ensure inclusive roll out.

Chairperson: Carleen M. King, MBA, Assoc. DBIA, CEO|President|Founder, GK Inc., Senior Member of EduWeek Advisory Board

MEC Debbie Schäfer, Western Cape Education Department

Assoc Prof Dick Ng’ambi, Stream Head: Educational Technology Programmes, University of Cape Town

Mark Horner, CEO, Siyavula

Khaliq Dollie, Digital Advisor, Microsoft


11h30 – 12h00:

Using technology and gamification in your lesson planning to develop critical thinking, comprehension and motivation

  • Grading
  • Reward system to create competition
  • Video game integration

Speaker:  Miquette Temlett, Support Manager, Indigo Learning


13h30 – 14h00:

Improving functional literacy by using mother tongue learning materials

  • Identifying the link between language and conceptualisation
  • Demonstrating improved literacy and social cohesion
  • The future of inclusive learning policies

Speaker: Mirna Lawrence, Senior Development Officer, Molteno Institute for Language and Literacy


15h00 – 15h30:

Preparing children to be more than just tech users through active learning  and use of artistic methodologies:

Strategies to promote:

  • Cultivating interpersonal awareness and social skills
  • Confidently creative
  • Inspired yet critical

Speaker: Willem van der Velden, Academic Head, Centre for Creative Education


16h30 – 17h00:

Roundtable Think Tanks: Delegates will separate into three roundtable areas to discuss the below-mentioned topics.

This highly interactive session will be led by expert facilitators who are considered thought leaders in their field. Comprehensive notes will be taken  by the facilitator and distributed to all participants post event. These notes will contain the ideas, solutions and best practices discussed by  the group.

Roundtable Two


Reducing the school buying headache: With limited procurement training, school staff spend hours finding and procuring services and products for their school.

This think tank session for school staff will discuss:

– Practical ways to reduce hours spent procuring

– Using social media and platforms to keep suppliers accountable

– Negotiating with suppliers and other best practices

– How to use a schools limited finances for the best output

Facilitator: Peter Morgan, CEO, School Advisor



NETWORKING COCKTAIL EVENING: Visitor Lunch Area, EduWeek Exhibition


EDUWEEK AWARDS GALA DINNER (Ticket holders only: Contact for more information)


Day 2: Thursday, 5 October 2017


08h00:  Registrations Open

09h30: Exhibition & Networking Opens

10h00 – 10h45:

Keynote Address

Changing mind sets: Facilitating a culture of adoption, across all generations and experience levels

Kurt Minnar, Founder, Dream Education


11h00 – 11h30:

Transforming our thinking in order to transform our classrooms:

Aligning our practices to encourage:

  • Feedback and growth
  • A constructivist approach
  • An experiential and playful experience

Speaker: Gabrielle Immelman, Founder, Pukka Theatre


12h00 – 12h30:

STEAM Focus Feature: Developing creativity, curiosity and human engagement through virtual reality

Speaker: Leigh Morris, Educational Technology Specialist


14h30 – 15h00:

MiniChess START SMART: Imparting STEAM-skills through creative & complex play in the early years

Speaker: Marissa van der Merwe, Founder & CEO, Mini Chess


15h10 – 15h45:

Closing Keynote & Final Remarks

Changing mind sets: Facilitating a culture of adoption, across all generations and experience levels.

16h00 – 16h30:

Closing Keynote & Final Remarks

Continuous professional development: ensuring consistent up skilling, through stakeholder buy in & universal tech integration, from ECD to tertiary

Lindsay Wesner

Senior Innovation Coach, Cloud Education Solutions