islPAL - International Society for Leadership in Pedagogy and Learning

Pedagogies and Learning

Andrew Churches

Andrew Churches is a teacher, author, keynote and workshop presenter and ICT enthusiast. He believes that to prepare our students for the future, we must prepare them for change, teach them to question and think, to adapt and modify, to sift and sort. They are born into a world where the only constant is change, they are immersed in technology and yet are unaware of how ubiquitous this technology is. Andrew teaches at a school with a mobile computing program, that sees students with personal mobile devices, laptops. This surely reflects the future our students and children will be entering into with ubiquitous portable computing.

Outside of school, Andrew is an outdoor instructor and an adventure enthusiast.

In 2009 he was a finalist in the Microsoft Distinguished educators awards. In 2009 and 2010 he was a member of an advisory board for the Australian and New Zealand Edition of the Horizon report and the only secondary or primary school teacher on the advisory board of 32 educational experts.

His books include:

  • The Digital Diet 2010 (A Churches, I Jukes and L Crockett)
  • Apps for Learning (A Churches and H Dickens).
  • Literacy is not Enough (A Churches, I Jukes and L Crockett).

Andrew enjoys sharing and presenting the work he does. From 2008 onwards, the Educational Origami wiki was nominated for the Edublogs Best wiki awards, also the best resource sharing blog in 2009 and 2010. He contributes regularly to a number of websites and blogs including techlearning, spectrum education magazine and the Committed Sardine Blog, as well as his own edorigami blog. He is a member of the 21st Century Fluency team developing a framework for teaching and learning in the 21st Century.


Keynote Abstract

Technology and thinking skills in the classroom

Technology is changing the face of teaching and learning. Our classrooms are expanding beyond the boundaries of the physical four walls and as our classrooms seem to grow the boundaries and borders in our world disappear. Actions and features that were once the domain of a desktop computer are now an "app" on a cell phone. Information is growing at an exponential rate and has never been as easy to access. How our students learn has changed and how we teach has changed. This presentation investigates these trends and looks at how we can harness these to improve the learning outcomes of our students.


Growing Digital Citizens

This is a 1 hour workshop on developing and implementing an ethically based digital citizenship program with the collaboration of the school community and the students