Panel of Experts

Expert 1: Martin Burrett, Teacher and founder of ICT Magic

My teaching career began in 2000 in Fuzhou, a city South-East China. In China, I taught English as a second language to primary and secondary students and was also a visiting lecturer at Fuzhou University. Since 2006, I have been teaching at Mersea Island School, a large primary school near Colchester in Essex. My professional interests include Mandarin Chinese, digital learning, the creative curriculum and independent learning.Online I go by the name of ICTmagic. Since 2010, I have maintained a free online resource sharing website at  My site was the featured Educational Wiki on Wikispaces for August 2011 and was awarded the Edublogs Educational Wiki of the Year 2011.Globalisation and technology is reshaping patterns of work, culture and learning across the globe. Today’s children must develop strong digital skills to survive and thrive in this rapidly changing world. For this reason, I am a devoted advocate for digital education, the creative curriculum and foreign language study.

Expert 2: Jean Dakin, Child Psychologist

Jean has a Bachelor of Science (Hons Psych), Master of Medical Science, and more than 30 years experience in child and youth mental health and development, focusing on the normal development patterns observable in educational, child care and family settings as well as clinical settings for Queensland Health, private practice and the Queensland Education Department. Her particular area of interest is social development, specifically the influence of negative events on development and has her research dissertation “Prediction of students at risk of developing emotional and behavioral problems during early adolescence: a longitudinal study” published by the University of Queensland. Jean is currently the Director of Bribie Wholeness Centre

Expert 3: Anne Knock, Director of Development at Sydney Centre for Innovation in Learning

Anne’s availablity –  Friday 17/8 3pm, Monday 20/8 2pm.   Anne Knock is the Director of Development at Sydney Centre for Innovation in Learning, the innovation, research and development unit located within Northern Beaches Christian School (NBCS), which has been described as as “one of the most innovative in the world” by Charlie Leadbeater, one of the world’s leading authorities on innovation. The school seeks to prepare young people for lifelong learning, contribution and engagement in a technology-rich dynamic world. To learn more about Anne and her work, visit her blog at

Expert 4: Shelly Sanchez Terrell, The 30 Goals Challenge Author, International Speaker, Technology Teacher Trainer

Shelly is the host of American TESOL’s Free Friday Webinars, Social Media Community Manager for The Consultants-E, Co-founder of EDchat, The Reform Symposium E-Conference and the ELTON nominated Virtual Round Table conference. Shelly’s projects have been listed in the New York Times and the Washington post; her blog  Teacher Reboot Camp is featured by the New York Times learning blog’s list of top 78 educators to follow on Twitter.  She has also traveled to over 15 countries worldwide to train teachers and consult with organizations such as UNESCO Bangkok, The European Union aPLaNet Project, Cultura Iglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, and the British Council in South East Asia.  All publications can be found here


Expert 5: Katie Younger, Teacher

Katie has a Bachelor of Education specialising in Early Childhood. She has five years of teaching experience, Grade 3 for 1 year, Prep for 3 years and is currently teaching Grade 3. She has used Interactive Whiteboards (IWB) for four years in a classroom setting, and holds an ICT certificate (Ed QLD program). Her particular area of interest is ICT in literacy/numeracy and incorporating in group activities.

Young Expert 1: Georgia


 Education: Currently in Year 3                                                                                                             Experience: Frequently uses ICTs at school and at home.                                                                           Particular areas of interest: enjoys playing games online, particularly when it involves         playing with/against someone else.  Regularly creates powerpoint presentations to support her weekly school talks and corresponding with distant friends and relatives via email, skype and youtube. Interested in trying out new Web 2.0 design tools.

                           Young Expert 2: Emerson

 Education: Currently in Year 2 (Home Educated)                                                                             Experience: Uses Computer almost daily at home.                                                                       Particular areas of interest: Enjoys doing learning activities with Reading Eggs and Mathletics and pushes himself to earn more points or certificates. Loves talking on the phone (Land line only) and receiving emails and responding. Enjoys researching areas of interest, watching documentaries or viewing pictures and printing them for art work or colouring in.  Explores different buttons and keys to figure out how it all works.

Young Expert 3: Olivia

 Education: Currently in Year 4.                                                                     Experience: Has participated in weekly ICT classes since Prep. Has personal          laptop which is connected to the internet, but does not use it regularly.     Particular areas of interest: Enjoys playing games on the computer as well as creating PowerPoint presentations.  Prefers face to face contact as opposed to digital communication. Has several ‘pen-pals’ which she writes to on a semi-regular basis.

Please have a look at the responses these young ICT users have shared.

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