Erica Southgate is an Associate Professor of Education at the University of Newcastle (Australia). She is interested in equity and education and has developed serious computer games for literacy. She is using emerging technologies for fun and learning and is committed to co-researching with teachers and students. And she loves flying and jumping off cliffs in VR. To find out more about Erica click here.
Graham Eather has been College Principal at Callaghan College for four years, and prior to that was principal at Hunter River High School for six years. Graham is focused on distributed transformative leadership that creates high impact innovative opportunities for students. Callaghan College has been named by The Educator magazine in the National Top 40 Innovative schools for the past three years in a row, one of only three schools in Australia to achieve this.
Dr Shamus Smith is a computer scientist at the University of Newcastle (Australia). He spends his days conducting research into virtual reality and teaching software engineering and human-computer interaction. During the night he develops apps for smartphones and roams post-apocalyptic wastelands on his Xbox. He belongs to Clan ARC (Ancient Relics Coalition) and is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). To find out more about Shamus click here.
Jivvel Kilham is a Science Teacher at Callaghan College Wallsend Campus who has a passion for STEM initiatives across the school and college. He considers himself a calculated risk taker, who is involved in a range of future learning projects. Jivvel is interested in providing educational pathways for students that involve teaching “outside of the box”. He gets very, very queasy using the VR equipment.
Dr Rachel Buchanan is the team member most likely to get cyber sick. She enjoys spending small amounts of time in the Oculus and watching others learn and have fun in virtual environments. Rachel’s research in tech is driven by her interest in equity. How can we work to ensure that the benefits of technology don’t bypass some groups? Rachel is interested in the ways that people develop digital identities and how technology has impacted the work of educators. To find out more about Rachel click here.
Shane Saxby is a Science Teacher at Callaghan College Waratah Technology Campus who is involved in creating content in Minecraft for Science lessons and a Minecraft elective class. He has also been involved in the development of applications and simulations to aid in the teaching of Science concepts. Shane is interested in technologies that can be used in the classroom that are immersive and collaborative, allowing students to take their learning to interesting and unexpected places.
David Summerville is Head Teacher Technology at Callaghan College Wallsend Campus. David is into anything geeky and loves innovating in the education environment; if there is a pilot going he will always put his hand up! His other passion is the WorldSkills movement where he pioneered the Web Design competition in South Korea in 2001 as the Australian Expert. His current role is Skill Advisor for WorldSkills International mentoring Experts worldwide.
Chris Cividino is a Future Learning Coordinator and HSIE Teacher at Callaghan College Wallsend Campus. Chris is interested in Future focus pedagogies and emerging technologies in education. He is interested in technology that can virtually transport people, concepts and ideas globally in immersive VR. Spending the first 23 years of his indoors during cold Canadian winters, Chris developed a passion for technology and gaming.
Dr Jill Scevak is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Newcastle (Australia) in the discipline of educational and developmental psychology. Jill is a registered psychologist and a member of the Australian Psychological Society. Her research interests are in academic and affective learning factors and individual differences in learning in primary, secondary and tertiary education. Jill has researched the use of spatial aids for learning. To find out more about Jill click here.