Technology Sandpit

To follow up Sally Gill’s Ed Talk prepare to be inspired by attending this hands-on workshop, where a range of hands-on stations will allow you to try a wide variety of digital technologies. Learn about the potential pros and cons of each featured technology, gain ideas and resources to support their use, and talk with upper primary students about how they have used them. Featured technologies will include MaKey MaKey, Scratch, Arduino, Micro:bit, BeeBots, Bebras and other free and low-cost digital options.


Sally Gill has been Principal of Waimea Heights Primary for the past seven years. She has led both rural and city schools. Under her leadership Waimea has been instrumental in exploring real life problem solving using the digital technologies and was also selected as an Amplify STEM school in 2017. The school has rebranded itself as a school focused on developing strong global citizens whose students feel empowered to make a difference. The three year involvement in the New Pedagogies for Deep Learning Project was the initial catalyst for developing the opportunities for deep student learning focused on authentic contexts. In 2016 Sally was a recipient of the John Laing Awards for her contribution to professional learning.  

Philippa Clymo is Assistant Principal at Waimea Heights Primary, where she has been instrumental in supporting digital technologies, STEM and a problem solving approach. She trains all Year 5/6 students in the Future Problem Solving program, and has taken six teams to the national finals in six years, with two teams being selected to represent Australia at international level. Philippa has also pioneered Waimea’s involvement in the Young ICT Explorers competition for three years, supporting teachers and students to use digital technology to solve a multitude of real-world problems. Philippa received a Hardie Fellowship to study STEM Education in USA, and was awarded the TASITE Educator of the Year 2017, and the Tasmanian STEM Teacher of the Year (Primary) 2017.