• ICT Skills and Integration
  • IT/Network Administration
  • Leadership
  • Technologies

The AI in K-12 Education Symposium

PL # 13809
Starting on 23 Mar 2023
Cancellation permitted until 19 Mar 2023

Registration Close : 22 Mar 2023

Delivery Format : In Person

Pricing Normal
For Members $85
For Catholic Members $110
For Non-Members $150
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Registrations open to :

  • AISWA Member Schools (non-CEO)
  • Catholic Member Schools
  • Non-Members


Presented by Datacom, hosted by AISWA


The AI in K-12 Education Symposium on March 23rd, 2023 is a must-attend event for educators, administrators, and industry professionals. Join us as we explore the latest advancements in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and how it can be integrated into K-12 education safely and with student outcomes in mind. Our line-up of expert speakers and thought leaders will delve into topics such as what AI is (and isn’t), its current and future capabilities, and how students and teachers can harness its power. We will also discuss the challenges of managing assessments and curriculum with AI in the mix and how it will change teaching and learning this year and into the future. Don't miss this opportunity to gain valuable insights, get a better understanding of AI and network with industry.

Part 1


Arrival, Registration & Coffee



Acknowledgement of Country and introduction



Stephen Payne and MS - AI. What it is.



Datacom Connect / Datacom AI - Conversational AI  - What is it? How is it being use? - AI in Production Environments



Curtin University - Rachel + Primary teacher -  What are we teaching Pre-Service Teachers about use of AI in classrooms?



Coffee break



Hale School - Rob - How are they skilling up the senior teachers at Hale School? A student'st perspective


Part 2


AI Demonstrations - Text, Art, Music - Combining them all



Kim Flintoff – COSN response to AI in K-12


Part 3


Panel Discussion



( Rachel Sheffield (Curtin)/ Stephen Payne (MS) / Peter Coutis (Hale School)/ Brett Salakas (HP inc) - Schellie-Jayne Price (Murdoch UNI/ AI Lawyer), Zina (ECU)



Lunch break


Part 4




Breakout session 1 - Leadership Teams - Policies


• How we communicate to Parents?


• Complete Ban?


• Is there an Acceptable Use Policy?


Breakout session 2 - Teachers - How to use AI in Classroom


• How can students use it?



• How can teachers use it?



Wrap Up / discussion



Hall Jackson

Hall Jackson

Hall Jackson is an educator and trainer with worldwide experience in both K-12 and adult learning.
I help educational and health organisations employ technologies to enhance student learning, improve services and outcomes.
I enjoy helping schools and health organisations to maximise their return on IT investment by making sure that the infrastructure, management, software, devices and staff training work together to make the technology effectively disappear so teachers can focus on teaching and health staff can focus on their patients.

Adrienne Merlo

Adrienne Merlo

Adrienne Merlo is a skilled professional with a diverse range of experience in communications and technology.. Her passion for using technology to solve business problems and drive digital disruption is evident in her day-to-day thinking. Adrienne is currently working as Practice Manager - Conversational AI at Datacom where she is responsible for the management of design services, providing sizing and configuration assistance, and performing needs assessments, strategic direction of the Conversational AI practice. Prior to joining Datacom she was the Principal Solution Designer at Nuance communications where she owned the overall design of the chatbot's information architecture, leveraging customer data analysis and partnering with computational linguists.

Rob Barugh

Rob Barugh

Rob Barugh is a highly experienced and knowledgeable Director of Learning Technology at Hale School. With over 20 years of experience in the field, he has been instrumental in guiding the school's use of technology to enhance student learning. With a passion for data analytics, adaptive learning solutions, and digital literacy, Rob has a deep understanding of the impact that technology can have on education. His dedication to driving innovation in the classroom has been instrumental in the success of Hale School's technology initiatives, making it a leader in the use of technology for education.

Peter Coutis

Peter Coutis

Dr Peter Coutis is Deputy Headmaster of Hale School in Perth. Peter has held significant leadership roles across the tertiary, corporate and secondary education sectors. Prior to joining the teaching profession, he worked as a research academic in the areas of applied mathematics and mathematics education and has, since 2018, served on the Research Committee of the International Boys’ Schools Coalition. With experience in co-educational and all-boys schooling environments, Peter’s current pedagogical and research interests centre around promoting academic care (the melding of quality classroom teaching and pastoral care) and the primacy of teacher-student relationships in that space. Peter views technological applications as enablers, not drivers, of quality learning outcomes, especially when those applications can challenge what need to be challenged and support what needs to be supported.

Rachel Sheffield

Rachel Sheffield

Dr Rachel Sheffield is an Associate Professor in the School of Education at Curtin University, Australia and is a passionate science educator and the Chair of the prestigious Curtin Academy which supports and celebrates excellent teaching. Rachel has a Bachelor of Science, Master of Science Education, and PhD in Education (Science). She has won several Faculty, University and National awards for Teaching Excellence exploring innovation, and was awarded an Executive Endeavour Fellowship in 2016 to Laos working with Laotian teachers. Her work with the STEMinist group through grants has seen her travel to India, Indonesia and Malaysia supporting pre-service teachers, teachers and primary students. In 2020 she was inducted into the WA Women’s Hall of Fame for her 30 years of service to STEM and Science Education. Rachel was a 2019 Homeward Bound participant selected as an acknowledgement of her work and influence in science education promoting women in STEM and supporting and collaborating with STEM women from around the world.  At present she is commissioned by UNESCO under the authority of the Director of UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education to report on global citizenship education (GCED) in the Asia-Pacific region and supporting educators through her work with the United Nations Association of Western Australia.

Steven Payne

Steven Payne

A former teacher, Steven now works with Microsoft ANZ, supporting staff at schools and universities in WA to make the most out of Microsoft 365 technologies. His work with schools includes training and consultancy on: Microsoft 365, coding, physical computing, mixed reality, and artificial intelligence (AI) - all the things that help bring digital technologies into the classroom to enhance learning and improve efficiency across all curriculum areas.

Kim Flintoff

Kim Flintoff

Formerly an internationally recognised high school Drama teacher and teacher educator, and Learning Futures Advisor at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia and his work sees him engaged in global advisory and consultation roles in all education sectors.

As well as coordinating the Learning Futures Network and the Innovative Schools Consortium, he is also a founding member of the ShapingEDU community and continues as Neighbourhood Mayor for the Connect Education and the Workforce of the Future group, advisory board member to Consortium of Schools Networking Driving K-12 Innovation initiative, FutureWe, NetEDU, OneHE and other projects around the world.

His current research is considering the impact of educational collaborative networks on school innovation and transformation.

Brett Salakas

Brett Salakas

Brett Salakas, the HP Education Ambassador, is an international keynote speaker, the best-selling author of ‘A MAMMOTH Lesson’, the founder of #aussieED (the largest online network of teachers in Australia) and the co-founder of both the ED Poets Society and #TheWalkingED. Brett is a Primary School teacher and experienced leader who, over the past 26 years, has taught in South East Asia and Australia. He is passionately committed to turning educational theory into real classroom practice. Brett is all about CONNECTION, COLLABORATION and INSPIRATION.

Schellie-Jayne Price

Schellie-Jayne Price

Schellie-Jayne (“SJ”) Price is a partner at Stirling & Rose, a legal and commercial advisory practice specialising in emerging technology, where she leads the AI practice.  She is a lecturer in Law and Technology at Murdoch University Law School, where her most recent course was the first law school unit in Australia to incorporate the use of ChatGPT into the classes and assessments.  She is on the Advisory Board for the Centre for Legal Innovation of the College of Law,  founded and was the inaugural chair of the Legal Technology and Innovation Community for corporate lawyers across Australia and winner of the WiTWA Tech +20 Award. 

Dan Bowen

Dan Bowen

Dan’s role is to empower Microsoft Education customers to achieve more. He works across all of the Microsoft technology stack including Azure, Microsoft 365, Data, AI, Windows devices, Microsoft Surface, Intune, and Dynamics and the Power Platform.  

He has a wealth of experience in the education sector and has been involved in schools, colleges, universities, corporate environments, blue light services and defence. 

Dan also runs a podcast

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The AI in K-12 Education Symposium

Date / Time

23 Mar 2023 Starts: 07:30 Finishes: 14:00

Delivery Format : In Person

AISWA Training Room Suite 1


Suite 1, 41 Walters Drive
Osborne Park WA 6017

Parking bays are available on Walters Drive (max. fee is $5.00 p/day). To use these bays, you will need to first download the EasyPark App on your phone. https://bit.ly/3R63Ndg When you arrive you can scan the QR code on the parking meter to pay for your parking using the app. Please note that the meters are no longer accepting cash or card payments. Alternatively, public transport is available via train & bus: Joondalup Line – Stop at Glendalough Station. Bus transfers: Bus no. 407, Bus stop: 25350

PL Hours : 6.32

Learning Area

  • ICT Skills and Integration
  • IT/Network Administration
  • Leadership
  • Technologies

School Area

  • Preschool (PK-K)
  • Early Childhood (PK - 2)
  • Primary (P-6)
  • Middle Primary (3-6)
  • Secondary (7-10)
  • Senior Secondary (11 - 12)
  • Leadership
  • Education Assistants

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