Ep 9: Interview with Summer Howarth

June 12, 2017

In episode 9, we interview the fantastic Summer Howarth, the Director of Learning Design at EduChangemakers. Summer is one of the most passionate and hard-working educators out there and this chat could have gone on for days. We discuss the origins of TeachMeet in Australia and discover why libraries, cheese and 7-minute stories go together. Summer shares insight into why teaching was a calling for her and how her story evolved through school. We also unpack the vast portfolio of work that Summer and the EduChangemakers team do, exploring everything from design thinking to lean startup to how to impact change in schools. Summer also unveils some new feature events for EduChange (you'll have to listen to hear these exclusives!). We hope you enjoy the show. Dean and I would also love it if you could take a few minutes of your time to leave us a review on iTunes, PodBean or Soundcloud. 

Summer Howarth - bio
https://twitter.com/EduSum - @edusum
Director of Learning Design @educhangemakers | Educator | Enthusiast | Adolescent Advocate |

Listed by the Educator Hotlist in 2016 as one of the most influential figures in Australian education and a founding member of TeachMeet.

TeachMeet Sydney - https://tmsydney.wikispaces.com/
Henrietta Miller - https://twitter.com/henriettaMi
Matt Esterman - https://twitter.com/mesterman


Steve Glaveski - https://twitter.com/SteveGlaveski
Maths Pathway - http://www.mathspathway.com/
Tim Ferris - DSSS model of learning: http://tim.blog/2013/05/20/accelerated-learning-techniques/
Josh Reid Jones - https://twitter.com/JoshReidJones


Ep 8: Interview with Mary-Lou O’Brien

May 21, 2017

In episode 8, Dean and I interview Mary-Lou O'Brien, the Chief Digital Officer for Melbourne Girls Grammar School. Mary-Lou is a Chief Digital Officer, a self-confessed Geek, Trend Watcher, Aussie eTail Pioneer, Entrepreneur, Intrapreneur, Global Explorer, Mother to two & forever a student! Mary-Lou challenges our BYOD perspective with Bring Your Own Technology. We discuss the journey from BYOD to BYOT, including the rationale behind allowing students full choice over the device they choose to use for their learning. Mary-Lou shares the story behind the MGGS Centre for Educational Enterprise. The Centre for Education Enterprise is provoking and leading conversations with globally minded educators by enhancing and supporting community and student enterprise. A true leader in the field of education technology, this conversation with Mary-Lou O'Brien won't disappoint. 

Show notes



Centre for Educational Enterprise - https://cee.mggs.vic.edu.au/





Yong Zhao: http://zhaolearning.com/

David Price: http://engagedlearning.co.uk/


Ep 7: BYOD: Friend or Foe

May 8, 2017

Bring Your Own Device, Bring Your Own Designated Device, Bring Your Own Browser, Bring Your Own Technology...Bring Your Own Disaster? If you have a BYOD program, episode 7 of Design and Play is for you. Dean and I take a deep dive into the pluses and minuses of a 'Bring Your Own Device' program. We share what criteria we use to select devices as well as debate the topic of choice within device programs. We also introduce a new segment to the show called 'Habits of Learning'. This segment will showcase the habits of learning our guests use to learn something new. Dean and I start the ball rolling. Enjoy the show!

Show notes









Ep 6: Interview with Charlotte Forwood

April 30, 2017

In Episode 6, Dean and Steve are joined by a special guest, Charlotte Forwood from Strathcona Baptist Girls Grammar School. Charlotte Forwood (Ph.D.) is the Leader of Advanced Learning at Strathcona BGGS. Her role focuses on advancing the learning of all students and provides her with opportunities to engage with teachers and students across all year levels and subject areas. As a teacher/speech pathologist, she is particularly interested in helping students develop both their oral language and their ‘internalised’ vocabulary. She is fascinated by technology which allows students to collaborate, customise their learning and provide tangible evidence of progress. Charlotte loves tinkering with tech and developing her own tech skills. She is the co-coordinator of the Boroondara Gifted Network.

Topics covered in this episode include:

* Meeting your PLN face to face for the first time

* Being brave on Twitter and reaching out to experts to help your students

* Design thinking projects - Charlotte shares the great work her Year 8 girls did in partnership with Lufthansa airlines

* How boys and girls differ in their approach to design thinking

 * #strathypln - The hashtag co-created by Charlotte, Karyn Murray (@karynmurray22), Michelle Newel (@michelnewel) and Tracey Herft (@therft1) to connect educators at her school to the world of Twitter


* Charlotte's Twitter handle - @talkinged19

* Hashtags to connect with Charlotte and her staff: #imaginatezone #devlangdis #strathyPLN




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Ep 5: Makerspaces and conferences

April 17, 2017

Episode 5 of Design and Play is all about makerspaces and conferences. For schools looking to create a making culture at their school, Dean shares insights into his school's journey. There is some great advice for schools just starting and for schools a little way down the path. We also spend time unpacking conferences as a whole. Looking at them from a multitude of angles; attendee, presenter, organiser, we talk about the fit of conferences in the modern professional learning portfolio. The TeachTehcPlay conference provides most of the inspiration for our conversation. 


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2016 K-12 Horizon Report - https://www.nmc.org/publication/nmc-cosn-horizon-report-2016-k-12-edition/

Agency by Design - http://www.agencybydesign.org/

Project Zero thinking routines - http://bit.ly/2pnJ7US





Ep. 4: Interview with Terry Byers

March 26, 2017

In Episode 4, Dean and I continue our conversations with great educators with our interview of Dr. Terry Byers.  Terry Byers is currently the Director of Innovation in Learning at the Anglican Church Grammar School (Churchie) in Brisbane, Queensland and is one of the leading research voices on the impact of modern learning spaces on teaching and learning.  Terry shares insights from his work at Churchie, the Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage project ‘Evaluating 21st Century Learning Environments’ (E21LE) and the ARC Linkage Project ‘Innovative Learning Environments and Teacher Change’.  For anyone interested in learning spaces and their impact on learning, this is a must listen.  Terry's openness and willingness to share are evident throughout the podcast and the shownotes themselves are worth their weight in gold.  We hope you enjoy the show.


Terry Byers - https://twitter.com/tezzabyers

Churchie - https://www.churchie.com.au/

E21LE - http://e21le.com/




Clever Classroom project - https://www.salford.ac.uk/cleverclassrooms/1503-Salford-Uni-Report-DIGITAL.pdf

Educause - https://www.educause.edu/

MIT Teal room - https://icampus.mit.edu/projects/teal/

Tyack and Tobin: The 'Grammar' of Schooling - https://www.jstor.org/stable/1163222?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents

ARC Innovative Learning Environments and Teacher Change - http://www.iletc.com.au/

ISTE ICOT - http://www.iste.org/docs/excel-files/icot.xlsm?sfvrsn=2




Ep. 3: Interview with Trent Ray

March 13, 2017

In episode 3, Dean and I interview our first guest, the fantastic Trent Ray.  We discuss the topic of 21st Century learning design and whether we should still be calling it 21st Century learning now that we are 17 years in.  Trent gives one of the best definitions we have ever heard of collaboration and how we should foster it in classrooms.   We take a close look at Trent's new initiative, Collective Education, which looks to redefine professional learning for teachers through immersive coaching.  To round out the show, we ask Trent what his go-to application for building thinking capacity is.  

About Trent Ray

  • Founder of Collective Education and Diigital Pedagogies and ICT Curriculum Coach
  • Microsoft Teacher Ambassador 
  • MIE Expert 2015
  • Formally a Curriculum Innovation Leading Teacher
  • Facilitator 21st Century Learning Design Program
  • ICT Peer Coaching Facilitator










Design and Play Episode 2: Modern Agile Jedi

March 1, 2017

In episode two of Design and Play, Dean and I discuss the hype surrounding modern learning environments. This is a conversation that sparks more questions than answers but is the start of a deep dialogue into their effectiveness. We talk about all things AGILE and share our experiences of witnessing corporate agile teams in action. Can schools learn from these methodologies? We think so. Inspired by Graham Martin-Brown, we also talk Jedis and Stormtroopers and how we need to develop and support the EdTech Rebel Alliance. No more bland technology please! 



Brian Murphy – Twitter - https://twitter.com/brionomurchu

Harry Potter hats using LittleBits - https://twitter.com/georgibishop/status/836179387896610817

James Colbert - https://twitter.com/jcolbert1980


Modern Learning environments 

http://www.aaronsw.com/weblog/officespace - Thanks @mrkrndvs

David Thornburg & Learning Metaphors - http://tcpd.org/Thornburg/Handouts/Campfires.pdf

Claire Amos post - https://teachingandelearning.blogspot.com.au/2017/02/claire-victoria-amos-nz-educatiors.html

Terry Byers - https://twitter.com/tezzabyers





Richard Olsen & Modern Learning Canvas - http://modernlearningcanvas.com/ - https://twitter.com/richardolsen

EduScrum - an edit of Scrum for the educational system -http://eduscrum.nl/en/


Simon Breakspear and Agile Schools - Improvement sprints - http://www.agileschools.com/

Eric Ries http://theleanstartup.com/

Dr. Jeff Sutherland - https://www.scruminc.com/


EdTech Rebel Alliance 

Article - https://medium.com/learning-re-imagined/the-edtech-rebel-alliance-65bfd34b8836#.bipos85m6


Learning Re-imagined - http://learning-reimagined.com/

Tedx Talk - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6IsDmManq8

Jedi EdTech

Night Zookeeper,

Erase All Kittens,

SAM Labs,


Stepping Into Business,

Detective Dot,

A Tale Unfolds,

Technology Will Save Us


Design and Play - Episode 1: The beginning

February 17, 2017

Welcome to the first episode of Design and Play, a podcast all about education, technology, innovation, design and creativity. Design and Play is hosted by Steve Brophy and Dean Pearman, two Directors of Digital Learning from Melbourne Australia. In the first episode, Dean and Steve share a little bit about their backgrounds, including their hectic start to the school year and then shoot the breeze on a range of topics.  Topics include digital detox and minimalism, falling in love with the self help section at the library, technology premortum as a planning assistant for staff and ways they are approaching the new Digitial Technologies curriculum launched in Australia in 2017.  Each fortnight, Dean and Steve will discuss topics of interest and interview amazing educators and learners.   


  1. NoTosh
  2. TeachTechPlay
  3. Cal Newport
  4. Deep Work
  5. Brain.fm
  6. Cofftivity
  7. Smart change by Art Markman
  8. Two guys on your head
  9. Smarter Faster Better by Charles Duhigg
  10. Harvard Maker Centered learning
  11. Maker Centered Learning book
  12. Invent to Learn by Gary Stager and Sylvia Martinez
  13. Brain Rules by John Medina
  14. Gamestorming
  15. Start with Why by Simon Sinek