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Independent Schools Queensland (ISQ) and Queensland Schools Network for Emerging Technologies (QLDSNET) are collaborating to host the inaugural Education in AI Conference.

This conference has been tailored specifically to explore how generative AI is being harnessed across secondary schools. Discover firsthand accounts of AI integration in teaching and learning, enhancing both classroom engagement and workflow efficiency. Speakers will engage in critical discussions on ethical considerations, policy formation, and safeguarding assessment integrity.

Unpack generative AI's role in education, managing its challenges, and harnessing its power to shape future learning environments. 

Meet our guest speakers (more speakers to be announced soon)

Head of Digital Education, Hillbrook Anglican School


Miriam is an experienced educator and advocate for integrating technology into the mainstream learning experience. Miriam has spearheaded the Digital Access Pass initiative in her school, a program designed to educate students on safe, responsible, and ethical behaviour when engaging in their online environments. Additionally, she champions the participation of women in education through her role on the executive of the Association of Women Educators. Miriam's efforts have made a significant impact on both the education and business communities, empowering students to thrive in a rapidly changing world. Passionate about sharing best practice, Miriam has been instrumental in the formation of Queensland Schools Network for Emerging Technologies.

Chief Executive Officer, ISQ


Christopher Mountford was appointed the Chief Executive Officer for Independent Schools Queensland in June 2021. Previously, he held the position of Queensland Executive Director of the Property Council of Australia.

Christopher has more than two decades of experience in member-based advocacy organisations and government relations across multiple industries. Importantly, he also has an exceptional understanding of government regulation and has been influential on numerous state and local government advisory boards.

Christopher holds a Bachelor of Arts (Political Science) and a Bachelor of Economics and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).

Head of eLearning & Innovation, St John’s Anglican College


Sharon Singh is the college head of e-Learning & Innovation, and IT Curriculum Coordinator, at St John’s Anglican College in Brisbane. A lead international educator in Computer Science and IT for nearly 30 years, she has worked globally including in Fiji, Hong Kong, Korea, and now Australia. Her experience includes a senior project officer at Education Queensland, an examiner for the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO); IB DP, MYP, and PYP; North American Advanced Placement (AP); Cambridge IGCSE; and the Australian Curriculum. With her passion for innovation, Sharon proactively provides thought leadership and commentary on IT and Computer Science education for educators globally. She is the Australian Member Representative to the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) TC 3 (Education) and the Secretary to IFIP TC3 Executive Committee; the chair of the ACS ICT Educators Committee; a board member of QSITE, a CSIRO STEM professional, and member of the QLDSNET. Sharon is a recipient of a 2021 Peter Doherty Excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education award; a 2021 finalist for the Queensland College of Teachers TEACHX Innovation in Teaching Award, a 2019 ACS Gold Disruptor award for ICT Educator of the Year; and is a gold medallist of the University of the South Pacific (USP). She is a Queensland Justice of Peace (Qualified) and an international faculty for Haggai International.

Associate Professor, The University of Queensland

Jason Lodge, PhD

Jason is Associate Professor of Educational Psychology and Director of the Learning, Instruction, and Technology Lab in the School of Education and is a Deputy Associate Dean (Academic) in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at The University of Queensland. He has published over 130 refereed articles and is a national award-winning educator. Jason’s research with his lab focuses on self-regulated learning, curriculum and assessment, and artificial intelligence.

Session title: Learning and assessment into the future

Overview of session: Since the emergence of ChatGPT, there has been much discussion about the threat to academic integrity posed by generative AI. However, the evolution of large language models and other, increasingly sophisticated AI also warrants reform of what and how we teach. Addressing academic integrity issues is intimately intertwined with the need to revise teaching and learning approaches. In this session, we will explore what future assessment will need to look like to ensure academic integrity and align with a world where AI is ubiquitous.

CEO, Islamic College of Brisbane

Ali Kadri

Ali Kadri is a dynamic leader in both the educational and technological realms, currently serving as the CEO of the Islamic College of Brisbane, Queensland's largest Islamic school. With a rich background in business, technology, and education, Mr. Kadri brings a unique perspective to the integration of AI in educational strategies. His academic journey spans multiple disciplines, including a Master of Business Administration from Charles Sturt University, a Master in Professional Accounting from James Cook University, and a Graduate Certificate in International Relations from Griffith University. His professional career has been marked by significant achievements in vocational education and technology sectors, notably as the founder of Cloudemy, where he launched a successful tech startup developing innovative student, assessment, and learning management systems.

As an advocate for using technology to enhance educational outcomes, Mr. Kadri is committed to exploring how technology, particularly AI, can be harnessed to support teaching and learning while overcoming cultural and language barriers. His insights at the conference are anticipated to illuminate the potential of AI in fostering an educational landscape that is innovative, inclusive, and forward-thinking.

Head of AI & Digital Societies, ThinkPlaceX and Chief Impact Officer, Ed Institute

Darren Menachemson

Darren is the Ed Institute’s Chief Impact Officer, and also is a partner in world-leading impact accelerator ThinkPlaceX, where he serves as its Head of AI and Digital Societies and its Chief Ethicist. Over 20 years, Darren has worked for public good impact, designing national initiatives that tackle the most complex societal challenges of an increasingly digital world. His focus on AI is two-fold – how it can be used for positive impact in areas such as education, healthcare and environmental protection; and how the risk AIs pose to society can be managed and mitigated through policy, regulation and practice.

In addition to his Ed Institute and ThinkPlaceX roles, Darren is a Non-Executive Director of the Global Health Security Network, an international organisation that works to establish networks and policy settings for global public health security. He is also a board member for ThinkAction, a Johns Hopkins University international development partner.

Dean of Pedagogy and Innovative Practice, St Aidan's Anglican Girls' School

Joel Glazebrook

Joel Glazebrook is the Dean of Pedagogy and Innovative Practice at St Aidan's Anglican Girls' School, Corinda. For the past decade, Joel has worked in eLearning and digital pedagogy change management across a number of different schooling systems. With a background in the English and Philosophy & Reason teaching areas, Joel is committed to a critical, creative, and equitable approach to technological integration. Joel is currently completing his PhD in Philosophy through the University of Queensland.  

Senior School Teacher Librarian, Anglican Church Grammar School (Churchie)

Fiona Philip

Fiona Philip is a Teacher-Librarian with a Master of Education and over 12 years’ experience in creating innovative and dynamic learning environments to enrich learning experiences. As a key member of the school’s AI working committee she has played an instrumental role in developing school policy and determining pedagogical direction in terms of generative AI literacy, academic integrity, research and study skills.

AI for Teaching and Learning Project Leader, All Hallows’ School

Vince Wall

Vince is the AI for Teaching and Learning Project Leader at All Hallows’ School. His role is to lead members of the school community in their journey to ethically and strategically engage with Generative AI. He has expertise in exploring innovative and immersive learning experiences for classrooms. Vince regularly presents at educational conferences and teacher professional learning events. He has authored numerous journal articles on history teaching, and digital pedagogies including the creation and use of AR and 3D models in the classroom. Vince has post-graduate qualifications in historical studies and in educational leadership. He is currently working on his PhD. It focuses on best practice uses of emergent digital technologies, including Artificial Intelligence within subject specific pedagogies.

Head of Learning & Innovation, Ormiston College

Craig Askin

Craig is the Head of Learning and Innovation at Ormiston College. He is committed to enhancing education outcomes through the meaningful integration of Digital Technologies. He also has a strong interest digital pedagogies and helps staff to stay up to date with current technology trends and best practices. Craig is a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert and his use of Virtual Reality (VR) experiences in the classroom positively impacts student engagement and achievement. Through Craig’s leadership, Ormiston College has been recognised as one of Australia's most innovative schools and was a winner of the Best Use of Technology awards in 2021 and 2022 at the Australian Education Awards.

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