A wrap up from FutureSchools Conference and Expo

Last week, on the 23rd and 24th March, the Microsoft education team connected with educators, speakers and edtech innovators from all across Australia at National Future Schools. Expo and Conference.

This year the event took place at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre where educators across Australia visited the Microsoft stand to get hands on with interactive demonstrations on the latest Surface fleet – Surface Hub, Surface Studio, Surface Book and Surface Pro 4.

The excitement around the Surface Studio was palpable, with MIE Expert and Director of Innovation Dean Pearman discussing how he uses Surface to transform learning The Peninsula School:

As well as exploring the Surface family, teachers had the chance to discover more about Microsoft’s solutions to assist teaching in the classroom, such as OneNote learning tools, collaboration, Project Based Learning, and the ease of O365 school integration.

Microsoft’s Academic Program Manager, Dan Bowen, ran a series of Minecraft: Education Edition workshops. The sessions explored the ‘how’ and looked at the skills needed for a future ready workforce, illustrated through examples using Minecraft: Education Edition. Dan showed the capabilities of this new version of Minecraft: Education Edition for schools and also showcased how this can support the STEM agenda for computational thinking, problem solving and Project Based Learning. The sessions also looked at how these skills can be developed with popular tools educators already have in the classroom such as OneNote and Surface.


To the delight of the crowd (in particular Dan Bowen!), we had resident illustrator Matt Heath taking digital portraits on the Surface Studio and Surface Book.  Matt uses a Surface Book in his illustration work, often marrying the traditional with the new by importing a pencil and paper drawing into Adobe Photoshop and adding new elements.

Microsoft’s partner ThinkUKnow were also exhibiting at FutureSchools. This organisation advocates the safe and responsible use of technology and holds workshops around the country on how to stay safe online. Check out their top 10 tips on cybersafety and how to keep students safe online

We had plenty on offer for teachers seeking professional development opportunities, and if you would like to find out more visit our website to view all of the training opportunities on offer near you.


Troy Waller, Microsoft Teacher Ambassador commented “What an amazing couple of days. I was blown away by the excitement and energy of the EduTeam. Everyone was on the ball, ready to answer questions and chat about the great things that are going on at Microsoft Education. “

Thanks again to everyone who came by for a chat at the FutureSchools expo and followed along with the conversation via our Twitter channel.

We are looking forward to an even bigger and better event in Sydney at the EDUtech Expo and Conference on 8th and 9th June 2017. Find our more and register now.