Reimagine Education with Microsoft at EduTECH 2023

Mark your calendars! EduTECH, the largest gathering of the brightest minds in the education industry, returns on August 24-25 in Melbourne and we can’t wait to connect with our community.

Our expert-led sessions will cover a range of topics where you can discover just how many tools Microsoft has to offer for creating the ultimate teaching and learning environment, where learning is inclusive, students are engaged, and real-time insights ensure every student is set up for success. 

To start planning your Microsoft EduTECH experience, check out our full schedule below, including our Educator and IT Professional Development sessions.  

Next step, register to get your free expo pass for EduTECH 2023!

Plan your Microsoft EduTECH schedule 

Microsoft’s featured Keynote  

Education in the age of AI, making it real 

Thursday 24 August, 9:40am

Presented by: Lee Hickin, National Technology Officer – Microsoft

Generative AI has taken the world by storm across all industries including education. While we need to ensure it is inclusive, ethical, and safe, there are significant potential gains for systems, schools, teachers and learners once realised. Now is the time to start creating the future of education using this powerful technology, so let’s start the conversation about potential challenges, opportunities and examples of what might be possible.


Critical Conversations for Leaders – AI in Education 

Thursday 24 August, 11:20am 

Presented by: Travis Smith, K-12 Industry Lead – Microsoft

As with any change in education, the degree to which the educational leaders are involved is one of the most impactful elements. With AI innovation moving so fast, what do you need to know or think about to take advantage of this emerging technology safely and ethically?  Let’s look at some possibilities and opportunities moving forward, and have a real discussion about the impact you as a leader can have…..because this is much more than an IT discussion.   

The Impact of AI in ANZ – Education and Beyond (Discussion and Q&A)

Friday 25 August, 9:00am 

Presented by: Lee Hickin, National Technology Officer – Microsoft and Travis Smith, K-12 Industry Lead –  Microsoft 

Join Lee Hickin and Travis Smith in a discussionabout AI in the world of education and beyond. Lee works with all public sector industries across ANZ including education, Government, health and more, giving him insights into the ways that AI will impact our lives within and beyond education.  

Microsoft Theatre Sessions  

Join us in the Microsoft Theatre for dedicated breakout sessions for IT Leaders and Educators. New sessions will be added to the line up in the lead up to EduTECH, so be sure to check back for the latest!

Microsoft IT Leader Sessions

Thursday 24th August

Tailored for: IT Leaders

Location: Microsoft Theatre (Room 106), Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

11:20am Building a secure ChatGPT style app for EducationCome and see how the Department for Education South Australia developed a Generative AI chatbot for SA schools in partnership with Microsoft. The Department will demo EdChat and how it has put safety, security and responsible AI use at the centre of their generative AI pilot.
11:50amTurning data into insights in an AI World
Join us for an exciting session looking at the latest technology underpinning data in schools. No matter what platforms you use, schools and school systems are moving from data silos to enterprise data warehousing and running ML and AI to develop insights. Let’s go exploring.
12:20pmMigrate & Modernize Education with Azure
Join us for an exciting session on how to migrate and modernize education with Azure. Cloud computing is revolutionizing the way we teach and learn. It’s enabling K-12 and Higher Education staff, students as well as administrators to save time, improve teaching and learning outcomes and provide a secure foundation for the institutions to innovate, be agile and respond to changing needs of our communities. In this session, you’ll learn how Microsoft is supporting education institutions to securely adopt Azure Cloud services, as well as and the programs available  to accelerate this journey. You’ll also learn about the opportunities and challenges education institutions are addressing by moving to Azure.
1:30pmRefresh any classroom for hybrid
learning with new Teams features

Learn how you can use the power of Teams, Teams Rooms and the brand new generative AI features in Teams Premium to make every educator and learner feel included whether they are in the room or elsewhere.   We’ll walk through different room configurations, device options and the latest intelligent Teams features to give you all you need to get started on your hybrid classroom refresh.
2:00pmViva for Everyone – How Viva can improve your dayLearn how you can leverage the Microsoft Viva employee experience platform to improve the day-to-day life of staff and students.
2.30pmGet Ready for CopilotCopilots are coming to all of your Microsoft apps. Are you ready? Learn what you can do now to prepare for generative AI copilots in your school. Security and compliance, services to use, sorting out your data and generative AI tools you can try right now, today.
3:00pmFireside Chat: What is Data Security?
With the rise of data breaches, ransomware and insider threats, you will learn best practices of implementing a data security strategy to know, classify and protect your sensitive data.
3:30pmCyber Resilience with Microsoft
Defender XDR

Learn how to protect, detect and respond to today’s cyber threats across identities, email, endpoints and cloud apps with Microsoft 365 Defender.
4:00pmEnd to end SecOps with Microsoft Sentinel
Today’s threat landscape requires complete observability and automated outcomes. Whether you are an IT team of one or one hundred, join this session to learn how to get started with a cloud-native SIEM and SOAR.

Microsoft Educator Sessions

Friday 25th August

Tailored for: Educators & School Leaders

Location: Microsoft Theatre (Room 106), Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

10:00amKeep up, catch up and get ahead: Introducing no-cost Learning Accelerators​
Microsoft Learning Accelerators are a new category of learning tools included in Microsoft 365 for Education that help streamline the creation, review, and analysis of practice assignments while providing students real-time coaching along the way for them to catch up, keep up, and get ahead.
10:30amBoost reading skills: Develop student confidence and competence
If you haven’t seen Reading Progress and Reading Coach you are missing out. These free tools built-into Microsoft 365 help accelerate reading fluency and comprehension gains by streamlining the creation, review, and analysis of reading fluency practice for educators and providing real-time coaching to students on identified words. This session will showcase some of the latest updates to these tools including comprehension questions and custom AI generated passages.
11:00amHow are you? Reflect and communicate
in Teams

Would you like to gain valuable feedback in regards to the well-being and health of your classroom community? Microsoft Reflect can do this as well as help broaden learners’ emotional vocabulary and deepen empathy for their peers. This session will give you an overview of this tool and how it is making a difference in classrooms and schools.
11:30amInclusive isn’t elusive with Windows 11 and Microsoft 365
Discover how to adjust accessibility features and settings in Windows 11 and Microsoft 365 to cater a vast array of needs, from student to educator!
12:30pmSmart search, informed students: Introducing Search Coach/Progress
Searching for credible information online can be a daunting task for learners. This session will introduce you to Search Coach and Search Progress which provide students with real-time coaching on how to form effective queries and identify reliable resources in a secure environment plus. See how these tools also give you access to individual and class-level data on students’ search habits.  
1:00pmSupercharge your classroom with new features in Teams
Microsoft Teams continues to get better and better. This session will explore updates like Classwork, improved marking categories and updates to feedback and marking flows. Come explore these features so you can supercharge your classroom and save yourself some time!
1:30pmIncrease Teacher productivity with Bing Chat
The world is buzzing with the opportunities Generative AI such as Bing Chat and Chat GPT are offering. Bing Chat, built in to Microsoft Edge is ready for teachers who want to save time and enhance their student’s learning experience. This session will showcase some examples of how teachers can find relevant and reliable information on any topic, generate creative content and provide feedback and suggestions to improve their students’ work.

See you there!

We can’t wait to see you at EduTECH 2023. Grab your ticket now and follow us on Facebook for our latest updates.