James Curran | Chief Executive Officer & Director
Grok Academy

James Curran, Chief Executive Officer & Director, Grok Academy

Dr. James Curran is the CEO of Grok Academy, an Australian ed-tech charity with a mission to educate all learners in transformative computing skills, knowledge, and dispositions, empowering them to meet the challenges and seize the opportunities of the future. James was a writer on the Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies (version 8 and 9) and the Digital Literacy capability (version 9).  He consults with curriculum authorities and departments of education around Australia. In 2014, James was named ICT Leader of the Year by the ICT Educators of NSW and the Australian Council for Computers in Education. James is Director of the National Computer Science School, the largest computer science school outreach program in Australia. Last year, over 22,500 students and teachers participated in the 5-week NCSS Challenge. Prior to Grok Academy, James completed a PhD in computational linguistics at the University of Edinburgh and was an Associate Professor and Director of the Australian Computing Academy (ACA) at the University of Sydney.  James co-founded Grok Learning in 2013, and in 2021, the ACA and Grok Learning combined to form Grok Academy.


Day 1 @ 09:45

Future Fixers – unlocking amazing ideas in our classrooms

Join Grok Academy’s CEO and curriculum author Dr. James Curran for a discussion on ideas that motivate students to learn new skills e.g.: an app they wished existed or solving a problem with technology.  James will look at using the creative energy in the curriculum to develop the skills to make it work and why we still need to teach programming in a world where Generative AI exists.

Day 1 @ 17:45

GenAI in 20 minutes – what teachers must know

  • Understanding how larger language models like ChatGPT work
  • Strengths and limitations of generative AI
  • Impact of generative (and classification) AI on education and learning
last published: 24/May/24 07:25 GMT

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