Jo was part of a team of teachers who has facilitated a student led conference celebrating a love of learning with technology in New Zealand and, in 2022, brought this concept to Australia to hold the first "DigiDo" student led conference in Adelaide. This event was an opportunity for schools from across all sectors and industry professionals to collaborate and was underpinned by Tuakana Teina. "Tuakana-teina is a concept from te ao Māori and refers to the relationship between an older (tuakana) person and a younger (teina) person. Within teaching and learning contexts, this can take a variety of forms such as peer to peer, younger to older, older to younger, or able/expert to less able/expert" (Education Gazette NZ definition). She is passionate about innovative thinking, student agency and creative curriculum design.
Jo is the Digital Technologies Specialist at Scotch College Junior Campus and teaches alongside classroom teachers to lift their pedagogy in the emerging technologies space. At lunchtimes, her classroom is a buzz with students producing all sorts of creations in the Maker Space. She has a Postgraduate Certificate in Digital and Collaborative Learning from The Mindlab, Auckland, New Zealand.
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