Keynote Speakers

William Rankin - USA


Unfolding Deeper Learning: Designing Education for Tomorrow (and Today) 

For almost five centuries, our classrooms and teaching have been shaped by a particular relationship between people and information that emerged from the technologies of printing and print culture. Yet as emerging technologies such as mobility, pervasive connectivity, social networking, and digital creation radically change our relationship with the world around us, our approaches to teaching and learning must change as well. Building from current educational theory and recent research, this session will propose a multidimensional approach for engaging learners.
By designing a learning environment that knits together content, community, and context — the three dimensions of learning — we can encourage deeper learning that is tightly connected to local cultures and strongly supported by social bonds. This interactive presentation will give you key tools and insights for transforming your own learning environments and making them productive and relevant in a world of pervasive access and connection

William Rankin

About William Rankin

Dr William Rankin is a learning designer and educator with broad experience in educational technologies. For more than 25 years, he has worked with schools, governments, and learning organisations throughout the world to design, develop, and implement innovative learning programmes. His interest in using real-world projects to break learning out of the confines of the classroom walls is designed to equip learners with the experience and fusion skills they’ll need to succeed in the third millennium.

Dr Rankin works as the Director of Learning and Research for pi-top, an innovative learning company based in London. There, he leads a global team of experienced educators who are creating socially constructionist learning challenges that combine coding, physical computing, and challenge-based learning for primary and secondary students. From 2013 to 2016, he served as Director of Learning on the global education team at Apple Inc. in Cupertino, California, where he had responsibility for developing, promoting, and enhancing innovative teaching and learning in pre-K to post-20 education. While there, he helped design, implement, and assess the project now known as the Apple Developer Academies, a global program for young app developers. Using student-led, challenge-based learning; research-supported, purpose-built learning facilities; and a holistic curricular design emphasizing both technical and human skills, these programs offer late secondary, university, and adult learners the chance to master coding and development by designing solutions for real challenges in their everyday lives.



Richard Gerver - UK


Education: A Manifesto for Change

Education is the most important factor determining the future of our young people, our economy, our society and ultimately our planet.  Richard uses his experience-driven insights to clarify the vision, thinking and processes we must adopt if we are to develop a system that prepares our young people for the future.
Bringing together his career as a former award-winning teacher, globally renowned principal, school and university board member and government policy advisor, Richard speaks with clarity and precision, explaining exactly what skills, behaviours and attributes our students need to achieve success in the modern world and how we as educators help them to acquire and develop them.


Richard Gerver

About Richard Gerver

Richard Gerver has been described as one of the most inspirational leaders of his generation. He is an award-winning speaker, bestselling author and world-renowned thinker. Richard began his career in education, most notably as headmaster of the failing Grange Primary School. In just two years, famously transformed into one of the most acclaimed learning environments in the world. He was celebrated by UNESCO and the UK Government for its incredible turnaround. Richard has since transitioned to the global stage where he uses his trademark humour and natural style to deliver passionate, provocative and authentic speeches. He draws upon the first-hand experiences and unique insights garnered from frontline education to explore the links between great leadership, human potential, change and innovation. Richard is also a bestselling author. His first book, Creating Tomorrow’s Schools Today (now in its second edition), has become a seminal text around the world for those engaged in the transformation of education. Richard will also be publishing a new book: Education: A Manifesto for Change, to be published in April 2019, this book will explore how our school system can be made fit for purpose in our turbulent 21st-century world.