Karen Swift - Round 2, 2016 Champion

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Karen Swift

Driving the digital agenda

Karen Swift is head of department for business and digital technologies at James Nash State High School in Gympie. Karen leads the school's digital agenda and she has had a significant impact on moving the learning culture to a blended learning model.

Karen has led the transition in the senior school from traditional learning to a blended learning model since 2010. From 2011 to 2015, this involved access to 1:1 mobile computing devices for all senior students. Additionally, she developed models to allow students to take their school device home for wider access to learning opportunities. These initiatives have continued in 2016, with students also being allowed to bring their own device to school.

Karen encourages students' involvement in coding and website construction and is creating opportunities for them to leverage their skills and connections with local organisations such as Gympie Regional Council. She also liaises with parents and the community to promote the need to embrace the digital shift, to highlight changing employment futures, and to encourage online safety.

Among Karen's responsibilities are:

  • planning and resourcing for delivery of the Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies
  • encouraging the creation of a school makerspace
  • designing, developing and implementing technology infrastructure and action plans.

Karen's activities extend beyond the classroom and she also:

  • provides regular eLearning training for school staff
  • mentors eLearning leaders across Queensland
  • leads international study tours for Australian educators
  • presents at international technology in education conferences.

Karen will continue to promote digital education by:

  • leading the development of her school's STEM program
  • working with Gympie Regional Council to deliver the Digital Gympie Action Plan
  • planning eLearning professional services for Queensland educators
  • taking a global role as an International Society for Technology in Education board member for 2016-17.

Karen is nominated by: Gympie Regional Council

Karen Swift

Driving the digital agenda

Karen Swift is head of department for business and digital technologies at James Nash State High School in Gympie. Karen leads the school's digital agenda and she has had a significant impact on moving the learning culture to a blended learning model.

Karen has led the transition in the senior school from traditional learning to a blended learning model since 2010. From 2011 to 2015, this involved access to 1:1 mobile computing devices for all senior students. Additionally, she developed models to allow students to take their school device home for wider access to learning opportunities. These initiatives have continued in 2016, with students also being allowed to bring their own device to school.

Karen encourages students' involvement in coding and website construction and is creating opportunities for them to leverage their skills and connections with local organisations such as Gympie Regional Council. She also liaises with parents and the community to promote the need to embrace the digital shift, to highlight changing employment futures, and to encourage online safety.

Among Karen's responsibilities are:

  • planning and resourcing for delivery of the Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies
  • encouraging the creation of a school makerspace
  • designing, developing and implementing technology infrastructure and action plans.

Karen's activities extend beyond the classroom and she also:

  • provides regular eLearning training for school staff
  • mentors eLearning leaders across Queensland
  • leads international study tours for Australian educators
  • presents at international technology in education conferences.

Karen will continue to promote digital education by:

  • leading the development of her school's STEM program
  • working with Gympie Regional Council to deliver the Digital Gympie Action Plan
  • planning eLearning professional services for Queensland educators
  • taking a global role as an International Society for Technology in Education board member for 2016-17.

Karen is nominated by: Gympie Regional Council