Kristine Kopelke - Round 2, 2016 Champion

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Kristine Kopelke

Inspiring teachers to use robots to engage students

Kristine Kopelke is Head of Contemporary Learning and Coordinator at the Contemporary Learning Hub, a unique school-based, self-funding start-up at Meridan State College. She designs and implements professional development programs for Queensland educators, delivered in person and online.

With Kristine's programs, teachers get the skills and confidence needed to:

  • implement new digital technologies in the Australian curriculum
  • engage students in learning focused on digital systems and programming.

This year alone, Kristine has provided professional development to more than 1000 educators from 327 Queensland schools.

Kristine has placed more than 1500 robots in Queensland classrooms as part of her innovative learning programs. She is currently teaching Prep to Year 3 students to develop programs in Scratch, program robots, take virtual reality tours and explore the world of augmented reality. She recently launched an 8-week Innov8 action-learning program to mentor and help other educators introduce new digital technologies.

After founding GIDGITS (Girls Into Doing Great Information Technology Society) in Cairns in 2003, she plans to introduce the same project—teaching girls about robots, programming and digital technology—on the Sunshine Coast.

Kristine hosts regular online festivals with web conferences that can be viewed live and on demand.

As a digital champ, Kristine plans to run additional activities and events to engage local communities in the use of current and emerging digital technologies. She will include guest speakers and activities to enable people to expand their networks and understand the possibilities for digital technologies.

Kristine is nominated by: Queensland College of Teachers

Kristine Kopelke

Inspiring teachers to use robots to engage students

Kristine Kopelke is Head of Contemporary Learning and Coordinator at the Contemporary Learning Hub, a unique school-based, self-funding start-up at Meridan State College. She designs and implements professional development programs for Queensland educators, delivered in person and online.

With Kristine's programs, teachers get the skills and confidence needed to:

  • implement new digital technologies in the Australian curriculum
  • engage students in learning focused on digital systems and programming.

This year alone, Kristine has provided professional development to more than 1000 educators from 327 Queensland schools.

Kristine has placed more than 1500 robots in Queensland classrooms as part of her innovative learning programs. She is currently teaching Prep to Year 3 students to develop programs in Scratch, program robots, take virtual reality tours and explore the world of augmented reality. She recently launched an 8-week Innov8 action-learning program to mentor and help other educators introduce new digital technologies.

After founding GIDGITS (Girls Into Doing Great Information Technology Society) in Cairns in 2003, she plans to introduce the same project—teaching girls about robots, programming and digital technology—on the Sunshine Coast.

Kristine hosts regular online festivals with web conferences that can be viewed live and on demand.

As a digital champ, Kristine plans to run additional activities and events to engage local communities in the use of current and emerging digital technologies. She will include guest speakers and activities to enable people to expand their networks and understand the possibilities for digital technologies.

Kristine is nominated by: Queensland College of Teachers