Paw Kappel - Round 2, 2017 Champion

International digital technology for North Queensland students

Robotics, multimedia, programming, coding and databases are just some of the learning opportunities Paw Kappel has introduced to students at Bentley Park College in Cairns.

Head of the Information Technology department at Bentley Park, Danish trained teacher Paw shares his knowledge and experience with teachers across the state so they too can benefit from digital technology in their classrooms.

Paw has been instrumental in the expansion of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) at Bentley Park College and recently embarked on a digital learning expedition across the UK and Scandinavia visiting schools, institutions and businesses to learn more about teaching and learning with digital technology.

Paw aims to share his international experience and inspire other teachers to embrace digital technology to improve student learning and broaden career pathways for their pupils.

Paw demonstrates the impact digital technology can have on both students and teachers through forums, workshops and lecturing at James Cook University. He is also working with James Cook University to deliver a STEM partnership.

As a Community Digital Champion, Paw will continue to run free workshops in his spare time to show teachers how to use digital technology including:

  • introduction to Arduinos workshop – an open-source electronics platform
  • Makey Makey workshop – allowing students to invent projects that combine tactile materials with coding projects to bring creations to life
  • introduction to micro:bit – an arm-based computer board that teaches students how to code
  • assisting QSITE to organise the Technology in the Tropics Conference in Cairns
  • organising a robotics competition in conjunction with QSITE held quarterly on Saturdays.

Paw has been recognised for his work expanding the career paths of his students including the Peter Doherty Outstanding Teacher of STEM Award in 2016 and QSITE Emerging Leader of the Year 2014.

Paw is nominated by: Bentley Park College

International digital technology for North Queensland students

Robotics, multimedia, programming, coding and databases are just some of the learning opportunities Paw Kappel has introduced to students at Bentley Park College in Cairns.

Head of the Information Technology department at Bentley Park, Danish trained teacher Paw shares his knowledge and experience with teachers across the state so they too can benefit from digital technology in their classrooms.

Paw has been instrumental in the expansion of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) at Bentley Park College and recently embarked on a digital learning expedition across the UK and Scandinavia visiting schools, institutions and businesses to learn more about teaching and learning with digital technology.

Paw aims to share his international experience and inspire other teachers to embrace digital technology to improve student learning and broaden career pathways for their pupils.

Paw demonstrates the impact digital technology can have on both students and teachers through forums, workshops and lecturing at James Cook University. He is also working with James Cook University to deliver a STEM partnership.

As a Community Digital Champion, Paw will continue to run free workshops in his spare time to show teachers how to use digital technology including:

  • introduction to Arduinos workshop – an open-source electronics platform
  • Makey Makey workshop – allowing students to invent projects that combine tactile materials with coding projects to bring creations to life
  • introduction to micro:bit – an arm-based computer board that teaches students how to code
  • assisting QSITE to organise the Technology in the Tropics Conference in Cairns
  • organising a robotics competition in conjunction with QSITE held quarterly on Saturdays.

Paw has been recognised for his work expanding the career paths of his students including the Peter Doherty Outstanding Teacher of STEM Award in 2016 and QSITE Emerging Leader of the Year 2014.

Paw is nominated by: Bentley Park College