Rory Johanson - Round 1, 2017 Champion

Transforming learning with technology

High school teacher Rory Johanson has a vision for technology to be used intentionally and intuitively in schools to transform learning.

Rory started his career teaching film, television and new media. With this background, he has developed a teaching style underpinned by a natural and deliberate use of technology. Now he is a digital learning champion for Brisbane State High School. In this role, he fosters his students’ engagement with technology, encouraging them to become leaders in this field. He also acts as a digital leader for his peers and colleagues.

Rory is currently engaged in several activities aimed to help students and educators build their technology capacity. They include:

  • supporting teachers to infuse technology into teaching and learning
  • participating in formal and informal networks focussed on enabling the use of technology in progressive and fruitful ways
  • starting a coding club for students
  • arranging workshops for students run by design and technology industry professionals
  • facilitating a makerspace and student digital leadership group at school.

As a graduate of Apple Education’s digital pedagogy program, ‘Towards Transformation,’ Rory has had the opportunity to present aspects of his digital practice to teachers at Apple Education events. In addition to authoring his school’s Apple Distinguished School’s iBook and other teaching resources in this format, he is recognised as an Apple Teacher with the coding app Swift Playgrounds as a speciality.

In addition, Rory is a keen basketballer and coach. Incorporating his technology and sporting interests, he has coordinated and delivered professional development sessions in sports technology applications for his basketball association.

As a digital champion, Rory will continue to embed the use of technology into teaching. He will grow his school’s student digital leadership group to spearhead technology programs from a student point-of-view and facilitate coding club and makerspace meetings for Student Digital Leaders.

Rory is nominated by: Brisbane State High School

Transforming learning with technology

High school teacher Rory Johanson has a vision for technology to be used intentionally and intuitively in schools to transform learning.

Rory started his career teaching film, television and new media. With this background, he has developed a teaching style underpinned by a natural and deliberate use of technology. Now he is a digital learning champion for Brisbane State High School. In this role, he fosters his students’ engagement with technology, encouraging them to become leaders in this field. He also acts as a digital leader for his peers and colleagues.

Rory is currently engaged in several activities aimed to help students and educators build their technology capacity. They include:

  • supporting teachers to infuse technology into teaching and learning
  • participating in formal and informal networks focussed on enabling the use of technology in progressive and fruitful ways
  • starting a coding club for students
  • arranging workshops for students run by design and technology industry professionals
  • facilitating a makerspace and student digital leadership group at school.

As a graduate of Apple Education’s digital pedagogy program, ‘Towards Transformation,’ Rory has had the opportunity to present aspects of his digital practice to teachers at Apple Education events. In addition to authoring his school’s Apple Distinguished School’s iBook and other teaching resources in this format, he is recognised as an Apple Teacher with the coding app Swift Playgrounds as a speciality.

In addition, Rory is a keen basketballer and coach. Incorporating his technology and sporting interests, he has coordinated and delivered professional development sessions in sports technology applications for his basketball association.

As a digital champion, Rory will continue to embed the use of technology into teaching. He will grow his school’s student digital leadership group to spearhead technology programs from a student point-of-view and facilitate coding club and makerspace meetings for Student Digital Leaders.

Rory is nominated by: Brisbane State High School