ANDREW DOUCH , a father of four boys, is a teacher, presenter and education consultant with 22 years of classroom experience. He is well known for his innovative approaches to teaching and learning through helping teachers amplify their impact on student learning by inspiring new thinking about teaching effectively in a technology-rich world.
Profound but practical, his ideas and strategies have been adopted by teachers at all levels of education across Australia, as well as globally, to both enhance and increase student engagement in order to maximise student achievement.
The strategies he promotes, as well as the tools, apps and web services he recommends for implementation, are so easy to use that even non-technical teachers find them simple. Andrew’s mantra is “You don’t need to be very good with technology to do very good things with technology”.
His message is clear, supported by a strong background of evidence: teachers no longer need to be “tech-savvy” to transform their classrooms into a thriving, connected, learning communities. Rather we need a willingness to question our 20C paradigms and rethink our roles as educators in a world where information is available on-demand and communication is instantaneous.
His work, at the nexus of education and technology, has been acknowledged and endorsed by organisations as diverse as Microsoft, the IMS Global Learning Consortium and the Victorian Department of Education and Training. The innovative nature of his ideas has attracted numerous awards including an Australian Government Award for Quality Schooling, the Victorian Education Excellence Award (for Curriculum Innovation) and Microsoft’s Victorian, Australian and Worldwide Innovative Teacher of the Year.