Greg O’Connor

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About Greg

“I firmly believe that saying “we’ve always done it this way around here” is dangerous! I enjoy disrupting that way of thinking and watching the excitement of teachers being re-motivated. Adding new technologies into the mix is powerful in driving that positive change. Driving that positive disruption”

Greg has been actively involved in supporting the learning of students with diverse learning needs for over 30 years. During this time he has worked as a classroom teacher, school executive, district consultant, regional manager with the New South Wales Department of Education and Training, and the Professional and Consultancy Manager at Spectronics.

Greg is committed to exploring the possibilities that exist for ALL students through the use of technology, wherever and however teaching and learning takes place.

Greg presents at national and international conferences, and provides training and consultancy across Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia. He is a Google Certified Educator, Certified Apple Trainer, and a Certified Texthelp Trainer. Greg is a committee member of the NSW Australian Association of Special Education, and is a member of the editorial committee for the AASE Journal, Special Education Perspectives. He recently became a member of the International Committee of the Inclusive Learning Network of ISTE.

 

Apple Certified Trainer Google Certified Educator Texthelp Certified Trainer

 

 

 

An interview with Greg O’Connor…
Click here to listen to an interview between the Concordia International School in Shanghai and our very own Greg.

A blog post on a workshop that was presented by Greg O’Connor…
Creative APPlications – Students and Teachers as Authors

Conference Presentations

EARCOS Teachers’ Conference 2015 – Malaysia 26th to 28th March 2015

Presentations:

  • Full day Preconference Workshop: Using mobile technology to support students struggling with the literacy requirements of school
  • Google Chrome: Apps and extensions for struggling students
  • Augmentative Reality: Can it really augment teaching and learning for students with diverse learning needs?
  • Essential iPad apps to support students with autism spectrum disorder in their engagement and access to learning
  • Reducing cognitive load and helping students learn through the use of technology tools

ISTE 2014 Atlanta 28th June to 1st July 2014

Presentation: Beyond Gutenburgs Legacy: A Paradigm Shift 500 Years Later

SENIA Conference, Jakarta International School February 2013

Special Education Network in Asia (SENIA) 11th annual conference, which will take place in Jakarta in February 2013. This conference is not just for special educators; it’s for all educators!

Preconference Workshop

Making Learning Accessible: Maximising the use of technology to support diverse learners and the English literacy requirements of school.

Workshops

Is there more than one way to access curriculum content? Alternative ‘reading’ tools to support students with learning disabilities and difficulties.

Making informed choices, making the right choices, when using inclusive technology to support learners with special education needs.

Engaging students in numeracy through technology.

Global Education Conference – GLOBALEDCON: Connecting Educators and Organisations Worldwide 12th to 17th November 2012

Presentation – Global Collaboration Extending Professional Learning Networks in Special Education and Learning Support

Closing the Gap ConferenceMinneapolis, USA October 2011

Presentation – Mentoring and Assistive Technology: A Model for Implementation in Australian Schools.

Edmund Rice Education Australia, Youth + Conference 14th to 15th July 2015

Presentation:

  • Details coming soon…

Special Education Technology Needs Conference (SETN) – Sydney 11th to 12th March 2015

Presentation:

  • Have you been disrupted yet? How technology drives change in the education of students with diverse learning needs

ATEND Pathways 12 Conference: Navigating New Frontiers – Perth 3rd to 5th December 2014

Presentation:

Workshop

    : Spectronics’ iPad MasterClass

TAFE Queensland English Language and Literacy Services (TELLS) 2014: Refresh. Refocus Conference – Brisbane 24th September 2014

Presentations:

  • Keynote Address: 21st Century learners with diverse literacy needs – using mobile technology to make learning accessible
  • 2 × 90 Minute Sessions: Using iPads to Support Students Struggling with the Literacy requirements in Schools

Inclusive Learning Technologies® Conference 2014 20th to 23rd May 2014

Presentations:

  • Keynote Address: Try Another Way. Like it’s a Bad Thing?
  • Workshop: iPad MasterClass: Using iPads to Support Students Struggling with Literacy in Secondary/Post-secondary Settings

SEPANZ Practitioners Conference 2013 25th to 27th September 2013

Presentations – Keynote and sessions

Lismore Catholic Schools Office: Additional Needs Conference – Coffs Harbour NSW June 2013

Presentations – Keynote and Sessions

Pathways 11 Conference – Adelaide SA November 2012

Presenting 21st Century learners with diverse needs – Making learning accessible with the iPad.

Mater Dei Conference – Camden NSW November 2012

Transparency and universal design: Technology no longer needs to be special, it just needs to be.

ACEC Conference – Perth WA October 2012

Presentation – Making Learning Accessible: The iPad and supporting students who struggle with literacy.

Australasian Special Education Conference – Perth WA September 2012

Presentation – Introduction to the iPad in the Special Education Classroom.

TAFE NSW – Illawarra Institute – Ulladulla NSW August 2012

Keynote Presentation – Inclusive Technology For ALL 21st Century Learners.

Singapore July 2013

  • 4-days Professional Development for Ministry of Education Singapore
    1. ICT Coaching for Practitioners
    2. ICT Coaching for School Leaders
  • Chaoyang School ( CYS)
  • Woodlands Gardens School (MINDS)

Video – Outcomes from Spectronics PD with Singaporean Schools

 

Consultancy

  • The Hills School, Northmead NSW
  • Yarralin School, NT
Kimberley Land Council, Broome WA

Other Past Presentations

Northern Territory Workshop Tour: Hands-on with Texthelp Read&Write GOLD Version 11 Literacy Support software – Darwin 23rd August 2013

Various Workshops

Eileen O’Connor Centre, Lewisham – CEO Sydney NSW
Department of Education – Tasmania
Australian Association of Special Education Workshop – Sydney NSW
The Hills School – Northmead – Sydney NSW
Integrating Assistive Technology at Independent Schools Tasmania
Texthelp Training – Catholic Education Office – Sydney NSW
Victorian Deaf Education Institute – VIC
Texthelp Workshops – Canberra ACT
APD Training – Sydney NSW

General Webinars

Apps for Literacy
Texthelp
Co-Writer
Write Online
ReadingDoctor

Personalised Webinars

Texthelp – Mt Aspiring College – New Zealand
Texthelp – St Patrick’s College
Toowoomba Catholic Education – Secondary and Primary separate sessions
LD Teachers GPS Schools Sydney – Making A Difference for Students with LD

Apple | iPad Workshops

October 2012 – Singapore
May | June 2012 – Singapore

 

iPad MasterClass: Using iPads to Support Older Students Struggling with Literacy in Secondary School and Post-secondary Settings – Auckland, New Zealand 6th March 2014

iPad MasterClass: Using iPads to Support Older Students Struggling with Literacy in Secondary School and Post-secondary Settings – Perth 28th February 2014

iPad MasterClass: Using iPads to Support Older Students Struggling with Literacy in Secondary School and Post-secondary Settings – Hobart 26th February 2014

iPad MasterClass: Using iPads to Support Older Students Struggling with Literacy in Secondary School and Post-secondary Settings – Melbourne 24th February 2014

iPad MasterClass: Using iPads to Support Older Students Struggling with Literacy in Secondary School and Post-secondary Settings – Sydney 21st February 2014

iPad MasterClass: Using iPads to Support Older Students Struggling with Literacy in Secondary School and Post-secondary Settings – Wagga Wagga 19th February 2014

iPad MasterClass: Using iPads to Support Older Students Struggling with Literacy in Secondary School and Post-secondary Settings – Brisbane 17th February 2014

Northern Territory Workshop Tour: Supporting your diverse learners using iPads and other technologies in your classroom toolkit! – Alice Springs 2nd September 2013

Northern Territory Workshop Tour: Supporting your diverse learners using iPads and other technologies in your classroom toolkit! – Gove (Nhulunbuy) 30th August 2013

Northern Territory Workshop Tour: Supporting your diverse learners using iPads and other technologies in your classroom toolkit! – Katherine 28th August 2013

Northern Territory Workshop Tour: Supporting your diverse learners using iPads and other technologies in your classroom toolkit! – Darwin 26th August 2013

iPad Workshops at Australian Association of Special Education (AASE) NT – Darwin 24th August 2013

iPad MasterClass: Using iPads to Support Students with Autism in Primary School Years – Sydney 16th August 2013

iPad MasterClass: Using iPads to Support Students with Autism in Primary School Years – Brisbane 8th August 2013

iPad MasterClass: Using iPads to Support Students with Autism in Primary School Years – Melbourne 7th August 2013

Integrating iPads into your Classroom: For Learning Support and Special Ed – Brisbane 31st May 2013

Helping you to make informed apps and technology choices for your students!

Integrating iPads into your Classroom: For Learning Support and Special Ed – Melbourne 29th May 2013

Helping you to make informed apps and technology choices for your students!

Integrating iPads into your Classroom: For Learning Support and Special Ed – Sydney 21st May 2013

Helping you to make informed apps and technology choices for your students!

Integrating iPads into your Classroom: For Learning Support and Special Ed – Hobart 11th April 2013

Helping you to make informed apps and technology choices for your students!

Integrating iPads into your Classroom: For Learning Support and Special Ed – Auckland, New Zealand 8th to 9th April 2013

Helping you to make informed apps and technology choices for your students!

Integrating iPads into your Classroom: For Learning Support and Special Ed – Perth 20th to 21st March 2013

Helping you to make informed apps and technology choices for your students!

Integrating iPads into your Classroom: For Learning Support and Special Ed – Adelaide 18th March 2013

Helping you to make informed apps and technology choices for your students!

Integrating iPads into your Classroom: For Learning Support and Special Ed – Melbourne 15th March 2013

Helping you to make informed apps and technology choices for your students!

Integrating iPads into your Classroom: For Learning Support and Special Ed – Sydney 13th March 2013

Helping you to make informed apps and technology choices for your students!

Integrating iPads into your Classroom: For Learning Support and Special Ed – Cairns 11th March 2013

Helping you to make informed apps and technology choices for your students!

Integrating iPads into your Classroom: For Learning Support and Special Ed – Brisbane 7th March 2013

Helping you to make informed apps and technology choices for your students!

Catholic Schools Office – Newcastle NSW
Canberra Institute of Technology – ACT
NSW Australian Association of Special Education – Sydney NSW
Ministry of Education, New Zealand
CEO Melbourne – VIC
School of Special Educational Needs: Disability, WA Department of Education – Perth WA
RTLB Program, Cluster 8: Nga Manu Awhina, Ministry of Education, Auckland New Zealand
Learning Innovation Centre – Sunshine Coast QLD
North Lakes Catholic Education – Brisbane QLD
Kalamunda PS ESC iPad workshop – WA
Catholic Education Office – Canberra ACT
Sydney NSW
Perth WA
Lutheran Education Brisbane QLD
Catholic Education Office Sydney Diocese – NSW
Rockhampton Special School – QLD
William Ross Performing Arts Centre Townsville – QLD
Claremont Special School – QLD
Kuraby Special School – QLD
Aspley Special School – QLD
Cairns State High School – QLD
Mackay Special School – QLD

 

 

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