Each year, DATTA Vic celebrates the hard-working, committed and creative Design and Technologies teachers who work in schools throughout Victoria. Please help us celebrate and spread the word about the fantastic work that goes on in our classrooms and workshops every day of the school year.
The Foster Adem Award for Leadership in Technologies Education
The winner of this year's award is Peter Murphy (La Trobe University, RMIT, Southern Cross University and ex Northcote High School) He was chosen for his exceptional work as a leader in the field, contributing to curriculum development, political advocacy and showcasing a progressive and inclusive approach to Design & Technologies education. He is the creator of National Design & Technologies Week and the TechX Student Design Challenge, and has lead the battle to tackle the shortage of D&T teachers in Victoria. Peter is now lecturing in Initial Teacher Education and Industrial Design, and is beginning his own journey as a researcher as he prepares to start a PhD on innovative approaches to design education.
The Secondary Educator of the Year Award
Congratulations to Ian Hoffman from St. Monica's College Epping. Ian was nominated for this award not only by a teaching colleague but by two of his students! He was chosen for the work he has done to grow Systems Engineering at school, and his commitment to helping his students excel. As his student Frank wrote, "Mr Hoffman makes each and every class engaging by creating amazing resources... He starts class discussions about relevant systems engineering topics and the whole class is always inputting into them and sharing knowledge. I'm always motivated to do the work for his class. "
The Primary Educator of the Year Award
Matt LaFranchi from Bacchus March Grammar is the winner of the 2021 primary award, who was nominated for his innovative approaches to using new technologies in the classroom. "Matt has developed a primary curriculum which is aimed at building confidence in students across a range of platforms. He creates tasks which allow all students to experience success at coding, 3D modelling, 3D printing, and robotics...Matt also fuses the worlds of art, design, CAD & CAM, and digital technologies into student projects.” His support for his colleagues in the use of technology was always noted – particularly those who are new to the area.
Congratulations also to the following educators who were shortlisted for our 2021 awards:
There are 2 ways for an educator to be entered for these awards:
The award categories are:
Recipients of Awards will receive:
Awards are presented at the DATTA Vic Annual Conference each year.
The winners will be listed in the DATTA Vic News.
A profile of each of the winners including a photo will be included in TECHNOTES.