Bridge Building Podcast Episode 61: Datta Podcast: Conference Presenter Series – Rashan Senanayake and Nadia Sten


Well, it’s just one week to go and today I bring you the last two, of the speakers that I’ve been able to track down for a chat. First up we have Rashan Senanayake talking about one of the conference favourites. One of the hot topics around the world as he puts it, but this time from a different angle. He’ll be looking at general AI as it relates to design. Next up we have a teacher coming to us straight from prison. No, that’s not true, but she is from the school that has been built on the old Boga Road site at Dutton Park.


And her job this year is to show us how to use one of the most common teaching tools. And one that if we were to be honest with ourselves, we all use pretty badly. Nadiya Sten on using PowerPoint, using it efficiently, and not just for us, for the kids too. Two sensational teachers sharing with our community. You can meet both Rishan and Nadia at exactly the same time, at exactly the same place, one on each day. That is the first session in Room A1 on Thursday for Nadia and Friday for Rishan. This is the last of this speaker series for this year’s conference at the Brisbane Convention Centre on the 13th and 14th of June.





About the Bridge Building Podcast

“This is the place where we dissect and then discover the many ways ITD teachers all over this country are using their passion to create passionate students. We talk of measuring and manipulating a multitude of materials of design and divergent thought, of creation with our minds and with our hands. And most of all, we talk of growing great young people because of course that is what we do.”

So what does that mean other than I like to show off my alliteration skills? Since coming back to teaching a few years ago the thing that strikes me most, and frankly scared me most is how lonely this job is. How little we know about what is happening in our subject area. The classroom next door, a class in the next school, let alone the next town are a mystery to me. I know there are teachers out there doing incredible things and this (the podcast) is a way for me to find out and be inspired. I would like to invite you along to listen and learn, to be inspired by some of the sensational teachers I speak to on the “Bridge Building Podcast – from technology to the trades”


About the Podcast Host

Stephen Anderson is a Design Technology, Trade Training and accidental Science teacher at a small high school 2 hours North West of Brisbane.


Over To You

If you know someone who is doing something spectacular or just great fun in design and tech or in trade training, I would love to know about them.

Contact me through my email


Music by:

Viola Pink

My favourite busker from the Nanango markets.