Keynote Speakers

We are delighted to announce some of our keynote speakers at the conference.

  • Lord David Puttnam

    Lord Puttnam is Digital Champion for Ireland, and has had a long-standing involvement in education and the uses of technologies to support teaching and learning. He is a very active working peer in the UK’s House of Lords. Among other important roles, he was the first Chancellor of the University of Sunderland, was Chancellor of the Open University, and Chair of the Academic Board for Pearson College (the first major company to offer degrees in the UK).

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  • Val Shute

    Val Shute is the Mack and Effie Campbell Tyner Endowed Professor in Education in the Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems at Florida State University, USA. Her current research involves using games with stealth assessment to support learning — of cognitive and non-cognitive knowledge, skills, and dispositions.

    Val will present on: Stealth assessment — what, why, and how?
    Games can be powerful vehicles to support learning, but this hinges on getting the assessment part right. In the past couple of years, we have designed, developed, and evaluated a number of stealth assessments in games to see:
    (a) if they provide valid and reliable estimates of students’ developing competencies (e.g., in the areas of qualitative physics understanding, creativity, and persistence)
    (b) if students can actually learn anything as a function of gameplay
    (c) if the games are still fun. Val’s presentation will cover the topic of stealth assessment in games to measure and support important 21st century competencies – why it’s important, what it is, and how to develop/accomplish it, with lots of examples and videos in the context of a game she has developed called Physics Playground.



    Francesco is responsible for the analysis of PISA data and has

    contributed to several PISA reports since he joined the OECD in 2010,

    including the 2015 report “Students, Computers and Learning: Making

    the connection”. Before joining the PISA team he worked in the OECD

    Directorate for Education and Skills on the CERI Innovation Strategy

    for Education and Training project. Francesco Avvisati holds a PhD in

    Economics from the Paris School of Economics and is an alumnus of

    the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (Pisa, Italy) and of the Ecole Normale

    Supérieure in Paris. He speaks Italian, French, English and German.

  • Davide Storti

    Programme Specialist, YouthMobile Coordinator, Knowledge Societies Division, UNESCO

    Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) specialist and information knowledge manager in the Communication and Information Sector of UNESCO, Davide is the lead coordinator of UNESCO’s YouthMobile Initiative. He has led for several years the development of UNESCO’s information storage and retrieval software CDS/ISIS, used in libraries and documentation centres worldwide. Prior to joining UNESCO, Davide has worked as independent software developer consultant, after his studies in applied informatics

  • Dr Indrajit Banerjee

    Director, Knowledge Societies Division, UNESCO

    As Director of the Knowledge Societies Division of UNESCO in the Communication and Information Sector, Mr Banerjee is responsible for the coordination of UNESCO’s overall contribution to the follow-up to the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS).
    The Division promotes the application of ICTs to enhance the quality of and access to education, build scientific knowledge, promote open access to scientific research results, and empower local communities. The Knowledge Societies Division contributes to the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and Sustainable Development Agenda. In this regard, UNESCO has undertaken a number of brave initiatives and targeted project in order to promote disability rights through education, science, culture and communication and information.
    The Division also promotes free and open source software, open web and open standards, as well as protects and digitise documentary heritage through the Memory of the World Programme. It fosters the role of libraries and archives and is responsible for the further strengthening of the World Digital Library. The Division hosts Mr Banerjee as Secretary of the Intergovernmental Council for the Information for All Programme (IFAP) assists the Member States in elaborating national information policy frameworks.