Microsoft STEAM and Minecraft Education Edition Various Dates and Locations (See below) 

STEAM Learning for your Classroom and School  

Minecraft edu

STEAM is an integrated curriculum approach that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics to inspire, learn and share with others. Teachers everywhere are realising its potential for making cross curricula links and equipping their students with important digital learning skills.  

Discover how you can develop a STEAM Learning program using a range of low to high tech tools and digital technologies, within the Microsoft for Education eco-system

Our motto is 'No more boring workshops!'  

You’ll learn how to use: 

  • Develop your students as creative, communicative, collaborative and critical thinkers.
  • Invent with Makey Makey, and Microbits, Touch Develop and a range of other tools.
  • Program robotics with and Makebot Mbots, Airblock and the Ranger.
  • Get hands on with Minecraft EE and discover how you can use this tool for authentic learning activities.

Your presenters


Mark is the STEAM Lead Trainer at Using Technology Better. Based in New Zealand with over 10 years experience as digital learning leader in schools, Mark understands what it takes to structure digital learning programmes that ‘flow’ and is known for demonstrating ‘creative learning’ approaches for maximum learning outcomes.  

You'll love Mark's approach to demystifying STEM education and his easy to use strategies for the new digital curriculum for schools.


Adrian lives the passion and intuitive pedagogy of contemporary education and is a full time trainer at Using Technology Better. Core to his philosophy and practice is a determination to help teachers increase student engagement in learning.

Adrian has over 30 years experience working in Schools with an ICT and Curriculum focus in Executive positions. During this time he has amassed all the Microsoft, Google and apple certifications allowing him to enable schools to choose the best tool for the job.


Donna has more than twenty years experience in the education sector and is passionate about helping others find innovative ways to teach, learn, research and work together.  

Donna is a highly experienced educator and technology trainer who can be relied on to deliver sessions that are energetic, inspiring and build real skills.  

She holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Practice (Digital and Collaborative) and is a Google for Education Level 1 and 2 Certified Educator.  


Lara brings passion and enthusiasm to her role as a trainer with Using Technology Better. With over fourteen years of classroom experience, spanning three continents she has a broad understanding of education and innovation.  

Lara is constantly learning and loves sharing up to the minute tools and ideas that make learning engaging and exciting for students and teachers.  

She is a Minecraft Certified Educator, Google Certified Educator (1 + 2) and has a Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Practice.



Location: Ormiston Junior College - 285 Ormiston Rd, Flat Bush, Auckland 

Time: 9am - 3pm

Speaker: Donna Golightly


Location: St Andrews College - 347 Papanui Rd, Strowan, Christchurch

Time: 9am - 3pm

Speaker: Mark Herring


Location: Wellington

Time: 9am - 3pm

Speaker: Mark Herring


Do I need prior experience with STEAM tools? No. During this course you will receive a thorough understanding of how you can integrate STEM and design thinking into your classroom. I you have started using some of these tools, we will show you how to extend the use of the tools you have. 

Is lunch provided? Morning tea and lunch is provided. After you register we will ask you about any dietary requirements.  

Do I need to bring a device? You bet! Please bring a charged PC with you. If you don't have one, don't worry, we will have one for you.

What will happen after I register? After you register we will email you all the information you need for the day, including information on letting us know about any dietary requirements.  

I have another question or I would like to contact the organisers: Please feel free to contact us here.