Matt Harris

Chief Consultant / Founder

Over the past 15+ years, Matt Harris, Ed.D. has worked as an educational leader, teacher, consultant, author, presenter and researcher. Currently, Dr. Harris is the Chief Consultant at International EdTech and the Founder of the Blueprint for Technology in Education. In this work, Dr. Harris helps schools, Ministries of Education, and companies leverage EdTech for learning and operations. He has worked in over a dozen countries across three continents.

Prior to taking on a full-time consulting role, Dr. Harris worked as a senior administrator at independent/international schools and universities in North America and Asia. In these positions, Dr. Harris was responsible for all technology and media aspects of the schools including Information Technology (IT), Educational Technology, and Data Systems. As an educator, he has taught at all grade levels from preschool to university graduate school as an ICT and mathematics teacher.

Outside of working directly with educational institutions, Dr. Harris is a frequent conference presenter and published author on the topics of educational leadership and educational technology. He has been nominated for several awards for his work in education. He serves on a number of governing bodies and was the Chair of the Board for the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).

Dr. Harris is an Apple Distinguished Educator, Microsoft Innovative Education Expert, Google Certified Innovator, and Common Sense Media Certified Teacher and Ambassador.

Follow Dr. Harris on Twitter (@MattHarrisEdD)


GESS Talks Arena

26 September 2018 | 10:40 - 11:30 | English/Bahasa | KEYNOTE - Leveraging The Potential

Educational Technology is powerful. It can impact learning for all students, regardless of location, age, or subject area. However, it doesn’t come with any guarantees. Only potential. In this keynote speech, we will talk about leverage points for using technology to improve teaching and learning. We’ll talk about the three key elements of Educational Technology and where to focus time, effort, and budgets to gain the most leverage. Through real stories from around the globe, we will explore strategies that have worked in the most successful. 

Leadership Stream

26 September 2018 | 14:00 - 15:00 | English | Educational Technology Leadership Training at the Ministry Level

This extended workshop will help leadership at the ministerial and district level understand the full breadth and scope of Educational Technology. We will discuss pressing needs for modern education and methods for leveraging technology across an entire district, region, or country. We will draw upon resources from successful programs in Asia, Europe, and North America to help attendees plan strategies for addressing organizational needs, plan strategically, and communicate the imperative of Educational Technology towards the economic growth of the country.

Leadership Stream

27 September 2018 | 15:00 - 16:00 | English/Bahasa | Running Innovation Labs with Any Budget

STEM/STEAM education, the Maker Movement, and the focus on 21st Century Skills have made innovation labs a must for every school worldwide. These labs, though hugely valuable for student learning, are often costly because they require materials and equipment. However, an innovation lab can be put together and run on any budget. In this session, we will explore the various tools and methods needed to build an innovation lab regardless of the finance and capabilities of the school.

Leadership Stream

28 September 2018 | 11:30 - 12:30 | English | Vocational Training in Coding and Computer Science

Worldwide demand for coders has skyrocketed in the past decade as the needs for software, apps, security, and systems had grown exponentially. Coding is no longer some exclusive for university students, it has become a skilled vocation. This requires vocational training beyond what schools can provide. In this session, we will discuss the approaches to set up vocational training programs in coding and computer science and discuss relevant tools.

Leadership Stream

28 September 2018 | 13:30 - 15:00 | English/Bahasa | Educational Technology Training for Site Level Leaders

This extended workshop will draw on the three key elements of Educational Technology to help site level leaders better understand how to leverage technology for their schools. Designed for principals, vice principals, and school leadership, the workshop will combine concepts about Educational Technology for learning and operations with case studies and tangible takeaways to help school leadership develop robust EdTech strategic plans.