Michael Graffin

ISTE Emerging Leader, Class of 2015

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The world needs dreamers, and the world needs doers. But above all, the world needs dreamers who do.
— Sarah Ban Breathnach

Every teacher has a story.

This is mine, so far. 

Education City, Doha - Qatar (iEARN 2013)

Education City, Doha - Qatar (iEARN 2013)

Co-Founder & Leader of The Global Classroom Project


The mission of The Global Classroom Project was to “empower teachers and students as they explore new ways to connect, learn, share, collaborate, and lead globally” through the use of digital technologies. 

Over four years, we worked with approximately 500 teachers, and several thousand students, from 42 countries across 6 continents. Our global community hosted over 60 K-12 education projects, including the ISTE award winning Travelling Rhinos Project. In 2015, we came Runner Up in the inaugural ISTE Innovation in Global Collaboration PLN Award. 

The project is currently in hiatus, as all three key leaders pursue other projects and opportunities. 

International Keynote Speaker & Workshop Leader

Since 2011, I've had the privilege of sharing my story and expertise in global education, ICT, and digital technologies with audiences around Australia, and around the world.

My international engagements include the Social Media Keynote Panel at the International Education and Resource Network Conference 2013 in Doha, Qatar; and the International Society for Technology Education Conference 2015 in Philadelphia, USA. 

ICT & Digital Technologies Coach

June 2014-Present


In my current role, in a girls school, I am working to help my teacher colleagues explore new ways to integrate ICT and Digital Technologies (coding and computational thinking) into their teaching and learning practices.

In collaboration with our School Librarian, and researchers from the School of Education at Curtin University, I am also helping to develop our library makerspace as a hub for engaging students' interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

You can follow my journey through my personal blog

Robotics & FIRST LEGO League 

2016 - 

In 2016, I am also teaching 18 amazing girls (aged 10-11) as they prepare to compete in the international FIRST LEGO League robotics competition for the very first time. They are out to prove "that you don't need to be a boy to be good at robotics!"

The 2016 FLL Season, ANIMAL ALLIES, will see my all-girls teams working to build, test, and program an autonomous robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS® software, solving a set of missions in the Robot Game. They will also choose and solve a real-world question in the Research Project. Throughout their experience, teams will work under FLL’s signature set of Core Values. 

To find out more, please visit the FIRST LEGO League site, and follow our progress via my school's robotics blog

This is my journey.
It’s my story, but I know I’m not alone.

Together, we can help to change the world, one child, one classroom at a time.
— Michael Graffin