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EduTech in Melbourne
EduTech in Melbourne

Thu, 11 Aug


Melbourne Conference & Exhibition Centre

EduTech in Melbourne

In partnership with the HEA, the Home Education Forum is a 2.5-hour breakout session during Edutech aimed to assist home educators with the tools needed to get started and operate efficiently. The HEA session is on 11th Aug, 2pm. The full Expo runs all day over 10th & 11th August.

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Time & Location

11 Aug 2022, 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Melbourne Conference & Exhibition Centre, 1 Convention Centre Pl, South Wharf VIC 3006


About the event

HEA will hold an Expo Booth in the Exhibition Hall both days, 10th & 11th August.

The Expo exhibition hall is free but you need to register.

To attend the below Forum, and all other conference components/speakers, you will need a ticket.

Full price $500, but the HEA can get you a FREE ticket if you help out at our booth for 1 hour!  Limited number available.

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Home Schooling Forum

In conjunction with the Home Education Association -

EduTech Program

1.30pm  - Welcoming Address by HEA President Karen Chegwidden

The last couple of years have brought education into sharp focus, and especially home education as parents have become necessarily more involved in their children’s education. Home education now is the fastest growing sector in education. Join the Home Education Forum to find the answers to all your home education questions.

1.50pm Dr Terry Harding - 

Home schooling, AKA home education has experienced vibrant growth across Australia and the Western World over the last few years. Given the many variants of school-based, mandated learning-at-home and remote and distance learning, understanding what is true home education can be confusing.

This session defines and clarifies true home education and the many home-based learning variants. It looks at why parents have chosen home education pre and post-COVID conditions. The author's recent research provides school leaders with vital information about what matters to parents who are considering exiting from the school system and entering home education. Similarly, it clarifies what is most important to home educators.

2.50pm You must be very patient and other myths about home education. Karen Chegwidden - 30 mins

Although becoming a more mainstream choice, home education continues to be perceived through a lens of assumptions not based in reality. When telling people that you home educate, common responses include -"You must be very patient", "I could never do that", "but what about socialisation?" and "can they go to university?"  Karen Chegwidden, President of the Home Education Association, will share the lived experience of home education and unpack some of the myths surrounding home education.

3.20pm - Grad video

Young people share their experiences of transitioning from home education to tertiary education.

3.30pm Panel Discussion

Have you been considering home educating but not sure where to start? Perhaps you have educational FOMO? Our Expert panel has over three decades of combined home education experience answer your questions and put your minds at ease. Join us as we discuss:

  • Where to start when you begin home education
  • how home educators can access the same sorts of resources as schools
  • Educational opportunities that are almost impossible to replicate in a classroom environment
  • The advantages of young people being able to explore their own interests
  • Things we wish teachers knew about home education

This is an interactive panel, so bring all your home ed questions and join in the conversation.

4pm Panel Discussion - Teaching STEM at home

This panel brings together experts in the field of STEM education to discuss the challenges and rewards of teaching STEM at home. Join our panel for inspiration and resources on how you can successfully teach these specialist subjects without access to a school lab or a science degree yourself. Bring your questions to this interactive session and leave inspired and equipped for your home education journey.


  • Grok - Bruce Fruda
  • Brainary - Sam Kinsley 
  • Shape Robotics - Robert Widger 

4.30pm Closing Address by HEA President Karen Chegwidden 

Home Education is legal, achievable and it works. You can successfully home educate your children. The HEA is there to assist and support you every step of the way. Find out how to connect with the HEA and get support to take the next step.


  • 10 minutes

    Welcoming Address by HEA President Karen Chegwidden

    Home Education Forum

  • 50 minutes

    "Home Schooling: Will the Real Home Education Please Stand Up?"

    Home Education Forum
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