2017 Live Wires Forum

Digital technology: smart tools and devices, artificial intelligence, apps, the internet of things—it’s here and in the hands of very young children.  Today’s technology is transforming young children’s experiences at home and in early education settings.

Early Childhood Australia (ECA) is pleased to announce the 2017 Live Wires Forum, located in Melbourne from 24–25 November 2017.

The Live Wires Forum is a two-day professional development event connecting the latest thinking in early childhood theory, practice and pedagogy in digital technologies, with hands-on practical sessions. This is your opportunity to connect with other educators and experts. The forum will cover areas of challenges and concerns, current and future directions.

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‘Love or hate technology, it is part of children’s daily lives. Understanding what technology is useful, and knowing how to embed technology interactively into your early learning curriculum is vital.’ (Catharine Hydon)

We invite you to join your sector colleagues from across Australia in this forum that brings together early childhood educators, leaders and contemporary technology practice.

You will discover:

  • international keynote—UK Professor Lydia Plowman—on new directions, smart toys, the internet of things and what they mean for children’s play experiences and learning now, and into the future
  • Australian early education and technology experts
  • presentations, practice tips, and hands-on technology sessions
  • panel of experts and Q&A forum
  • networking opportunities
  • topics such as STEM, digital innovation, online safety, babies and tech, digital ethics, inclusion, what parents what to know, plus much more!

Dates and location

Date Location Venue  Registration
24–25 November 2017 Melbourne, Victoria Moonee Valley Racing Club Register now! 

Moonee Valley Racing Club
1 McPherson St
Moonee Ponds VIC 3039


Would you like a discount on your registration? Sign up for an ECA membership today!

Two ticket promotion

ECA is offering a two ticket promotion to delegates attending the Live Wires Forum! There are limited registrations available, so act quickly.

To purchase the two ticket promotion, please call ECA Customer Service on 02 6242 1800.

Two ticket promotion Rate Registration
Two ticket promotion member rate* $970.00 Please call ECA Customer Service on 02 6242 1800 to redeem this offer
Two ticket promotion non-member rate* $1100.00

Please Note
**The two ticket promotion is only valid for a limited time or until registrations sell out.

Registration rates

Category Rate Registration
ECA member $510.00 Register now
Non-member $585.00 Register now

Please Note
All registration fees are inclusive of GST.
No session passes—full day registration only (two days).

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International keynote—Professor Lydia Plowman


Professor Lydia Plowman is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in the United Kingdom and Dean of Research in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. She has been conducting research that focuses on children and digital media for more than 20 years and enjoys exploring ways for young children to be active participants in research.


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Sponsorship and exhibition opportunities

2017 Live Wires Forum is an exciting opportunity for your organisation to show support for the early childhood education and care (ECEC) sector, promote your services and be part of a leading event on technology in early education.

We have a range of sponsorship and exhibition opportunities for a variety of budget sizes and needs. If you are interested in sponsoring the Live Wires Forum, please email events@earlychildhood.org.au.

Event partner

2017 Live Wires speaker provocations


Did you know that early maths skills (spatial reasoning) are a better predictor of later school success? And that blocks and puzzle play can help develop these skills’ (Dr Kym Simoncini)



As professional leaders of understanding children’s learning and development, we have a responsibility to find out about technology and to support them as they thrive in this world. At the 2017 Live Wires Forum, you can explore and understand the way technology can fit into play-based programs and be used in ways to support children’s agency, support their imagination and guide them towards healthy and purposeful technology use throughout their lives, starting with their time as early learners. (Daniel Donahoo).

Worried about the potential impact of the digital revolution on young children’s physical and mental health and well-being? Excited about the new opportunities the digital revolution is bringing to childhood and early education? Confused about conflicting government and other guidelines to increase digital literacy but avoid screen time? Unsure about whether digital literacy is something early educators should be encouraging? Nervous that letting children use screens will give them neck pain and obesity? All of the above!!  

I am really pleased to be speaking at this year’s Live Wires Forum to help address the concerns and excitement around technology use by young children—from a physical health and development perspective. I will be talking about the available guidelines and what they do and don’t provide in terms of useful help for educators along with what we actually know about how to help children develop healthy happy lives in a digitally drenched world. (Professor Leon Straker)

Terms and conditions

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