Brian Aspinall

“Leadership is not about showing how successful you are, it is about showing how successful the people you serve are.”

Brian Aspinall is an educator, best selling author, three times TEDx Speaker and is considered one of the brightest STEAM innovators in education. His books Code Breaker, Block Breaker, and Risk Taker continue to top the charts in STEM Education with a focus on rethinking assessment and evaluation. Recently he was awarded the Canadian Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence for his work with coding and computational thinking. His enthusiasm, thought leadership, and approach to building capacity within STEM education has made him a sought after speaker throughout North America and has earned him the honour of being selected as Canada’s first Minecraft, Micro:BiT, and Makey Makey Ambassadors!



Hacking the Classroom

Brian is on a mission to expose as many kids as he can to coding and computer science.  In this passionate talk, he makes a case for the importance of exposing youth to the principles of coding and computational thinking to prepare them for a rapidly changing future.

Education Reform

It’s time to rethink best practices. Knowledge is readily available and we must teach and model an inquiry approach to learning. Not just in the classroom, but in industry. We must act as curators – people who collect, organize and share content with one another to continue to further progress. We must teach students to decipher and filter what is important. We must teach adults to do the same.

Beyond Rote Learning

We used to attend school because that is where the knowledge was. Rote learning is still relevant, but it is more important for today’s students to apply knowledge in a deeper way.

The role of the teacher is to create the conditions for invention rather than provide ready-made knowledge.

Seymour Papert