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An Evening with Eddie Woo

Eddie Woo

An Evening with Eddie Woo
Australia's Local Hero 2018

The Department for Education and Advanced Technology Project, together with the Australia Day Council of South Australia, was excited to bring Australia's Local Hero 2018 - Eddie Woo - to South Australia.

Superstar maths teacher Eddie Woo, whose online lessons have generated almost 17 million YouTube views worldwide, came to Adelaide to fire up South Australian students to study mathematics. Eddie held teaching sessions at Golden Grove High School and Brighton Secondary College for over 1300 students and educators from 45 schools. Nearly 900 local teachers and community members also attended an event at Adelaide Town Hall where Eddie shared his story and approaches to working with young people.

If you were unfortunately not able to attend, don’t worry we recorded it live, and you can watch Eddie Woo here.

Photos from the event are available on our Facebook page here.

Arguably Australia’s most famous mathematics teacher, Eddie Woo makes maths fun. The head mathematics teacher at Cherrybrook Technology High School, the largest secondary school in New South Wales, Eddie started posting videos online in 2012 for a student who was sick with cancer and missing a lot of school. Before long, he was sharing the videos across the country and beyond. Wootube now boasts more than 100,000 subscribers and has attracted more than eight million views worldwide and counting. With infectious enthusiasm, the father-of-three's unique and caring approach to teaching destigmatises mathematics as an inaccessible and difficult subject. Outside his high school classroom, Eddie is a volunteer facilitator with the University of Sydney's Widening Participation and Outreach program and has motivated more than 1,400 students from disadvantaged backgrounds. A brilliant student, Eddie could have chosen any field, but in defiance of social convention and his parents opted for teaching. Today, he is using his vocation to “pay it forward” and make education equitable for all.

 

 
We gratefully acknowledge our  additional supporters, including Catholic Education SA, Association of Independent Schools of SA, the University of Adelaide and City of Adelaide

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