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Literacy Conference

Literacy in the modern classroom 

Join fellow educators from across Australia to explore literacy in the modern classroom including activity based learning as a means to improve reading and writing outcomes for students and how coding literacy is a real thing!

The conference will be presented by experts from Griffith University & James Cook University who will deliver workshop style sessions that provide educators with practical strategies to implement activity based learning and coding literacy in the classroom. Early Bird Registration – $66* per stream (normally $88)
*early bird offer ends Friday 27 April 2018. Group bookings are available and all prices are inclusive of GST.
Please note: catering not included. 

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Stream 1: Playing with grammar for reading and writing
9.30am – 11.45am

Speaker: Beryl Exley
Deputy Head of School – Learning & Teaching, School of Education & Professional Studies
Co-convenor Educational Justice, Equity and Excellence (EDJEE) Research Group
National President, Australian Literacy Educators’ Association


Session Overview
The session uses activity based learning to engage in eight activities to explore reading and writing of:

  • prepositional phrases
  • ellipses
  • saying and thinking verbs
  • noun groups
  • grammatical mood
  • figurative language

The activities are based on expert samples of children’s literature and participants will learn how to apply these activities to themes and texts currently being studied in your classroom. The activities are suitable for students in Foundation through the Junior Secondary Years, and are also suitable as literacy activities for ESL students.

Read more about Beryl here.

Stream 2: Coding literacy as a real thing
1pm – 3.45pm

Speaker: Professor Chris Walsh
Social & Environmental Justice Leader The Cairns Institute
Professor of Education College of Arts, Society & Education (CASE)
Vice President The Australian Literacy Educators’ Association (ALEA)



Session Overview
The session will explore how teachers can include coding literacy, with and without technology, through hands‐on inquiry‐based projects for early years and primary classrooms. By the end of the session participants will gain an understanding of:

  • Coding as a type of literacy
  • How coding literacy supports children’s computational thinking
  • Strategies for teaching coding literacy without technology
  • Strategies for teaching coding literacy with robots
  • Strategies for teaching coding literacy with mobile devices and popular apps

Read more about Chris here.


Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
1 Convention Centre Pl
South Wharf

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