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Develop mindset skills and strategies for building learning communities with creativity at their heart


What if we build every lesson from an attitude of playfulness and creativity?

This two-day conference will unleash your creativity in all facets of your teaching and learning programs. 

It is necessary, as teachers to redefine what we think creativity means and to embed it in the very heart of educational practice regardless of the curriculum area. It drives us to connect with who we are as human beings and how we make sense of the world but more so than ever before, it empowers our students in the here and now, to respond as creative thinkers to the multiple challenges that belonging to a Global Community in the 21st C brings.

The sessions will develop mindset, skills and strategies for developing learning communities with creativity at their heart.

The highly practical sessions will cover the 'how to' of building creative communities of practice, discuss the urgency using stories from the kids we are working with every day and provoke change with questions such as 'What if we build every lesson from an attitude of playfulness and creativity?' Whether you are looking to innovate at a whole school level or within the individual learning space, these sessions will be packed with ideas to drive innovative and collaborative practice in any learning environment.

Target Audience

This conference is best suited to innovative classroom teachers, pre-service teachers and those on the executive looking to innovate at a school level or within the individual classroom.

Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

This conference addresses the following Australian Professional Standards for Teachers:

1 – Know students and how they learn
2 – Know the content and how to teach it
3 – Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning
4 – Create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments
6 – Engage in professional learning


dates

Friday 31 May - Saturday 1 June 2019

Tickets

Tickets can be purchased for 1 or 2 days. Prices inc GST.

EARLY BIRD
(ends 31 March 2019)
1 day - $325
2 days - $622

STANDARD RATE
1 day - $369
2 days - $655


Friday 31 May 2019


9:00AM – 10:30 am

Keynote Speaker: Jonathan Nalder, Founding Director FutureWe, ICT Trainer St Peters Lutheran College

Jonathan Nalder

Jonathan Nalder

 

Future Ready 101 - a creative and interactive trip to tomorrow and back


The future is arriving faster than ever - so how can we actually get learners ready?!

SCENARIO 2035. 30-70% of jobs have been impacted by robotics and AI. Apps write their own code. Universal Basic Income has replaced the need for ‘work’ to define our lives. Humans are an inter-planetary species. Bio- tech is regularly implanted at birth. BUT how to start with preparing students for any of this? 

If you were to mark this session in your calendar, it’d say ’90 mins to stick my head up above the fray and see what’s coming’. Conferences can be that unique time away from the day to day when we can actually look ahead - and this session will be an interactive and playful opportunity to do just that. We’ll examine the impact of near-future tech like AI and robotics on work, encounter a creative way to approach dealing with it that doesn’t require cramming more into the curriculum, map where our personal future-proof journey is up to and more. This session sets up the big picture that will blend seamlessly into practical steps forward in Jonathan’s two workshops. (Sneek peek beforehand via the resources at FutureWe.org/framework).


10:30am – 11:00am

Morning Tea


11:10am – 12:00pm

Speaker: Rebecca Brownhall, Curriculum Design Consultant, Diocese of Toowoomba Catholic Schools Office

Rebecca Brownhall

Rebecca Brownhall

 

Curioser and Curioser; Igniting the Curiosity in Learning


  • The Why and the How

  • Using the solo taxonomy to design learning which ignites curiosity

  • Bringing the curiosity of the real world into learning

Curiosity is the magic ingredient for Learning. We agree that learning should be engaging and ignite the curiosity in our Learners, but how do we plan for this in the practicality of the classroom? Participants will explore the solo taxonomy and the use of hexagonal thinking to connect curriculum and curious learning experiences which embed understanding and build retention. The concept of ‘Thinking Prompts’ will be discussed and the importance and practicalities of Students leading their learning using Design Thinking tools.


12:10pm – 1:00pm

Speaker: Rebecca Brownhall, Curriculum Design Consultant, Diocese of Toowoomba Catholic Schools Office

Rebecca Brownhall

Rebecca Brownhall

 

opening the doors to innovation


  • Leading a Quest for change and improvement

  • Finding and valuing the ‘Intrapreneur’

  • Paving a new path

  • Implementing a Courage Culture

 The word ‘innovation’ is used widely in education. We see it in mission and vision statements, advertisements and messages to parents. Whilst working innovatively is recognised as a 21st Century learning capability, schools can find it difficult to implement innovative thinking authentically. During this session participants will be invited to explore the credentials for leading a ‘Quest to Innovation’. What engages staff and students to begin a ‘courage culture’ where innovative thinking can be nurtured? Work through a mental model for supporting the ‘Intrapreneur’, those who strive for the benefit of others. Hear how to form a partnership model to build an ethic of excellence for education. Create a vision for the pathway to your quest for learning which is innovative, engaging and creative.


1:00pm – 2:00pm

Lunch served as part of the Expo (free seminars scheduled)


2:00PM – 2:50PM

Speaker: Jonathan Nalder, Founding Director FutureWe, ICT Trainer St Peters Lutheran College

Jonathan Nalder

Jonathan Nalder

 

Future Ready 102 - First School on Mars’ sandbox - how the play, creativity and team-work activities of this unique program can launch any classroom to success


Think of this session as a sandbox where a playful, hands-on experience will leave you ready to succeed with preparing future ready learners and staff. You will enjoy hands-on time with a range of low-tech (dice, drama games) and hi-tech activities (AR and VR) to boost your understanding of how play, curiosity, creativity, teamwork and collaboration literacies (from the FutureWe.org/framework) can be practically applied. We will end the session by coming back to Earth in time for you to reflect on and share how these can support your students as well. Each attendee also receives a mission patch and a digital copy of the ‘First School on Mars’ Teachers Playbook that details 7 easy-to-use activities so you can continue the journey back at your school.


2:50pm – 3:40pm

Speaker: Jonathan Nalder, Founding Director FutureWe, ICT Trainer St Peters Lutheran College

Jonathon Nalder

Jonathon Nalder

 

Future Ready 103 - More hands-on with HOW to boost future-ready skills like storytelling and community in the classrooM


After engaging with the big picture of future skills, work and learning in 101, and going to Mars and back in 102 - this session will provide even more time to explore practical HOW ideas for boosting the future-ready skills students will need. Of course these are the same skills that help them learn better today also - and to this end all participants will get to:

A. try out AR and VR creation and storytelling using the CoSpaces and Merge cubes platforms, as well view the creations on an Oculus Go headset. (Includes a free copy of MakeXR mini-book and 30 day Pro account code for CoSpaces).

B. Explore the free bit.ly/spark-empathy project from Empatico that boosts empathy and emotional intelligence via connecting global classrooms around 9 scaffolded lessons.


Saturday 1 June 2019


9:00AM – 10:30 am

Keynote Speakers: Tamara Sullivan, Head of Academics & Innovation, Amanda Bowker, Dean of Teaching & Learning, Travis Goulter, Head of Junior School, Ormiston College

Tamara Sullivan

Tamara Sullivan

Travis Goulter

Travis Goulter

Amanda Bowker

Amanda Bowker

 

next level learning


The world is in the age of the digital disruption. If we truly want students to be future ready and cope well with the ongoing disruptions of the 21st Century, then we need to dramatically shift our processes, so we are responsive and relevant to the needs of society and the workforce. According to the Foundation for Young Australians New Work Smarts (2017), young Australians will need to not only acquire the technical skills, but they will also need to use these skills in enterprising and creative ways. 

Historically, most technologies in education have been aimed at enabling access to information. While knowledge has become more easily available, the challenge is to not only enable our students to retain that information, but also transform it into new contexts. This requires our students to be risk takers, real world problem solvers, innovators and the digital creators of future.

In this session, participants will explore innovative initiatives implemented at Ormiston College that support the integration of new and emerging technologies such as mixed reality. Participants will learn how these technologies can be used in the learning process to enhance student engagement and and create a playful, fun learning environment that captures our students’ imagination.  

Leaders from Ormiston College will share practical strategies for delivering a curriculum that is contemporary; building a mindset to embrace the endless possibilities that technology offers, and approaches for breaking through the boundaries of the traditional classroom. It is all about Next Level Learning!


10:30am – 11:00am

Morning Tea


11:10am – 12:00pm

Speakers: Tamara Sullivan, Head of Academics & Innovation, Amanda Bowker, Dean of Teaching & Learning, Travis Goulter, Head of Junior School, Ormiston College

Tamara Sullivan

Tamara Sullivan

Travis Goulter

Travis Goulter

Amanda Bowker

Amanda Bowker

 

Next Level Learning- Technologies Playground


Do you want to learn how to create an environment of curiosity and wonder?

Come and join the Technologies Playground! Leaders from Ormiston College will share their learning adventures in a hands-on workshop. Divided into stations, participants will step outside the traditional classroom to explore first hand new and emerging technologies. This session is all about taking learning to the next level!


12:10pm – 1:00pm

Speaker: Cathy Hunt, Visual Arts, Design and Technology Leader, McAuley College

Cathy Hunt

Cathy Hunt

 

ARTful Teaching and Learning - PART ONE


We’ve probably all heard Picasso’s quote, ‘every child is an artist’, but does every student or teacher think like one?  

What can the creative processes of artists, teach us? Have you considered that every moment in teaching is a creative act? Or that to be creative is to be 'fully human'?  

With her irrepressible energy and dynamic presentation style, Cathy will provide educators with a new perspective on the arts, creative technology integration, STEAM and maker-ing. So, get ready to remix and mash-up, make connections and make a mess, as we consider tra-digital and critically creative approaches that can be seamlessly integrated with any curriculum.


1:00pm - 2:00pm

Lunch served as part of the Expo (free seminars scheduled)


2:00pm – 2:50pm

Speaker: Cathy Hunt, Visual Arts, Design and Technology Leader, McAuley College

Cathy Hunt

Cathy Hunt

 

ARTful Teaching and Learning - PART TWO


After a break for lunch we continue working with Cathy in part two of this session.

We’ve probably all heard Picasso’s quote, ‘every child is an artist’, but does every student or teacher think like one?  

What can the creative processes of artists, teach us? Have you considered that every moment in teaching is a creative act? Or that to be creative is to be 'fully human'?  

With her irrepressible energy and dynamic presentation style, Cathy will provide educators with a new perspective on the arts, creative technology integration, STEAM and maker-ing. So, get ready to remix and mash-up, make connections and make a mess, as we consider tra-digital and critically creative approaches that can be seamlessly integrated with any curriculum.


2:50pm - 3:00pm

Wrap-up and Thank You