Free SEMINAR program - Friday 31 May 2019

Build your knowledge with 2 days of interactive Free Seminars delivered by experts in teaching and learning. Attend as many of the free seminars as you like and collect valuable PD hours as you go. Register to Visit the Free Expo and choose the Seminars you would like at attend throughout the days. Get in early as places are limited.

9:15AM – 10:00am

Speakers: Dr. Matt O'Connor, School Counsellor and Rachael Yates, Primary eLearning Facilitator, St Peters Lutheran College

Dr. Matt O’Connor

Dr. Matt O’Connor

Rachael Yates

Rachael Yates

Presenting to parents on Technology and Wellbeing – how to provide a balanced perspective

In this session participants will have the opportunity to learn and discuss a range of issues around technology and wellbeing for teenagers. Rachael (eLearning) and Matt (Psychology) have created and regularly run seminars for parents from their College to help parents navigate this challenging phase in a positive but realistic way. Topics include developmental considerations; the role of technology in this developmental phase; helping your child manage their digital footprint; support for managing digital use at home; and maintaining wellbeing.

10:30am – 11:45pm

Speakers: Students from Ormiston College led by Annette McArthur, E-Learning Teacher Leader and Amanda Bowker, Dean of Teaching and Learning, Ormiston College QLD.

Annette McArthur

Annette McArthur

Amanda Bowker

Amanda Bowker

Hackathon: Design Thinking Processes

During this interactive session you are encouraged to engage with the students, probing them about the benefits of learning by doing. Get your hands on some of these tools and learn from the ones who know best, the students!!

Year 1 Farms: Be dazzled by our Prep and Year 1 students as they show you how they use the design thinking process in their classrooms with simple magnetic circuits.

Year 3 Solar Ovens: Come on a journey with our Year 3 and 4 students as you explore the world sensors with a Microbit. Learn how to code a simple, inexpensive device using the free MakeCode platform from Microsoft.

Year 7 Hydraulics: Delegates will have the opportunity to explore a Year 7 project on hydraulics. Students will illustrate the design thinking processes incorporated into this activity.

Year 8 SEP: Delegates can explore the Social enterprises developed by the Year 8 students in 2018. All initiatives centred around one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Year 9 Sensors: How can sensors change your world? Delegates will explore the world of sensors and how students have improved their lives with a new product. Each participant will have the opportunity to code a devise containing a sensor.

12:15pm – 12:45pm

Speaker: Lori Korodaj, Teacher Librarian, Lake Tuggeranong College, ACT.

Lori Korodaj

Lori Korodaj


Improve student learning outcomes by embedding the library and the teacher librarian in your school community

Target audience: school leaders and teacher librarians

This session will examine the role of the teacher librarian and the school library as a driver of positive student outcomes in school communities – at a leadership level, a classroom level, and working alongside students and families.  Case study examples of how this looks in a primary and senior secondary school will be shared. 

School leaders and teacher librarians will have the opportunity to learn about and discuss effective practical strategies and examine current 21st century learning documents (Australian and international) to inform best practice in their schools.

**A device to access documentation will be useful to those who participate in this session.

1:00pm – 1:30pm

Speaker: Jackie Nevard, Founder of My Food Allergy Friends

Jackie Nevard

Jackie Nevard


Are you Food Allergy SMART?

Australia has one of the highest reported rates of food allergies in the world, and one in ten babies born in Australia today will develop a food allergy!

Children with allergies don’t look sick, yet exclusion and a lack of understanding in our community happens everyday and affects thousands of children and their families.

This session will cover a brief overview on allergies, what it’s like to have a child with allergies, why allergy awareness is vital and some practical tips to help teachers care for children with severe life-threatening allergies.

1:45pm – 2:15pm

Speaker: Paul Hamilton, Head of Learning Technologies, Primary School at Matthew Flinders Anglican College, Sunshine Coast, Queensland

Paul Hamilton

Paul Hamilton


Virtual and Augmented Reality in Education

This seminar shows examples of the effective use of Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality in Education. Paul gives a live demonstration of using the CoSpaces platform in the classroom to build and experience virtual environments.

Paul will also provide examples of student work that covers different areas of the Australian Curriculum across multiple subjects. From Design Technologies to Digital Technologies to Mathematics.

2:30pm – 3:15pm

Speaker: Denyse Ritchie, Principal, THRASS Institute.

Denyse Ritchie

Denyse Ritchie


Explicit Phonographic Instruction – The ultimate tool for learners with Dyslexia

Teaching letter sounds, initial sounds or SATPIN is the starting point for literacy teaching used by thousands of schools in Australia and is the point at which many learners with Dyslexia are left behind. The unsustainable and contradictory nature of these teaching programs is the reason many learners become confused, struggle and ultimately fail in reading and writing.

This session will compare a phono-graphic approach (speech to print) and a grapho-phonic approach (print to speech) and show how the phonics teaching paradigm must shift in order to work with, not against, Dyslexia learning strengths.

3:30pm – 4:00pm

Speaker: Leighann Ness Wilson, Lecturer in Technologies Education, School of Education, Australian Catholic University

Leighann Ness Wilson

Leighann Ness Wilson


Sharing the Spark at ACU

Empower, Support, Inspire and Share. ACU’s Share the Spark professional learning workshops have been praised for their creative, holistic and open-source approach, in which primary teachers experience and take away practical, classroom-ready resources specifically aimed at meeting the requirements of the Technologies curriculum.

Along with an overview of Share the Spark, Leighann will provide insights and examples from her work with pre-service teachers at ACU. 

Free program - saturday 1 june 2019

9:00am – 9:30am

Speaker: Dr. Sue Pillans, Marine Scientist, Artist and Children’s author/illustrator

Dr. Sue Pillans

Dr. Sue Pillans


Sketchnoting in School

Sketchnotes are visual notes created from a mixture of hand-drawn words and pictures which can include typography, shapes and lines. Drawing is thinking so this visual thinking technique helps to make learning visual and fun, as “when you draw you remember more”!

Sketchnotes can be applied to any classroom subject and provides students with: a record of class discussions, a visual representation of complex issues, a tool for retention of information, a point of reflection for later study and a new and creative way to take notes and remember concepts.

This highly visual and interactive session will draw out the why, how, what and wow of sketchnoting in school with examples from classrooms. 

Please bring along some paper and pens to “draw out” the most of this session.

Followed by live sketchnoting of the next session.

9:45am – 10:30am

Speaker: Troy Waller, Learning Delivery Specialist, Microsoft

Troy Waller

Troy Waller


The Inclusive Classroom: Helping students with dyslexia thrive with technology

Microsoft was the first company to sign the Made by Dyslexia pledge: to give the 700 million people with dyslexia around the world access to technology that empowers them to excel in their academic journey, and in life.

The pledge calls on us to build a better future for those with dyslexia and, together with Made by Dyslexia, we aim to democratize dyslexia support, so that every dyslexic child is understood and given the right support to realise their brilliant potential.

Microsoft Windows and Windows-based applications like Office now offer features that make computers easier to use for those who need it, giving teachers the opportunity to provide personalised learning in literacy instruction, and students an improved experience when reading.

Live sketchnoting of this session by Dr. Sue Pillans.

10:45am – 11:15am

Speaker: Dr. Sue Pillans, Marine Scientist, Artist and Children’s author/illustrator

Dr. Sue Pillans

Dr. Sue Pillans


Creativity in the Classroom

Drawing upon her experiences in the classroom as Dr Suzie Starfish, a visiting scientist/artist and children’s author, this session will demonstrate approaches used to encourage and engage student’s creativity. Using a range of art, science and storytelling in the classroom helps to engage with as many students as possible and encourages students to use their imagination and “think in colour". These creative and critical thinking skills also help to prepare students for the challenges facing us in the 21st century, such as environmental issues, science and technology and climate change.

Examples of creative and visual thinking approaches and activities will be shared, along with the lessons learned, as creativity in the classroom is not black and white.

Please bring along some paper and pens to “draw out” the most of this session.

12:00pm – 12:30pm

Speaker: Karen Bonanno, Global Genius Educator, Genius School

Karen Bonanno

Karen Bonanno


Ignite the genius in your child

According to Einstein, everyone is a genius. Discover how to identify your genius and the genius of your child so you can encourage them to explore their natural talents and strengths. Every child has the opportunity to learn at their best, to lead with purpose, and love life with a passion.

In this session you will be given the opportunity to discover your genius, explore the ‘genius smarts’, and ways you can unlock your child’s genius.

** A device to access the free genius test will be useful for those who attend this session.

1:oopM – 1:30pM

Speaker: Ros Lugg, Dyslexia Specialist & Assessor, The Learning Staircase

Ros Lugg

Ros Lugg



Why some learners fall through the gaps and how we can prevent it happening. It can be disconcerting for teachers when some of their learners sail through without a problem, but others struggle, despite exactly the same teaching. This presentation covers how literacy develops in children, with emphasis on the processing and perceptual skills needed at each stage. It will include some of the latest neurological research into literacy acquisition and clarify why some learners fall through the gaps. Importantly, the presentation will not only cover how to help failing learners, but more importantly, how to stop children ‘failing’ in the first place, with an emphasis on using technology effectively to support a genuinely research-based methodology.

The presenter is an educational assessor with over 20 years’ experience of assessment and teacher training. She is also the designer of the StepsWeb online literacy programme, now being used in over 900 schools and by thousands of parents worldwide. Ros is also the parent of two dyslexic sons. She is passionate about literacy and believes it is quite achievable to stop 4 out of 5 struggling learners from falling through the gaps in the first place.

2:00pm – 2:30pm

Speaker: Alfina Jackson, Coordinator, Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Primary School North Strathfield. 

Alfina Jackson

Alfina Jackson


My flipped learning journey

Flipped learning is another educational buzzword doing the rounds. Almost 10 years ago I started my version of flipped learning in my kindergarten classroom to help support my EAL/D learners. Little did I know that it would be named and become a powerful learning tool to help build student agency. Join me as I take you through my journey of fails and successes to support my own students’ learning journeys.

2:40pm – 3:20pm

Speaker: Clint Bopping, Lead trainer for the ThinkUKnow online safety program.

Clint Bopping

Clint Bopping


Online Child Safety – what teachers need to know

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) Online Child Safety team takes an evidence-based approach incorporating real-life police case studies and investigations into online safety educational sessions for parents/carers, teachers, and students.

The AFP, industry and law enforcement partners deliver free online safety education in schools and organisations, which will be covered in this presentation.

This Presentation will sensitively cover topics such as privacy, ‘sexting’, grooming, inappropriate content, and how to get help if something goes wrong.

3:30pm – 4:15pm

Speaker: Nick Burnett, Education and Learning Entrepreneur and Futurist

Nick Burnett

Nick Burnett


Leading into the Future(s)

The Leading into the Future(s) presentation is designed to introduce leaders to a range of Futures Thinking frameworks and to provide them with a couple of tools to enable them to make sense of the emerging future at a global level and identify actions they can take at a local level to influence a preferred future.

This highly interactive 45-minute workshop draws on the latest evidence based Futures Thinking frameworks and a range of approaches and tools that can be used back in the school setting.