Free program - Friday 31 May 2019
9:15AM – 10:00am
Speakers: Dr. Matt O'Connor, School Counsellor and Rachael Yates, Primary eLearning Facilitator, St Peters Lutheran College
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.
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.
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
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
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 Institite.
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.
Free program - saturday 1 june 2019
9:00am – 9:30am
Speaker: Dr. Sue Pillans, Marine Scientist, Artist and Children’s author/illustrator
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.
Followed by live sketchnoting of the next session.
9:45am – 10:30am
Speaker: Troy Waller, Learning Delivery Specialist, Microsoft
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
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.
12:00pm – 12:30pm
Speaker: Karen Bonanno, Global Genius Educator, Genius School
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.
2:00pm – 2:30pm
Speaker: Alfina Jackson, Coordinator, Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Primary School North Strathfield.
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.