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Free SEMINAR program - Friday 30 August 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.


Theatre 1
9:15AM – 10:15am

Speaker: Dr. David Zyngier, Associate Professor Southern University

Dr. David Zyngier

Dr. David Zyngier

 

Making Civics and Citizenship Engaging, Relevant and Exciting


The teaching of Civics and Citizenship has been described as "boring" and "irrelevant" by students. Our PISA results in this area reflect these observations. At the same time young people's participation in formal politics declines as their "slacktivism" increases. How can we make civics citizenship education exciting relevant and engaging? This session will use the real world examples to show how easy it is to get your students involved in civics using the ruMAD (Are You Making a Difference) model.


Theatre 2
9:15AM – 10:00am

Speaker: Alistair Bishop, Senior Project Officer, Department of Education and Training

Alistair Bishop

Alistair Bishop

 

Virtual learning: bringing the world to your classroom


In this workshop we will focus on how to connect and collaborate using DET tools and systems. Participants will learn how to access free virtual excursions, connect with experts outside the classroom and utilise DET video conferencing tools to enhance their learning program.


open stage
9:15AM – 10:00am

Speaker: Ros Lugg, Trained educational specialist, The Learning Staircase

Ros Lugg

Ros Lugg

 

Technology and Literacy Development


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.


Theatre 1
11:00am – 11:45am

Speaker: Jon Ferguson, Organiser, Australian Education Union, Victorian Branch

Jon Ferguson

Jon Ferguson

 

Connected casual teachers


Casual relief teaching (CRT) can at times be a rewarding and challenging work. Whether you’re an experienced CRT or considering casual work as the next step in your career you will learn something from this session. We will discuss your working rights and entitlements, ways of finding work, give you some tips on how to find work and professional development opportunities and discuss ways we can work collectively to improve the conditions of casual teachers in Victoria. There’ll also be time to meet and network with your CRT colleagues.


Theatre 2
11:00am – 11:45am

Speaker: Danni Rowlands, National Manager, Prevention Services, Butterfly Foundation

Danni Rowands

Danni Rowands

 

Supporting a positive body image in boys


Research confirms that eating disorders and negative body image are increasing in males. Stigma remains a significant barrier to boys and young men seeking help as many believe negative body image and eating disorders are female ‘things’.

Understanding the risk and protective factors in boys is an important start so that educators can better connect, relate and support Australian boys. This session includes an overview of these topics and provides some strategies to help educators have positive conversations with their students.


open stage
11:00AM – 11:45am

Speaker: Troy Waller, Learning Delivery Specialist, Microsoft

Troy Waller

Troy Waller

 

Digital Storytelling with Sway


There are many stories to tell in a classroom, and teachers and students use "digital storytelling" to make their voice come alive. Digital storytelling combines modern technologies (such as images and video) and the words of the writer to create a clear message. The stories that get told are varied. From student creations to communication with parents, today's classrooms have many stories to tell. Digital storytelling with Microsoft Sway lets teachers and students focus on the content and not worry about the format. This session will show how Sway can be used to capture and share the digital stories that need to be told.


Theatre 1
1:oopm – 1:45pm

Speaker: Penny Willoughby, Co-founder of Alatus School, educational innovator and consultant

Penny Willoughby

Penny Willoughby

 

Why creativity is a key to engaging gifted learners


Today’s children will be entering an amazing and fundamentally different world than ours. While our school system has a heritage of more than a hundred years, we now have the opportunity to be the change-makers enabling life-long future learning. An important and rewarding part of this is finding ways to engage our gifted learners.

So many gifted students are underachieving compared to their potential and, as educators, we want to know how to turn this around. One of the keys to engaging gifted learners is to pack their days with creativity and harness their intrinsic motivation to bring out learning beyond what they’ve achieved previously. This can seem daunting.

In this seminar, Penny will show how creativity is a key to moving gifted learners from being passive in the classroom to being engrossed and passionate about their learning. You will learn the core elements for establishing a learning environment that is conducive to creativity. In addition, Penny will provide a range of practical ideas you can use with your students.

Come along and be inspired about how you can be igniter of your gifted students’ true potential and use creativity to help unlock a love of learning.


open stage
1:00pM – 1:45pm

Speakers: Trent Ray, Teacher, Microsoft Learning Consultant, Co- Founder of the Cyber Safety Project and Sam Macaulay, Primary School Teacher, Co-Founder of the Cyber Safety Project

Trent Ray

Trent Ray

Sam Macaulay

Sam Macaulay

Proactive Teaching Strategies to Live, Work & Play Safely Online


The Cyber Safety Project is committed to whole community, proactive approach aimed at building skills and capacity of teachers, students and parents/guardians in digital safety and wellbeing of young people. This seminar looks at the changing landscape of the most popular social networking platforms and provides easy to implement lesson ideas that will arm teachers and students with protective measures for safe online use within the classroom.


Theatre 2
2:3opm – 3:15pm

Speaker: Aimee Shackleton, Head of Digital Technologies, Mentone Girls’ Grammar School

Aimee Shackleton

Aimee Shackleton

 

Twenty Tech Tips for Maths Teachers


Participants will be taken on a tour of twenty apps, programs, online resources and robots you can use to enhance the learning in your Mathematics classroom from K-12. Every maths teacher will find something new to take away from this list! We will discuss ideas applicable for all device platforms – Mac, PC, iPads, Chromebooks with many options working through an online browser based system or multiplatform for universal access.

You will leave with a detailed list of technologies described, with many able to be implemented the following day in your classroom. Bring your laptop and any devices such as phones and iPads you have access to use at your school to participate and get the most out of this session.


open stage
3:30pM – 4:15Pm

Speakers: Dr Ibrahim Latheef, Roland Gesthuizen, Monash University and Matthew Harrison, University of Melbourne

Dr. Ibrahim Latheef

Dr. Ibrahim Latheef

Roland Gesthuizen

Roland Gesthuizen

Matthew Harrison

Matthew Harrison

What are students actually doing in Minecraft? Exploring social regulation in cooperative gaming.


When teachers introduce multiplayer virtual worlds such as Minecraft to a classroom they require a detailed understanding of social models of learning, and how best to create the conditions for collaborative learning. Collaboration demands an interplay between self and social regulation; that is, the ways in which individuals plan, monitor, act upon and evaluate their own behaviours and influence others. Social regulation equally has a role in collaborative creative expression, with the individual mediating their actions within the context of being a member of a group collectively generating new understandings. This presentation shares research into a new method for analysing social regulation in the virtual and physical environments, key findings into how students are interacting in these spaces, and suggestions on how Minecraft can be best positioned as a tool for collaborative learning.


Theatre 2
3:3opm – 4:15pm

Speaker: Alistair Bishop, Senior Project Officer, Department of Education and Training

Alistair Bishop

Alistair Bishop

 

det resources for your classroom and school: find, use and explore resources for your learning and teaching program


In this workshop we will investigate some of the DET digital resources to assist your learning and teaching program. Participants will build their understanding of how the department tools and systems can assist with planning, assessment, feedback and student engagement.


Free program - saturday 31 August 2019


THEATRE 1
9:15AM – 10:00AM

Speaker: Margaret Rozman, Program Manager, Healthy Eating Advisory Service

Margaret Rozman

Margaret Rozman

 

Food, mood and the classroom


There is a growing interest in how schools in Australia can provide and promote healthier food and drink choices, as well as an understanding of the numerous benefits that can be seen across all areas of a school when healthy eating practices are embedded.

This session explores the latest research on the connection between food and mood in education. It will discuss the strong evidence on the effects of healthy eating on student learning, mental health and overall wellbeing along with best practice strategies you can easily implement to support healthy eating in your classroom and school. You don’t have to do it alone.  You will also learn of free support programs that can help your school to improve student learning outcomes by prioritising healthy eating.


Theatre 2
9:15am – 10:00am

Speaker: Clint Cassell, Engagement Support Officer Program Manager & TESSA Professional Learning Lead Facilitator

Clint Cassell

Clint Cassell

 

Working with Challenging Behaviour


TESSA Inc is a not-for-profit organisation working with school staff to upskill and support them to better manage students that present challenging behaviour and behaviours of concern. Behaviours covered include lower level inappropriate and/or disruptive behaviours to situations presenting high level safety risks. 

In this 45 minute workshop we will explore some key aspects of trauma informed practice and working with challenging behaviour in a school setting. The workshop will involve presentation elements interweaved with some experiential activities.

(Note: TESSA Inc also provides Professional Learning modules and full day PDs. Training methods range from theory based components to practical application as well as experiential activities to improve understanding in this area. Delegates will be provided further information about these options.)


open stage
9:15am – 10:00am

Speaker: Michelle Meracis, Design & Technologies Learning Specialist, DET VIC

Michelle Meracis

Michelle Meracis

 

Learning with iPads in the Primary Classroom


iPads can be very effective tools to support learning in the classroom. They are engaging and can help consolidate student learning in interactive and different ways. This session will highlight strategies for using iPads in the primary classroom that allow students to communicate their ideas creatively and purposefully.


Theatre 1
11:00am – 11:45pm

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.


Theatre 2
11:00am – 11:45Am

Speaker: Rodrigo Castellanos, Program Director, MAT Program

Rodrigo Castellanos

Rodrigo Castellanos

 

Active modalities for mental and emotional health - the missing link


Through the use of games, movement, therapeutic physical exercises and evidence-based frameworks, the MAT Program provides practical tools to young people in the areas of emotional regulation, resilience, respectful relationships and active mindfulness. In this 45 minute workshop, we will share with the audience the therapeutic frameworks that underpin our work in an experiential manner. 


OPEN STAGE
11:00AM – 11:45AM

Speaker: Judith Wakeman, Teacher Librarian

Judith Wakeman

Judith Wakeman

 

Bibliotherapy and the School Librarian


As schools struggle to assist young people as they grow up in uncertain times, the Teacher Librarian or School librarian is often an under-utilised resource and unrecognised ally of the Student Welfare team. What resources are available to the School Librarian to assist students dealing with difficult times and the staff supporting them? And how can schools make better use of their School Librarian?

In this session you will discover why the School Librarian could be the most valuable Student Welfare Resource you’ve never thought of.


theatre 1
1:00pm – 1:45pm

Speaker: Mathematical Association of Victoria

 

mathematical association of australia


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theatre 2
1:00pm – 1:45pm

Speaker: Michelle Meracis, Design & Technologies Learning Specialist, DET VIC

Michelle Meracis

Michelle Meracis

 

coding 101


What is coding? How can coding be integrated into the primary classroom and taught in context, rather than as a standalone lesson? This session will explore what coding with block code is and provide strategies as to how to align coding with reading, writing and mathematics concepts.


theatre 1
2:30pm – 3:15pm

Speakers: Student Executive, Victorian Student Representative Council

Student Executive

Student Executive

So you Want to Student Voice?


As the energy increases and the environment is actively shifting and changing around the inclusion of Student Voice across the Victorian Education Sector – we offer, in this session, the opportunity to engage with the State’s Peak Body for Student Voice to learn about best practice student voice, agency and participation.

This session will be designed and delivered by students for a teacher and leadership audience.

The Victorian Student Representative Council (VicSRC) is the peak body representing school aged students in Victoria. We exist to empower and advocate for all student voices to be valued in every aspect of education.


THEATRE 2
2:30pm – 3:15pm

Speaker: Georgina Manning, Director, Wellbeing for Kids

Georgina Manning

Georgina Manning

 

PEACEFUL PARENTS, PEACEFUL KIDS


How can schools work with parents to create a peaceful environment at home where children can flourish?

How does parent stress affect children’s stress and anxiety?

Can we create calm kids, just by supporting parents?

How does parent mindfulness create mindful kids?

During this session we will discuss how developing Positive Psychology and wellbeing skills in children at school is not enough, that we need to also work closely with parents in a strength-based approach, to help lessen stress and anxiety and to create peaceful homes.

Recent research reveals that parents who practice mindfulness and are mindful in their day to day lives, cope better, enjoy parenting more and choose the most effective strategies to respond to behaviour in a calm manner. They also connect emotionally and better understand their child’s needs.

When both parents and children are learning the same skills, we can create peaceful homes.