The 2018 program has concluded. The 2019 program will be announced soon.

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 & Victoria University who will deliver workshop style sessions providing educators with practical strategies to implement activity based learning and coding literacy in the classroom.
Registration –  $88
Group bookings are available and all prices are inclusive of GST.
Please note: catering not included. 

Session 1:

Speaker: Professor 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

Beryl Exley

Beryl Exley


9:30am – 11:45am

Playing with grammar for reading and writing

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.

session 2:

Speaker: Professor Chris Walsh
Academic Director, Victoria University Online
Professor of Education College of Arts, Society & Education (CASE)
Vice President The Australian Literacy Educators’ Association (ALEA)

Chris Walsh

Chris Walsh


1:00pm – 3:45pm

Coding literacy as a real thing

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