Disengaged students are not a problem – more often they are
the result of disengaging teaching and learning practices which
forget that, as educators, we teach students not subjects.
How often is student engagement integral to your school’s
planning? How empowered are your students?
There has been a lot of advocacy for change to the very nature
of schooling to better address our modern digital world and
whilst we tend to fundamentally support these ideas putting them
into practice is not always an easy matter.
Come along and discuss the issues as we view and share great
examples of schools that are moving beyond “factory” education
and employing new approaches that empower students and lift
We discussed :
O LMS as efficient and effective delivery
O Ability of student groups to have a role in
O Ways student can provide tech support to
teachers and fellow students
O Varying degrees of BYOT adoption
ACT Student Congress #1
What matters most to you?
What needs improvement?
How can Congress help you?
Consultation on curriculum
Safe school environment (bullying)
Involved in school decision making
ACT Student Congress #2
How do we make our schools safe and supportive?
What makes you feel safe in school?
What can Congress do to facilitate this?
Students want to know that their input is valued
and that they can make a difference
Student Interview Panel
Students as part or sole representatives on staff interview panels
What level of input do students have in
policy and curriculum development at your
Policy and course creation
No device in itself can transform learning - teachers and
students do that through constructive engagement with rich
learning tasks. However the iPad does offer educators and
schools an opportunity to think different and in the process
transform teaching and learning within the classroom.
The purpose of this session is to examine two types of Apps:
those that facilitate effective administration practices and those
that allow students to control the path of their own learning to
produce higher order engagement coupled with deeper meaning
Come along and share examples of how the use of Apps is
transforming teaching and learning in the classroom.
Apps we discussed :
O VideoScribe HD
O Meeting Pad
O Just Type
O Book Creator
O Stop Motion
O Puppet Pals
O Number Pieces
Easy to get excited by an App, but what
is its educational value?
What are best Apps?
No such thing as a best App.
The best App for you or your students to use is whatever
matches the required task.
O Aurasma – QR codes
O Explain Everything
O Dropbox – Google drive – Own Cloud
More Apps worth looking at:
The educational use of technology began in schools around 30
years ago, yet its use is still not evident in all classrooms.
Conferences are full of teachers at “beginning” levels but we
should be well past this stage, so why aren’t we? Anyone involved
in Professional Learning for staff is well aware of the diverse range
of abilities and needs within our profession. So what is holding
teachers back? Why don’t they get IT? How do we get everyone
onboard with IT?
The time is nigh as teachers who are not onboard with the
educational use of teaching and learning with technology will have
difficulty satisfying the requirements of state Teacher Institute
accreditation, National Standards for Teachers and Australian
In this session we will identify the roadblocks and discuss
strategies to get past them to build a more homogeneous staff in
our digital age schools.
ESA streaming video – IFO file – CEO
“That’s technology for you”
We discussed :
Enabler - Collaborative software
Enabler - Staff on TPL (Teacher Professional Leaver)
Enabler- staff digital sandpit - PD area
Enabler - Weebly - free website creator - enables staff and
students to easily create websites/blogs
Blocker - limited access to resources
Blocker - Lack of interest/motivation
Blocker - PD affected by huge differences in learning
areas, eg maths vs english sose etc
We will be advertising for a position of engaging pedagogy
and e-learning co-ordinator. Has anyone done this? How
has it worked?
Australian Curriculum Technology – 2014 implementation
1. A passionate group of teachers who support each other.
2. Know how - someone to show the staff how to use various technologies.
3. Keep equipment up and running.
4. Knowing how to use the equipment and software that are available.
5. Working equipment.
6. The support and encouragement of staff.
7. Knowing the programs and how to use them.
8. Computers that are working and are easy to access.
9. Encouraging staff to be enthusiastic when it comes to using technology
10. Working equipment.
11. Teacher interest in technology.
12. Available help when computers break down.
13. Teachers willing to try something new.
14. Having a skilled and enthusiastic teacher next door.
15. Setting up a folder on network for sharing.
16. A whole school expectation that technology will be used in all classes.
17. Equipment that is easy to use
What are the biggest technology enablers within your school?
Change is a natural by-product of a shift in time - so with the
amount of change that has occurred our lifetime, no teacher
in 2013 should be working in a school that resembles the
school they attended as a student. A digital age requires
digital age pedagogy and associated teaching and learning
spaces – how well equipped is your school in this regard?
The process of change can be long and tiring with many
hurdles but it should also be a rewarding experience. In this
session we will identify the essential infrastructure decisions
that shape the direction of learning within a modern digital
Come along and share examples of innovative learning
spaces, ideas, experiences and ask questions you may have
on leading your school in a digital age.
It’s not the technology itself that makes the difference
New buildings are also only part of the solution.
We discussed :
Technology is not a wow factor for our
The MLC school at Burwood Sydney
The new "library" at my school
The Buck institute schools - www.bie.org
Steve Hepell's learning spaces
Dandenong work by Featherson
Spaces at our schools
New open plan High School
under construction in Canberra
Rule of three for third millennium learning spaces
•No more than three walls so that there is never full
enclosure and the space is multifaceted rather than just
• No fewer than three points of focus so that the "stand-
and-deliver" model gives way to increasingly varied groups
learning and presenting together (which by the way
requires a radical rethinking of furniture).
• Ability to accommodate three teachers/adults with
their children. The old standard size of about 30 students in
a box robbed children of so many effective practices; these
larger spaces allow for better alternatives.”
Technology is a constantly changing playing field and it is
easy to feel overwhelmed by the rate of change and the
amount of information available. It is essential that we keep
up with these changes to ensure that our students are
provided with both current and relevant educational
For this to happen, teachers must maintain a personal
Professional Learning Network for information currency in
technology development, but where do we find this
In this session we will discuss a variety of worthy additions to
your PLN and more importantly where and how you can
share what you know?
O Twitter – who do you follow?
O Facebook - Edmodo
O Listserves - email
O Blogs & Wikis
O Scoopit - Pinterest
O Classroom 2.0
O Promethean Planet
O Scootle – AC resources
O Delicious – Diigo
We discussed :
Suggested People to Follow
Innovation and creativity has to start somewhere, why not with you?
Being innovative and creative is not a difficult as many think. Creativity
does not have to start with an original idea, you can be creative following
someone else’s original idea or even an old idea. In this session we will
discuss examples of creative and innovative practices at school and
We will examine a range of emerging technologies on the Horizon and
discuss how they are being implemented in education – virtual
worlds, augmented reality, Google projects, QR codes, etc.
We will also discuss the changing nature of schooling through innovative
approaches to teaching and learning such as the flipped classroom.
Schools should help students become . . . .
(complete in 10 words)
The illiterate of the 21st Century will not be
those who cannot read and write, but those
who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.
What were the
qualities of the
teacher you have
Time-to-Adoption Horizon: One Year or Less
Time-to-Adoption Horizon: Two to Three Years
Time-to-Adoption Horizon: Four to Five Years
Virtual and Remote Laboratories