Masterclasses: 22 March 2017

Conferences & Expo: 23 - 24 March 2017

Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre


Day One | Thursday 23 March 2016

During breakout sessions, delegates split into smaller group where they have the option to attend workshops or roundtable discussions.


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Duration: 130 mins

Cultivating Curiosity: Practical strategies for leading deep student engagement

Phil Stubbs Chief Academic Officer,  Verso Learning


This hands-on workshop will focus on the importance of teacher clarity, feedback and peer instruction. Participants will engage in a range of high-impact teaching strategies, designed to make learning deep and visible. Teachers will work collaboratively to explore research-based, practical strategies for shifting the ownership of learning from teacher to student. Phil will align global educational research with examples in use in schools around the world and in NPDL (New Pedagogies for Deep Learning) classrooms here in Victoria. Participants will examine the importance of developing students as question askers, learning designers and directors of their own learning. Participants will leave with access to a Future Schools connected professional learning community.



Duration: 3 sessions for 30 mins

Creativity in STEM using Minecraft: Education Edition and beyond - Building skills for the future

Dan Bowen , Academic Programmes Manager (STEM Education Lead)/Minecraft: Education Edition PMM,  Microsoft

Travis Smith Teacher Engagement Manager,  Microsoft

In this session we will be exploring the ‘how’. We will look at the skills needed for a future ready workforce and illustrate this through examples using Minecraft: Education Edition. We will show you the tools and capabilities of this new version of Minecraft: Education Edition for schools and also showcase how this can support the STEM agenda for things such as computational thinking, problem solving and Project Based Learning. We will also look at how these skills can be developed with popular tools that you already have such as OneNote and hardware such as Microsoft Surface.



Duration: 3 sessions for 30 mins

Developing internationally minded education with the International Baccalaureate


Dr. Marcia Behrenbruch , Regional Development and Recognition Manager,  International Baccalaureate


Dr Marcia Behrenbruch has over 30 years’ experience in education, teaching in Canada, the Netherlands, Australia and Vietnam. She worked for the International Baccalaureate Organization in Singapore, first as one of the global heads of professional development, and then as Head of School Services, responsible for the implementation of all IB programmes in Asia Pacific. In 2015, she returned to Australia as the IB recognition and development manager for Australasia.

The International Baccalaureate programmes for students from 3-19 years of age are now implemented in over 5000 schools worldwide across a range of socio-economic conditions. Over 56% of IB schools worldwide are state / provincial schools. This workshop summarises research from Australia, NZ, Ecuador, USA and the UK in support of the IB belief that students are successful when pedagogy is focussed on learning that is relevant, significant, challenging, and engaging; when the motivation for learning is to create a better and more peaceful world, rather than a motivation focussed on improving metrics.

Global standards for teacher professional development, centred on IB practices, build collaborative learning communities that understand and implement differentiation, plan authentic tasks that require deep discipline knowledge and skills, and value student agency, self-efficacy and reflection.



Roundtables run in three rotations of 30 mins each.


Robotically sensing and actuating classrooms of the future

Dr Michael Cowling, Senior Lecturer in Educational Technology; Discipline Leader, Mobile Computing and Applications; Member, ICT Programs Committee - Robotic Class Assistants, Central Queensland University, Brisbane (QLD)

What robotic sensing and actuation may help classrooms of the future? A demonstration of the visual (and voice) recognition capabilities of the Nao Robot, the programming interface, the actuation capabilities, and a discussion around the role of robotics in future classrooms.


Learning Environments – Space and Culture

Anne Knock - Director of SCIL: Sydney Centre for Innovation in Learning - Northern Beaches Christian School (NSW)

What changes to learning space and school culture will really improve learning, and what is the paradigm shift required?


Mathematics By Inquiry

Kristen Tripet, Resource Writer reSolve: Mathematics by Inquiry Australian Academy of Science

A diversity of learners requires a diversity of strategies when teaching Mathematics. Kristen Tripet is a national expert in this area. You will learn a range of project based, game based and fundamentally inquiry based strategies to lift classroom learning.


Setting up a school-based Makerspace

Amber Chase, P-12 ICT Integrator
Lisa O’Callaghan , P-12 ICT Integrator, Calrossy Anglican School (Tamworth, NSW)

Unpacking high tech, low tech and no tech ideas for STEM/Makerspace in your classroom. Come along to get some practical tips on how to instill a maker mindset in your students.


Design Thinking, DigiTECH and STEM

Matthew Scadding, ICT Integrator, Ravenswood School for Girls Natalie Ford,  ICT Integrator,  Ravenswood School for Girls

Share physical computing, robotics, laser cutting, 3D printing, making and coding resources for K-12


Classrooms For Innovative Thinking

Tony Ryan, Innovator Educator Futurist, School Aid, School2School and Thinkers Keys

In a rapidly changing future, thinking will be the core skill for adaptable young people. This entertaining session will feature a number of classroom processes and everyday ideas for generating innovative thought in your students. Participants will gain a practical understanding of hands-on strategies and resources for the explicit teaching of innovative thinking.


Teaching the Whole Child

Dr Milton Chen, Senior Fellow and Executive Director Emeritus, The George Lucas Education Foundation

Milton will expand on the themes of his keynote on "The Role of the Arts, Nature & Place-Based Learning" in reaching children of diverse backgrounds and interests. He will also respond to interests of session attendees, offering resources and contacts to help advance their work. These can include related topics of project-based learning; social/emotional learning; Maker Spaces; summer learning; digital arts and filmmaking; online resources and connecting students to National Park services.



Futureproof your timetable

Catherine Elliot-Jones, Managing Director, Edval Timetables
Moira Toohey, State Manager (VIC), Edval Timetables


Does your timetable drive your curriculum or does your curriculum drive your timetable?

  • What impact does your timetable have on student learning?
    • Did students get their choice of subject?
    • Are classes staffed optimally?
    • Are classes in the best room?
    • Do classes run at the right time of day?
  • Is your timetable prepared for the use of emerging technologies in the classroom?
  • Do structures need to change to effectively introduce new technologies in the classroom?




Can Furniture Really Improve Naplan Results?

Kate Nacard, Editor, Mensa International Journal


Recent research suggests that results in schools can be improved by the use of specialised furniture. Some students may be more likely than others to see improvement and Reed Furniture thinks they know which ones. Come along to hear and discuss the latest thinking in how furniture can affect brain function and learning outcomes.

Led by Kate Nacard, educator and ex chair of Mensa Australia with contributors with experience of implementing such programmes and the results.



How do we know our impact? Exploring the Visible Learning Mindframes

Jennifer Sesta, Educational Consultant and
Literacy Coach, Corwin


“The most common question is ‘Where do I start?’ The starting place is the way in which you think about your role – it is to know, on a regular basis, the nature and magnitude of your impact on the learning of students”. - Professor John Hattie

How do you think about your role? The Visible Learning Research identifies school leader and teacher Mindframes that underpin every action and decision in schools. During this session you will learn about 3 Mindframes specifically and consider some of the key links that emerge for you related to your school context.

Success Criteria
- Demonstrate an understanding of the visible learning Mindframes

Learning Intention
- I can explain the Mindframes to my colleagues
- I can describe some of the key messages within the Mindframes related to my context



From the Classroom to the Cloud

David White, Director of Systems Engineering – Ruckus Wireless ANZ

Ruckus will explore how network performance and seamless accessibility defines the new student experience, and will describe how a network architecture built on innovative and open standard technology can eradicate bandwidth bottlenecks and demonstrate how by deploying less infrastructure you can build a network that delivers more and scales for educational institutions looking for simplicity, sophistication and differentiation, at a fraction of the cost of conventional IP solutions.



Deliberate Creative Thinking

Bill Jarrard, Co-Founder and Innovation Facilitator, Mindwerx International

This fast paced interactive round table looks at Deliberate Creative Thinking as a means to enhance personal creativity and support organisational success with winning new ideas.

In just 30 minutes participants will:

  • Understand the nature of creative thinking
  • Appreciate how the application of deliberate thinking leads to creativity on demand




Engaging Lower Primary in the Engineering Design Process

Kate Hehir, Director of Curriculum (Junior School), Lauriston Girls’ School

Louise Bacholer, eLearning Mentor, Lauriston Girls’ School

Investigate the Engineering design process, digital fabrication and design. Learn how to create amazing structures utilising a variety of 3D shapes.



Digital Learning and the Shape of our Future

Daniel Hope, Senior Education Sales Consultant, Pearson Australia & Catriona Kennedy, Learning Technologies Manager, Pearson Australia

Explore real life stories of digital tools in the classroom, and hear first hand what a next-generation digital learning resource like Lightbook can do to make significant impacts on your students' outcomes, and on your teaching experience.



The Toys of Learning

Steve Allen, Leading Teacher, Glenroy West Primary School and VCAA Specialist - Digital Technologies


  • Find out about a range of techy toys that support Digital and Design Technology learning in primary schools
  • Get started with making and tech play in the classroom




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