Masterclasses: 22 March 2017

Conferences & Expo: 23 - 24 March 2017

Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre


Main Stage Theatre – Free to all visitors


Day 1 – Thursday 23 March 2017




10:00 | The Future Of Work

  • Work environments will experience dramatic change in the next 20 years. What type of work will exist for today’s children?

  • What skills will they need in the workspace of the future? Will work even exist? T

  • His provocative session will offer some possible responses to these questions, with a special focus on the need for enterprise education.

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



11:00 | What can we do with an iPad, that we couldn’t do previously?

  • Observe the compelling new learning opportunities that technology is providing in primary classrooms

  • Learn how a Qld public school achieved innovation, leadership and educational excellence and was recognised as an Apple Distinguished Program School

  • Discover how schools can create the human professional learning “wetware” required to support software and hardware systems

Jason Meijboom , Deputy Principal,  Hilliard State School


11:30 | University of Adelaide CSER MOOCs

  •  Hear out about the University of Adelaide Computer Science Education Research (CSER) group, and the Massive Open Online Collaboration network around the new Digital Technologies Australian Curriculum

Celia Coffa , Victorian Representative,  University of Adelaide CSER Project




12:30 | Teachers and child safety: learning from the past to frame the future

  •  Recent findings from a number of Royal Commissions and inquiries into institutional child sex abuse have put the teaching profession front and centre.

  • This presentation explores the role of teachers and teacher regulators when addressing past failures and future actions to protect children in schools and early childhood services.

Fran Cosgrove , Strategic Advisor,  Victorian Institute of Teaching  




14:30 | Success in tertiary education requires Maths!

  • Nearly all tertiary students require Maths in their course, but few students and teachers are aware of this when students make their subject choices in Years 10 to 12, as Maths is neither recommended or a prerequisite for most courses.

  • Did you know that up to 50% of students are failing some tertiary courses because they cannot cope with the Maths requirements!

  • In this session we will uncover the 'hidden' Maths required for many tertiary courses. Join us to find out how to help students make the right choices, and ensure success.

Peter Saffin , Chief Executive Officer,  Mathematical Association of Victoria




15:00 | Club Kidpreneur

  • Find out about the Kidpreneur Challenge, a national competition for years 4, 5 and 6 showcasing the innovation capacity of Australia’s young entrepreneurs.

  • Learn why and how to foster entrepreneurship in the next generation, from the youngest of ages.

Creel Price , Entrepreneur, Founder and Patron,  Club Kidpreneur Foundation / Co-Founder and CEO, Investible


Day 2 – Friday 24 March 2017




14:30 | Engineering and Diversity

  • Learn about the significance of diversity to the engineering profession

  • Explore the pros and cons of diverse work populations

  • Find out how to address inequality in opportunity and under-representation of diverse contributors to the engineering profession

Karen Hapgood , Dean of Engineering (incoming),  Deacon University


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