Creating STEAM engagement for students in a Makerspace
Phil Carew & Liana Gooch, Toorak College
Phil has recently been appointed the role of Head of eLearning position at Toorak College (a Google Apps for Education school). Liana is passionate about supporting the development of STEAM skills and knowledge in girls’ education.
Phil’s specialty area of study is Media from Years 9 to 12. He is proficient in the use of a range of technology tools to support the teaching and learning in and out of the classroom, which he shares with colleagues and students in order to gain the best outcomes with a focus on digital technologies, reporting and assessment. He primarily uses Google Docs and Slides with his students to provide feedback and allow collaboration within the classroom. He uses Hapara Teacher Dashboard to manage his classes and is highly knowledgeable in the schools ICT platforms. Phil is interested in finding new and innovative technology tools that will best engage students and teachers alike. He recently led a team of staff to develop a Makerspace for students from ELC to Year 12 to use. This is an exciting new space where all members of the learning community can engage in technologies, creativity and innovative practices that relate to real world challenges and future thinking.
Liana has held numerous leadership roles related to curriculum development. Originally from New Zealand, Liana has experience as an acting Head of Faculty in Humanities and deputy Head of Faculty. Whilst working in an international school in Germany, she held the position of IB MYP Coordinator. Liana has held the position of the Director of Learning, Teaching and Innovation at Toorak College for the past three years. Prior to this role, she was also the Academic Enhancement Coordinator. She has worked as part of a team to develop a successful Makerspace the DIGIZone in her school to support STEAM thinking skills. Liana is also focused on developing the framework of professional learning, pedagogy and curriculum development and innovative programs with curriculum leaders and their teams to embed STEAM thinking, skills, entrepreneurship, application of digital tools and opportunities to interface with industry to best prepare girls for this world of work.
3D Printing Opportunities
Stephen Elford, Numurkah Secondary College
Stephen is a passionate secondary Maths/Science teacher of over 10 years.
He has been working on integrating 3D printing into the curriculum at his school for the last 3 years. He is the designer of a Braille Periodic Table that has been shipped around the world to assist vision impaired students to learn the chemistry of the elements in the same way as sighted students. He has also designed braille dice and an educational DNA model. Stephen Spoke at SPEVI in 2015 about how 3D printing can enable schools to better meet the needs of vision impaired students. Stephen has presented at sxswEDU, Microsoft’s inaugural Minecraft in Education Symposium and Minecon as a guest educator for Microsoft. He has also presented recently for the Queensland Department of Education on how to integrate Minecraft into classrooms and link it to AusVELS.
Isn’t it time we started to ‘ignore the rule book’?
Ben Gallagher, Melton Primary School
Ben Gallagher thinks big when it comes fostering a fascination with maths amongst his students.
He creates a sense of excitement and exploration in the classroom where maths-rich digital games, challenges and technologies help curious young minds thrive. Working at Meredith Primary School, Ben created a ‘Digital Sandpit’ where students rotate through activities on iPods, iPads, Xbox, Wii games and more. He also ran a School Film Festival -hosted by none other than Academy Award Winning Animator, Adam Elliot, where student-created stop motion Lego videos were screened at the local cinema. Whilst fun is a key to success, Ben is serious about the teamwork, strategy, coding and problem-solving skills that students gain along the way. Ben recently commenced a new role at Melton Primary School as a Leading Teacher of Innovative Learning Design and ICT and was ICTEV’s Educator of the Year in 2012 and a finalist in the VEEA Outstanding Primary School Teacher Category in 2015. Ben is also a Vice-president of Digital Learning and Teaching Victoria, with a his focus on students and community.
Pause & Wonder
Kim Martin, Star of the Sea School and Can:Do 4 KIDS
Kim is as an educator with over 20 years experience, who has specialised in professional learning, special education, assistive technology and digital technology.
She’s a Google Certified Innovator and Apple Distinguished Educator. Her passion and enthusiasm for technologies enabling differentiation for all learners and empowering young people to be responsible global citizens is clearly apparent through her work since the 1990s.
Creating Opportunities for Deep Learning
Laura Molan & Monique Rohr, Upper Yarra Secondary College
Laura is the Art Domain and FLIP (Future Learners Inquiry Program) Leader and Monique is a passionate and enthusiastic History teacher at Upper Yarra Secondary College.
Laura began her career as a secondary art teacher 13 years ago and since then she has seen her focus shift from teaching in an art classroom to teaching literacy across the curriculum. She is a school leader in the teaching of literacy and inquiry based learning, and along with peers has developed FLIP for her school, which combines these two areas. She has run professional development on Writing To Learn strategies, deep learning and curriculum development. She has taken a lead role in the New Pedagogies for Deep Learning initiative and has been responsible for significant develop of teaching and learning at UYSC.
Monique has been the head of the Humanities Department for 6 years, before recently taking on the role of Director of Curriculum and has been responsible for significant develop of teaching and learning at UYSC.. Monique’s focus is on whole school improvement, with a particular focus on the teaching of literacy and improving pedagogy across the school. She was part of a team that implemented an integrated, inquiry based learning program at years 7 and 8 that aims to improve student skills and engagement through the explicit teaching of transferable learning skills and providing choice for students to follow their interests.
Chantelle Morrison, Immanuel Primary School
Chantelle Morrison is a teacher at Immanuel Primary School in Adelaide, SA and a founding member of Innovated SA.
Since specialising in students with literacy and numeracy difficulties at The University of Canberra, Chantelle has taught primary students in both public and independent education systems. With over a decade of teaching and leadership experience, she has worked closely with The Learning Federation, IB Federation, ABC Splash, ALEA, ELH, MYSA, ISTE, Reflect Growth and Sydney Centre for Innovation in Learning to develop innovative education initiatives. Her mission is to develop initiatives that harness information systems to differentiate learning and develop student-direction, ownership, critical thinking, empathy and inquiry. Chantelle has presented about her passion for innovative education at conferences around Australia and the US as well as key-note speaking in Hong Kong.
Concept versus procedure. Is there a difference?
Jodie Parsons & Yvonne Reilly, Sunshine College
Yvonne Reilly and Jodie Parsons lead the maths team at Sunshine College whose innovative work has not only created a turnaround in learning outcomes for students at the school but has also led to the team winning two Victorian Education Excellence Awards in 2015.
They won both the Outstanding Advancement Award and the very prestigious Lindsay Thompson Award in October 2015. Jodie and Yvonne are both undertaking doctoral research to extend their own learning at Deakin University and Monash University respectively. Yvonne and Jodie are driven to change the way mathematics is taught in schools around the world and are authors of the successful Maths in the Inclusive Classroom series of teacher resource books.
Sustainable Practices at Bentleigh Secondary College
Bill Thomas, Bentleigh Secondary College
Bill Thomas has been a member of the teaching staff at Bentleigh Secondary College since 1985.
In 2006 he was appointed Head of Sustainable Practice and continues in this role today He has led the development and installation of many sustainable projects at the college over this time and his efforts have seen the college being recognised at state, national and international levels as an exemplar of best practice in sustainability. In November 2012 Bentleigh Secondary College was named the “Most Sustainable Education Institution” globally in the International Green Awards announced in London as well as the winner of the Premier’s Sustainability Award for Education in 2013. Most recently the college was again recognized in the United Nations of Australia World Environment Day Awards in the category Environmental School. He recently led the construction of a purpose built Meditation and Indigenous Culture Centre within the Moorooboon Wetland to support the college Mindfulness Meditation and Positive Education Wellbeing Program. This is a personal sustainability program that helps to create reflective students better able to cope with the stresses young people face in today’s modern world. It also creates better learners. Bill has been personally recognized for his work in many different forums. These include receiving the Public Service Medal in the 2011 Queens Birthday Honours List and he was also named the “Prime Minister’s Environmentalist of the Year” in the same year. In 2012 he was awarded United Nations of Australia World Environment Day Individual Award for Outstanding Service to the Environment as well as the prestigious Winston Churchill Fellowship, allowing him to travel extensively through Scandinavia in 2013 researching sustainability education.
Reclaiming direct experience
Jonathan Walter, Woodleigh School
Jonathan Walter is the Principal of Woodleigh School, a contemporary, holistic Foundation to Year 12 co-educational independent school on the Mornington Peninsula, Melbourne, Australia, with an enrolment of over 1,000 students across three campuses.
Jonathan has over 25 years of experience, gained from a career in co-educational independent schools working as an Outdoor Educator, classroom teacher and educational administrator. He is regarded as a specialist in experiential education and has a history of developing innovative learning programs for students which engage them in active learning, targeted at responding to their individual learning needs. Woodleigh’s educational program is intentionally broad and experiential. It works to foster creativity through developing students’ passions, and creating a learning environment which is real, applied, and highly engaging. At Woodleigh the educational program is personalised and focused on responding to individual students’ learning needs, and provides opportunities for students to choose their own learning pathway.
Reimagining Secondary Education
Alison Ward, McClelland College
Alison had an established and successful career as an Interior Decorator, Artist and Kitchen Design for 15 years.
In 2008, she decided to pursue a career in Teaching. After experiencing the ethos of various secondary colleges, she was enthusiastically employed at McClelland College actively teaching and mentoring all year levels (7-VCE) across five subject areas, (Art, Media, Studio Art, Visual Communication and History). Alison also works alongside other industry trained staff to facilitate students from all academic levels in the McClelland College Academy Program. She is passionate in allowing students to engage in real industry work experience through this vehicle, as this allows for inclusivity for all students at McClelland.