Keynote Speaker/Presenters


Keynote Speaker – Dr Michael Anderson – University of Sydney

Transforming Schools for Uncertain Times

Dr Michael Anderson is Professor in the Sydney School of Education and Social Work at The University of Sydney. He has taught, researched and published in education and transformation for over 20 years including 13 books and 55 book chapters and journal articles. His international research and practice focus on how the 4Cs can be integrated using coherent frameworks to make learning meet the needs of 21st Century learners.

The research reported in these publications uncovers innovative linkages between education, creativity, collaboration, communication and critical reflection that have the potential to transform learning for young people. Michael was a drama teacher and Creative Arts Consultant with the NSW Department of Education.

Michael runs professional learning in creativity, communication, critical reflection and collaboration for diverse groups within and outside the university.

His Keynote address, Transforming Schools for uncertain times will explore how we can close the gap between rhetoric and reality. Professor Anderson will argue that Transformation is no longer an option in teaching and learning – it has become a necessity. Changes in the way we work and the challenges of issues such as climate change, poverty and migration mean that teaching and learning need to alter to incorporate capacities that will help us meet those challenges. Creativity, critical reflection, communication and collaboration [the 4Cs] have long been present in education. However, it is the act of embedding the 4Cs deeply within our learning and teaching that will transform schools into dynamic and exciting learning spaces; spaces in which our young people can learn in a dynamic, engaging and relevant environment.


Masterclass Presenters;

Presenter Topic Brief
Tim Beare STEAM with sustainable and environmental education Tim Beare is the STEAM Learning Specialist at Footscray College in Melbourne. Tim will present an overview of how Footscray College implemented their own STEAM programs across years 7 – 9, including Project Based Learning Units [PBLs], organisation, resourcing, staffing and support
Travis Burroughs VEX Robotics
Inspire the problem solvers of tomorrow
Inspire the problem solvers of tomorrow. VEX Robotics is a powerful solution that immerse students in STEM through the excitement of building and programming robots.
Angela Colliver New to teaching agriculture/food & fibre production plus

Inspiring students through project based learning

This Masterclass is designed especially for those teachers who are PBL as described in the Australian Curriculum in Design and Technologies and NSW Syllabus in Science and Technologies K-6 and Technology Mandatory Years 7-8.

Teachers will examine curriculum resources that enable students to pursue deep real-world investigations where they:
Design real and complex projects for learning
Think and create in digital and non-digital environments to develop unique and useful solutions by both adapting and improving on current designs as well as the innovation of new possibilities
Think analytically and communicate using multi-media formats and engage in authentic assessment; and
Present their learning via exhibitions.

Leanne Elliston Nutrition Australia
Teaching evidence based nutrition to secondary students
Discover the latest nutrition evidence applicable to classroom teaching and pick up student learning strategies relevant to their health and wellbeing.
Karim Haddad

Unfortunately due to a serious accident Karim is unable to present this Master class. We will look at a future session in 2019.

Design and manufacturing metal projects Karim began his journey with knife making under Master Bladesmith Thomas Gerner in 1995. Thomas was the first Australian Master Bladesmith from the prestigious American Bladesmith Society. Karim has developed his skills in the area of blade forging, heat treating steel, handle construction, sheath making and leatherwork. Karim commenced the Tharwa Valley Forge to provide further opportunites for teaching and learning.
Eliza McAlister Textiles and a students journey + Eco-Dyeing
Eliza will take you through a journey and overview of what a Textiles student has enjoyed and found useful whilst at school, then at university. What employment opportunities are available for a student who studies Textiles.
Eco-Dyeing is a sustainable alternative to commercial/chemical dyes. Natural bi-products like leaves and flowers are bundled in cloth, wrapped and steamed to produce unique patterns.
Merrick Russell designability
Stimulating the creative mind
Merrick Russell (managing director) has been a Design and Technology teacher for over 17 years and brings a wealth of expertise and experience when it comes to designing classroom projects.  He is passionate about Design and Technology and loves helping schools maximise the learning opportunities the subject offers.
Philip Tallents PICO Kits
Inspiring students with creative projects
PicoKit was originated (by Philip Tallents) in the classroom by developing electronics kits for students of Industrial Technology and Design so as to engage them in the design and development of Micro-Control Systems. Our aim is to provide progressive opportunities for students and teachers in a commerical and industrial specific technology such as Microchip so that the content is both fun for the moment and relevant for the future.
Tony Wright Taming the difficult student with Drones and Skateboards Tony is a technology teacher at Lindisfarne College, NSW. Tony will present two different session on; Drones to engage student participation and Skateboards designing and vacuum technology.

For full program details – CLICK HERE


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