Fu­tureschools 2018

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THE Na­tional Fu­tureschools con­fer­ence brings to­gether schools and ed­u­ca­tional ex­perts from across Aus­tralia to col­lab­o­rate and re­de­fine progress.

“Times are chang­ing and we need our chil­dren to be con­fi­dently pre­pared for the global, com­pet­i­tive and the vastly dif­fer­ent dig­i­tal world of to­mor­row.”

“We take strate­gic looks at our teach­ing and learn­ing prac­tices; then re-imag­ine, re-de­sign and re-build our schools,” Na­tional Fu­tureschools con­fer­ence di­rec­tor Saman­tha Young said.

“We are hum­bled to have a stun­ning va­ri­ety of ed­u­ca­tion change-cham­pi­ons shed light into the why and how they are driv­ing revo­lu­tion­ary ped­a­gogy.”

Speak­ers in­clud­ing Sir Ken Robin­son – one of the most in­flu­en­tial lead­ers in ed­u­ca­tional re­form – of­fer at­ten­dees a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity to dis­cover the best in ed­u­ca­tional lead­er­ship, in­no­va­tion, ped­a­gogy, cur­ricu­lum, and tech­nol­ogy.

At­ten­dance at Na­tional Fu­tureschools counts to­wards Pd/pro­fes­sional learn­ing ac­tiv­i­ties which del­e­gates can record with the rel­e­vant state teacher reg­is­tra­tion board.

De­pend­ing on the num­ber of ses­sions at­tended, del­e­gates can get up to 13 hours for the two con­fer­ence days, while those who choose to at­tend one of the pre-event mas­ter­classes can get an ad­di­tional 6.5 hours.

Na­tional Fu­tureschools of­fers a range of con­gresses tar­geted to ed­u­ca­tional trends of the fu­ture, emerg­ing tech­nol­ogy, teach­ing cod­ing and dig­i­tal tech­nolo­gies, and in­clu­sive ed­u­ca­tion prac­tices to up­skill, im­prove or ex­pand teacher ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

As­so­ci­a­tion of In­de­pen­dent Schools South Aus­tralia ed­u­ca­tional con­sul­tant Mon­ica Wil­liams has ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence in dig­i­tal tech­nolo­gies and will be speak­ing at Fu­tureschools.

Ms Wil­liams said the event draws on the ex­per­tise of in­ter­na­tional and na­tional speak­ers to an­swer the big ques­tion – what’s school­ing go­ing to be like in an in­creas­ingly dig­i­tal age?

“Fu­tureschools lets us imag­ine how schools will pro­vide the best learn­ing in the fu­ture and give schools prac­ti­cal ways to be­gin or con­tinue their jour­ney in trans­form­ing teach­ing and learn­ing,” she said.

Ms Wil­liams ad­vo­cates for teach­ers to spend time with emerg­ing tech­nol­ogy to learn how it func­tions, as well as join­ing the stu­dents in ex­plor­ing new ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

“Every­body is on a level play­ing field and when teach­ers feel com­fort­able learn­ing along­side their stu­dents, the class­room be­comes a learn­ing com­mu­nity,“she said.

“We live in a dig­i­tal world and if we don’t un­der­stand how that world op­er­ates then it’s hard to imag­ine how we’re go­ing to be able to suc­cess­fully nav­i­gate it and thrive – so I think it’s crit­i­cally im­por­tant for stu­dents and teach­ers to em­brace what is ac­tu­ally a re­ally ex­cit­ing new area of learn­ing.”

Na­tional Fu­tureschools Expo will be held at Mel­bourne Con­ven­tion & Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre on 21 and 22 March 2018.

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