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.