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    • Big History - multi-domain knowledge, cross-disciplinary critical thinking, and innovative synthesis and problem solving skills
      We live in a world of increasing innovation and change, the pace of which will increase into the future. To be successful in a global society, and equipped for this future, our students need to be innovative problem-solvers and flexible thinkers. Big History develops these skills by giving students a framework to think and solve problems in fundamentally new ways. Real-world problems don’t come neatly packaged into particular disciplines – they are complex, complicated and connected. Big History provides students with multi-domain knowledge, cross-disciplinary critical thinking, and innovative synthesis and problem solving skills required to meet the complex challenges of today’s world. This webinar will give you an overview of Big History, and introduce you to Macquarie University's Big History School. Based on the US Big History Project course,  Big History School is customised for Australian schools, mapped to the Australian Curriculum and launching in 2018. You will learn how Big History School is designed to develop student’s critical thinking, critical literacy and problem solving skills, and how you can become part of the Australian Big History School pilot program. 
      AITSL Standards for teachers:
      Presenters
      • Tracy Sullivan
      • Tracy Sullivan is Education Leader of the Big History Institute, managing the Australian arm of the Big History Project and coordinating educational initiatives within the Big History Institute to promote the growth and development of Big History globally. Trained as a secondary history teacher, Tracy taught in Australian classrooms before moving to the tertiary sector lecturing in History Education at the University of New South Wales and the University of Sydney.
      Provider: Macquarie University
      Platform: ZOOM Webinar
      Target Audience: teachers and administrators of Year 6 - 12 SOSE and History subjects
      DateTime (ACT, NSW, Victoria) 
      Monday, 12 March 201804:30 PM - 05:30 PMView Webcast
    • Science in STEM Education - Scientific literacy using variable testing
      This one hour webinar explores STEM as an interdisciplinary or integrated approach. Science in STEM education will explore how teachers can best support students to gain and apply knowledge, deepen their understanding and develop creative and critical thinking skills within an authentic context.

      Variable testing in science

      Using web conferencing technology, discover how to run simple science experiments in the primary classroom using easy to get materials. This is not a PowerPoint presentation or a series of videos; you will actively participate in hands-on experiments in real time using simple materials available from the local supermarket. Importantly, we will look at how to help students identify independent and dependent variables, with the outcome being that students will then be able to approach their STEM projects more effectively in the real-world of applied sciences. These experiments have been classroom tested, have direct links to ACARA and have shown to be highly effective in increasing student
      understanding inthe scientific method.

      ACARA links

       Science Inquiry Skills is concerned with the practices used to develop scientific knowledge, including questioning, planning and conducting experiments and investigations, collecting and
      analysing data, drawing critical, evidence-based conclusions, and evaluating and communicating results.

      The Science Inquiry Skills strand comprises of five sub-strands. This webinar will focus on three of the five sub-strands, these are:

      · Questioning and predicting – key abilities include identifying and constructing questions that can be investigated scientifically, proposing hypotheses and suggesting possible
      outcomes.

      · Planning and conducting –key abilities include making decisions about how to investigate or solve a problem and carrying out an investigation, including the collection of data.

      · Communicating – key abilities include conveying information or ideas to other through appropriate representations, text types and modes.

      Support Reading

      Variables & fair testing; teaching the heart of science experiments - https://www.fizzicseducation.com.au/Blog/x_post/Variables--fair-testing-teaching-the-heart-of-science-experiments-00085.html

      AITSL Standards

      2.1 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the concepts, substance and structure of the content and teaching strategies of the teaching area.

      2.2  Organise content into an effective learning and teaching sequence.

      3.2  Plan lesson sequences using knowledge of student learning, content and effective teaching strategies.

      3.3  Include a range of teaching strategies.









      AITSL Standards for teachers:
      Presenters
      • Mr Ben Newsome
      • Ben is a Churchill Fellow and the founder of Fizzics Education, a science education outreach company that reaches 120,000 students per year, a co-founder of Virtual Excursions Australia and an executive committee member of the International Society for Technology in Education IVC Professional Learning Network.
      Provider: Independent Schools Queensland (ISQ)
      Platform: ZOOM Webinar
      Target Audience: STEM educators
      DateTime (ACT, NSW, Victoria) 
      Monday, 19 March 201804:30 PM - 05:30 PMView Webcast
    • The Complexity of Wonder – Augmented and Mixed Reality
      This webinar is designed for teachers who are passionate about STEM education and innovative teaching practices to ensure that all students are provided with the opportunity to develop the literacies and capabilities that will help them succeed in a world of technological change.

      The focus of this webinar is to demonstrate practical strategies for delivering curriculum that is contemporary, explicitly develops students’ 21st century skills, and incorporates good pedagogy which is accentuated by the use of new and emerging technologies to meet the diverse range of future learners.

      Come and hear how students from the Early Years to the Senior Years are using augmented and mixed reality in their STEM studies to create and visualise abstract concepts by transforming them into 3D experiences. Explore the benefits of using augmented and mixed reality so that students are provided with:

      * Active rather than passive experiences
      * Immersive experiences that would not be possible in the real world
      * A hands-on approach to explore complex concepts and theories

      Outcomes:

      * Explore classroom units of work that incorporates the use of augmented and mixed reality from Early years to the Senior years
      * Investigate STEM units of work that explicitly incorporates the 21st century capabilities such as Skilful Communication, Knowledge Construction, ICTs for Learning, Real World Problem Solving and Innovation, Collaboration and Self Regulation
      * Explore strategies for developing a culture of innovation to assist teachers to feel confident and passionate to lead initiatives, take risks and drive transformational change across a school setting
      AITSL Standards for teachers:
      Presenters
      • Mrs Tamara Sullivan
      • Tamara is the Head of Academics and Innovation at Ormiston College and facilitates the College's directions in 21st century teaching and learning. She understands the new and changing demands of the teaching profession and believes that building capacity is the cornerstone of a contemporary school. She is an innovator who leads e-learning, blended learning, curriculum development and the meaningful use of technology across the profession. Tamara coordinates the College’s Learning Innovations Leadership Committee which was created to lead innovation, improvement and transformational change across the campus. She supports members to share their findings with the wider community through online forums, conferences and publications. She is a well-known member in the global educational community and regularly conducts key note addresses, professional development workshops and online webinars. In 2016, Tamara was awarded the Excellence in Educational Leadership Award by the Australian Council for Educational Leaders in Queensland, and the Australian College of Educators Fellowship Award for her demonstrated leadership in implementing educational initiatives to improve outcomes for students in 21st century environments. In 2017, she was also awarded the Australian Council for Educational Leaders New Voice Scholarship for her contemporary leadership Australian education.
      Provider: Independent Schools Queensland (ISQ)
      Platform: ZOOM Webinar
      Target Audience: STEM educators
      DateTime (ACT, NSW, Victoria) 
      Monday, 30 April 201803:30 PM - 04:30 PMView Webcast
    • Creative and Autonomous Thinkers – Makerspace
      In this 40 minute webinar, hear how Laura Bain from The Springfield Anglican College developed a Maker Space on the Primary Campus and how it has:

      * Provided students with opportunities to engage with design thinking and the Design Technologies curriculum
      * Fostered creativity and divergent thinking in students
      * Provided classroom teachers with ways to innovate on classroom curriculum and approaches to the General Capabilities

      If you are thinking about creating your own Maker Space or are interested in seeing examples from a Primary School, please join us!


      AITSL Standards for teachers:
      Provider: Independent Schools Queensland (ISQ)
      Platform: ZOOM Webinar
      Target Audience: STEM educators
      DateTime (ACT, NSW, Victoria) 
      Wednesday, 09 May 201803:30 PM - 04:30 PMView Webcast
    • Drones, a Classroom Perspective
      This webinar is designed for teachers who are passionate about improving students’ digital proficiencies needed for navigating the technological world. Digital proficiency is the ability to use a range of platforms and programs to communicate, find information, solve problems or complete tasks.

      Explore the benefits of digital proficiencies,  so that students are provided with:
      * active rather than passive experiences
      * computational and problem thinking skills and activities
      * multiple platforms for developing skills

      The focus of this webinar is to demonstrate practical strategies for delivering the digital technologies curriculum that explicitly develops students’ future skills. Participants will explore the principles of programming and build the skills necessary for flying and using drones in their teaching. Please, join Travis Goulter from Ormiston College to hear and see first-hand how students from the primary years are learning and developing their coding, computational and problem thinking skills. Travis will demonstrate multiple platforms for flying drones and have you launching your drone in no time.
      AITSL Standards for teachers:
      Presenters
      • Travis Goulter
      • Travis Goulter is Head of Junior School at Ormiston College and is passionate about the utilisation of digital technologies and innovative pedagogical practices to engage students and enhance learning. He strongly believes in the benefits of strong professional learning networks that challenge and support teachers to continually grow as educators. Travis has been recognised as a Microsoft Innovative Education Expert and in 2017 represented Australia at Microsoft's Global Education Summit in Toronto. In 2016, the Educator Magazine recognised Travis for his commitment to innovative teaching and learning, with his inclusion in their national Hot List recognising forty educators from across Australia who are the most influential figures in Australian education.
      Provider: Independent Schools Queensland (ISQ)
      Platform: ZOOM Webinar
      Target Audience: STEM educators
      DateTime (ACT, NSW, Victoria) 
      Tuesday, 22 May 201803:30 PM - 04:30 PMView Webcast
    • Why Coding Matters
      This webinar is designed to introduce teachers to the skills that students require in order to navigate and be a part of the emerging world. The session will also explore the development of Digital Technology teaching and learning units based on the Australian Curriculum.

      * explore the Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies
      * begin to explore coding skills aligned to the digital technologies curriculum
      * understand coding concepts such as looping, conditionals etc
      * explore activities that develop computational thinking without the device
      * consider practical ideas for assisting with curriculum planning and integration
      AITSL Standards for teachers:
      Presenters
      • Miss Peta Jorgensen
      • Peta Jorgensen is the P -12 Digital Learning Co-ordinator at Hillcrest Christian College. Peta believes that digital technologies can transform learning and empower the students to achieve their potential. As a Microsoft Innovative Educator and Skype Master Teacher, she regularly contributes to local and international educational communities. Peta was thrilled to be one of 4 Australian educators chosen to attend the E2 Microsoft Education Exchange in Canada in 2017.
      Provider: Independent Schools Queensland (ISQ)
      Platform: ZOOM Webinar
      Target Audience: STEM educators
      DateTime (ACT, NSW, Victoria) 
      Monday, 30 July 201803:30 PM - 04:30 PMView Webcast
    • Science in STEM Education - Wonder of Science
      Wonder of Science is promoting a STEM culture in Queensland schools, where students are engaged and achieving in STEM. Through the Young Science Ambassadors, it helps
      students, teachers & parents understand the importance and potential of STEM studies and career pathways.

      Wonder of Science includes:

      *Provision of challenging, real-world STEM inquiry tasks for students that are aligned to the Australian Curriculum plus curriculum advice and professional learning for teachers
      * Young Science Ambassadors visiting schools to work with students and teachers
      * Showcase presentations by student teams at regional and state conferences
      * Fostering links between schools, universities, industry groups, non-profit organisations & government agencies

      What are the benefits of the Wonder of Science approach:
      * Students engaged in deep learning in Science andTechnology
      * Students developing important general capabilities, particularly critical and creative thinking skills and the ability to work collaboratively
      * Teachers developing understanding and skills in STEM inquiry and effective student-centered and student-driven learning.

      The webinar will step teachers through the Wonder of Science STEM inquiry process and provide answers to questions that teachers typically ask.
      AITSL Standards for teachers:
      Presenters
      • Robyn Bull
      • Robyn has worked at state and national level in STEM education for over ten years and received a Peter Doherty Award in 2005. In her current role for Wonder of Science she works with primary and secondary schools, and universities across Queensland. Robyn is passionate about STEM education and provided consultation to ACARA for the revision of the Australian Curriculum: Science.
      Provider: Independent Schools Queensland (ISQ)
      Platform: ZOOM Webinar
      Target Audience: STEM educators
      DateTime (ACT, NSW, Victoria) 
      Monday, 06 August 201803:30 PM - 04:30 PMView Webcast
    • Problem Solving through the Drone Academy
      At St Hilda’s, we believe that gender equality in Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) careers builds stronger economies. Through the use of drone education, we generate conversation around gender equality in STEAM and inspire our girls to seek a platform for change to occur. The Drone Academy builds high quality, authentic and engaging STEAM challenges where leadership and learning opportunities through drone education including hands on aviation training combined with drone construction and new entrepreneurial opportunities.
       
      During this webinar, hear how St Hilda’s junior school have:
      • engaged students with the use of technology 
      • developed meaningful computational and problem thinking skills
      • embedded technology in an authentic way
      AITSL Standards for teachers:
      Presenters
      • Mr Dan Martinez
      • Dan Aivaliotis-Martinez is an Apple Distinguished Educator, Microsoft Innovative Educator and the Coordinator of Innovation and Learning at St Hilda’s School. He oversees the Junior School STEAM Program which involves 320 students participating in over 20 individual semester long projects. Dan also supports staff through the implementation of The Coding Institute, where all students from prep to Year 6 participate in dedicated coding lessons, ranging from offline computational thinking activities to controlling drones and robots via Swift Playground. Dan has established a coding and robotics competition with our neighbouring brother school TSS and has spearheaded the St Hilda’s School Drone Academy.
      Provider: Independent Schools Queensland (ISQ)
      Platform: ZOOM Webinar
      Target Audience: STEM educators
      DateTime (ACT, NSW, Victoria) 
      Thursday, 30 August 201803:30 PM - 04:30 PMView Webcast
    • Why Coding Matters - Session 2
      Many students will have acquired basic problem-solving attributes in Primary School however, the Australian Curriculum requires students to be experts in digital citizenship to successfully navigate and be a part of the emerging world. In order for students to be successful in the likes
      of coding and programming, they require the skill of computational thinking. This webinar explores the use of coding as a tool to improve students’ computational thinking skills to better prepare them as digital citizens, as part of the Digital Technology teaching and learning units based on the Australian Curriculum.

      HOW WILL I BENEFIT? 

      •             explore the Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies

      •             begin to explore coding skills aligned to the digital technologies curriculum

      •             understand coding concepts such as looping, conditionals etc to improve students' computational thinking skills

      •             explore activities that develop computational thinking without the device

      •             consider practical ideas for assisting with curriculum planning and integration
       
       
       
       
       
      AITSL Standards for teachers:
      Presenters
      • Dr Damien Kee
      • Dr Damien Kee is passionate believer in educational technologies, who specialises in bringing technology concepts to teachers and educators around the world. Ranging from robotics to electronics to programming, Damien works to educate teachers on the benefits and relative ease with which technology can be embedded into their daily classroom activities. Damien can be found anywhere from sitting on the floor of a classroom, working with with young students first learning the intricacies of programming, through to presenting at conferences to some of the most skilled educators in the field. He is the author of several popular teacher resource books and has consulted for several educational robotics companies such as LEGO Education and VEX robotics. His work takes him across Australia as we as internationally, having presenting in places such as the US, Singapore, China, Jordan and Qatar. Damien received his Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical/Mechatronics) in 2001 and his PhD (Robotics) in 2007 from the University of Queensland.
      Provider: Independent Schools Queensland (ISQ)
      Platform: ZOOM Webinar
      Target Audience: STEM educators
      DateTime (ACT, NSW, Victoria) 
      Wednesday, 05 September 201803:30 PM - 04:30 PMView Webcast
    • The Complexity of Wonder - Mixed and Augmented Reality - Session 2

      This Webinar will focus on augmented and mixed reality and will include practical strategies for delivering curriculum that is contemporary and explicitly develops students’ future skills. During this webinar, educators will be immersed into specific curriculum programs spanning from Year 2 to Year 11 that involves students developing for mixed reality and learning with mixed reality. Educators will witness effective pedagogy which is accentuated by the use of new and emerging technologies to meet the diverse range of future learners.


      AITSL Standards for teachers:
      Presenters
      • Jade Frewin
      • Vanessa Noonan
      • Jade Frewin is STEAM Co-ordinator Year 1 to 6, Sheldon College Jade leads the Year 1 to 6 STEAM initiatives, provides teacher professional development opportunities and adopts a team-teaching approach in order to build teacher capacity. This model has allowed Jade to support teachers in transforming their mindset and willingness to revamp the way they engage students in their learning and open up the realms of possibilities that technologies can bring about. Recently, Jade has been selected as one of Australia’s Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts and is recognised by international educators for his contribution to education forums relating to creating immersive educational experiences that can include mixed reality amongst other transformative tools.
      • Vanessa Noonan is Head of Digital Pedagogy Prep to Year 12, Sheldon College Vanessa is passionate about digital technologies. She has geared her tertiary education, professional development projects and recent work experience towards a career in this rapidly growing field and is well known within the community of digital pedagogy teachers. Vanessa has had the fortune of being inducted into the area of Mixed Reality by partnering with Dr. James Birt, Associate Professor, Information and Computing Sciences from Bond University and is certified by the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Teaching to Standards with New Technologies.
      Provider: ISQ
      Platform: ZOOM Webinar
      Target Audience: Technology & STEM educators
      DateTime (ACT, NSW, Victoria) 
      Tuesday, 23 October 201804:30 PM - 05:30 PMView Webcast
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