Workshops & Presentations

teach for tomorrow

2016

Tuesday February 23 – Wednesday February 24

Longreach School of Distance Education Home Tutor Workshops

iPads as a tool for teaching and learning

Exploring how the iPad can be used as a tool inside and outside the school room to support students as they think, analyse and construct knowledge, and to create and share information through personal and collaborative spaces. The advent of the Web 2.0 or user-generated content, combined with the rapid growth of new technologies, requires students to develop a new set of skills to live, learn and work in the digital age. The iPad and other technologies enable Home Tutors and their students to create learning opportunities to develop new knowledge, skills and behaviours in highly interactive and engaging ways.

Presented collaboratively by Vanessa Miller, Helen Stower, Jen Graham & Nyree Buchanan

2015

Monday October 5, Online

QUT Master of Education Presentation: Mt Alvernia iCentre: an example of  C21st School Library Practice

Presented by Helen Stower & Kathryn Schravemade

Monday September 28 – Wednesday September 30, Christchurch, New Zealand

Workshop:  Preparing Students for success in a world of ubiquitous connectivity

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Keynote: Moving from a Traditional Library to a Contemporary iCentre

The concept of Digital Citizenship continues to be increasingly important in the digital age, particularly with the onset of BYOD 1:1 programs in schools across Australia. The ability of students to learn using networked technologies and their preparation for success in a world of ubiquitous connectivity requires a philosophy of digital participation. With the emergence of mobile devices and social media, participation in online environments has increased exponentially and an online identity is now a social norm. When developing an understanding of learning in the digital age, it is important that students know about the benefits of online participation. We believe a Digital Citizenship programme that makes students cognisant of this fact and supports them to build a digital footprint that showcases their learning, interests, talents and successes, will open rather than close doors to their future. Digital technologies also facilitate the creation of online networks that enable communication and collaboration and, in order for students to harness these possibilities; the use of social media platforms to build learning networks is essential. This presentation will discuss an interdisciplinary approach to Digital Citizenship that focuses on the opportunities afforded by digital and social media, rather than one dominated by fear of failure or aversion to risk.

Presented by Helen Stower & Kathryn Schravemade

Wednesday June 3, Brisbane, Australia

Edutech: National Congress & Expo

Adopting an interdisciplinary approach to digital citizenship

The concept of Digital Citizenship continues to be increasingly important in the digital age, particularly with the onset of BYOD 1:1 programs in schools across Australia. The ability of students to learn using networked technologies and their preparation for success in a world of ubiquitous connectivity requires a philosophy of digital participation. With the emergence of mobile devices and social media, participation in online environments has increased exponentially and an online identity is now a social norm. When developing an understanding of learning in the digital age, it is important that students know about the benefits of online participation. We believe a Digital Citizenship programme that makes students cognisant of this fact and supports them to build a digital footprint that showcases their learning, interests, talents and successes, will open rather than close doors to their future. Digital technologies also facilitate the creation of online networks that enable communication and collaboration and, in order for students to harness these possibilities, the use of social media platforms to build learning networks is essential.

This presentation will discuss an interdisciplinary approach to Digital Citizenship that focuses on the opportunities afforded by digital and social media, rather than one dominated by fear of failure or aversion to risk. Participants will leave this session with:

-relevant research to support a Digital Citizenship programme in their school setting;

-a sample Digital Citizenship programme mapped to relevant ACARA, and ISTE standards;

-an awareness of tools, applications and learning taxonomies that will assist them in the development of a Digital Citizenship programme.

Presented by Helen Stower

Wednesday March 18, Online

Eduwebinar:  Retech – Digital Innovation and Integration in the Classroom

A key goal of future proof education is to ensure students are engaging with information, people and technologies as ‘connected learners’ and that this engagement is effective, safe and ethical.

It has been identified that traditional ICT subjects focused on the development of software usage skills, which no longer supports the evolving needs of our students.  Instead we need students to develop skills in digital citizenship so that they could participate effectively in an online and networked world.  Retech (Research and Technology) is a Middle Years learning experience that has developed in response to this need.

Presented by Helen Stower & Kathryn Schravemade

2014

Wednesday November 20, Online

Eduwebinar:  Designing learning spaces for student engagement

Presented by Helen Stower & Kathryn Schravemade

Learning Spaces are essential considerations in twenty-first century learning environments as they act as the ‘third teacher’. It is important to understand the relationships between learning spaces and our teaching and learning. Future-proof Learning spaces must cater for a diverse range of users, abilities and learning needs whilst incorporating a range of physical and virtual spaces.

Sunday September 14, Singapore

The Inaugural Asia Pacific Conference for Adolescent Success – Global Students, Real Solutions:  Retech – Developing digital citizens and connected learners, Singapore

Presented by Helen Stower & Kathryn Schravemade

Traditional ICT subjects focus on the development of software usage skills which no longer supported the evolving needs of our students. Instead we need students to develop skills in digital citizenship so that they can participate effectively in an online and networked world. Retech (Research and Technology) is a Middle Years learning experience that has developed in response to this need.

Wednesday June 4, Brisbane, Australia

Edutech K-12 Library Managers Congress:  Moving from a traditional library to a contemporary iCentre, Brisbane

Presented by Helen Stower & Kathryn Schravemade

The iCentre concept is to reimagine and move the traditional role of the school library as a provider of information and literature to an iCentre which connects learners with the skills, tools and information necessary for work and success in the 21st century.

Monday March 31, Online

QUT Master of Education Presentation: Mt Alvernia iCentre: an example of  C21st School Library Practice

Presented by Helen Stower, Margaret Donaghue & Kathryn Schravemade

Friday January 24, Brisbane, Australia

Mt Alvernia College:  Copyright update for classroom teachers

Presented by Helen Stower & Kathryn Schravemade

2013

Monday, October 21, Brisbane, Australia

iCentre v3.02: From Library to iCentre , a work in progress

Creating Future Libraries, Brisbane

Presented by Helen Stower, Margaret Donaghue & Kathryn Schravemade

Moving from a C20th library to a C21st iCentre at Mt Alvernia College. This session discusses how the move from a library to an iCentre has assisted the provision of professional, responsive and dynamic resource and information services to assist our learners to navigate 21st century information landscapes and to support digital age teaching and learning in a changing world. View the blog for this presentation.

Sunday August 18, Lorne, Victoria

Leveling the playing field in the middle school with skills, tools and information

Expanded Learning Horizons:  Roadmaps for Innovation, Lorne, Victoria

Presented by Helen Stower & Anita Garnsworthy

A two hour discovery session for Principals, Head of Curriculum, Teachers, IT Coordinators & Teacher Librarians.

To ensure a level playing field for staff and student at Mt Alvernia College we have developed a subject for Year 8 students called Retech (Research & Technology) and a program for staff called iLearn2.  This workshop presents the structure of these programs and the skills, tools and information used.  Leveling the Playing Field in the Middle School is the blog used in this presentation.

Tuesday May 21, Brisbane, Australia

Building a PLN for Students

Presented by Helen Stower, Anita Garnsworthy & Kathryn Schravemade

A full day workshop for students made available through the Days of Excellence program.  Students are introduced to the concept of a Personal/Professional Learning Network (PLN). Students discover the tools which facilitate establishing a PLN. After establishing an online profile, students start connecting with others who they have identified as positive contributors to online networks and learning communities.

Tuesday 5 March, Brisbane, Australia

From Library to iCentre: Connecting Learners with Skills, Tools and Information

Presented by Margaret Donaghue & Helen Stower

School Library Association of Queensland

A presentation for Teacher Librarians outlining the project undertaken at Mt Alvernia College to transform the library into an iCentre. This project received a Highly Commended for the 2012 Brian Banish Awards. This state-wide award is presented biennially to recognise quality partnerships involving teacher-librarians, teachers and members of the school community.

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