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Understanding the Digital Generation

Innovative Teaching and the iGeneration

A Road Map to Teaching in the 21

st Century

Tuesday 11 & Wednesday 12 June 2013

An amazing opportunity for Professional Transformation

Brauer College, an emerging leader in 21st Century teaching and learning in Western Victoria, has secured Ian Jukes, a world-renowned keynote speaker, who will lead us through a day of discovery on our professional journeys, exploring ways in which we can improve how we teach our future digital citizens to enable them to learn more effectively. Ian has agreed to participate in a full day regional professional learning conference, which will run in conjunction with a second day of optional workshops.

This is an outstanding opportunity for regional educators to hear from a world renowned keynote speaker as well as attend a series of workshops aimed at answering these questions:

 How do I balance the best of the past with the opportunities and realities of the present?

How do I balance all that I know with all that we are becoming?

 And how does all this create the best possible learning environment for our students?

Promoting Innovative Education in Western Victoria

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Keynote speaker: Ian Jukes

Warrnambool | Victoria

Stalker Auditorium | Brauer College

Literacy Is Not Enough

Living On The Future Edge

Getting It Right

Meet the speakers

Will King is the Teaching and Learning Leader at Brauer College in Warrnambool, where he teaches VCE history, SOSE and English. He is a Masters candidate at Monash University specialising in Educational Technologies. Will is also interested in designing learning for virtual worlds, in using massive multiplayer online game mechanics, to ‘gamify’ both the classroom and existing curriculum and he is the administrator of the blog of the South-West Game Based Learning Network. As the world becomes more multimodal, texts like video games represent an excellent opportunity for study in the classroom. This workshop will examine how game based learning, the use of video games as learning tools, can be used to teach students how to read video games as multimodal texts and also how to create a curriculum unit around them. The 21st-century fluencies model introduced by Ian Jukes will be used as the instructional model around which to design the units and learning activities.

Transformative teaching using the iPad – Workshop

Explore the potential of iPad to help transform teaching and learning in your classroom.

Hear from an Apple Authorised Education Trainer on practical ways to integrate technology for curriculum delivery. Workshop content is aligned to the Australian Curriculum and teachers will be able to access a range of resources to help create and curate content for the classroom.

This practical session is designed for primary and secondary teachers, curriculum leaders and technology coaches..

Ian Jukes has been a teacher, an administrator, writer, consultant, university instructor and keynote speaker. As a founding partner of the 21

st Centenary Project, an international consulting group, Ian has worked with clients in more than 40 countries and made more than 9,000 presentations. He typically speaks to between 300,000 and 400,000 people a year.

He is the author of over a dozen books but Ian is an educator first and foremost. His focus has consistently been on the compelling need to restructure our educational institutions so that they become relevant to the current and future needs of children.

His rambunctious, irreverent and highly charged presentations and articles emphasize many of the practical issues related to ensuring that change is meaningful. As a registered educational evangelist, his self-avowed mission in life is to ensure that children are properly prepared for the future rather than society’s past. As a result, his material tends to focus on many of the pragmatic issues that provide the essential content for educational restructuring.

IAN JUKES – Conference Day

Nicky is currently a director of Curriculum at 21st Century Fluency Project. Educated at Auckland University of Technology and University of South Africa, she has worked as a Team Leader for Educational Developers at National Centre at University of Waikato, Learning & Development Manager at Workbase and Assistant Principal at Green Meadows Intermediate School.

She is committed to developing an approach to teaching and learning that places a vital emphasis on the new fluency skills students need when they leave school to begin building their own futures.

NICKY MOHAN – Developing 21

st Century Units Workshop

WILL KING – Game Based Learning Workshop

Featuring Keynote Speaker – Ian Jukes8:00am-8:45am Registration 
8:45am-9:00am  Welcome, sponsors and introduction 
9:00am-10:20am  Session 1 – Living On The Future Edge 
10:20am-10:40am  Break 
10:40am-12:00pm  Session 2 – Understanding The Digital Generation 
12:00pm-1:00pm  Lunch 
1:00pm-2:20pm  Session 3 – Literacy Is Not Enough 
2:20pm-2:40pm  Break 
2:20pm-4:00pm  Session 4 – Getting It Right 
4:00pm-4:10pm  Close and thanks 


Follow this link to watch a Jing screencast of how to create and share a simple document in Google Drive.

Recently our school ‘migrated’ all of its student email to google mail and has been encouraging staff to make more use of google and its many applications. However I haven’t really been able to get my head around it. So finding this little gem was very welcome. Thanks to the SLV Bright Ideas blog, which directed me to the gcflearnfree site, I can now get the overview I think I needed. This whole ‘in the cloud’ world takes some grasping but the potential is enormous. The gcflearnfree site itself also looks like it could be really useful for teachers trying to get a handle on this brave new world of ours. I know lots of ICT ‘gurus’ go on and on about how we can learn anywhere anytime etc, but it is only today that I realised how much this is true for me. I have used blog posts, sites like gcflearnfree and online self-paced PDs to teach myself many new ICT skills. Sometimes it doesn’t work and you need to seek out a ‘live’ assistant but a lot of the time all it takes is persistence.  A bit like a naughty dog…how many times can I dig in the same place before BIGBOSSDOG gets sick of filling in the hole and turns it into a doggy sand pit? I encourage you all to start digging your own holes and may they all turn into lovely productive sandpits…….

This looks very handy indeed – lots of ‘under ten minute’ in length how to videos for tools such as wordpress, google sketch up, Activinspire, google maps and others. Lots here to get inspired by and with the shortness of the tutorial you could learn a new tool every day! I’ve been meaning to have a go at google sketch up for a while (ever since some of my year 8 students completed a castle design project using it) and this will give me a bit of a start.

A bit like ‘youtube for instructions’! Here people have uploaded instructional videos on everything from how to treat a bitten tongue, how to make your own doggy treats, to how to visit a playboy club. Obviously teachers need to choose carefully and maybe show the chosen video to the class as a whole rather than direct students to the site itself. It would be very useful for teaching instructional text type in english and who knows, you might find just that piece of advice you always needed. (who hasn’t bitten their tongue at some point….not so sure about the playboy club though…)


Posted: February 26, 2012 in Art, Professional development, Website

Smarthistory advertises itself as a multimedia web book about art and art history. It is free and offers information about specific artists, time periods and art styles. One thing that is also offered are videos showing conversations between art historians discussing various issues and questions. Made in conjunction with the Khan Academy (an online university) this resource is probably more useful for senior students or as a professional resource for art teachers. It is an attractive site and easily navigated.

BBC – GCSE Bitesize – Homepage.

This web page is designed to help UK students study and revise for their GCSE so not all subjects will be relevant to the Australian Curriculum. The videos also are not available for us to view. Despite this the notes, diagrams and mini tests still have a lot to offer to teachers and students. I found the notes on river systems very comprehensive, easy to comprehend and supported by excellent diagrams and flash animations.