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The National Education Summit is heading to Brisbane

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The National Education Summit will hold it’s inaugural Queensland event in 2019, bringing a comprehensive professional development program to local educators over two days on Friday 31 May – Saturday 1 June at Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre.

The Summit Program includes three conferences – Digital Classroom Practice, Capacity Building in Libraries, and Creativity and Innovation in Learning; the Special Needs Symposium; and a free Trade Expo.

Digital Classroom Conference will focus on the five most significant Educational Technologies trends for schools over the next five years according to the Australian Education Technologies Trends 2018 report (produced by ACCE). These are:

  • Digital Presentations
  • Maker Spaces
  • Cloud Computing
  • Flexible Learning Spaces
  • Learning Management Systems

The conference will open with Paul Hamilton, Head of Learning Technologies in the Primary School at Matthew Flinders Anglican College presenting a keynote – Brave, Connected and Unplugged.

On day two the keynote will be delivered by Alfina Jackson known to many as 'The Geeky Aus Teacher', a Google Certified Innovator and self-declared Geek. Her keynote title is – Maker spaces as spaces to grow, tinker and innovate. 

Throughout the two days, hands-on workshops will be presented around the themes; Digital Presentations, Makerspace, Cloud Computing, Flexible Learning Spaces and Developing content creators.

Creativity and Innovation in Learning Conference will be led by Lou Deibe, Assistant Principal, and Mark Burgess, Deputy Principal Lindfield Learning Village.

The conference addresses the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers:

1 – Know students and how they learn
2 – Know the content and how to teach it
3 – Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning
4 – Create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments
6 – Engage in professional learning

The hands-on workshops will cover the 'how to' of building creative communities of practice, unpack what the research says, discuss the urgency using stories from the kids we are working with every day and provoke change with questions such as 'What if we build every lesson from an attitude of playfulness and creativity?

Capacity Building in Libraries will be emceed by Karen Bonanno, Global Genius Educator/Leader, Genius School.

In Learning and literacy for the future: Building capacity. Part Two, June Wall and Karen Bonanno state, 'As new learning skills emerge it is necessary for education systems to respond to make sure teachers have sufficient capacity to develop learning programs that will provide the opportunity for students to develop these new learning skills.’

In simple terms, capacity building can be described as a sustainable process of equipping teachers with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to enable them to cope with change and achieve the desired educational outcomes.

  1. Addressing professional standards
  2. Creating engaging spaces
  3. Designing learning experiences
  4. Collaborating with parents

Presenters will include: Dr Marcia Mardis, Dr Kay Oddone, Lori Korodaj, Nelia Manansala, Jackie Child, Holly Godfree, Helen Stower, and Megan Daley.

The Special Needs Symposium is designed to bridge the knowledge gap, dispel myths, promote research, and explore the development of special needs in education settings. It will bring educators together with the common goal of facilitating appropriate classroom strategies for educators, students with special needs and families of children with special needs.

There will be four Streams with sessions in each presented by educational and medical specialists:

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Dyslexia
  • Anxiety
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder

Early Bird prices and the Conferences' details are on the website at









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