Take advantage of the comprehensive FREE Education Program held inside the Show.
Presented by educational experts, 2018 sessions were offered within four main themes; Professional Teaching Strategies, Technology, Techniques for Learning and Wellbeing.
The 2019 Free Education Program will be announced closer to the event. All sessions in 2019 will be eligible for PD hours.
Friday 31 August
Seminar Theatre 1 - Professional Teaching Strategies
9:15am - 10:15am
Speaker: Dr David Zyngier
Senior Lecturer in the areas of Curriculum and Pedagogy, Faculty of Education, Monash University
Associate Professor at Southern Cross University
Classroom behaviour management: What every teacher would like to know but is afraid to ask
This session will interactively explore how to create a highly engaged classroom. Bring along your smart devices, a smartphone is all you need and be prepared to have your expectations challenged.
11am - 11:45am
MANAGE YOURSELF PROFESSIONALLY ONLINE
Speaker: Adam Surmacz
Australian Education Union
Manage yourself professionally online
We live in a digital world. With this there has been an increase in legal and employment issues educators can face relating to their online conduct. Join Adam for an engaging session which will cover common issues faced by teachers and practical ways you can balance your social personal social media use with your professional responsibilities.
1:00pm - 1:45pm
Speaker: Penny Willoughby
Australian teacher, Tutor and Educational Consultant
Discover how to support gifted learners in your classroom and help them excel
As teachers we are faced with the daily challenge of catering for a large range of needs in our classrooms. But what happens to gifted students who are not reaching their potential? How do we stimulate, guide and inspire them? Furthermore, what should be our response if they develop disruptive, oppositional or passive behaviours in the classroom?
In this seminar Penny will clarify who are our gifted learners and why we need a different approach to help them excel. She will outline a range of techniques to get gifted learners out of their comfort zones and re-engaged in learning. This session will provide you with a greater understanding of gifted students’ educational needs and practical ideas to implement immediately.
2:30pm - 4:30pm
Speaker: Jo Lange
Top Tips for better classroom behaviour - A practical strategy focus
As a behaviour specialist for over 20 years now, Jo Lange gathers together the most effective behaviour management strategies that enhance a positive and productive classroom. This program examines the “WHY’ of student behaviour and the importance of recognising the motivations of student behaviour to proactively address it. Major principles will be set out for what teachers can do to develop a positive classroom environment with a focus on the power of encouragement, rapport and relationship. It explores the importance of body language & tone, and utilising the language of positive discipline, to prevent and reduce common classroom behaviours such as negative attention-seeking and power struggles.
Friday 31 August
Stage - Technology Stream
9:15am - 10am
Speaker: Ros Lugg
Educational Specialist in Learning Support
Qualified Dyslexia Tutor and Assessor
Technology and literacy development - why some learners fall through the gaps and how we can use technology to prevent it happening
Discover how literacy develops in children with emphasis on the processing and perceptual skills needed at each stage. It will also cover recent neurological research into literacy acquisition. Analysis of this process will explain why some learners fall through the gaps and how an individualized approach can prevent this happening.
11:00am - 11:45am
Speakers: Trent Ray
Teacher, Microsoft Learning Consultant, Co- Founder of the Cyber Safety Project
Primary School Teacher, Co-Founder of the Cyber Safety Project
Proactive Teaching Strategies to live, work and play safely online
The Cyber Safety Project is committed to a whole community, proactive approach aimed at building skills and capacity of teachers, students and parents/guardians in digital safety and wellbeing for young people. This session explores the changing landscape of the most popular social networking platforms and provides easy to implement lesson ideas that will arm teachers and students with protective measures for safe online use within the classroom.
1:00pm - 1:45pm
Speaker: Dr Michael Cejnar, CEO FIC Technology
Learning Analytics - How to make students ICT usage transparent
Australia has the world's highest use of classroom 1:1 laptops, but the nature and effectiveness of usability is not well understood. Laptop use in classrooms can make student work opaque to teachers, but on the other hand, the laptop can equally be used to effectively and in real time evaluate and display student's engagement, learning process and skills set. Such understanding of student engagement and distractibility patterns, may be a powerful tool for educators to be able to switch distracted students back to engagement, by providing them with activities and resources adapted to meet their learning styles. Discover how classroom learning analytics is shaping the future of measuring, managing and reporting students' learning and ICT skills.
3:00pm - 3:45pm
Speaker: Christopher Ephgrave
Education and Business Manager, EE Group
Benefits of a STE@M program for your school - how it can stimulate, educate & inspire
There can be some ‘fear of the unknown’ and confusion about how to develop a STE@M program for your school. In this seminar, Chris will open your thinking and provide clarity on how to develop a STE@M program. Five areas of STE@M will be addressed; How to get staff involved; The decision of what to purchase and for what levels; Parents and the school community; Partnership with business and Building a school cluster. Discover how you can include STE@M in different areas of your curriculum.