Thank you very much for your interest in presenting at the Leading a Digital School Conference to be held at the Crown Promenade Hotel, Southbank Melbourne on Thursday 8, Friday 9 and Saturday 10 August 2019.
We would be very pleased for you to submit an Expression of Interest by completing the form below.
As you complete the form please keep in mind the focus of the Conference which is outlined below. We are looking for a good balance of presentations embracing the conference themes.
The conference is focused on school leaders and leading teachers striving to offer the highest quality programs in their schools.
Call for expressions of interest in presenting from:
- School leaders and teachers with programs that showcase a culture of innovation
- School leaders and teachers embracing student-centric pedagogies including the redesigning of the classroom space
- School leaders and teachers in schools ‘letting go of the curriculum’ and engaging students in authentic learning experiences with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering, arts, design, humanities and maths (STEAM).
The 3 Mega themes:
- Advancing Cultures of Innovation
- Redesigning Learning Spaces
- Rise of STEAM Learning.
Advancing Cultures of Innovation
Innovation in schools has sparked a trend toward learner-centered paradigms in which students build critical thinking skills in environments that mimic the real world. Entrepreneurship, collaboration, project-based learning, and creativity are hallmarks of this transformational movement. Government, school, and NGO leaders who have pioneered effective new models are beginning to share and replicate best practices regionally and internationally. Many of these emerging models are rooted in principles that uphold character development, grit, and design, which encourage learners to work hard toward their goals and bring their ideas to fruition. Private–public partnerships have emerged as education leaders find ways to engage learners in authentic experiences that are relevant to their future, while businesses seek pipelines for highly skilled, global citizens. This trend acknowledges that every big idea has to start somewhere, and both students and teachers should be equipped with the mindsets and tools needed to spark real progress.
Redesigning Learning Spaces
As conventional teaching models evolve and emerging technologies gain a solid foothold in classrooms worldwide, formal learning environments require an upgrade to reflect the 21st-century practices taking place within them. Education has traditionally relied on teacher-centric approaches where lectures were the main source for knowledge transference. Today, student-centric pedagogies are being embraced to better prepare learners for the future workforce, and new approaches to classroom design are supporting this shift. Active learning spaces have the characteristics of being mobile, flexible, varied, and connected — they value tables, stations, and hubs over rigid structures. Additionally, innovative thinking in architecture and space planning is influencing the sustainable design and construction of new school infrastructures that can significantly improve learning by enhancing student well-being with an eye to conserving energy.
Rise of STEAM Learning
In recent years, there has been a growing emphasis on developing stronger science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) curricula and programs; these disciplines are widely viewed as the means to boost innovation and bolster national economies. In response to the focus on STEM learning, many educators are advocating that integrating the arts, design, and humanities into STEM curricula is essential to build interpretive and creative skills. This notion has fostered the STEAM learning movement, in which the A stands for “art+.” Engaging students in a multi- and interdisciplinary learning context breaks down barriers that have traditionally existed between different classes and subjects and offers learners opportunities to make new connections. Educators are working together across disciplines to develop integrative projects and goals that give students perspective on how a wide variety of knowledge and skill sets tie into each other in the real world.
In addition to offering leadership perspectives from the 3 mega themes, the conference will reflect on sub-themes and key considerations applicable to any school striving to become a leading digital school. The themes have been inspired by the K-12 Horizons Report.
- Authentic Learning Experiences
- Improving Digital Literacy
- Rethinking the Roles of Teachers
- Teaching Computational Thinking
- The Achievement Gap
- Sustaining Innovation through Leadership Changes
Important technologies that are likely to drive technology planning and decision-making over the next five years:
- Analytics Technologies
- Virtual Reality
- Artificial Intelligence
- The Internet of Things
Please click here to find more information about the Themes and Technologies featured at this conference.
The nature of the sessions
The format of a session can be a: keynote (invited); spotlight session; presentation; hands-on workshop; discussion; or a networking “get-together”. We encourage a diverse range of session types to ensure delegate engagement throughout the conference.
At the conclusion of every session we are asking presenters to clearly state the Key considerations to take-away and the three things to start with from day one back at school.
We are seeking presenters who can present the equivalent of two (50 minute) sessions. We would prefer that each 50 minute session is different, or that you present a double session. The number of double sessions available in the program is limited.
Every two (50 minute) sessions filled in the program attract one complimentary registration for the 3 days of the conference for one presenter. Any co-presenter will receive 25% off the registration fee. All other costs will need to be met by the presenter.