Archive – Designing learning environments

Future Learning and Student Engagement
with Karen Bonanno, National Director, Eduwebinar
Webinar replay – 60 minutes

Throughout history there has been several changes in our capacity to learn. With each change it has increased our ability to learn more efficiently and effectively. Each paradigm shift in learning builds on our ability to learn through time and ultimately addresses the visual, auditory, kinaesthetic and read/write preferences. An emerging shift will challenge how schools will successfully engage students in learning as the learner seeks access to anything, anywhere, anytime, from any place and with anyone.

With the shift in skillsets required by our young people, schools need to be responsive to the way technology is integrated to assist learners to be smarter in their learning, thinking and doing. There is also a corresponding need to design learning spaces that will support the varied learning needs, interests and talents of each learner. The dynamics of teaching and learning will change to provide learning opportunities that will engage students with everyone needing to be a leading learner.

This webinar will explore the paradigm shifts in learning and then progress to the impact emerging technologies will have on instruction, learning environments and methodology. Primary and secondary teachers and teacher librarians will be able to consider a response to future learning by understanding

  • how we learn best,
  • the impact of new and emerging technology on teaching and learning,
  • how the redesign of learning spaces can assist future learning, and
  • the need to provide variety in learning opportunities.

Karen Bonanno has over 35 years’ experience working in government and non-government schools as a secondary teacher, teacher librarian, head of department, acting deputy principal, regional advisor, education officer and education consultant. For 12 years she was the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian School Library Association and has also held executive positions at state, national and international level in teacher librarian professional associations. Karen is also an accredited Flow Consultant in Talent Dynamics, a Performance Consultant in Talent Dynamics for Young People, and an accredited Ignition! Trainer. She has used her Creator/Astronaut profile to evolve professionally in business as an education consultant and webinar provider of professional learning.

This webinar addresses the following Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.
3.3 – Using teaching strategies
3.4 – Select and use resources
6.2 – Engage in professional learning and improve practice

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Makerspaces and Students’ Wellbeing
with Jackie Child
Webinar replay – 60 minutes

The Maker Movement is changing societal thinking and working, putting purpose, fun, passion and ownership back into our students’ learning. We are entering the greatest age of innovation and creativity in human history.

When students engage in the many activities and opportunities provided in our library makerspace they relax and have fun. It is non-threatening … no testing or grading! It’s a place where they can fulfil their own desire to give things a go. Failing becomes part of the fun. To solve problems and challenges when creating and trying to make things work gives children confidence to succeed. Students can share, collaborate and help each other in the pursuit of making. A child’s wellbeing is of utmost importance and a makerspace can be one place to assist in ensuring a child is stimulated yet feels safe and relaxed. The joy and happiness we have seen in our makerspace is evident of students’ wellbeing.

Outcomes for attendee:

  • Overview of setting up a Junior Library Makerspace
  • Equipment and resources for a successful makerspace
  • Research evidence that shows students with high levels of wellbeing are more likely to have higher academic achievement, better mental health, and a more pro-social, responsible and fulfilled lifestyle.

Jackie Child has been teaching primary aged students for over 40 years in a number of countries. She is passionate about how children learn through constructivist pedagogy. She is a Teacher Librarian at St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School and a sessional tutor at Griffith University for pre-service teachers using technology to enhance teaching and learning. Jackie doesn’t believe in standing still, there is always plenty to ‘do’ and learn!

This webinar addresses the following Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.
6.2.2 – Engage in professional learning and improve practice
6.4.2 – Apply professional learning and improve student learning

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Library Learning Spaces Design
with Anne Whisken, Head of Library
Webinar replay – 60 minutes

Library Learning Spaces exist in both the physical and digital. Design of one should echo the other in the sense that use of each is a deliberate choice after the question: what information or reading resource or physical space or eLearning technology or expert guidance best suits the learning that we want to take place?

Physical library spaces are the focus of this session, and although what you can do in your library differs according to budgets, the questions to be explored are similar, with the basic one being: what can I do with my spaces and furniture arrangements and collections to enhance the learning to take place in my school?

Recent research and design of a new library plus several decades of making changes in existing libraries informs the presentation. We will look at defining the learning that can take place in a library, the ways students prefer to learn, and how to design and arrange physical spaces to support that. Pre-thinking for this session: In your school library WWW: What Works Well already, what different library learning spaces does your school need and what are you prepared to give up to create those new spaces and arrangements?

Outcomes for attendee:

  • Understand the types of learning that can take place in a school library
  • Understand the spaces and arrangements that provide for that learning
  • Ability to analyse the strengths and opportunities in existing library spaces
  • Ability to develop a brief for changes in existing libraries or for design of new libraries

Anne Whisken has been head of five large school libraries and conducted continuous research in all to change spaces and collections to meet the particular teaching and learning needs of each school community. Key to those changes has been validating what is good about existing library spaces, collections and staff and building on that to engage decision makers and the broader school. It has also involved changing views about school libraries and their collections from being places of storage to spaces for learning. Anne is as excited about the possibilities of a one room library to a multi-level ‘community hub’.

This webinar may address the following Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.
6.2.2 – Engage in professional learning and improve practice
6.4.2 – Apply professional learning and improve student learning

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Makerspaces for Learning in your Library
with Lisa Nash, Librarian
Webinar replay – 60 minutes

Learning in a digital age requires a different set of skills for students today. Within this evolving digital ecosystem, many libraries are investigating the use of makerspaces to engage learners and effectively provide them with critical skills for the digital age.

The essence of a makerspace is that it helps ignite curiosity and exploration in students about things that interest them. This interest based learning encourages the development of knowledge and learning as well as critical thinking, collaboration, communication and creativity. Libraries are in a unique position to empower makerspace models, as they have always had a role in extended learning beyond what is on the shelves via a range of literacy and information strategies.

Outcomes for attendee:

  • Develop an understanding of makerspaces and how they can support and develop learning;
  • Explore criteria for effective makerspaces models;
  • How makerspaces can be integrated in school libraries;
  • Learn about resources and sites to help develop a makerspace.

Lisa Nash is Librarian for Learning Exchange, Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta. Lisa enjoys exploring emerging technologies to discover how they can be used to make libraries and learning more accessible and relevant. She collaborates with and supports teachers and teacher librarians with professional learning, resources and workshops for effective integration of ICT in learning. Lisa shares her research and knowledge via the LEX website, and a number of Blogs and Google sites. Her most current work has been with integrating iPads in learning, STEM agendas and ICT tools for Geography.

This webinar addresses the following Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.
3.3.2 – Using teaching strategies
3.4.2 – Select and use resources.

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Low-tech Maker Projects for the Budget Conscious
with Karen Bonanno, National Director, Eduwebinar Pty Ltd
Webinar replay – 55 minutes

This webinar focuses on maker projects that can be created with readily available materials, on a limited budget and with minimal prior experience. Karen explores the STEAM connections and the opportunities that allow students to be creative in their project design and presentation.

As a result of attending this webinar you will:

  • be able to identify the tools and supplies you will need,
  • have access to a range of low-tech maker projects to use straight away with your students,
  •  be provided with links to online resources to support your makerspace journey.

Karen Bonanno has over 35 years experience working across difference education sectors and with professional associations. As the National Director for Eduwebinar she is involved in planning and hosting webinars that cover primary and secondary education with specific focus on innovative teaching and learning strategies and resourcing as it applies to curriculum design and delivery. Her work at Eduwebinar helps teachers attain their hours of professional learning in a virtual, stress-free environment in the comfort of their home.

This webinar addresses the following Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.
3.3.2 – Using teaching strategies
3.4.2 – Select and use resources.

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Step by Step: Design an Online Course for Teachers
with June Wall, June Wall Consultancy
Webinar replay – 60 minutes

Online learning is one of the more easily accessed professional learning for teachers. With the requirement for all teachers to maintain Proficient Standard by participating in and logging at least 100 hours of professional learning activities over a 5-year period, a range of options will be needed. This webinar will take participants through the steps in developing an eLearning course for teachers using a range of digital tools and an understanding of the requirements of the Proficient Teacher level.

This webinar will help you:

  • Design a course specific to Proficient Teacher level standard
  •  Build an eLearning course
  • Build awareness of some digital tools and the core requirements of a successful adult learning course
  • Embed digital tools in the course

June Wall is currently an independent Consultant, eLearning and Libraries. She was previously a Teacher Quality Consultant for the Association of Independent Schools, NSW. She has been a Head of Department, teacher at primary and secondary levels, a lecturer, a professional development and education consultant, teacher librarian, and computer coordinator in the government and non-government sectors for over 30 years. Her passion has always been designing learning experiences that allow students and teachers to be innovative whilst based on individual inquiry. June’s research and practitioner interests span digital learning, digital pedagogies and future oriented libraries and learning space design.

For all States and Territories:
This webinar may address the following Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.
6.1.2 – Identify and plan professional learning needs.
6.4.2 – Apply professional learning and improve student needs.
7.4.2 – Engage with professional teaching networks and broader communities.

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Re-imagining learning spaces to inspire contemporary learning
with Kay Oddone
Webinar replay – 55 minutes

Life has changed. Students have changed. Technology has changed and the way we learn has changed. Students’ learning is shaped by their teachers, their peers and their environment – the Third Teacher.

Learning space design is now recognised as a key influence on the way students learn and how pedagogy is enacted. Access to information is no longer limited to the schoolroom, or centred in the role of the teacher. This fundamental shift must be addressed if students are to be truly prepared as innovators, creators and collaborators of the future.

Creating a new learning space within the confines of existing structures, and with limited budgets can be challenging. However, with a good understanding of recent research and a few creative ideas, simple changes that have far-reaching effects can be achieved.
In this webinar, participants will be introduced to several key models for redefining learning spaces, and will discover new ways to approach learning space design – whether they are classroom based, in a library, or even an office.

Outcomes for attendee:

  • Become familiar with models for learning space design
  • Learn why the environment where learning occurs is important
  • Discover ideas and tips for redesign within classroom/library budgets & structures

Kay Oddone is an educator with experience across a range of settings, having worked at school, system and tertiary levels. She has commenced doctoral studies in the areas of social media and connected learning and has presented at a number of national and international conferences. Her interests include contemporary libraries and resourcing, digital technology in learning, content curation, social media and copyright, makerspaces, Creative Commons and open source initiatives.

This webinar could be relevant to the following Australian Professional Standards for Teachers:
6.2.2 – Engage in professional learning and improve practice
6.4.2 – Apply professional learning and improve student learning
7.4.2 – Engage with professional teaching networks and broader communities.

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Creating a Makerspace in a Junior Library
with Jackie Child
Webinar replay – 58 minutes

This webinar will discuss how makerspaces are the perfect partnership for libraries, a place where information is shared, accessed, explored and pondered. Creating a space for students to ‘make’ using library technology and ideas from books seems like the next step in developing a library as the hub of a school. This session will follow the journey St Aidan’s has travelled in developing a thriving Makerspace Zone within the library. It discusses low technology and high technology possibilities and how such activities connect to the curriculum.

At the end of this webinar, participants will have:

  • a better understanding of the maker movement,
  • ideas for creating a makerspace,
  • access to teaching strategies to connect makerspace to the Australian Curriculum,
  • access to useful resources/sites to get started.

Jackie Child has been teaching for nearly 39 years in a number of countries and has held many positions within schools including Deputy Principal. She is passionate about teaching and is excited by the possibilities that technology is bringing to education. One day a week Jackie is a sessional tutor for ICT Primary Pedagogy at Griffith University.

This webinar addresses the following Australian Professional Standards for Teachers:
3.3 – Use teaching strategies
3.4 – Select and use resources

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Designing Learning Spaces for Student Engagement
with Kathryn Schravemade and Helen Stower
Webinar replay – 60 minutes

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.

This webinar explores the changes and considerations that took place in the evolution from a library to an iCentre in a secondary environment. This redesign allowed for critical engagement by providing both formal and informal spaces for reading, experimentation, individual and collaborative learning as well as allowing students to engage with a range of technologies they will encounter in everyday, twenty-first century activities. The iCentre re-design acknowledged the presence of a digital space to be equally important as the physical space. Ubiquitous access to digital tools and resources is as much an intellectual freedom issue as it access to books.

From this webinar you will:

  • Develop an awareness of the impact of space on learning.
  • Understand the changes needed in spaces to move from static, student-centred to flexible, student-driven spaces.
  • Gather ideas to begin transforming learning spaces to suit the needs of twenty-century students.

Kathryn Schravemade began her career as a teacher of English and Social Science. Her interest in connecting students with the skills and information of the twenty-first century and instructional design led her to complete her Masters in Education (Teacher-Librarianship) at Queensland University of Technology. Kathryn currently works as a Teacher-Librarian in the Mount Alvernia College iCentre and is responsible for providing future-proof services that connect the community with information, regardless of their location, and ensuring both staff and students of the college acquire the skills necessary to operate in the digital environment. Kathryn is completing her Doctorate of Education examining pedagogical practices and the development of whole-school approaches in this area. She is a Google Certified Teacher.

Helen Stower is the Curriculum Leader – iCentre at Mount Alvernia College. She is interested in teaching and learning, the information landscape and of course, reading. Digital and Learning Networks are of particular interest to Helen. The opportunities they offer for professional futures mean that digital portfolios are essential for learning and working in the 21st Century. Ensuring students acquire the skills necessary to build these portfolios and networks are a key goal of Helen’s work in the iCentre. Another area of interest to Helen is the changing role of libraries and information professionals and her team in the iCentre focus on providing relevant services so the end-user experience is one of finding information and great stories rather than one of unsuccessfully searching for their needs.

This webinar could be relevant to the following Australian Professional Standards for Teachers:
3.3 – Use teaching strategies
3.4 – Select and use resources
4.2 – Manage classroom activities

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Making Sense of Makerspaces: Creating Space for Invention and Imagination
Kay Oddone
Webinar replay – 60 minutes

The idea of providing hands on learning for students is nothing new; what is new, however is the range and affordability of exciting new tools and technology, which allow students to invent and create in ways never before possible. This webinar provides participants with an overview of the maker movement, suggestions on how to develop a makerspace or run a maker faire, and give practical guidance for those wishing to bring Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) alive in their classrooms and libraries using cutting edge, yet affordable and accessible tools and technologies.

As a result of attending this webinar you will:

  • Know what a makerspace is, and be familiar with how to set up a basic makerspace or run a one day maker faire.
  • Become acquainted with a range of popular makerspace activities and tools including Makey Makeys, Arduino Microcontrollers, Squishy Circuits, Interactive Textile and Papercraft, Lego Robotics and more.
  • Have an understanding of how makerspace activities link to the Australian Curriculum and meet the needs of different learners.
  • Know where to purchase or borrow everything you need to set up your own Makerspace at minimal cost.

Kay Oddone is an educator with over 16 years experience across a range of settings. She is currently the librarian for ResourceLink, Brisbane Catholic Education’s information and resourcing centre, which services all office staff and staff of the 137 schools within the Brisbane Archdiocese. Kay has held the roles of Education Officer: Digital Learning, Assistant Principal, Teacher Librarian and Classroom Teacher. She has presented at a number of national and international conferences, and her interests include contemporary libraries and resourcing, content curation and social media and copyright, Creative Commons and open source initiatives.

This webinar could be relevant to the following Australian Professional Standards for Teachers:
2.6 – Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)
3.3 – Use teaching strategies
3.4 – Select and use resources

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Tools for a Flipped Classroom
June Wall
Webinar replay – Approximately 52 minutes

This webinar provides an overview of some tools that have been used in a flipped classroom. Some are considered to be core tools for this learning environment and other tools provide a background for learning in a virtual environment.

June Wall has been a teacher at primary and secondary levels, a lecturer, a professional development and education consultant, teacher librarian and computer coordinator in the government and non-government sectors for over 30 years. Her passion has always been to design learning experiences that allow students and teachers to be innovative whilst based on individual inquiry.

This webinar could be relevant to the following Australian professional standards for teachers:
1.1 – Physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics of students
1.2 – Understand how students learn
1.5 – Differentiate teaching to meet the specific needs of students across the full range of abilities
2.1 – Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area
2.6 – Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
3.1 – Establish challenging learning goals
3.2 – Plan, structure and sequence learning programs
3.3 – Use teaching strategies
3.4 – Select and use resources
4.1 – Support student participation
4.2 – Manage classroom activities
4.5 – Use ICT safely, responsibly and ethically
7.4 – Engage with professional teaching networks and broader communities

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A year in a flipped classroom – totally flipped
June Wall
Webinar replay – Approximately 54 minutes

Implementing a flipped classroom and embedding digital literacy within this process requires a change process as well as a different way of thinking of yourself as a teacher.
This series of webinars will take a reflective view of the core elements of the changes needed as well as the preparation and implementation of a flipped classroom.

Webinar 3 – Totally flipped…  A look at one flipped classroom and the curriculum development utilised to be successful.

June Wall has been a teacher at primary and secondary levels, a lecturer, a professional development and education consultant, teacher librarian and computer coordinator in the government and non-government sectors for over 30 years. Her passion has always been to design learning experiences that allow students and teachers to be innovative whilst based on individual inquiry.

This webinar could be relevant to the following Australian professional standards for teachers:
1.1 – Physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics of students
1.2 – Understand how students learn
1.5 – Differentiate teaching to meet the specific needs of students across the full range of abilities
2.1 – Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area
2.3 – Curriculum, assessment and reporting
2.6 – Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
3.1 – Establish challenging learning goals
3.2 – Plan, structure and sequence learning programs
3.3 – Use teaching strategies
3.4 – Select and use resources
4.1 – Support student participation
4.2 – Manage classroom activities

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A year in a flipped classroom – preparing to flip
June Wall
Webinar replay – Approximately 54 minutes

Implementing a flipped classroom and embedding digital literacy within this process requires a change process as well as a different way of thinking of yourself as a teacher.
This series of webinars will take a reflective view of the core elements of the changes needed as well as the preparation and implementation of a flipped classroom.

Webinar 2 – Preparing to flip…  This webinar covers issues of change management and the skills necessary for students to operate effectively in a flipped environment.

June Wall has been a teacher at primary and secondary levels, a lecturer, a professional development and education consultant, teacher librarian and computer coordinator in the government and non-government sectors for over 30 years. Her passion has always been to design learning experiences that allow students and teachers to be innovative whilst based on individual inquiry.

This webinar could be relevant to the following Australian professional standards for teachers:
1.1 – Physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics of students
1.2 – Understand how students learn
1.5 – Differentiate teaching to meet the specific needs of students across the full range of abilities
2.1 – Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area
2.3 – Curriculum, assessment and reporting
2.6 – Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
3.1 – Establish challenging learning goals
3.2 – Plan, structure and sequence learning programs
3.3 – Use teaching strategies
3.4 – Select and use resources
4.1 – Support student participation
4.2 – Manage classroom activities

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A year in a flipped classroom – why flip
June Wall
Webinar replay – Approximately 55 minutes

Implementing a flipped classroom and embedding digital literacy within this process requires a change process as well as a different way of thinking of yourself as a teacher.
This series of webinars will take a reflective view of the core elements of the changes needed as well as the preparation and implementation of a flipped classroom.

Webinar 1 – Why flip? – Rationale of a flipped classroom and the possible end results for student learning.

June Wall has been a teacher at primary and secondary levels, a lecturer, a professional development and education consultant, teacher librarian and computer coordinator in the government and non-government sectors for over 30 years. Her passion has always been to design learning experiences that allow students and teachers to be innovative whilst based on individual inquiry.

This webinar could be relevant to the following Australian professional standards for teachers:
1.2 – Understand how students learn
1.5 – Differentiate teaching to meet the specific needs of students across the full range of abilities
2.2 – Content selection and organisation
2.6 – Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
3.3 – Use teaching strategies
3.4 – Select and use resources
4.2 – Manage classroom activities

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Collaboration in learning: Teaching in the Networked World
Mal Lee, author and education consultant
Webinar replay – Approximately 57 minutes

Mal Lee describes the vision for teaching in the networked world, that he and Lorrae Ward identified after examining the increasingly collaborative and networked mode of teaching employed by the pathfinding schools globally, and which the authors have detailed in their new work, Collaboration in learning: transcending the classroom walls.

Mal Lee is one of the world leaders in researching and documenting the impact of technology upon the evolution of schooling and teaching, the transformational effect of the normalised use of digital upon schooling, home-school collaboration, teaching for a networked world, BYOT and educational benefits realisation.

A former director of schools, secondary college principal, technology company director Mal has written extensively in the leadership and instructional technology journals with regular columns in the Australian Educational Leader and Educational Solutions.

Mal has released seven publications and currently working on several more.

This webinar could be relevant to the following Australian professional standards for teachers:
2.6 – Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
3.4 – Select and use resources
6.3 – Engage with colleagues and improve practice

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The What and Why of Building an iCentre
Lyn Hay, Lecturer, School of Information Studies, Charles Sturt University.
Webinar replay — Approximately 51 minutes

This webinar takes participants through the design and planning phases of
building an iCentre in schools. It outlines the range of programs and services
provided by an iCentre (the WHAT) and provides a rationale for establishing an iCentre (the WHY).

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The Who and How of Building an iCentre
Lyn Hay, Lecturer, School of Information Studies, Charles Sturt University.
Webinar replay — Approximately 58 minutes

Lyn takes you through the design and planning phases of building an iCentre in your school.

She presents:

  • a range of configurations for an iCentre team including staffing formulas and role statements, and
  • a blueprint for developing an iCentre.

This information will help you put the iCentre concept into practice.

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