STEM or STEAM: Setting the Scene for Learning

June Wall, Education Consultant
26 April 2017 – Webinar replay 60 minutes

This session uses current research on STEM and its implementation in schools in various modes to then offer practical suggestions for how you incorporate STEM or STEAM into the school curriculum.

After this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the research base for STEM or STEAM
  • Consider teaching strategies & pedagogical practices that integrate STEM
  • Identify resources that support STEM or STEAM outcomes.

June Wall is an independent Consultant, eLearning and Libraries and an Adjunct Lecturer, School of Information Studies, Charles Sturt University. She was previously a Teacher Quality Consultant for the Association of Independent Schools, NSW. She has been a teacher at primary and secondary levels, a lecturer, a professional development and education consultant, Head of Department, special librarian, teacher librarian and computer coordinator in the government and non-government sectors for over 35 years. June has held a range of positions in professional associations at regional, state, national and international levels, including President of both the state and national teacher librarian associations. June is also an accredited Flow and Performance Consultant in Talent Dynamics for Young People.

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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Research for Reflective Practice

Dr Jennie Bales, Adjunct Lecturer, Charles Sturt University
22 March 2017 – Webinar replay ~ 60 minutes

Research informs your profession and your practice. This webinar introduces the concept of research from a practitioner’s perspective and aims to inspire participants to implement their own research project within their field of professional practice.

Becoming a more reflective and responsive educator is an integral part of highly accomplished teaching practice. Undertaking your own research project to evaluate programs and initiatives and inform decision-making provides a stimulating and valuable focus for a personal professional learning pathway. This presentation will introduce you to research processes and scaffold some of the key components that will help you design, implement and apply a straightforward and manageable research project in the school or library environment.

Outcomes for attendee:

  • Understand the key components of the research process
  • Awareness of ethical considerations in human research
  • Introduction to some research methods and research techniques
  • Understand ways to apply research findings to inform and improve practice
  • Identify pathways to disseminate research outcomes and build personal teaching credentials

Jennie Bales is an adjunct lecturer in the School of Information Studies at Charles Sturt University. Before joining the SIS team her career has been predominantly within the teacher librarianship profession in Tasmania. Throughout her career she has drawn on and conducted research to inform practice. Areas of interest include online collaborative learning environments, the use of technology to facilitate shared literary experiences, information literacy in a digital environment and the adoption of technology and e-resources by school library users – educators, students and the parent community.

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

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AITSL Through the Library Lens

Leonie McIlvenny, Head of iCentre
13 May 2015 – Webinar replay ~ 60 minutes

The Australian Professional Standards for Teachers are the key drivers used by schools throughout Australia to gauge teacher competence. Library professionals are required to address the criteria, however, due to their unique position in the school, may not be able to easily articulate their performance for each standard. In 2014 AISWA Libraries developed and presented a series of three workshops designed to interrogate the standards to identify ways in which library staff can demonstrate their achievement. The workshops culminated in the creation of a website called “AITSL through the library lens”. This presentation will describe the process that was undertaken and identify the key components that made this a very successful professional development strategy. It will also interrogate the website and make available to webinar participants valuable resources and guidelines for their own challenge of meeting the AITSL standards.

At the completion of the webinar participants will:

  • Know what resources are available help them address the AITSL standards
  • Have access to examples of professional portfolios that have been created by teacher librarians to address the AITSL standards
  • Have access to the AITSL Through the Library Lens website to use as an ongoing support resources.

Leonie has been an educator for over 30 years. She has been a primary school teacher and teacher librarian and has taught in both primary and secondary schools in the public and private sector in Western Australia. She has also worked as a curriculum consultant, online course developer, library consultant and ICT Project Manager for the Western Australian Education Department. In recent years she was a Project Officer at Curtin University and lectured in Learning Technologies.
Leonie is currently Head of iCentre at Iona Presentation College in Perth.

This webinar could be relevant to the following Australian Professional Standards for Teachers:
6.2 – Engage in professional learning and improve practice
6.3 – Engage with colleagues and improve practice
7.4 – Engage with professional teaching networks and broader communities

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Teacher Librarians Using Evidence: Theory and Practice

Dr Ann Gillespie, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, QUT
11 February 2015 – Webinar replay – Approximately 60 minutes

This doctoral research, Untangling the evidence: teacher librarians and evidence based practice (Gillespie, 2013) is the first to investigate the experiences of teacher librarians as evidence based practitioners. This study is a qualitative interpretative research which explores the experiences of 15 teacher librarians from around Australia to discover how they gather and use evidence in performing their roles.

A model which represents how teacher librarians perceive evidence based practice was developed from the research. This model is illustrated with snapshots or examples of teacher librarians using evidence in their practice.

Participants will:

  • Gain an understanding of evidence based practice as it applies to teacher librarians.
  • Have an opportunity to hear how other teacher librarians gather and use evidence in their practice.
  • Be able to apply the theory and illustrations of practice to their own situations.

Ann Gillespie is a postdoctoral research fellow within the Information Studies Group of Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. Her work as a teacher librarian in primary schools lead her to investigate evidence based practice within that context, culminating with her 2013 doctoral thesis, Untangling the evidence: teacher librarians and evidence based practice. Her current research explores evidence based practice as it is experienced in the public libraries.

This webinar could be relevant to the following Australian Professional Standards for Teachers:
1.2 – Understand how learners learn
3.6 – Evaluate and improve teaching programs
5.1 – Assess student learning
6.3 – Engage with colleagues and improve practice

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Action Research to Inform Decision Making: A Focus on E-books

Dr Jennie Bales, Adjunct Lecturer, School of Information Studies, Charles Sturt University
12 November 2014 – Webinar replay – Approximately 60 minutes

Action research provides a sound and informative approach to assess the readiness of your school to incorporate and build an e-book collection. This project demonstrates how the teacher librarian can connect with students and teachers to improve learning and build effective partnerships.

This webinar outlines an action research project that was designed to respond to 1-to-1 technology access, introduce teachers and students to locating, accessing and using e-books to support classroom programs and assess their readiness to adopt e-books into teaching and learning. Outcomes of the research informed collection development decisions for the school library.

The session covers:

  • action research for informed decision-making;
  • practical considerations for implementing an action research project in a school;
  • the use of pre and post surveys and survey tools for data gathering and analysis;
  • potential pitfalls and ways to maximise successful project completion; and
  • the use of action research to improve learning engagement through the exposure of e-books to staff and students.

The content of this webinar is designed to help you:

  • develop a small action research project;
  • consider ways of collecting and analysing data using an online survey tool;
  • build awareness of the scope and relevance of e-books in students’ learning; and
  • use research as tool for gathering evidence to support the AITSL standards.

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