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Using the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to Implement Problem-based and Inquiry Learning
Leonie McIlvenny, Director, Studyvibe
Webinar replay 60 minutes

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals provide an excellent opportunity to implement problem-based learning in the classroom and an authentic context in which to address many of the outcomes from the Australian Curriculum.

This presentation will provide background information to the goals, explore links to the Australian Curriculum and the UNESCO Transversal Competencies and identify the growing range of resources, programs and initiatives that support the achievement of the goals. It will also describe a challenge website that has been created to help teachers and students engage with the goals individually and as a class. Students achieve digital badges as they progress through the 10 challenges. Teacher librarians will be provided with strategies for how to support the implementation of the goals within the school library and the school.

At the completion of the webinar attendees will be able to:

  • Identify the UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • Identify and access a range of resources that support the development of the goals within a school context
  • Identify which outcomes from the Australian curriculum support the UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • Establish how the UN Sustainable Development goals can be used to implement problem-based and inquiry learning in the classroom.

Leonie McIlvenny has been an educator for over 35 years having taught in both primary and secondary schools in the public and private as a teacher and teacher librarian. She has been a curriculum consultant, online course developer, library consultant and ICT project manager for the Western Australian Education Department. She has lectured in digital literacy and inquiry learning for pre-service teachers at Curtin University and currently works as an educational consultant nationally and internationally. Her interest in information and digital literacies was the driver behind Studyvibe, the Research Safari, the UN SDG Digital Passport Challenge and other online websites.

This webinar may address 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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Cultivating Connected Learning: a Participatory Pedagogical Approach
Kay Oddone, PhD Candidate and Sessional Academic
Webinar replay 60 minutes

In the 21st century, we have witnessed tremendous change in how we understand knowledge and information, how we communicate, and how we see the world and ourselves. The way we understand learning and pedagogy must be transformed to reflect this new reality. One approach through which we can achieve this transformation is by applying the principles of connected learning to our practice.

The term connected learning is used frequently, and different interpretations of what connected learning is abound. In this webinar, I will present the empirically researched Connected Learning Framework, a pedagogical approach to understanding connected learning which is both a learning strategy and a blueprint for learning design.

Implementing a connected learning approach creates opportunities for collaboration, creativity, imagination & knowledge construction. This presentation will allow participants to become familiar with the Connected Learning Framework. It will also provide real life examples of connected learning, and suggestions for how this learning approach may be embedded in formal and informal learning contexts.

Outcomes for attendee:

  • Understand what connected learning is
  • Explain the elements, core properties and design principles of connected learning
  • Identify connected learning opportunities in formal and informal contexts
  • Argue the case for implementing connected learning for greater student engagement and participatory 21st century learning
  • Access further reading and resources

Kay Oddone is an educator, librarian and constant inquirer who is passionate about exploring how we might leverage the connectivity of the social technologies to enhance how we learn. With over twenty years of experience working in education and information environments, Kay is committed to finding innovative and creative ways to enhance how we access and experience learning opportunities. She is currently completing the final year of her PhD candidature through QUT, exploring how teachers experience professional learning through online personal learning networks.

This webinar may address 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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Questions and Questioning Frameworks for Inquiry Learning
Kay Oddone, PhD Candidate and Sessional Academic
Webinar replay – 60 minutes

How might we design learning experiences built upon curiosity and inquiry? It’s all about questions!

In a world where answers seem so easy to come by, it is important that we explicitly teach students how to ask effective questions. Knowing how to formulate critical and incisive questions, and how to use questioning to gather accurate and relevant information is a key skill which underpins all stages of the inquiry learning process. Questioning is central to learning – and yet it is easy to allow this skill to slide under the radar, and even more tempting to shut down questions in an attempt to cover content more quickly.

In this webinar we explore a range of question types, and investigate different questioning frameworks and strategies to actively develop students’ questioning skills. The webinar provides insight into how questioning changes throughout the inquiry process, and offers participants the opportunity to consider how they use questions and questioning within their own practice.

Outcomes for attendee:

  • Become familiar with a range of question types and questioning frameworks
  • Draw connections between different types of questions and stages of inquiry
  • Learn strategies to develop students’ skills in creating effective questions
  • Reflect upon the role of questioning in contemporary learning

Kay Oddone is an educator with experience across a range of settings, having worked at school, system and tertiary levels. She is currently completing the final year of her PhD research, investigating the role of personal learning networks in teachers’ professional learning. She has presented at a number of national and international conferences, and blogs at www.linkinglearning.com.au . Her interests include networked and connected learning, critical and digital literacy, contemporary libraries and resourcing as well as reading, cooking and travelling.

For all States and Territories:
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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Learning Styles and Neuro Linguistic Programming Distinctions
Karen Bonanno, National Director, KB Enterprises (Aust)
Webinar replay – 60 minutes

Everyone has a preference for how they like information to be presented to them so they can process it with relative ease. We also have preferences for the way we analyse and evaluate information and then communicate it to others. Identifying personal learning styles is a major key to improving your performance and that of your students. When we become more familiar with learning styles we can help our students learn faster, more efficiently and easily.

Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) can provide us with some insights into how we can learn and communicate best. ‘Neuro’ refers to the mind, ‘Linguistic’ is about language and ‘Programming’ is about our sequences of repetitive behaviour and how we can act with purpose. NLP modalities and submodalities can provide important distinctions that are evident in each learning style.

A blended learning approach will be presented as a pathway to help teachers develop teaching programs to engage students in active learning.

This webinar will help you to identify your preferred modality, and provide insight into how others learn and communicate. It will provide an introduction to basic NLP principles to help you identify teaching strategies and methods to help your students learn at their best.

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. 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.

For all States and Territories:
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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Leverage your Pedagogical Gifts to Maintain Relevance
Karen Bonanno, National Director, Eduwebinar
Webinar replay – 60 minutes

Emeritus Professor, Frank Crowther, coined the phrase ‘pedagogical gifts’. He identifies ‘gifts’ as the unique talents, personalities, values, passions and interests of teachers in the everyday life of the classroom, and considers multiple meanings of pedagogy to then energise teaching.

In this session we will explore a process to identify your natural gifts/talents. Participants will complete a short psychometric questionnaire to identify, broadly speaking, their talent pool.

We will consider the pedagogical contexts within which your natural talents can thrive. As we explore the ‘cycle of relevance’ and events that can potentially lead to irrelevancy, we will consider five strategies that will help you to achieve viability and contemporary relevancy in your school community.

This digital broadcast is designed to encourage individuals to think about their future and take action to re-set their professional pathway.

Karen Bonanno is a Flow Consultant in Talent Dynamics, a Performance Consultant in Talent Dynamics for Young People and an accredited Ignition! Trainer. She is keen to help tweens, teens and adults identify their natural talent and use their strengths, weaknesses and challenges to transform their lives. She 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 adviser, education officer and education consultant.

For all States and Territories:
This webinar may address the following Australian Professional Standards for Teachers:
1.2 – Understand how students learn
6.2 – Engage in professional learning and improve practice

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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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