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Critical Agendas and The Crowther Centre presents:

27 - 28 August 2012

Cliftons Melbourne
440 Collins St, Melbourne.
A Conference for Teachers and Students.
Following the success of the 2010 and 2011 National Boys and Technology Conferences, the focus of the third conference is, Learning and Teaching with Technology: Gender Matters Technology is a part of students everyday lives, and the rapid advances in technology have changed the way students now learn. Schools need to provide 21st Century Learning Environments that promote highly mobile, self-directed, personalised learning. How can we, as educators, effectively integrate technology in our schools to cater for gender specific learning needs? The Learning and Teaching with Technology: Gender Matters conference will showcase technological innovation in schools and afford delegates the opportunity to share their ideas and experiences with other like-minded educators. This conference also offers insight into the student experience of living and learning with technology through the ideas expressed by a student panel presentation on the first day of the conference. SPONSORING PARTNERS

HIGHLIGHTS
A conference allowing students and teachers to learn together. Program includes keynotes and 18 workshops. Opportunity for two secondary school student leaders per school to attend Day One at no extra cost. Enter the draw to win an Acer Tablet! Conference venue in the heart of Melbourne.

ACER TABLETS FOR DELEGATES


The first 200 delegates to register will receive an Acer Tablet for use over the two days of the conference.

MONDAY 27 AUGUST
8.00 AM 9.00 AM 9.10 AM 9.30 AM 10.30 AM 11.00 AM

Students welcome on Day 1

Registration Welcome: Michael Urwin, Headmaster of Brighton Grammar School. Students Address: Patch Clapp, School Captain of Brighton Grammar School Its a young persons world - a students view of the future Keynote Address: Michael Carr-Gregg, Social Media and the mental health of young adults Morning Tea Breakout Groups A - F and Mini Keynote for STUDENTS AND TEACHERS

Group A
Engaging girls through a creative and collaborative curriculum. Dr Catherine Lang 12.00 (12.00 1.00 2.00 2.45 PM PM PM PM PM

Group B
Rough and ready learning. Patti Kennedy

Group C
Why schools are spooked by social media? Denis Masseni

Group D
Using technology to humanise the classroom. Andrew Douch

Group E
Boys like Android tablets and girls like the iPad - is it really that simple? Dr Tim Kitchen

Group F
Everything you wanted to know about Young People and Technology but were afraid to ask Michael Carr-Gregg

Mini Keynote
Off my face: Reflecting on social networking and education. Dr Debra Bateman

Breakout Groups A - F and Mini Keynote repeated for TEACHERS ONLY. Choices as listed above. STUDENTS ONLY Session Andrew Baylis, The Crowther Centre) Lunch Student and Teacher Forum Breakout Groups G - M for TEACHERS AND STUDENTS.

Group G
More than social: Using web 2.0 tools in the classroom. Louise Robinson-Lay

Group H
Born native? What middle years boys dont know about ICT - and how to bridge the gap. Scott Anderson

Group I
You dont need to be very good with technology to do very good things with technology. Andrew Douch

Group J
Integrated iPad Curriuclum: From iPassports to QR Code Adventures. Bonnie Ahles and Pennie White

Group K
The 3 Rs Robotics, rocketry and reasoning. Jamie Watson

Group L
Gender: Does it matter when thinking about Harry Potter, Q-U-E-S-T, and film making? Jane Hunter

Group M
eBooks, iPads and gender. Paul Mears

4.00PM

Day 1 concludes

TUESDAY 28 AUGUST
8.30 9.00 9.30 10.30 11.00 AM AM AM AM AM

Teachers only on Day 2

Registration Dr Catherine Hart, Crowther Centre: Teaching and learning using technology: How to build capacity in your school. Keynote Address: Dr Gerald White, A learning upgrade. Morning Tea Breakout Groups N - S and Mini Keynote for TEACHERS ONLY

Group N
Spot the difference: What happens when boys and girls have choice? Chantelle Morrison

Group O
From magazines to Googlesites: Exploring the cloud in English Kristen Molloy

Group P
Using ICT to engage boys in the middle years Natalie Morrisey

Group Q
iPads, tablets, smart phones and smart devices - web 2.0 sites and apps to engage different genders in different ways. Greg Gebhart

Group R
Look to learn: Learn to look the first step for nurturing lifelong learners. Tom March

Group S
iThink differently. Kerri Rock

Mini Keynote
Ikea, Nokia and Pickled Herrings: how context, systems and design shape a learning culture. Anne Knock

12.00 1.00 2.00 2.45 3.15

PM PM PM PM PM

Repeat Breakout Groups N - S and Mini Keynote for TEACHERS ONLY. Choices as listed above. Lunch Panel Discussion How to create learning environments relevant to the students of 2025 Closing address Andrew Baylis, The Crowther Centre Conference wrap up Prizes drawn - Win an Acer Tablet!

With a mix of keynote speeches, panel presentations and breakout sessions, there is plenty to challenge and inspire members of every school community.

MICHAEL CARR-GREGG is one of Australias highest profile psychologists. He works in private practice in Melbourne and specialises in the area of parenting adolescents and adolescent mental health. He is an inspiring speaker who challenges the current thinking and practice concerning bullying and cybersafety. In his keynote address, Michael will highlight the many different social networking services including Facebook and Twitter. He looks at how digital technologies can promote adolescent mental health and identifies particular programs and apps that support the mental health of young people.

DR DEBRA BATEMAN is a passionate and enthusiastic educator who currently works as a Senior Lecturer at Deakin University. Her research interests include futures studies, innovative learning spaces and creative and critical uses of technologies for teaching and learning and she has won three national awards for teaching. In her mini-keynote, Debra considers the Stalker Mum or Stalker Teacher lurking in the background of every social networking site and reflects on the potentials and challenges of educationally operating within social networking environments personally and professionally.

DR GERALD WHITE is Principal Research Fellow in the Teaching, Learning and Transitions team at the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER). He is a regular speaker at national and international conferences on educational policy and leadership, research into the take up and educational use of digital technologies in teaching, learning and leadership. His main research interest is online collaboration and communities of practice. In his keynote address, Gerry will explore how using digital technologies can help to improve student performance particularly through social networking using mobile devices such as tablets and mobile phones. His address will include specifically include research about gender issues, learning and emotional well-being.

ANNE KNOCK is the Director of Development at Sydney Centre for Innovation in Learning (SCIL), the research and innovation unit of Northern Beaches Christian School in Sydney. Annes role at SCIL presents the innovative work of NBCS to the broader educational sector through workshops, seminar, consultations and international study tours. In her mini-keynote, Anne will look at how the landscape for learning comprises the physical environment, the cultural context and the curriculum content using a selection of international case studies that include Finland, Denmark, Sweden and UK.

Conference Hosts
The Crowther Centre for Learning and Innovation CROWTHER CENTRE actively pursues partnerships with industry, academic institutions and government to enhance the knowledge of teachers, the learning experiences of all members of the community and to play an active role in educational research. As co-host of this conference, the Crowther Centre is involved in the presentation of panel discussions and breakout sessions. Presenters include the Director of the Crowther Centre, Andrew Baylis, Executive Officer of the Crowther Centre, Dr Catherine Hart and associated members Scott Anderson, Jamie Watson and Kristen Molloy.
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PRESENTER Group A Dr Catherine Lang


Focus: Primary, Middle and Secondary, Girls.

SUMMARY Engaging girls through a creative and collaborative curriculum.


This session will overview the Digital Divas Club curricula, a series of eight modules designed to encourage girls to consider ICT as a creative future career option. Student work samples will be provided and access to free resources including lesson plans, student worksheets and assessment rubrics will be provided. Further, this session will highlight a range of pedagogies that engage female students in a study of technology.

Group B Patti Kennedy


Focus: Primary, Middle and Secondary, Boys.

Rough and ready learning.


This workshop explores the give and take of negotiated learning in a technology rich classroom with a focus on challenging boys through technology and targeted feedback.

Group C Denis Masseni


Focus: Primary, Middle and Secondary, Boys and Girls.

Why schools are spooked by social media?


The title of the session infers that schools are frightened by social media. Principals are concerned about the potential for a parent to run amok in a blog as well as the spectre that has become Facebook. Few can see the connecting power of social media in their communities yet 75% of school parents use Facebook every day.

Group D Andrew Douch


Focus: Primary, Middle and Secondary, Boys and Girls.

Using technology to humanise the classroom.


How can technology be used to transform the interactions between class members, making homework more social and class time more collaborative? This presentation is not about tools that help teachers to do what they have always done, only better. Rather, it focuses on ways technology can liberate us from the constraints of time and space. The result is a learning experience more infused with humanity.

Group E Dr Tim Kitchen


Focus: Primary, Middle and Secondary, Boys and Girls.

Boys like Android tablets and girls like the iPad is it really that simple?
This session looks at how and why the digital tablet has revolutionised education like no other device in history and how and why this device has dramatically affected the learning and teaching process.

Group F Michael Carr-Gregg


Focus: Primary, Middle and Secondary, Boys and Girls.

Everything you wanted to know about Young People and Technology - but were afraid to ask.
In this session participants will form into groups and compete against one another for a lavish prize as they explore the latest findings and evidence based research around young people and their use of technology. Fun, informative and useful.

Group G Louise Robinson-Lay


Focus: Primary, Middle and Secondary, Boys and Girls.

More than social: using web 2.0 tools in the classroom.


The use of tools such as wikis, blogs and social bookmarking is about more than engaging students. Students learn valuable communication skills in an engaging way that promotes deeper thinking. Teachers can create a class environment where students are responsible for their own learning and have real purpose.

Group H Scott Anderson


Focus: Middle and Secondary, Boys.

Born Native? What middle years boys dont know about ICT and how to bridge the gap.
This presentation challenges the concept of digital natives by exploring the gaps in ICT skills and understanding that boys bring with them as they transition to secondary school. The presentation then explores the dangerous assumptions teachers can make when asking boys to research on the Internet, and ICT strategies that teachers can use to encourage students to use ICT effectively for researching tasks and producing products that reflect meaningful learning.

Group I Andrew Douch


Focus: Secondary, Boys and Girls.

You dont need to be good with technology to do good things with technology.
This workshop will explore a selection of easy-to-use technologies and gadgets Andrew has found to be easy to use, free (or inexpensive), and inherently engaging to students. Teachers will feel empowered to walk into class the very next day and start using their new repertoire of engaging and powerful tools.

Group J Bonnie Ahles and Pennie White


Focus: Primary, Middle and Secondary, Boys and Girls.

Integrated iPad Curriuclum: From iPassports to QR Code Adventures.


Lilydale High School has over 900 students in Years 7 & 8 using iPads in the classroom. The school has developed excellent curriculum, protocols and processes to manage the program. During this hands-on session you will explore examples currently being used from a wide range of curriculum areas, including digital portfolios, QR codes, and an integrated online research skills program.

PRESENTER Group K Jamie Watson


Focus: Middle and Secondary, Boys.

SUMMARY The 3 Rs - Robotics, rocketry and reasoning.


This session outlines how to utilise technology (including mobile technologies) to stimulate higher order thinking. Specifically, participants will explore Rocketry and Robotics and how these can encourage students to develop reasoning and inquiry skills.

Group L Jane Hunter


Focus: Primary, Middle and Secondary, Boys and Girls.

Gender: Does it matter when thinking about Harry Potter, Q-U-E-S-T, and film making?
In this session participants will see examples from two classrooms where teachers integrate technology in highly engaging ways. This work is viewed through the lens of TPACK or Technological Pedagogical and Content Knowledge (Mishra & Koehler, 2006), a model that some have called a teachers pack. Implications and applications for practice from the findings of current research on teachers and technology will be shared.

Group M Paul Mears


Focus: Primary and Middle, Girls.

eBooks, iPads and gender.


eBooks are fast replacing traditional print media as the preferred reading medium. What makes ebooks a transformative technology are the new kinds of reading experiences that they make possible for students. This session will examine the evolution of eBooks, their potential in the classroom for both genders and how easy it is for students of all ages (and teachers) to create and source eBooks on the iPad.

Group N Chantelle Morrison


Focus: Primary, Middle and Secondary, Boys and Girls.

Spot the difference: What happens when boys and girls have choice?
Observation is a highly under-utilised tool within schools. Yet, as educators, we glean so much from observation of patterns within student behaviour. This presentation will exhibit a range of observations, specifically in gender groups within Stage 3, about the choices of boys and girls within an open-space environment that utilises 1:1 technology and Independent Learning Matrix. The implications of these observations will astound.

Group O Kristen Molloy


Focus: Middle and Secondary, Boys.

From magazines to Googlesites: Exploring the cloud in English.


Changing assessment modes can profoundly change teachers and students long-held ideas about teaching and learning. New modes of evaluation can also facilitate effective learning. In this session I explore the potential for mobile technologies to support innovative practice in the English classroom. Specifically, I will demonstrate how they can be utilised to engage and motivate students and to differentiate learning opportunities and assessment avenues.

Group P Natalie Morrisey


Focus: Middle and Secondary, Boys.

Using ICT to engage boys in the middle years.


Engaging boys in learning can be an enduring task as teachers continue to think of strategies to motivate them. Many boys can be disengaged and show little interest. The focus of this workshop will be on teaching strategies that utilise free digital technologies that can be used to engage boys in their learning. Ideas will be easy to implement, effective and based on research.

Group Q Greg Gebhart


Focus: Primary, Middle and Secondary, Boys and Girls.

iPads, tablets and smart phones and smart devices web 2.0 sites and apps to engage different genders in different ways.
Join Greg on a tour of ten web 2.0 sites/apps for girls and ten web 2.0 sites/apps for boys and how the different genders are drawn to different technologies. Find something new to engage students and how teachers may use smart devices in new learning environments.

Group R Tom March


Focus: Primary, Middle and Secondary, Boys and Girls.

Look to learn: Learn to look the first step for nurturing lifelong learners.
Web 2.0s rich digital media can be used to engage students in a lifelong spirit of inquiry. The trick is linking compelling media like videos, podcasts, cartoons and photojournalism with Looking Prompts that scaffold an appetite for critical and creative thinking. Furthermore the strategy readily advances gender-specific learning.

Group S Kerri Rock


Focus: Secondary, Boys.

iThink differently.
This session explores strategies to drag your 20th Century bricks and mortar into a fluid, flexible 21st Century learning community.

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Please complete details below and forward to Critical Agendas. Title Book early to guarantee your Breakout Group preferences! Registration fee includes all conference materials, morning teas and lunches. Preference will be given to two day bookings. TO REGISTER Complete this registration form and return it together with your payment to: Critical Agendas Learning and Teaching with Technology: Gender Matters 3rd International Conference P.O. Box 1427 Geelong Vic 3220 T 1800 638 012 or T + 61 3 5245 7261 F 1800 638 021 E admin@criticalagendas.com.au ACCOMMODATION The Oaks Hotel Group has two properties close to the conference venue. For reservations go to: www.oakshotelsresorts.com BOOKING CONDITIONS
No applications for the conference will be accepted after all vacancies have been filled. Unsuccessful applicants will have their monies refunded in full. No refunds are possible after 17 August, 2012. Cancellations made prior to 17 August, 2012 will incur a 20% cancellation fee. All cancellations must be in writing and emailed to Critical Agendas. In the event of insufficient applications this program will not proceed and registration monies be fully refunded. In the event of this program being cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances registration monies only will be refunded as Critical Agendas will not accept liability for the payment of any other associated costs. Critical Agendas reserves the right to vary the advertised programs prior to commencement.

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