Teach Meet: 7 min Spotlight on Schools & Technology: Enhancing Engagement for Gifted Learners

On Monday 14 May 2018, The Teachers’ Guild of NSW and Gifted Families Support Group Inc. hosted more than 70 educators to their Teach Meet: 7 min Spotlight on Schools & Technology: Enhancing Engagement for Gifted Learners. Thank you to our wonderful and diverse presenters that included:

Simon Harper – Killara High School

Education for a Changing World: Teaching and Learning in an AI World

We must create a learning environment where students use technology ubiquitously to solve real-world problems that link to communities locally and globally. Artificial Intelligence is revolutionizing the way we work and live and as educators we must prepare our students for rapidly changing world. Simon Harper is Head Teacher Technology & Learning at Killara High School. He is also a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert and one of the TeachMeet NSW coordinators. He is passionate and committed to leading digital transformation to stay on the cutting edge of education.

Matthew Esterman – Trinity Grammar School

The Power of Sharing

Matthew has been involved in education for over 15 years, mainly as a teacher for the last decade focusing on History, English and technology integration. He holds his teaching degree and a Master of Arts degree from Macquarie University and a Master of Learning Science & Technology from the University of Sydney. Matt has won teaching and leadership awards from NGS Super, the Australian Council for Educational Leaders, the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership, the Australian College of Educators, the Professional Teachers' Council of NSW and the ICT Educators of NSW. Matt is a keen supporter of TeachMeets and was one of the original group to begin hosting them in Australia. Matt is currently one of our teacher librarians in the Arthur Holt Library here at Trinity.

Dr Simon Crook – CrookED Science

Engaging Gifted Students in K-6 Science and Technology

Based on his day-to-day work in a variety of primary schools, Simon will share his experiences of engaging gifted students in K-6 Science and Technology. Dr Simon Crook is the Founder of CrookED Science, a STEM education consultancy, and Honorary Associate at the School of Physics at The University of Sydney.

John Drake – Parramatta Marist High School

Engagement with Desmos

Engagement with Desmos considers strategies and resources that can be used for differentiation and engagement with gifted students in Mathematics, using the online graphing calculator Desmos. John Drake is an experienced Mathematics and Computing teacher and is currently Assistant Coordinator of STEM at Parramatta Marist High School.

Christina Alvarez – Australian Film Television and Radio School

Media Lab: Screen Literacy for Schools

Media Lab is a free online resource for primary and secondary teachers, with practical, creative and tangible education experiences that can be used from Foundation through to Year 10, and across all subject areas. Media Lab is an initiative of the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS). Christina Alvarez manages the Media Lab project at AFTRS. Christina has a background working with young people and media skills development. She has worked at a range of not-for-profit media organisations and has lectured in media at Sydney based universities.

Dr Ken Silburn – Glenfield District Office DoE

iSTEM program

The iSTEM program gives talented science students the opportunity to participate in science enrichment activities on weekends and school holidays normally not available through normal school programs. It has blossomed from a small project involving a few schools into a nationally recognised program for engaging students in science. Dr Ken Silburn was the recipient of the Prime Ministers Award for excellence in science secondary education in 2015 and recently was a top 10 finalist in the Varkey Global Teacher Prize out of over 26000 nominations.

Katharyn Reid – St Catherine’s School Waverley

Spelling: A paradigm shift

Many approaches to spelling instruction reveal an underlying assumption that there is an innateness about a person’s ability to spell. Good spelling comes from good teaching and embedding creativity in a culture of learning to enhance achievement. By nurturing a curiosity about words through the use of technology, students will understand the logic behind the way they are spelled. Katharyn Reid is the Spelling Specialist and Year 4 teacher at St Catherine’s School, Waverley. As a THRASS Ambassador, she regularly showcases her work at THRASS events across Australia. Last year The Daily Telegraph ran an exclusive about how Katharyn supports vocabulary development in a digital age.

Cameron Paterson – Shore School

Students are Changemakers

Supporting young people to become capable and reflective community members and civic agents is a vital remit of schools. Our students are not just future or hypothetical citizens, or citizens in training, but rather they are citizens of the here and now, with the right to express their opinions and participate in the civic and cultural life of their communities. So how do we develop pedagogies for supporting civic agency? Cameron Paterson is a high school History teacher and the Director of Learning and Teaching at Shore School. He is also on the faculty at Harvard’s annual Project Zero Classroom and a Project Zero online coach.

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