Essential Tools


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Website for Educational App Reviews







The range of apps for both content and creation changes everyday and there are lists constantly updated online where you can find ‘THE NEXT BIG THING’.  You will find a list of apps below that are tried and tested by staff at Holy Cross College.  These are the ESSENTIAL APPS used on a consistent basis.  




FAVOURITE TOOLS at Holy Cross College (These are just a few)

Book Creator - Creation of learning and understanding in text, video, audio or image
Flashcards - Virtual flashcards 
History of Rock/Jazz - Interactive texts associated with Rock and Jazz.  Presented chronologically with interactives
DuoLingo - language learning
GoodNews Bible app - Quick reference to all the books of the Bible
Twitter - Social media connections
Edpuzzle - Create videos and lessons outside the classroom.  Allows students to add notes and assign questions
TypeDrawing - draw with words
Zenia for Libraries - Allows use of library membership to access magazines, etc
Pinterest - Social media connectivity
Evernote - Organise yourself on a 'to do’ list
123D Make - Create templates for laser cutter
Sky view Free - Astronomy app
Canva - Graphic design app
Diptic and Diptic Video - Making photo collages incorporating video
Stopwatch - Time students in different sports events and activities
Paprika - Recipe clipper and organiser
Notability - Productivity and note-taking
Video scribe - Visual creation for presentation 
Word brain - Work game requires pattern recognition and vocabulary
Keeper - Securely records usernames, passwords and links
Puffin Academy - allows flash on iPad
Kindle - Book reader
CoachMyVideo - Video analysis app - look at slow motion and different angles
Desmos - Graphics calculator
Mathletics - interactive maths games










Patrick Hollingworth Keynote Speaker - Switching Tracks

KEYNOTE OUTLINE
The old business landscape in which today’s organisations grew and succeeded is gone for good. Instead of stability, certainty, simplicity and clarity, we are looking at at least a decade of volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) operating conditions.  With this change comes incredible uncertainty and complexity.  In the face of these challenges however lies incredible opportunity.  

Drawing on Patrick’s background as both a consultant to Australian industry and an accomplished high-altitude mountaineer and expedition leader for the past 15 years, this presentation will fuse conceptual theory with practical experience. Patrick will propose a solution, or antidote, to VUCA that is based on the idea that we all need to become more comfortable with discomfort. In other words, we need to get comfortable getting uncomfortable. If organisations are to survive in this new paradigm, they need a newer approach of working, an approach which is built on an ethos of agility and lightness. It’s an approach known in mountaineering circles as alpine style.

This session is a fun, visual and inspiring way to get participants truly engaged with the content, each other and the VUCA concept. 

Conference Overview

Conference Overview








8:20 OnwardsRegistration




8:45House-keeping 




9:00 - 9:10Introduction and Welcome to Country



9:15 - 10:30Keynote




10:30 - 10:50Morning Tea




10:50 - 11:00Make way to Workshops




Workshops 
LEADERSHIP
JUNIOR (K-5)
MIDDLE (5-8)
SENIOR (9-12)
11:00 - 11:45

  • Switching Tracks, Travelling in the Same Direction (Mandy Connor)
  • Supporting SAMR - Technical Session
  • Transforming Learning (Noburo Hagiwara)
  • What is SAMR? (Irene Louden)
  • Whole College Tour (Student Leaders)
  • What’s the Big Idea? (Kylie Henderson)
  • Creatively Connecting Kids, Nature and Technology (Jenny Jongste)
  • iPads in the Early Childhood Classroom:  Developmentally Appropriate Practice (Louise Cimetta)
  • Genius Hour (Gabrielle Trinca)

  • Collaboration in a Digital World (Hayley Wells)
  • Beyond the iPad:  Tech to Enhance the Learning Experience (Chris Gooch)
  • Create and Inspire:  Tech in the Performing Arts (Chris McRae)
  • Reinventing the Excursion:  Taking Learning Beyond the Classroom (Karen Taylor)
  • Upside Down:  Turning the Traditional Classroom on its Head (Laura Kendrick) 
  • Transforming Reference and Instructional Material (Daniel Budd)


11:50 - 12:40Workshops
  • The Digital and Physical Pedagogy (Anita Walmsley)
  • Tranquility through Technology:  Mental Health Promotion and Prevention (Jo Betti) 
  • Avoiding the Digital Drama (Melissa Croswell)
  • Looking Inside OutCreating Activity-based Learning Environments (Peter Lippman)
  • Whole College Tour (Student Leaders)
  • Digital Play (Jacinta Tucker)
  • Tick Tock:  Ever Feel like the Mouse who Chased Time? (Phoebe Behiels)
  • Create and Inspire:  Tech in the Performing Arts (Chris McRae)

  • Making iTunes U work for U (Clare Rosman)
  • All the World’s a Game! (Emilie Reynolds)
  • Reinventing RE - Technology in the RE Classroom (Danielle Hodgson & Harry Muller)
  • Upside Down:  Turning the Traditional Classroom on its Head (Laura Kendrick) 
  • History iPad Workflow with iTunes U (Shannon Carty)


  • Embracing Technology in the Workshop (Susan Wilson & Matt Smyth)
  • The Game’s Afoot:  Gamifying Detective Fiction (Phill Taylor)
  • SAMRising Google Apps For Education(Mat Hughes)

12:40 - 1:15Lunch




1:15 - 2:05Workshops 
  • Cathednet Network Panel Discussion (CathEdNet Information and Communication Technology Team) 
  • Using iTunes U to Connect with your Parents (Lou Cimetta)
  • Supporting SAMR - Technical Session
  • Transforming Learning (Noburo Hagiwara)
  • Whole College Tour (Student Leaders)
  • If you can Dream it, you can do it! (Irene Louden)
  • Collaboration in a Digital World (Hayley Wells)
  • Setting Up for Success:  Preparing the Digital Environment of the Classroom  (A Workshop for Education Assistants) (Emma Pritchard & Jo Borg)
  • Creatively Connecting Kids, Nature and Technology (Jenny Jongste)
  • History iPad Workflow with iTunes U (Shannon Carty)
  • Reinventing RE - Technology in the RE Classroom (Danielle Hodgson & Harry Muller)
  • Beyond the iPad:  Tech to Enhance the Learning Experience (Chris Gooch)
  • Transforming Reference and Instructional Material (Daniel Budd)
  • The Game’s Afoot:  Gamifying Detective Fiction (Phill Taylor)
  • SAMRising Google Apps For Education(Mat Hughes)

2:05 - 2:55Workshops
  • The Digital and Physical Pedagogy (Anita Walmsley)
  • Tranquility through Technology:  Mental Health Promotion and Prevention (Jo Betti) 
  • Whole College Tour (Student Leaders)
  • Genius Hour (Gabrielle Trinca)
  • Digital Play (Jacinta Tucker)
  • Tick Tock:  Ever Feel like the Mouse who Chased Time? (Phoebe Behiels)
  • What’s the Big Idea? (Kylie Henderson)
  • Setting Up for Success:  Preparing the Digital Environment of the Classroom  (A Workshop for Education Assistants) (Emma Pritchard & Jo Borg)
  • If you can Dream it, you can do it! (Irene Louden)
  • Create and Inspire:  Tech in the Performing Arts (Chris McRae)
  • Big Ideas for the Whole Wide World Laura Wallace)
  • Are you Sirious?  Assistive Technology with iPads (Deborah Boylen)
  • Making iTunes U work for U (Clare Rosman)
  • All the World’s a Game! (Emilie Reynolds)

  • Question Time (Learning Area Coordinators)

3:00 - 3:30SAMR Groups
  • A session for participants to come together with like educators in order to make networking connections, share ideas and set goals. 
  • Leadership
  • Junior
  • Middle 
  • Senior 
3:30Closing Address







SAMR Examples

What is SAMR?


SAMR success is not about Tech!


Here are a few websites where you can find examples of activities that relate to the different SAMR stages:

Julia Boulton - A number of SAMR examples
Kathy Schrock - Links and illustrations of SAMR
TechChef4u - S.A.S.S.Y. SAMR
Ditch that Text Book

Lyn Perrigo - Orana Primary School - iTunes U Course


Switching Tracks Presenter Biographies

PATRICK HOLLINGWORTH

Patrick Hollingworth is both a leadership and teamwork expert and an accomplished high-altitude mountaineer.  He is a big believer in the importance of organisations and the way they do their work (pretty much the entire well-being of our society depends upon them functioning effectively). 

Patrick has worked with some of the world’s leading organisations in Australia, Asia, Europe and North America to help their leaders and teams get comfortable getting uncomfortable in an organisational landscape which is becoming more volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) by the day.  

Patrick has climbed extensively in the Himalayas and participated in 11 international expeditions.  He worked towards his own personal goals of an unguided ascent of Mount Everest, and in 2010, after a lot of hard work and perseverance, he achieved it.  


Standing on the summit of the world’s highest mountain reinforced his belief that the benefits of taking oneself out of their comfort zone far outweighs the initial discomfort experienced. 

JENNY JONGSTE
Jenny Jongste is a passionate educator who lectures at the University of Notre Dame Australia, works on projects for Catholic Education WA and spends a lot of time in classrooms helping teachers and children to use their technology creatively to enhance learning.










HAYLEY WELLS
Hayley was, most recently, ICT Co-ordinator and Year 5 teacher at Rosary Catholic Primary in Camden, London. During this time, she implemented a 1:1 iPad integration program for staff and upper primary children, as part of a successful data driven push to improve literacy standards in the upper grades. In this role, Hayley led professional development for staff on ICT integration within a 1:1 environment and created a Student ‘Genius Bar’ to up skill a core group of children. Currently, Hayley is employed at Banksia Grove Catholic Primary here in Perth as Co-ordinator of Students with Disabilities. She is passionate about ICT integration and Co-operative Learning, and is passionate about the two being intertwined for whole class engagement. 





SHANNON CARTY
Shannon Carty is the Primary ICT Integrator at Newman College, originally employed as an Early Childhood Educator.  Her role includes working students from Year 3 to Year 6 in a one-to-one iPad environment.  Shannon also supports teachers from Kindergarten to Year 6 in the implementation of IVY n their teaching and learning programs.  Shannon is also an Exemplary Educator for the Digital Learning team at CEOWA which involves creating and delivering ICT Professional Development for schools in regional and metro WA. 






GABRIELLE TRINCA
Gabrielle is a primary educator and ICT Exemplary Educator. She is an upper primary teacher at Sacred Heart Primary School, Highgate and is currently employed at CEWA as the ICT Exemplary Educator Facilitator. Gabrielle has presented at multiple conferences and events including the LEAD conference, AITSL Learning Collective, the Google Apps for Education Masterclass Conference and is a foundation member of the TeachMeet WA group, facilitating free professional development for educators in Western Australia.
Gabrielle’s work as an ICT exemplary educator when delivering professional development to schools is in high demand and she has expertise in 1:1 and shared device classrooms. She understands the pedagogical impact and principles behind contemporary learning spaces and is comfortable using various technological platforms (Apple, Google, Microsoft etc). Gabrielle is currently studying her Masters of Education with a focus on Knowledge Networks and Digital Innovation.

DANIEL BUDD
Daniel is the eLearning Facilitator at Christ Church Grammar School in Claremont.  In his role he works to up-skill Teachers and works with Curriculum Leaders from Pre-primary to Year 12 to develop teaching programmes and learning activities with the aim to successfully integrate technology.









MANDY CONNOR
Mandy Connor has worked in Catholic Education in Western Australia for 30 years.    Having started her career as a History, English and Religious Education teacher, she has maintained her passion  for  learning and and teaching.  Mandy has a Masters in Education (which included a semester of study at Fordham University  in New York) and a Masters in Religious Education.  

Mandy’s  career in  school leadership has  taken her  to rural, metropolitan, single sex and coeducational, secondary and K – 12 Colleges  As the foundation Principal of Holy Cross College Mandy  been fortunate to be involved in the development of this new K – 12 College from the planning stages in 2008.  Prior to this Mandy was Principal of St Joseph’s College, a K – 12 College, in Albany (1999 – 2006) and Bunbury Catholic College  (2007).     As  Principal of a new school Mandy  has  enjoyed the opportunity to ‘think outside the box’ and to work with staff to  explore new pedagogues, supported by digital technologies and contemporary learning environments.   Mandy is committed to fostering critical thinking skills in students and has worked with staff on the development of Big Ideas, a cross-curricular learning focus.   Mandy looks forward to continuing a role in educational leadership in  this exciting and challenging time as we grapple with the complexities  of meeting the needs of today’s learners.

ANITA WALMSLEY
Anita Walmsley has worked in Western Australian Catholic schools for 10 years having previously working in the UK for 10 years.  Her initial training was as an English teacher but she has since broadened her learning areas and has now taught a wide range of subjects in clouding Geography, History, Religion and Media Studies. 

Anita is a foundation staff member of Holy Cross and now works in the role of Assistant Deputy Principal for learning.  She is inspired by good teaching and learning and the integration of ICT to enable staff to be excellent practitioners.  What she is most passionate about is ensuring that the learning at Holy Cross is collaborative, focused on the learning needs of students and enables students to be engaged, challenged and progressing.  ICT should support this intention.  

Anita has been a driving force behind the ongoing development of a cross-curricular program called Big Ideas where students are encouraged to be critical thinkers, problem solvers.  At it’s heart, Big Ideas engages students in real-world learning in full collaborative and innovative ways.  

Anita is also on a learning journey but hopes to be able to drive Holy Cross College toward bigger and better things as the College enters a new and exciting phase of its journey - fantastic new learning spaces designed to engage 21 century learners.  

MELISSA CROSWELL
Melissa Croswell has worked in Western Australian Catholic Schools for 18 years.  She has taught a range of ages from Kindergarten to year Seven and specialist learning areas, including Physical Education and Mathematics Interventions.  Melissa has completed a double Masters in Education - Mathematics Education and Leadership and Management.  

Melissa is passionate about Mathematics education and Early Years education.  Her role as Numeracy Interventions Consultant at the Catholic Education Office of Western Australia saw her support schools, staff and students across the state and collaborate with Universities and Dioceses across Victoria and New South Wales.  She was integral in establishing the statewide use of diagnostic assessment to identify students’ mathematical understanding and a Mathematics Interventions Specialist Teacher network.  She has presented at State, National and international education conferences.  

Melissa joined Holy Cross College in 2013 as the Foundation Head of Junior School, opening with Kindergarten to Year Two students.  She believes all children can succeed and goes about providing a vibrant and enthusiastic learning environments that encourages students to explore, investigate and question. 




JO BETTI
Joanne Betti joined Holy Cross College at the beginning of 2014 when she returned to Perth after spending 4 years living in Broome, Western Australia.  Since graduating as a mature aged student she has worked as a Social Worker in a variety of  environments including Youth Services, Out-of-Home Care and Child Protection and now finds the variety and challenge of Catholic Education both exciting and professionally
challenging.   

As a School Social Worker at Holy Cross College Joanne relishes the opportunity to develop her role according to the specific needs of staff and students. Along with direct counselling, Joanne frequently liaises with teaching staff, family members and external service providers to ensure that student wellbeing is maintained and promoted.  She helps students recognise their inherent strengths to enhance resilience and
encourage problem-solving and coping skills.

Joanne worked and travelled extensively for 10 years in Europe and has previous experience and qualifications as a TEFL Teacher.  She is a current member of the WA Social Workers in Catholic Schools Network and
the Australian Association of Social Workers.

IRENE LOUDEN
Irene has worked in Western Australian catholic schools for 19 years having previously worked and studied in the UK.  She has taught a wide range of learning ares and areas from Kindergarten through to Year 10 and has spent much of her career in multi-age group learning environments. 

Irene joined Holy Cross College in its second year of opening and was a key member of the initiating group for one-to-one movie learning devices.  She is a recognised Apple Distinguished Educator and has participated in Regional and Global Institutes as well as published materials on the iTunes store.  

Irene has presented at a number of learning and technology conferences across Australia.


KYLIE HENDERSON
Kylie is in her sixth year of teaching. She completed her university studies in Victoria before moving to Alice Springs in the Northern Territory where she worked for five years across both the junior and middle school. She is now teaching Year 3 at Holy Cross College.







PHOEBE BEHIELS
Phoebe Behiels has worked in Western Australian Catholic schools for five years.  Prior to Holy Cross College she worked in Bunbury at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School teaching Year 3 students.  She worked with a small team to implement iPads across the school. 

Phoebe hoined Holy Cross College this year to begin the Early Learning Centre She is currently teaching Year 1 students and is developing in her understanding and implementation fo the Reggio Emilia approach to learning. 






CHRIS MCRAE
Christopher McRae is in his fifth year of teaching.  He has been working in the Catholic Education System in Western Australia since graduating from Educate Cowan University and the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts at the end of 2010.  Christopher is a Performing Arts teacher and was given the opportunity to establish the Music, Instrumental Music and Drama programs when he joined Holy Cross College in 2011.

Christopher enjoys the challenges and opportunities associated with working with Apple technology and enjoys integrating technology solutions into his lesson right through from Kindergarten to Senior School.  He is an enthusiastic,young educator who has a passion for working with young people and using technology to redefine learning the Performing Arts. 

EMMA PRITCHARD
Emma joined Holy Cross College in 2014 as a foundation staff member of the Early Learning Centre.  Emma has spent her early career in regional South Western Australia.  

Emma is currently collaborating to develop programs for junior primary students where they have access to digital devices to consume and create knowledge, skills and understandings.  Emma is passionate about driving opportunities that foster a love and enthusiasm for learning. 

JO BORG
Jo has worked in Catholic Education for 19 years and have taught all year levels from Pre-Kindergarten through to Year Seven. She has recently completed her Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Masters in Religious Education. 

Jo believes that as life-long learners it is important to understand that children learn in different ways and in various stages. Learning should be fun, exciting, thought provoking and challenging. 

JACINTA TUCKER
Jacinta Tucker has been teaching in Catholic Education for six years and has developed a passion for Early years Education. She has experience in regional and metro schools. 

Jacinta joined Holy Cross College in 2014 as the Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten program teacher.  She has taken on a number of new approaches to teaching in order to adapt to the learning pedagogies in the Early Learning Centre and is currently immersed in providing learning experiences that integrate technology with a specific focus on digital portfolios to celebrate the learning journey. 


CHRIS GOOCH
A Media and Photography teacher who has been teaching for 9 years both here in Australia and in the UK.  Chris is currently responsible for curriculum development for Film & Animation, Photography, Media Production and Analysis and Design Photography.  Chris’s classroom promotes a practical hands-on experience where students can create work for an authentic audience.  As a passionate movie-goer, film-reviewer and storyboard artist.  Chris endeavours to use his experience and skills along with a range of technology, applications and devices to engage the students in improving their presentational and creative approach not only in Media but across all subjects.  

The importance of storytelling and providing students with an armoury of tools is the quintessential element of the media experience.  Chris continues to look for and provide opportunities for students to up-skill in the newest techniques through his classroom practice and in a variety of enrichment opportunities outwit the school curriculum.

KAREN TAYLOR
Karen Taylor has taught Social Sciences (History and Geography) and English in the Western Australian Catholic Education system for fourteen years.  She joined Holy Cross College in its second year of operation and has played a pivotal role in developing the Humanities learning area, undertaking the role of the College’s first Humanities Learning Area Coordinator from 2014.  

With a passion for integrated Curriculum and the use of technology for delivering real world learning experiences.  Karen is a member of the Innovation Team and leads the Year 9 Big Ideas team.  Recent Year 9 Big Ideas projects have included the Challenge Based Learning project - “What is the Great War of the 21st Century?”  and the gasification project “Can Perth Learn to Play?”.  Karen has recently completed her Masters of Education (Curriculum) at the University of Notre Dame.  


EMILIE REYNOLDS
Emilie Reynolds joined the staff at Holy Cross as a graduate teacher in 2012, teaching in the areas of Humanities and English.  She became a member of the Learning Innovation Team for 2014 and coordinates the Big Ideas Program for Year 8.  Emilie has a particular interest in the development of cross-curricular learning and the use of gasification to enhance both practical and digital projects. 












HARRY MULLER
Harry has been a teacher in Catholic Education for over thirty years.  He has taught in a number of subject areas including Science, Religious Education, Career Development, Mathematics, health Education and Music.  Harry has transitioned through a number of phases in educational delivery and is eager to embrace technology as it shifts the learning experience in a new direction.  

He is an advocate of indecent, self-directed discovery learning and promotes this through the implementation of iTunes U courses to flyp the classroom.  Harry engages students unscientific discovery with the vast number of apps that make the impossible possible and continues to seek ways where students become the creators of content. 


DANIELLE HODGSON
Danielle has worked in the Catholic Education system for five years and has been a staff member at Holy Cross College since 2013.  In 2014 she took up the position of Religious Education Learning Area Coordinator.  Danielle also teaches in the area of English. 
Danielle works to develop real world applications to her subjects and is mindful to consider relevance for the student in order to build upon prior knowledge, understanding and application to global social issues. 
Danielle is currently exploring the issue of 'Boys in Education' in order to find strategies to engage the disengaged learner.  She sees the potential in technology as the engagement but believes in finding the right balance between digital and physical socialisation and learning experiences. 

Danielle is an advocate for the development of Social Justice programs to promote values education and service to others. 

DEBORAH BOYLEN
Deborah Boylen has worked in Western Australian Schools for 9 years.  She has worked in both the public and Catholic Education systems.  Deborah has taught a wide range of learning ages from Year 2 through to ear 10 and has spent much of her career in a high school setting.  

Deborah joined Holy Cross College in 2012, which was the College's third year.  She has a passion for progressing all students in an inclusive, sage learning environment and believes 'Education is for all".  Deborah is currently studying towards her Post Graduate Degree (Masters in Learning Difficulties) at Edith Cowan University.  Deborah is passionate about using assisted technologies in education. 

Top Twenty Tools for Learning in 2015

In her ninth survey of 2000 professional educators from 63 countries around the globe, Jane Hart, founder of the Centre for Learning and Performance Technologies, has compiled a list of the top 100 tools for learning.  

It is important to note that some of the top tools are returning after years on the list but their popularity has lessened.  Jane also highlights those that have moved up on the list. 

Top Twenty


  1. Twitter
  2. YouTube
  3. Google Search
  4. Google Docs/Drive
  5. PowerPoint
  6. Dropbox
  7. Facebook
  8. WordPress
  9. Skype (Up 16 places)
  10. Evernote
  11. Press
  12. Wikipedia
  13. Pinterest
  14. LinkedIn
  15. Moodle
  16. iPad and Apps (Up 31 places)
  17. Kahoot (Up 64 places)
  18. Blogger
  19. Pontoon
  20. Slideshare
The Top 100 can be found at http://c4lpt.co.uk/top100tools/

Follow Jane on Twitter Follow @c4lpt




Switching Tracks - Workshop Sessions

LEADERSHIP SESSIONS


Switching Tracks, Travelling in the Same Direction (Mandy Connor)

The use of technology in schools is no longer new, but the rapid evolution of technology presents both opportunities and challenges for school leaders.  How do leaders ensure the focus is on pedagogy rather than the technology? How do leaders keep the long view in a world of escalating change?  How do they develop their own capabilities to be adaptive leaders in a digital age?  How do leaders communicate a clear vision to allow individuals to journey on different tracks and to switch tracks, while travelling in the same direction?  How do leaders build the capacity of staff to use digital technologies effectively to enhance  learning experiences for students?  How do they facilitate the development of robust processes and infrastructures to support learning? This workshop will explore these questions in the context of the story of Holy Cross College and its strategic intent to grow a strong Pre-Kindergarten to Year Twelve culture in which every student is engaged, challenged and progressing.






Negotiating the Digital Drama (Melissa Croswell)

Staff? Students? Parents? Environment? Resources? Communication? The journey towards transforming learning involves many factors. This session will explore ideas, challenges and solutions in the implementation of a digital learning programme utilising 1:1 and small group mobile devices. The session will culminate in a think tank for future-focused solutions and networking opportunities for schools to support one another on the journey.








What is SAMR? (Irene Louden) 

So you’ve got technology in your school?  What now?  In this session you will be introduced to the SAMR model for the inclusion of technology in your classrooms.  Learn what it means to enhance and transform the learning environment for today’s learner with handy and practical hints and tips on resources that will help you on your journey. 








Looking Inside OutCreating Activity-based Learning Environments (Peter Lippman)

The vision for Holy Cross College (HCC) was to create a K-12 learning environment that is inclusive and adaptable to changing pedagogies. In 2011, the college engaged EIW to develop Stage 3 of the masterplan which included the design for an Early Learning Centre (ELC) and High School (HS) Building. The college desired places that were fluid and flowed across and between settings (inside and outside instructional spaces where critical thinking and problem solving skills are developed). Given that HCC wanted technology rich environments, EIW developed an integrated spatial design that supported the variety of technologies for independent and cooperative learning activities.




Transforming Learning (Noburo Hagiwara)

The SAMR model plays as an indicator of technology integration. Two years in a row, the Horizon Report has been predicting a shift to ‘Deeper Learning Approaches’ such as Challenge Based Learning in which students take control of how they engage with real-world issues around them, conduct research and investigations, find solutions and finally implement them in their community. Technology integration has truly enabled such student-centred, innovative learning to be possible.   Deep learning will start from careful planning, a clear intention and articulated purpose of the process, and attentive, clever course design. Together with skilful delivery, questioning, facilitation, mentoring and monitoring, students will embark upon the endless joy of exploration, excitement and obtaining new knowledge and skills.  In this session, I would like to share some successes and challenges of deeper learning at Kolbe Catholic College.




CathEd Network Panel Discussion (CathEdNet Information and Communication Technology Team) 
An overview and discussion based session led by members of the Information and Communication Technology Team from the CEO.  Members represented include the Operations Team, the Service Centre Team and ICT Consultants.  The session will be an opportunity to explore the support available from the ICT team and to ask questions relevant to your own school needs. 









Using iTunes U to Connect with your Parents (Lou Cimetta)

iTunes U is a great classroom tool, but did you know it can be used to communicate with your families too? Come along and explore a range of opportunities to share information with your parents and caregivers, and choose what level of interactivity you would like to have with your community. 








The Digital and Physical Classroom (Anita Walmsley)

This workshop will explore blended learning in digital and physical spaces. There will be a particular focus on a constructivist model that incorporates collaboration both online and in class environments. It will look at ways that pedagogical shifts need to happen to meet the changing needs of leaners in flexible learning environments. 












Tranquility through Technology:  Mental Health Promotion and Prevention (Jo Betti) 

Coping with stress was recently highlighted as the #1 personal concern for young people in Australia alongside school or student problems.  Together with an ever-increasing awareness of mental health issues/illness, it is clear that there is a need to prioritise the mental health and wellbeing of young people in our communities.  In a school environment there are many different ways to raise awareness, link young people to services, educate and engage them using technology and the “Tranquility through Technology” session during Switching Tracks will showcase several of these.  By highlighting some of the debate surrounding the impact of technology not only on learning but also on mental health, and in talking about the successes and challenges of promotion and prevention initiatives that utilise technology, I seek to demonstrate how we can continue to help students find a healthy blend of digital and digital-free time.



Whole College Tour (Student Leaders)

This session will be an opportunity to explore the environment at Holy Cross College and will be lead by Holy Cross College Student Leaders.  Tap into the knowledge and experience of our students by discovering their perspectives on what makes a great learning environment and how they use technology to transform their learning experiences. 


JUNIOR SCHOOL SESSIONS

Creatively Connecting Kids, Nature and Technology (Jenny Jongste)


Children are increasingly disconnecting with nature and unfortunately this may have some long-term effects on how we interact with our environment, care for living things and empathise with the world around us.  Technology is increasingly being blamed for this disconnection.  Well let’s turn that around and see how we can creatively connect our students with nature using their technology.  See some simple workflows, explore some classroom based ideas and have a go at creating some collages and movies using your own beautiful images and footage.  Come along prepared to explore and create. 



What’s the Big Idea? (Kylie Henderson)

In this session, Kylie will share some of the ways technology has been successfully integrated into her middle primary classroom. Kylie will showcase the use of technology to create a digital portfolio of learning within her Big Ideas, integrated unit – Where in the World? She will share ideas of how different learning experiences fit across the SAMR continuum, within one unit of work. The session will show a variety of ways you can easily integrate traditional and contemporary models of learning to further engage your students.









iPads in the Early Childhood Classroom:  Developmentally Appropriate Practice (Louise Cimetta)

iPads are an amazing creation tool for young students, yet so often they are used for consumption based activities such as games and skill drills in the early years classroom. Come along and explore a range of opportunities for your students to access and share ideas and learning through developmentally appropriate opportunities.







Genius Hour (Gabrielle Trinca)

Exploring the idea of Genius Hour to promote student creativity and get them excited about learning.  We will explore how to implement Genius Hour, when students can develop their own inquiry-based projects around their passions and take ownership of their work.  

The concept behind Genius Hour endeavours to push students beyond the Substitution and Augmentation levels of the SAMR model and towards the Modification and Redefinition levels.  This is possible as students are fully engaged in real-world learning experiences that are relevant to them.  This enables them to create new ideas and learn new skills that have not been explored prior to Genius Hour sessions.  We will focus on structuring Genius Hour sessions to develop inquiry questions and conduct research to learn more, create presentations to teach fellow students in creative ways and present their final products for assessment.  




History iPad Workflow with iTunes U (Shannon Carty)

The aim of the session is to complete an eBook with a History curriculum focus. The participants will follow an iTunes U course throughout the session and will be involved in mapping each app using the SAMR model. The apps explored on the day will be rich creation tools that can be used across the Curriculum in all learning areas. Participants will leave the session with an iTunes U course they can share among their staff and a bank of useful apps to start using in their classrooms. There will also be a clear understanding of iPad apps across the SAMR theme.



Tick Tock:  Ever Feel like the Mouse who Chased Time? (Phoebe Behiels)


All teachers are time-poor.  Digital technology? Who has time for that? 
In this session, Phoebe will share some of the ways that technology has been successfully integrated into her junior primary classroom.  Phoebe will showcase the use of digital learning during literacy sessions sharing examples of work transitioning from SUBSTITUTION to REDEFINITION.  A flipped classroom approach to learning will give you the opportunity to experience ways in which technology is used to enhance and transform the learning environment for the students using traditional and contemporary models of learning. 








Digital Play (Jacinta Tucker)

How does technology fit into the world of an Early Childhood classroom? This session will explore how technology is used to enhance the day-to-day experiences within the Early Childhood setting without detracting from the importance of play-based learning. Do you want to find new ways to assist oral language development? Do you find it challenging to document the learning that simultaneously takes place in many different settings within the classroom? Would you like your students to reflect and take ownership of their own learning? We will explore some pedagogical strategies, essential apps and resources that can be used to help move your use of technology from substitution to redefinition while staying true to Early Childhood philosophies. Digital play can have its challenges, but once you have a few key tools, there are endless possibilities!









Create and Inspire:  Tech in the Performing Arts (Chris McRae)



Junior School students are very hands on learners and in the Performing Arts Learning Area, there are many chances for students to be able to make music, tell stories and develop listening skills through the use of digital technology. With a focus on the iPad as a redefinition tool, this session will focus on pedagogies and digital learning opportunities for students within the Performing Arts in Years 3-6. Whether it is gamifying the music classroom or encouraging them to express themselves in visual ways through Drama, you will walk away with some bright ideas about how to engage Junior students in the Arts through Technology. 





If you can Dream it, you can do it! (Irene Louden)


In a world of technology there is nothing out of the reach of a child’s wildest imagination.    Delve into the richness of the tapestry you can create of a child’s learning journey and experiences in using technology to make their imaginations come to life.  App-smash your way to creativity by utilising a series of apps to create, collaborate and ultimately share your learning with the wider-world. 












Collaboration in a Digital World (Hayley Wells)


In preparing children to have the many technology skills they will need for the future, Collaborative learning can easily be lost in a 1:1 device classroom.  In this session, we will explore how 1:1 device implementation can successfully work hand in hand with Collaborative Learning structures day-to-day.  Strategies suggested will encourage student  teams to work through the levels of SAMR using mainly free apps in ta 1:1 iPad classroom.  All strategies are tried, tested and suggested based on the experiences of a teacher in a Year 5 iPad classroom over two years. 










Setting Up for Success:  Preparing the Digital Environment of the Classroom  (A Workshop for Education Assistants) (Emma Pritchard & Jo Borg)


Preparation is the key to success for any great classroom and the learning is only as good as the environment we create.  These days, the same saying has to be applied to the DIGITAL ENVIRONMENT.  As the classroom changes, we too have to change our planning and preparation to ensure success for all our learners. Come along to this workshop in order to identify, discuss and plan for the challenges that face us in implementing technology into our classrooms.  Learn best how to support the learner in the environment and how to use some of the accessibility features to enhance and transform the learning experience for our students with disabilities.

MIDDLE SCHOOL SESSIONS



Beyond the iPad:  Tech to Enhance the Learning Experience (Chris Gooch)

The iPad is a fantastic device, but it is just one device. What happens when we combine it with a range of other devices to allow for greater opportunities to produce more visually engaging visuals and presentations? In this session you will look at how wireless memory sticks can be used to move high quality photos and videos from digital SLR cameras to your device; how a range of accessories can be attached to your device, including tripods, wide-angle lenses and high quality microphones for enhanced audio recording; how to connect air drones and GoPros to help take your cinematography to literally the next level.  Students at Holy Cross College have been immersed in these new additions to their devices for several years now and the results are very impressive!  Join me in the excitement of taking media to reach for the skies.




Create and Inspire:  Tech in the Performing Arts (Chris McRae)

Come on a journey to explore the endless possibilities of using technology in the Performing Arts classroom and rehearsal rooms. This session will explore how to apply the concept of the SAMR model to Music and Drama both in classroom and rehearsal space contexts. The engagement of iPad and mobile devices will be explored as well as how to utilise other technologies as practice aids, recording devices and skill development tools. Engage with and explore the exciting ways in which solo and group performance, theory, skill development and rehearsal processes in the Performing Arts leap forward into the 21st Century through the use of technology.  










Reinventing RE - Technology in the RE Classroom (Danielle Hodgson & Harry Muller)

A workshop on integrating technology into the Religious Education curriculum and classroom in relevant and meaningful ways. Examples and explanations will include how to use the iPad and a variety of apps to help students access the curriculum and convey their understanding through a variety of different assessments and learning activities. Examples will also include how to use technology to assist with the rigor of the senior school Religion and Life programs. This workshop will also introduce how the Christian Service Learning program has been adapted from paper to iPad. 



Reinventing the Excursion:  Taking Learning Beyond the Classroom (Karen Taylor)

Mobile digital technologies can support students to take their learning beyond the confines of the classroom and out into the real world, fostering independence and authentic, accountable learning.  This workshop will explore how technology has been used to support a cross-curricular project in Year 9 Big Ideas to take learning out into the cities of Perth, Sydney and Canberra.  

Over one week in Term 3, the regular timetable was collapsed and students spent the week instead exploring the big question: ‘Where is the Great City of Oz?’.  Mobile technology supported students to collect ta wide range of sources during their week in either Perth or Canberra and Sydney.  The delivery of the project through iTunes U assisted students to plan and direct their own inquiry and collect written, visual and audio-visual information.  Through the process of inquiry, students made deep and meaningful connections between the many places they visited in the cities throughout the week.  Social networking technology such as Twitter provided a platform for students to connect with one another on opposite sides of the country and share their learning with their peers and the wider community. 



Making iTunes U work for U (Clare Rosman)


iTunes U is the largest repository of educational course material in the world, and it offers amazing opportunities for anyone to learn from the world's leading teachers and institutions. However, you do not need to be affiliated with a leading educational establishment to enjoy the benefits of iTunes U.
Any teacher can create a course that gives students a customised learning experience. The course can resource and support content from the Australian Curriculum to a number of levels : from a resource bank of existing resources, videos, apps and ibooks right through to using the iTunes U course to flip your classroom. 
This sessions consists of two parts: the first section will focus on my journey with iTunes U courses and the second part will be a hands-on session, where the participants will start to create their own iTunes U course. 





All the World’s a Game! (Emilie Reynolds)

Digital technology means that the current generation of students are global citizens from the word ‘go.’ As participants in an interactive world, students need opportunities to discover the relationships, issues and dynamics of the world around them, whilst utilising the communication methods of a new century.

The World Communities Game is an interactive, situation based game that incorporates technology to develop students as active and engaged citizens who actively participate in solving the world’s biggest challenges. Students learn about the complexities of world relationships and develop the communication and cooperation skills that they will require to be responsible and proactive citizens of the future.







Big Ideas for the Whole Wide World Laura Wallace)

How can we use assessment for learning and the internet to monitor student’s progress through an inquiry?
This session will explain how SimDif (blogging) has been used to create a website with Year 7 students. The Year 7 students have created a website and then added to it in a reflection session each week, as part of Big Ideas. This enables their teachers to review the work they have completed week by week. Timely feedback can then be provided as the inquiry is being completed.  The students’ peers can also review the work done, to offer words of advice and encouragement. Participants in this session will get the chance to design their own website using the SimDif app. 








Are you Sirious?  Assistive Technology with iPads (Deborah Boylen)

Siri is fun!  The knower of all things!  But, how she can help us to help our students?  Join Deborah in this practical workshop that explores the power of technology to progress students who face challenges in learning.  Using SIRI as an Assistive Technology for reading and writing, Deborah will share the successes achieved in engaging students with literacy difficulties by making graphic novels accessible; digital scrapbooking and iTunes U to transform the learning environment.  Deborah will also share how she has used SEQTA as a learning environment through WISPS, Forums and Folios.







SENIOR SCHOOL SESSIONS

Upside Down:  Turning the Traditional Classroom on its Head (Laura Kendrick) 

Have you ever looked around your classroom and thought that you just don't have enough time? Covering content, applying that content, putting it into a real-world context, practical applications - the opportunities are endless, but they all take time. The answer? FLIP YOUR CLASSROOM! With the help of technology and a willingness to try something new, by digitally flipping your classroom you will find yourself able to spend less time dictating content to your students, and instead spend more quality time with your students on the things that matter: putting the understandings into practice, doing collaborative inquiries, practical learning and investigating real-world applications, without compromising their content knowledge. 
This session will be most useful for teachers at schools with a 1:1 device programme, or who have students with full 1:1 access to devices at home.







Transforming Reference and Instructional Material (Daniel Budd)

Over the past year we have shifted the focus of our professional development towards improving visual literacy in our staff.  Staff were trained in the ability to; see understand, read and interpret, communicate using visual tools and to think, create and communicate visually.They are now redefining teaching materials to appeal to multiple intelligences and making an impact in the classroom.

In this session I will share the importance of developing visual literacy knowledge and skills in Teachers, the journey of our staff, the professional development programme and the fruits of our labour.








SAMRising Google Apps For Education (Mat Hughes)

An introduction to Google Apps for Education and how this is being implemented as a resource and hub for senior school Science students. As a teacher, newly introduced to Google Apps For Education, I intend to share the journey of implementation in a new ATAR Human Biological Science Course.  













Embracing Technology in the Workshop (Matt Smyth)


There are so many new technologies available for use in the Design and Technology classrooms. As we begin the journey through some of the advancements that are now available, we will look at how these can a have a positive impact on our students learning.  This will be a hands on presentation with time to look at and interact with a 3D printer and laser cutter as well as discuss a number of other innovative ideas.











The Game’s Afoot:  Gamifying Detective Fiction (Phill Taylor)

For educators, it is clear in a digital world that engagement and motivation are key to quality learning outcomes.  Recent studies looking at the attraction and proliferation of games indicate that game addiction fulfils three basic needs: the need for autonomous decision making; the need to competently overcome challenges and the need for relationships. The same research indicates that these factors motivate learners to take control of their learning. This session explores the development, implementation and evaluation of a gamified detective fiction unit and how it added a layer of meaning and engagement to the students' learning experience. 


KEYNOTE SPEAKER - Patrick Hollingworth

Patrick Hollingsworth is both a leadership and teamwork expert and an accomplished high-altitude mountaineer.  He is a big believer in the importance of organisations and the way they do their work (pretty much the entire well-being of our society depends upon them functioning effectively). 

Patrick has worked with some of the world’s leading organisations in Australia, Asia, Europe and North America to help their leaders and teams get comfortable getting uncomfortable in an organisational landscape which is becoming more volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) by the day.  
Patrick has climbed extensively in the Himalayas and participated in 11 international expeditions.  He worked towards his own personal goals of an unguided ascent of Mount Everest, and in 2010, after a lot of hard work and perseverance, he achieved it.  


Standing on the summit of the world’s highest mountain reinforced his belief that the benefits of taking oneself out of their comfort zone far outweighs the initial discomfort experienced. 

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Ruben Puentedura - Applying the SAMR Model

Who is Ruben Puentedura?

Ruben Puentedura speaks about applying the SAMR model for integrating digital technology.  Ruben is a world-renowned expert in technology and education and is a former Harvard fellow where he first began defining the levels of digital integration in moving technology use from the basics of substitution through to redefining learning opportunities and transforming our educational spaces.


What is the SAMR Model?

SAMR stands for:
  • SUBSTITUTION
The technology acts as a direct tool substitute with no functional change
  • AUGMENTATION
The technology acts as a direct tool substitute with functional improvement
  • MODIFICATION 
The technology allows for significant task redesign. 
  • REDEFINITION
The technology allows for new tasks previously inconceivable. 





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