The Australian Curriculum: Aligning Learning Areas mini-conference was held on 22 March 2014.
The mini-conference provided a day of outstanding professional development featuring expert speakers, engaging sessions and workshops and practical advice. The program included:
- International keynote speaker, Professor Susan Drake, who presented ‘Engaging students in deeper learning through aligning the learning areas’
- 20 concurrent sessions, including featured speaker Professor Geoff Masters from the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER).
The resources provided by the presenters appear in the order in which they were presented. Please see the conference program for synopses of the presentations.
Professor Susan Drake
Masterclass: Inquiry in the classroom
Keynote presentation: Aligning learning areas for accountability and student engagement
Educators today are challenged by two seemingly opposite philosophies. First, they are expected to be accountable and to teach to mandated curriculum standards. Second, they are expected to engage students in the learning through relevant educational experiences. Yet, as we move deeper into the 21st Century, many students are finding school boring and irrelevant. In this presentation, we will explore how educators are creating meaningful yet rigorous educational experiences through aligning the learning areas to engage students in deep learning.
- Download video of session (MP4, 384 MB )
- Transcript of session (PDF, 160 kB )
- PowerPoint presentation: Making connections across the Australian Curriculum (PDF, 3.4 MB )
- Professor Geoff Masters (featured speaker): Towards a growth mindset in assessment
- Download video of session (MP4, 240 m B )
- Transcript of session (PDF, 103 kB )
- Links to recent work:
- Associate Professor Hilary Whitehouse: Key messages for integrating sustainability in the Australian Curriculum (PDF, 592 kB)
- Wes Warner and Robie Jayawardhana: Connected, creative and visible learning with Google apps (external link)
- Desmond Crump: Implementing the Australian Curriculum: Aboriginal languages and Torres Strait Islander languages framework — Issues for school–communities (PDF, 619 kB)
- Dr Jenny Nayler: Making connections across the Australian Curriculum for quality learning
- Download video of session (MP4, 214 mB )
- Transcript of session (PDF, 107 kB )
- Powerpoint presentation – Making connections across the Australian Curriculum (PDF, 2354 kB )
- Session handout (PDF, 205 kB )
- Dr Louise McCuaig: Exploring the five-proposition Rubik’s cube shaping the Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education (PDF, 3564 kB)
- Professor Ken Purnell: Implementing the Australian Curriculum: Economics and Business — Lessons from early trials (PDF, 2409 kB)
- Laraine Lucas: The Australian Curriculum: Various ways of approaching the subject areas and key new content developments (PDF, 1240 kB)
- Professor Donna Pendergast and Dr Katherine Main: Implications of the Junior Secondary initiative for curriculum and pedagogical practice in Queensland (PDF, 677 kB)
- Dr Lenore Adie and Dr Jill Willis: Using annotations of student assessment samples to understand achievement standards (PDF, 173 kB)
- Associate Professor Katrina Falkner: Supporting the Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies — The Computer Science Education Research (CSER) Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) (PDF, 918 kB)
- Associate Professor Deborah Henderson: Civics and Citizenship: Exploring the key messages (PDF, 2236 kB)