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Educators share big ideas at Ormiston College

On 29 July, more than 130 independent school leaders and teachers attended the Big Ideas Summit held in the Centre for Learning and Innovation.

Headmaster Brett Webster said the college was proud to partner with ISQ for the summit.

“Re-imagining learning and optimising the use of emerging technologies has been a long-term focus for Ormiston College,” he said.

“We value the work that our classroom teachers do and have been further inspired by sharing stories with like-minded educators from across Queensland.”

The summit was designed for educators to share current innovative classroom and teaching programs while also generating new ideas to transform schools.

ISQ executive director David Robertson said traditional “chalk and talk” models of teaching were being replaced by more collaborative and engaging approaches that drew on the latest education research and leveraged new and emerging technologies.

“There is an awe-inspiring transformation occurring at Queensland independent schools that is not always on show to the public because it’s happening inside classrooms and in the way teachers are undertaking their craft,”

“This event will serve to further strengthen parent and community confidence in the high calibre of teaching and learning occurring inside the gate of our state’s more than 200 independent schools,” Mr Robertson said.

There were featured presentations by young entrepreneur Scott Millar, CEO of BOP Industries and Griffith University Professor Glenn Finger.

Professor Finger referenced the 2018 Australian Educational Technologies Trend Report which identified five influencing factors in school computer education during the next five years: robotics, online activities, programming languages, digital citizenship and information systems, “Teaching and learning are now significantly shaping, and being shaped by, digital ecosystems,” he said.