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Master Class- Leading Teacher Learning

Thursday 30th July 2015.

Has there ever been a time when enabling and supporting the ongoing learning capabilities of teachers and the development of strong school-based learning cultures have been more important to student learning? Both are recognised as integral to high-performing schools. Where to start or, indeed, where to go from here, are questions and challenges faced by many school leadership teams in their quest for continuous improvement.
Join two internationally-recognised leaders in the field in this unique one-day Master Class as they consider evidence-based, practical ideas for leading professional learning and invite you to apply them in your own school context.

Please see the attached flyer for the conference details and registration.

 

International Conference- Teacher Professional Learning: From Rhetoric to Action

Wednesday 29th July 2015

Leading Educators Around the Planet (LEAP NSW) is a program designed by NSW educators to provide an opportunity for educational leaders from Australia, Canada, UK, Ireland, Finland, Scotland, New Zealand and USA to engage in an international peer-shadowing program as well as international study tours (www.aleap4principals.com.au).
As part of the program for 2015, LEAP is offering a cutting edge one-day conference for all educators on one of the most pressing education leadership issues affecting schools: TEACHER PROFESSIONAL LEARNING.

Please see the attached flyer for the conference details and registration.

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Feted teacher's mission to break innumeracy cycle

ONLY one in five Year 9 students can figure out the area of a floor surface even with a calculator and about 90 per cent are unable to answer sums involving positive and negative numbers.

Results from the national numeracy tests this year show that by Year 9, a large majority of students struggle to perform geometric calculations. Only 13 per cent could correctly calculate the surface area of a cube. About four in five could not write one-sixteenth as a decimal or calculate the size of an angle in degrees, and fewer than half could find the shortest route on a map.

Results for NSW students, contained in the NAPLAN (National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy) report sent to parents by the state Education Department, tend to underestimate the problems with mathematical understanding among students, given NSW performs above the national average. Academics point to similar conceptual difficulties among aspiring teachers. As reported in The Weekend Australian, more than half the students in a graduate diploma of education at one university could not answer the question: "If the total cost of three tickets is $5.64, how much will 10 tickets cost?''

Sydney Maths teacher Mark Gronow is on a mission to "break this cycle" by addressing the problems that have seen teachers, and consequently high school students, fail to master the building blocks of Maths. Mr Gronow, Head of Mathematics at Stella Maris College in Manly on Sydney's northern beaches, was yesterday awarded the inaugural $25,000 Brother John Taylor fellowship research prize by the NSW Catholic Education Commission for his work to boost student engagement with Maths.

 

Equip and Inspire: Education for the Future

On 21 October, over 130 guests from of the School of Education and Institute of Early Childhood (IEC) celebrated Macquarie's Jubilee with a special revival of the trendsetter panels of the 60s and 70s. The Jubilee Trendsetter panel brought together a handful of current academics and fellow alumni educational practitioners together to discuss and debate the key future trends that students need to know about in education.

The panel event informed and inspired its audience with the latest in professional learning and best practice ideas. Macquarie's significant capacity and ongoing developments in teaching practices and innovations was discussed including the University's new flagship, 'Opening Real Science' program. 

"The trendsetter panel is about what we are doing now to prepare our students for the world of the future and how we Equip and Inspire them to be ready for that future," said Professor Lori Lockyer, Head of the Department of Education.

The alumni reception which followed, provided the golden opportunity for colleagues and industry representatives to network, build and rebuild connections as well as improve professional practice.

The trendsetter panel for 2014 included Professor Lori Locker, Dr Peter Whiteman (Head of IEC) Mrs Karen Ahearn (Pymble Ladies College), Mr Matt Esterman (St Scholastica's College, Glebe Point), Dr Camilla Gordon (IEC, Macquarie University), Associate Professor Joanne Mulligan (School of Education, Macquarie University) and Ms Janet Robertson (Mia Mia Child and Family Study Centre, IEC, Macquarie University.

Jubilee trendsetter highlights video

Blended Learning

Blended Synchronous Learning Handbook Released

Matt Bower from the School of Education is please to announce that the Blended Synchronous Learning Handbook that he and colleagues have been working on for the last two years is freely available for download from: http://blendsync.org/handbook

The Handbook was part of an Australian Office for Learning and Teaching Innovation and Development project entitled "Blended synchronicity: uniting on-campus and distributed learners through media-rich real-time collaboration tools". The project investigated how technologies such as web-conferencing, video conferencing and virtual worlds could be used to enable remote and face-to-face students to participate in the same live classes.

So for instance in one case study conducted at Macquarie University virtual worlds were used to enable remote participation in the class. Students in the face-to-face classroom could see and hear remote students in the virtual world via a projection on the wall, and remote students can see and hear a video stream of the face-to-face classroom in the virtual world. This enabled a range of new ways that remote and face-to-face students can engage with one another, and collectively take advantage of the features of virtual worlds.

The Handbook was distributed internationally lask week via the Blended Synchronous Collaborator Network and other channels.  If you are interested, the BlendSync website has further information about the project, including video overviews of each of the case studies (see http://blendsync.org). The BlendSync Final Report and External Evaluation Report are also available along with the Handbook from the OLT website at http://www.olt.gov.au/project-blended-synchronicity-uniting-campus-and-distributed-learners-through-media-rich-real-time-c

Opening real science news

$2.3 million for tomorrow's teachers to Open Real Science

A major national project was launched this week to meet the challenge of bringing authentic mathematics and science into the classroom, through revolutionising teacher training.

Read the full story here

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Dr Neil Harrison's new blog!

Dr Neil Harrison has a blog is called: Learning and Teaching on Darug Country for anyone who would like to include Sydney-based Aboriginal histories and cultures in their teaching.

The blog can be found at www.learndarug.com

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Dr Grant Kleeman appointed to the Australian Academy of Science

Dr Grant Kleeman has been appointed to the Australian Academy of Science's National Committee for the Geographical Sciences. The broad aims of the National Committee are to promote the geographical sciences in Australia and to serve as a link between Australian scientists and overseas scientists in the same field. The Committee's focus during 2014-15 will be the development of a Decadal Plan for the discipline.

Associate Professor Joanne Mulligan

Teaching and Research Grant Successes

The School of Education has been successful in recent national competitive grant schemes. 

A/Prof Joanne Mulligan is leading a cross-institutional team funded by the Office of Learning and Teaching's ETMST Program for $2.3M for the Opening real science: Authentic mathematics and science education for Australia project. Professors John Hedberg and Quentin Parker are also part of the MQ leadership team.

Prof Lori Lockyer was awarded two ARC Discovery Project grants.  Lori will lead the project "Designing effective learning experiences: Investigating novice and expert teachers' design processes" with collaborators A/Prof Sue Bennett and Dr Shirley Agostinho at UOW.  She will also contribute to the project, led by Sue Bennett, "University learning in the digital age: Investigating how students learn online"

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School of Education academic leads national teachers association

Dr Grant Kleeman has been elected President (Chairperson) of the Australian Geography Teachers Association (AGTA) Inc. The Association's principal role is to represent the interests of its state and territory-based affiliates in national educational decision-making forums. It also fosters the teaching and learning of geography in Australian schools, promotes and circulates the results of research in Geographical Education, and maintains a professional network through which teachers of geography in Australia are able to debate educational matters

 

Dr Kerry-Ann O'Sullivan receives her Vice Chancellor's award from the Deputy-Vice Chancellor (Provost), Professor Judyth Sachs

Vice Chancellor's Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning.

Dr Kerry-Ann O'Sullivan receives her Vice Chancellor's award from the Deputy-Vice Chancellor (Provost), Professor Judyth Sachs. For excellence in supporting English teachers at critical points of professional transitions through the innovative provision of high-quality, engaging and research-led ICT resources.