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FutureSchools Conference 12-14 March 2014 – my thoughts

The FutureSchools Conference 2014 was held at Australian Technology Park in Everleigh, Sydney. This literally post-industrialist site,drawing attention to its 19th C construction and more recent 20th C re-construction, seemed a fitting location for a conference that focused primarily on what a future school might look like.


Day 1 was advertised as a ‘Masterclass’ with Stephen Heppell. Originally billed as the chance to work with Stephen in a small group, the session blew out to a large lecture-style presentation; nonetheless, there were some illuminating insights from Stephen’s long and varied career. Days 2 and 3 were the Conference proper. With a range of schools – independent / affluent government /  struggling government – talking about topics such as learning space design; re-conceptualising organisational structure to promote post-industrial learning models; transparent, student-chosen  technology; extended learning periods with flexible timetabling; student voice; peer instruction and flipped instruction; engendering staff enthusiasm for change; and project/ problem-based learning. Below are links to my posts about some of the sessions that offered relevant prompts for my own professional work. Incidentally, the twitter stream was relatively active and can be viewed here.

The programme for the two days of the conference were:

Day 1:

  • Stephen Heppell Keynote
  • Northern Beaches Christian College (Sydney) Keynote
  • Brisbane Boys’ College building program
  • St Raphael’s School (Melbourne) managing transitions
  • Belmont Primary School (Melbourne) modernising a heritage listed school
  • New South Wales Dept of Education and Communities identifying future directions
  • Panel discussion: creating your vision for the future school

DAY 2:

Eric Mazur Keynote

  • Scoth Oakburn (Tasmania) placing technology at the forefront of inspiring learning places
  • Stonefields School (Auckland) designing learning hubs
  • Australian Science and mathematics School (South Australia) ‘FutureSchool’
  • Newington College (Sydney) student panel discussion
  • Churchie (Brisbane) effect of design on learning
  • Mordialloc College (Melbourne) flexible learning and teaching