Independent Schools Queensland Independent Schools Queensland

Start of Content

ISQ Big Ideas Summit Showcases Innovation Inside the School Gate

Queensland independent schools are showcasing how education is being disrupted and classroom practice transformed at a major curriculum innovation summit today.

About 130 independent school leaders and teachers will explore current and future trends in teaching and learning at the Independent Schools Queensland (ISQ) Big Ideas Summit hosted at Ormiston College today (Monday 29 July).

ISQ Executive Director David Robertson said traditional “chalk and talk” models of teaching were being replaced by more collaborative and engaging approaches and practices 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,” Mr Robertson said.

“Nineteen Queensland independent schools will share and showcase their innovative programs and projects at today’s Summit,” he said.

“This event brings to the fore years of considered and rigorous evaluation of practice across a wide range of areas such as literacy, numeracy, teacher professional learning, learning environments, entrepreneurialism, online learning, vocational education, languages, student feedback and middle years education.”

Mr Robertson said the purpose of the Summit was two-fold: to share current innovative classroom and teaching practice and to generate new ideas that further stimulate school transformation.

As part of the Summit, participants will be streamed into three groups where they will take part in a design sprint and then pitch a solution to an education challenge.

“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.

The Summit will feature presentations by Griffith University Professor Emeritus Glenn Finger and former Sheldon College graduate, young entrepreneur and BOP Industries CEO Scott Millar.

Professor Finger will draw on his more than 60 years of expertise and experience of educational and technological changes to explore key themes including: the changing technological landscape; key initiatives and innovations that will influence learning in future classrooms; and the skillsets required from students to be successful at university and beyond.

Professor Finger said the 2018 Australian Educational Technologies Trend Report identified five influencing factors in school computer education over 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.

MEDIA CONTACT

Justine Nolan | 0428 612 315 | jnolan@isq.qld.edu.au

Latest News & Events

School's in for Queensland Students

24 May 2020 - After five weeks of home-based learning Queensland Years 2-10 students will tomorrow (Monday 25 May) join their younger and older peers in the classroom as the state resumes on-campus learning for all students.

Find out more

ISQ Briefings - optimism post COVID-19 and Cyberincivility

May 2020 - In this issue of Briefings, David Robertson, Executive Director, discusses the reasons for optimism post COVID-19, while Shar Armistead, Director (Strategic Relations) and Sarah Heath, Design & Creative, analyse current research on monitoring and managing cyberincivility, at a time when school communities are online more than ever. 

Read more