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Making it Mobile

2-Day Workshop  |  16 & 17 November

Bring your team to engage in a design process that begins with your specific context and explores a repertoire of practical strategies for transformative practice. Not only does this workshop give educational practitioners tools and practical ideas, but also the physical and mental space to learn, play and develop personalised learning projects.

Making it Mobile explores five layers of learning design:

  1. The "Need to Know", or relevance of learning
  2. Choice and personalisation
  3. Space
  4. Collaboration and culture
  5. Technology

We have developed the "SCIL Learning Design Kit" - a physical kit with planning boards and move-able cards, that brings these layers together. At the heart of the kit is empathy and insight into the lives and needs of our learners. 

At Making it Mobile Sydney your team will spend two days on site at Northern Beaches Christian School with:

  • Input sessions by the SCIL professional learning team
  • Spontaneous just-in-time learning
  • Access to the SCIL Resource Portal and NBCS Student Portal
  • For each participating teacher team, a learning design kit with movable planning and concept cards.
  • Keynote by Stephen Harris
  • Tour of Northern Beaches Christian School
  • Barista coffee throughout the day!

Event Information


16 & 17 November, 2015
Arrival time is 9.30 am and wrap-up is 4.00 pm


Northern Beaches Christian School (1 Echunga Road, Terrey Hills, Sydney NSW 2084)

Cost  (All prices include GST)

Teacher Stream (group of 2+): $420 each
Leadership Stream: $590 each


The closest accommodation is Miramare Gardens or Checkers Resort (located 5 minutes away). 


Bring a laptop, iPad or other devices as well as digital learning materials relevant to any learning programs you'd like to re-invent.


If you have any queries or require further information, please don't hesitate to get in touch:



Teacher Stream

Leadership Stream

A collaborative experience: Our teacher stream program requires teams of at least 2 participants from the same school. You do not need to share the same subject, year group, or teaching program. 

Day 1: Discover, Define & Prototype

On Day 1, you scope out a project that maps your student needs and teacher passions with a range of practical techniques:

  • building a unit "narrative" that connects the learning with real world projects and builds forward momentum for learners
  • learning 'on demand', flipped learning, development of an LMS or web portal
  • how to establish high-performance collaborative teams
  • personalising teacher expertise
  • re-imagining the physical learning environment

By the afternoon, we'll have you engaged in a rapid-prototyping cycle, leading to a wireframe prototype of a new learning experience for your students. It could be a lesson, or a space, a unit, a team, or a combination of these, and will provide a bridge to something deeper for Day 2. 

Day 2: Develop & Test Your Prototype

On Day 2, you work on the detail, logistics and resourcing of your prototype, supported with breakout tutorial sessions and on the shoulder support from our team. 

We set up an open learning space for participants with stations representing the various design elements you can employ. You can go to the relevant station for tutorials and support, or hunker down with colleagues to build out the detail of your plan.

As Making it Mobile comes to an end, you graduate as a designer! You leave with a prototype, a bunch of new ideas and skills, an understanding of a design process, and a re-usable planning kit.

The aim of this workshop is to learn and apply practical approaches that can encourage creativity, innovation and growth in your school and for your team.

Across the two days, participants will unpack key elements for empowering and equipping for growth and change, including:

  • Leading Innovation
  • Unleashing enthusiasm
  • Harnessing energy
  • Applying design thinking to challenges and opportunities
  • Identifying priorities

Mapping the journey of change is different for every school and every team. However, there are common principles and tools that can be applied in order to innovate and bring solutions. 

This workshop will be active and hands-on. It will take some real-life challenges and opportunities that are common to leaders and workshop a plan of action. Input and discussion will focus on areas such as:

  • Context for change in education
  • Thinking differently about  leadership
  • Growing the desired culture
  • Mapping the change journey

The Presenting Team


Stephen Harris - Keynote

Stephen Harris is Principal of Northern Beaches Christian School, and Director of the Sydney Centre for Innovation in Learning. In 2011 he was Secondary Principal of the Year (NSW) in the Australian Awards for Outstanding Teaching and School Leadership.

Twitter: @Stephen_H


Anne Knock - Leadership Stream

Anne's background is in school education and the not-for-profit sector. After 17 years as a primary teacher, she has worked in several charitable organisations, and six years as the NSW/ACT CSA State Executive Officer.

With a deep insight into the school system in Australia, Anne has a passion for equipping leaders to implement change that will transform schools and learning for this generation and the generations to come. Anne nurtures collaborative relationships between SCIL and the most innovative schools in the world. Each year she co-hosts the SCIL Vision Tours to Europe and the United States.

Anne regularly speaks about leadership, culture, learning space design and the international school education landscape.


Steve Collis - Practitioner Stream

Steve Collis is Director of Innovation at Northern Beaches Christian School and the Sydney Centre for Innovation in Learning. He works with educators from every sector, stage and KLA. Steve was recognised with the Microsoft Innovative Teacher Award (NSW) and the Australian Quality Teachers Award (Excellence by a Teacher).

Twitter: @steve_collis

Louise Deibe - Practitioner Stream

Lou joined the team at NBCS in 2008 and lead a revolution among her colleagues that culminated in the learning and space innovation we call The Zone, a community of 180 learners and a collaborative team of 6 teachers in one very large flexible learning space. This flagship program continues to run all day, every day, providing highly personalised and authentic learning experiences for our Year 5 and 6 students.

With SCIL, Lou works alongside teams of educators to develop genuinely collaborative learning programs that transcend the limitations of the industrial model classroom.

Twitter: @ldeibe


Mark Burgess - Practitioner Stream

Mark Burgess has the official role of ‘Learning Activist’. While pioneering project-based learning in High School with Science, History and Geography, he also plays a wild-card role school-wide, supporting innovation and trouble-shooting the logistical bottle-necks that prevent a great new idea from making the impact it should. Watch a video of his Year 8 “Quest” team in action.

Twitter: @matonfender



All prices include GST.

Group Registration (Early Bird)

Group price of $420 per participant. Early bird rate available until 31 October. Full registration is $450 from 1 November 2015.

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Please note: this event is not BOSTES endorsed professional development