The Learning Matrix

learning-matrix.jpg

Dates

Enquire here to arrange a workshop for your team (up to 12 participants). Email us at learn@scil.com.au

  

PD Workshop: The Learning Matrix

Northern Beaches Christian School has implemented an innovative learning concept known as ‘The Learning Matrix,’ based on a convergence of Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences and Bloom’s Taxonomy. This dynamic design empowers all students to direct and manage their own learning with initiative and resourcefulness, whilst being highly engaged and motivated.

One of the strengths of the Matrix is its instant and flexible implementation. Design it for a few hours, or an entire term; for a traditional classroom, or open plan collaborative learning.


Offering choice to students to harness their passions for learning

scil-building_thumbnail.jpg

Workshops are held in the SCIL Building at Northern Beaches Christian School:

1 Echunga Road, Terrey Hills NSW

Workshops run from 10am–4pm.
Lunch and snacks provided, along with course materials.

Investment

Day 1 only: $1950 (per group)
Day 1+Day2: $3450 (per group)

Prices include GST

 


Day 1

On Day 1, participants observe self-directed Stage 3 learning programs in action and engage with student perspectives on the experience. They become familiar with the Learning Matrix in the context of NBCS, and explore the accompanying shifting roles of the teacher in our ‘information-easy’ age. After time for reflection, discussion and envisioning future steps, participants will leave with an action plan for their own implementation of the Learning Matrix and a template that they can adapt.

Participant outcomes:

  • Explore elements of personalised learning, technology, collaboration, creativity, learning preferences.
  • Establish a vision for the process involved in creating a Learning Matrix.
  • Observe self-directed Stage 3 learning shaped by a Bloom’s / Gardner’s Matrix and interact with students to gain insight into their experience and perspectives.

Day 2

On Day 2, participants have time, space, and expert support to assemble their own Learning Matrix. Attendees of previous Learning Matrix workshops are also invited to join this optional second day.

Participant outcomes:

  • Follow a process of brainstorming, curriculum mapping and resource-curation to create their own Learning Matrix with on-the-shoulder guidance and troubleshooting from our team.

chantelle-morrison.jpg
 

Chantelle Morrison

Chantelle Morrison works as teacher and ‘knowledge broker’ in our innovative Year 5 and 6 program, known as ‘The Zone’. She has worked closely with The Learning Federation, ALEA, ELH, MYSA and SCIL to develop learning initiatives that utilise IT to enrich understandings and outcomes for students whilst increasing their drive for knowledge.

An avid tweeter, blogger, and presenter, Chantelle is one of those people constantly pushing the boundaries of the possible with combinations of powerful learning tools and ideas.

She blogs at guerillalearning.com and you can catch her on Twitter: @MissCMorrison

 
steve-collis.jpg
 

Steve Collis

Steve Collis joined NBCS in 2002 teaching English and French, and quickly attracted recognition in awards for ‘Excellence by a Teacher’ (National Quality Schools Awards) and ‘Microsoft Innovative Teacher of the Year’.
He joined the NBCS leadership team soon after, promoting innovation school-wide, and delivering training programs and workshops at schools around Australia and beyond. Steve helps colleagues re-envision virtual and physical spaces to nurture a powerful learning culture.

Steve blogs at www.happysteve.com and you can catch him on Twitter: @steve_collis


Target Audience

This course targets innovative educators from Years 5–8 who strive to engage all students in a multidisciplinary approach to learning.

 

Methodology

True to our values, the workshop will be hands-on, fun, highly provocative, practical and authentic. You will talk with students and get their perspectives, play with new technologies, and leave with a plan, and resources, for the future.


NSWIT Accreditation

Northern Beaches Christian School – Sydney Centre of Innovation in Learning

NSW Institute of Teachers’ endorsed provider of Institute Registered professional development for the maintenance of accreditation at Proficient Teacher/Professional Competence.

Scope of Endorsement:

  • All Standards of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers at the level of Proficient Teacher
  • All Elements of the NSW Professional Teaching Standards at Professional Competence

 For the provision of ICT related professional development.

 

Standards
Day 1 addresses the following NSWIT Elements:

  • 1.2.4
  • 3.2.7
  • 4.2.4
  • 4.2.5
  • 6.2.1
  • 6.2.4
 
nsw-institute-of-teachers.png

Personalised Learning

visual-metaphor.jpg

Dates

Enquire here to arrange a workshop for your team (up to 12 participants). Email us at learn@scil.com.au 

Personalised Learning Workshop

Learn how to create and organise personalised learning pathways for students, using either your Learning Management System or a third party website such as Weebly. You can bring together digitalised explanations, learning challenges and collaboration tools in what becomes a transparent program that is visible to teachers, students, and parents alike.

If you've ever wondered what the teacher as 'guide on the side, not sage on the stage' looks like in practice, this workshop is for you.

Participants can either use their own school portal system, or instead consult our special training materials for a free Weebly website. Participants should bring a laptop to the workshop.


scil-building_thumbnail.jpg

Workshops are held on-site in the SCIL Building at Northern Beaches Christian School:
1 Echunga Road, Terrey Hills NSW

Workshops run from 10am–4pm.
Lunch and snacks provided. 

Investment

Day 1 only: $1950   (per group)

Day 1 + Day 2: $3450   (per group) 

Prices include GST


Day 1

In Day 1, participants observe personalised learning in action at Northern Beaches Christian School, debrief with students regarding their experiences and the impact of our techniques, explore key concepts and components and get hands-on practise with some of the action steps necessary to develop their own units. 

Participant outcomes:

  • observe personalised learning techniques in action
  • identify the shifting role of the teacher
  • consider the practical steps involved in personalising a unit of work, including the creation of resources, the design of online spaces such as Weebly (but equally, of physical tools), and techniques such as image mapping to tie the unit together
  • practise the capturing and automating of a range of learning resources and sequences

Day 2

In Day 2, teachers have a chance to develop their own personalised learning unit with expert assistance. They leave with a prototype to implement with their own students. They also have a chance to explore and implement advanced elements, such as ‘gamification’ and game-based learning, if and when they are ready. 

Participant outcomes:  

  • create a prototype short personalised unit of work, or the overview and key elements of a longer unit.
  • create a visual image or table that maps out structured choices for students
  • devise a tracking system to maintain structure and cohesion within the range of student choices
  • consider the value and impact of adding gamified elements to their unit.

steve-collis.jpg
 

Your Host: Steve Collis

Steve Collis joined NBCS in 2002 teaching English and French, and quickly attracted recognition in awards for ‘Excellence by a Teacher’ (National Quality Schools Awards) and ‘Microsoft Innovative Teacher of the Year’.

He joined the NBCS leadership team soon after, promoting innovation school-wide, and delivering training programs and workshops at schools around Australia and beyond. Steve helps colleagues re-envision virtual and physical spaces to nurture a powerful learning culture.

Steve blogs at www.happysteve.com and you can catch him on Twitter: @steve_collis


Target Audience

Educators who have access to a web portal or Learning Management System at their school, and are proficient in the basic steps involved in making resources and activities available to students.

Educators whose students can have access to the internet during class time.

 

Methodology

True to our values, the workshop will be hands-on, fun, highly provocative, practical and authentic. You will talk with students and get their perspectives, play with new technologies, and leave with a plan, and resources, for the future.

 

NSWIT Accreditation

Northern Beaches Christian School – Sydney Centre of Innovation in Learning

NSW Institute of Teachers’ endorsed provider of Institute Registered professional development for the maintenance of accreditation at Proficient Teacher/Professional Competence.

Scope of Endorsement:

  • All Standards of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers at the level of Proficient Teacher
  • All Elements of the NSW Professional Teaching Standards at Professional Competence

For the provision of ICT related professional development.

Standards
Day 1 addresses the following NSWIT Elements:

  • 1.2.4
  • 3.2.3
  • 3.2.8
  • 4.2.4
NSW_IOT_Logo_RGB_Medium.png

PBL Unravelled

pbl.jpg

Dates

Enquire here to arrange a workshop for your team (up to 12 participants). Email us at learn@scil.com.au

PD Workshop: PBL Unravelled

In Project Based Learning (PBL), students work through a structured process of inquiry in response to a complex question, problem, or challenge. Creating opportunities for personalisation, projects are carefully planned, managed, and assessed to help students learn syllabus mandated content, develop 21st Century Skills and create high-quality, authentic products & presentations.


scil-building_thumbnail.jpg

Workshops are held in the SCIL Building at Northern Beaches Christian School:
1 Echunga Road, Terrey Hills NSW

Workshops run from 10am–4pm.
Lunch and snacks provided.  

Investment

Day 1 only: $1950 (per group)

Day 1+Day 2: $3450 (per group) 

Prices include GST

 


Day 1

On Day 1 participants have a chance to explore the pedagogy of Project Based Learning, experiencing it themselves, seeing it in action, and debriefing with students about how the process has shaped their learning. They are walked through the planning and implementation steps for PBL, with recommendations and training around useful digital and print-based tools for making it happen. By the end of Day 1, participants have a vision for what PBL is and the next steps for giving it a go themselves.

Participant outcomes: 

  • experience PBL for themselves
  • understand the critical elements of a PBL learning program
  • take home templates for use in their own projects

Day 2 (optional)

On Day 2 participants have the chance to develop their own PBL unit with expert assistance. They leave with a prototype in hand and ready to go. 

Participant outcomes: 

  • develop a PBL unit and the support documents to accompany it

 

 


mark-burgess.jpg
 

Your Host: Mark Burgess

Mark Burgess joined the senior leadership NBCS in 2010 with a clear and ambitious brief:

  1. Pioneer a cross-curricular learning program for Science, History and Geography with 140 students and a team of teachers in 1 open space.
  2. Work with teachers school-wide to explore the possibilities of student-centric pedagogy in flexible learning spaces.

After 3 years as ‘Learning Activist’, Mark consults in Australia and internationally, unpacking the learning possibilities of Project-Based Learning, and spaces for learning. He has a reputation for a logistically bullet-proof ideas that thrive in the unpredictability of the school day.

Mark blogs at learningactivist.com and you can catch him on Twitter @matonfender.


Target Audience

Teachers interested in PBL, from Stages 2 to 6.

 

Methodology

True to our values, the workshop will be hands-on, fun, highly provocative, practical and authentic. You will talk with students and get their perspectives, play with new technologies, and leave with a plan, and resources, for the future.

 

NSWIT Accreditation

Northern Beaches Christian School – Sydney Centre of Innovation in Learning

NSW Institute of Teachers’ endorsed provider of Institute Registered professional development for the maintenance of accreditation at Proficient Teacher/Professional Competence.

Scope of Endorsement:

  • All Standards of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers at the level of Proficient Teacher
  • All Elements of the NSW Professional Teaching Standards at Professional Competence

For the provision of ICT related professional development.

Standards
Day 1 addresses the following NSWIT Elements:

  • 3.2.3
  • 3.2.4
  • 3.2.7
  • 4.2.4
  • 4.2.5
  • 6.2.1
NSW_IOT_Logo_RGB_Medium.png

Re-imagine Learning Staff Development Day

We have developed a one day program that we can bring to your school for your staff development day.

Spark creative thinking for your whole staff. Available in half or full day format.

When a team from a school visit NBCS they are usually excited to share what they have learnt with their entire staff. This PD is a way of bringing the inspiration for innovation back to your school.

The day consists of either one or two keynote presentations showing video footage of NBCS learning programs, and articulating both the need for innovation and a range of practical techniques for easy implementation.  Between the keynotes space is allowed for collaborative group time where participants can develop their own vision for new possibilities in their teams or faculties.

Contact us to find out more.  

Learning Space Design Thinking

Light a fire for learning space innovation in this hands-on activity. Once a vision for learning is developed, walls and funding are not necessarily blockers for reinventing spaces. Past participants have implemented their ideas as this example shows.

In groups, participants are facilitated through the Stanford Design Thinking process, culminating in the crafting of real 3D prototype of a re-imagined learning space. The process can be applied to a hypothetical or real space. The final plan can either provoke the imagination, or proceed to implementation. The ideal duration is three hours to work through the design thinking process, however, it is possible to customise the experience to 90 minutes, or even a full day.

Participants emerge with a whole new perspective on the potential for physical space itself to be re-envisioned to better cater for learners.

Facilitation and Consultation

We offer facilitation and consultation for you or your staff around the implementation of a design process.

The design process can be applied at a leadership level, addressing issues as broad as school vision or as specific as the architecture and pedagogy of new learning spaces. It also works superbly at a learning design level, for instance with a team of teachers looking to improve learning outcomes or student engagement.

Book one of our facilitators for a day or contact us to discuss your needs further.

Contact us to find out more.