Education and Arts

Kids' Conference

Tuesday 29th November 2016

ACU Melbourne Campus, Fitzroy

Photography by Daniel Bornstein

For Kids

The Kids’ Conference is a platform for Primary and Secondary school students to showcase their History and Geography digital projects to an audience of practising educators.

For Teachers

The Kid’s conference is also a professional development conference for teachers. It’s an opportunity for teachers to learn and observe student led learning in History or Geography and present ideas using emerging digital technologies. The Kids’ Conference also challenges students to explain and share their creativity and insights in how they engage with technology in enhancing their Historical and Geographical thinking and understanding.

Register for the conference Nominate a student to present


The Kids’ Conference was founded in 2011 by Stephen Spain from the Australian Catholic University and Jo Clyne from the History Teachers’ Association of Victoria.

The conference involves short speaker sessions in which students in primary or secondary education can present innovative projects relating to history and technologies. Students can present solo or in small groups.

Who attends?

Kid’s conference brings together

  • Primary and Secondary students as presenters
  • History and Geography Leader Teachers
  • Early Career Teachers
  • Pre-service Teachers and students

Register to attend

History and Geography Leader Teachers, Early Career Teachers, Pre-service Teachers and students are invited to register and attend sessions in this year's Kids' Conference.

About the sessions:

  • Students present for no more than 10 minutes.
  • The day is broken up into a morning session for primary students and an afternoon session for secondary students.
  • They can present individually or in groups.
  • Each presentation must include a focus on either History or Geography in applying the chosen Digital Technology.
  • The conference environment is supportive and encouraging environment where kids teach teachers.
  • All presenters receive a certificate.

Early bird registration prior to 1 November: $25 for each session (primary morning/secondary afternoon)
Registration after 1 November: $30 for each session (primary morning/secondary afternoon)

Entire day: $40 for both sessions

Register for the conference

Places are limited.

Nominate a student to present

Some ideas for presentation topics:

  • Digital stories
  • Computer games
  • Website development
  • Wikis
  • Blogs
  • Radio shows
  • Stop animation
  • History app development
  • Augmented reality
  • Green screen

Nominate a student to present

Sir Ken Robinson: Creative approach to problem-solving

Regarded as one of the world’s most influential voices in education, Sir Ken was the keynote presenter at the Kid’s Conference in 2015. He emphasised the importance of a creative approach to problem solving, and the importance of the Kids’ Conference in fostering this, follow the link below to find out more on Sir Ken’s presentation.

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Primary student session: 9am-12pm
Secondary student session: 1pm-3pm

The conference is run in a warm and friendly environment to provide support and encouragement to all student presenters.

Previous presenters have been ages 7-18 years. You can see examples of their work presented on the HTAV website.

Download the Kids' Conference flyer (PDF, 536KB)

Sponsored by the Australian Government: Department for Veterans' Affairs.
Hosted by Australian Catholic University in association with the History Teachers' Association of Victoria and the Geography Teachers' Association of Victoria.

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Contact us

If you have any queries regarding this event, please contact:

Stephen Spain
Australian Catholic University

Jo Clyne
History Teachers' Association of Victoria