World expert to speak at Kids’ Conference

Published: Wednesday 11th November 2015

World-renowned education expert and best-selling author Sir Ken Robinson will be the special guest speaker for the 2015 Kids’ Conference presented by Australian Catholic University (ACU) and History Teachers’ Association of Victoria (HTAV) on 24 November.

A celebrated intellectual with more than 320,000 Twitter followers, Sir Ken is one of the world’s most respected minds in the field of education and creative learning, authoring several novels and presenting at TED Talks.

Kids’ Conference founder Stephen Spain, from the Faculty of Education and Arts, has created an event that aims to personalise learning through problem solving, providing students an opportunity to share how they engage and learn with emerging technologies within history.

The importance of involving technology to enhance creativity was a key foundation of the conference, according to Mr Spain.

“The idea for the Kids’ Conference really came from my own kids and seeing how they were interacting online with friends as well as kids from other parts of the world. This is truly borderless learning,” Mr Spain said.

“The conference aims to highlight how kids are active producers of knowledge in History and already collaborating and developing their own content using a range of technologies.”

Sir Ken will give the Conference introduction via video link from his California base, hoping to inspire teachers and the next generation of creative minds showcasing their ideas.

Now in its fifth year, the Conference provides a platform for students – some as young as seven years of age – to present innovative projects relating to history and technologies, fostering creativity in a supportive and encouraging environment.

The event continues to attract teachers and educators from across Melbourne and Victoria, providing a unique insight into the creative capabilities of their students.

Sir Ken said the Kids’ Conference promoted learning and education that celebrates a creative approach to solving challenges.

“The real way to energise education, to engage young people properly in education and to prepare them for the world they live in, is to promote forms of education that celebrate curiosity, imagination and creative problem-solving – and that’s really what the Kids’ Conference is about,” Sir Ken said.

Event Details

Event: 2015 ACU-HTAV Kids’ Conference

Date: Tuesday 24 November, 9:30am-4:00pm

Venue: Mercy Lecture Theatre, ACU Campus, 115 Victoria Parade, Fitzroy

Cost: $30.00 (For teachers – register here). FREE for pre-service teachers (email joclyne@htav.asn.au to reserve your place).

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