A Professional Development opportunity for all teachers
Photography by Nathan Coote
About the Kids Conference
The Kids' Conference was founded in 2012 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, Geography, Science, English and technologies. Students can present solo or in small groups.
This conference gives students from primary or secondary schools an opportunity to present innovative projects they have designed and developed. Students can present solo or in small groups.
The Conference promotes students as creators of knowledge and innovation to an audience of lead educators, policy makers and the teaching community.
The Conference also promotes the role of teachers as facilitators of creative, collaborative and student-led projects.
Students present on how they have developed their learning and enquiry by exploring new and emerging technologies and presentation tools.
Curious to know more?
In 2017 the Conference presentations brought together students and teachers from across Australia, as well as students from Germany and the UK. The presentations highlighted new approaches by students to support learning in History, Geography, Science, English.
Previous presenters have been ages 7–18 years. You can see examples of their work here: HTAV website.
Kids' conference brings together
Primary and Secondary students as presenters
History, Geography, English and Science Leader Teachers
Early Career Teachers
Pre-service Teachers and Primary and Secondary students
Venue: Mercy Lecture Theatre, Australian Catholic University, 115 Victoria Parade (in Young St), Fitzroy, Victoria, 3065. Campus map
The conference is run in a warm and friendly environment to provide support and encouragement to all student presenters.
*Photographs will be taken at the Kids’ Conference. Please advise the conference organiser or the photographer on the day if you do not wish for your photo to be taken.
Nominate a student to present
Some technologies and ideas to draw upon for your chosen project focus:
This Kids’ Conference presenter archive & conference storage is currently under development).
Presenter files to be uploaded to Kids' Cloud by 11th November.
Kids’ Conference Workshops:
Workshops will be conducted in Melbourne and Canberra for students expressing interest in presenting at Kids’ Conference 2018. These workshops will run in August and details to include registrations, dates and venues will be published soon.
*A full Kids’ Conference 2018 guide will be published soon.
The Kids’ Conference is dedicated to the student perspective.
Promotes personalised learning through student centred problem solving.
Seeks to foster creativity and innovation within the classroom.
Fosters and promotes student voice in learning.
Help all students to discover, develop and apply their talents.
Promotes student self-efficacy and metacognitive learning.
Provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate creative, interdisciplinary approaches to History, Geography, Science and English inquiry.
Engages students to lead as creative authors of disciplinary knowledge and understanding.
Provides an opportunity for students to share how they engage and learn with emerging digital technologies within History, Geography, Science and English.
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.
Sponsored by the Australian Government: Department for Veterans' Affairs.
Hosted by Australian Catholic University in association with the History Teachers' Association of Victoria, the Geography Teachers' Association of Victoria, The Royal Society of Victoria, Cultural Infusion and the Victoria Association for the Teaching of English.
If you have any queries regarding this event, please contact: