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Global Changemakers — Enabling Student Agency Through E-STEAM (Empathy + STEAM)

Participate and share

Participate and share : Poster

Monday, June 24, 8:00–10:00 am
Location: Posters: Level 4, Terrace Ballroom Lobby, Table 32

Angus Fabian   Ian Fairhurst  
Learn how the Empathy+STEAM approach guides students to be active, creative producers of digital and technological solutions rather than passive consumers. E-STEAM also shows students how to be globally mindful, informed, discerning users of ICT platforms and technological solutions. See how the approach allows staff to implement inquiry, project- and problem-based learning to build authentic future-focussed skills.

Audience: Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Intermediate
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: CoSpaces app -

Google Earth
Google Earth Pro -
Google Chrome -


Google Expeditions App -

Google Earth App -


Online Mapping Tools Which Will Be Accessed:
Google Earth Web -
Google Maps -
Google My Maps -
Street View -
Tour Builder -
GeoGuessr -

Virtual Reality Tour Creation Tool

Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Project-, problem- and challenge-based learning
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: STEM/STEAM, Science
ISTE Standards: For Administrators:
Digital Citizenship
  • Model and facilitate the development of a shared cultural understanding and involvement in global issues through the use of contemporary communication and collaboration tools.
For Students:
Global Collaborator
  • Students contribute constructively to project teams, assuming various roles and responsibilities to work effectively toward a common goal.
For Education Leaders:
Equity and Citizenship Advocate
  • Ensure all students have access to the technology and connectivity necessary to participate in authentic and engaging learning opportunities.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

With a vision to the developing students with flexible and adaptable skill sets, and ones who will be ready for the shifting careers in 2030, there has been a lot of discussion and research around how to best deliver activities which will best develop skills around innovation,
entrepreneurialism and technological expertise.

The Empathy+STEAM approach guides students to be active, creative producers of digital and technological solutions, rather than passive consumers.

The model guides our students to also be globally mindful, informed, discerning users of ICT platforms and technological solutions. E-STEAM allows staff to implement inquiry, project / problem-based learning building authentic future-focussed skills.

Specific projects to be shared:
Year 2 students identified one issue, single use packaging to work on a research project following the design thinking process. They developed 3D models of an improved prototype to solve the issue of single use disposable packaging

Year 5 focussed on a range of national problems identified in the War on Waste TV series. They researched, designed and marketed a device to solve an identified need.

Year 6 students worked in teams looking more broadly at issues in society (Environmental, Elderly, Youth or people with a disability). In teams of four they worked to identify, research, design, prototype and create a full marketing platform to promote a working solution to an issue in society or the environment.

Early in Term 3 the school held a Year 6 Shark Tank Expo where the student teams showcased their concepts with a ‘pitch’ to investors (parents and interested members of the wider school Community).

Supporting research

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Angus Fabian, Knox Grammar Preparatory School
Ian Fairhurst, Knox Grammar Preparatory School

Ian has been in Educational Technology roles for 15 years and has a passion for embedding authentic globally focussed learning opportunities through STEM education and establishing an active ‘maker culture’ within schools. As Team Leader of Technology Integration at Knox Grammar Preparatory School he is currently responsible for leading / supporting K-6 community in digital and design technologies. Ian facilitates a lunchtime Makerspace with the mantra that ‘anything is possible with technology and a creative mindset’. The students are encouraged to focus their ideas on authentic projects which can make a positive difference at a local or global community level.

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