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Rocketing Toward 2030: Conceptual Curriculum to Meet the Needs of Modern Learners

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Listen and learn : Lecture

Sunday, June 23, 1:30–2:30 pm
Location: 107AB

Sue Floro  
Learn how we developed an innovative, future-focused curriculum framework to meet the needs of the graduates of 2030. A spiraling transdisciplinary, conceptual curriculum with five domains for learning: Stories of the World and its People; Tinkering Toward Tomorrow; Interconnected Systems; Sustainable Solutions; and Global Changemakers.

Audience: Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers, Principals/head teachers
Skill level: Intermediate
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Project-, problem- and challenge-based learning
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Social studies, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Innovative Designer
  • Students know and use a deliberate design process for generating ideas, testing theories, creating innovative artifacts or solving authentic problems.
For Education Leaders:
Visionary Planner
  • Engage education stakeholders in developing and adopting a shared vision for using technology to improve student success, informed by the learning sciences.
For Educators:
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.
Related exhibitors: LEGO Education , Google, Inc. , MERGE , Micro:bit Educational Foundation , ClassVR , Ozobot

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose of this presentation is to highlight the process our school went through to develop a future focused curriculum framework that is designed to meet the needs of our modern learners.
As an Australian school, we are a long way away! Our students are well travelled; however, we identified that they needed to make a connection between their thoughts, opinions and ideas, and their ability to change the world and make a real difference. Using existing and emerging technologies, we overcame the tyranny of distance to enable our students to immerse themselves into other worlds, and empathise with those whose lives are different to theirs.
Using tools such as Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, GeoTools, and Global Collaboration Tools, we built a deep and rich programme of inquiry leading to student action.
We developed a framework that included 5 domains of learning that students would engage with each year. These will be fully explained and unpacked in the presentation.
Examples of the use of technology to deepen understanding and take action will be showcased, from all levels of the school, from our youngest Kindergarten students, through to our older students.
Our process for evaluating our successes and solving challenges faced along the way will be shared.


Explain the five domains
Highlight one domain and explain the process of unit development.
Take one specific example and participants work together to unpack the Big Idea and learning sequence, through to the authentic assessment tasks implemented, showcasing student work, student thinking and teacher reflections.

Introduction: 5mins
Research and Background: 5mins
Unpacking five domains: 15mins
Diving into the units: 30mins
Wrap up and questions: 5mins

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Sue Floro, Knox Grammar School

Sue Floro is the Head of the Preparatory School at Knox Grammar School, a leading independent school for boys in Sydney, Australia. Throughout her 30 years in education, she has developed significant expertise in curriculum development, inquiry pedagogy and designing appropriate provisions for individual learning needs, including gifted students. Sue advocates for the importance of 'just right' learning for all learners, regardless of their age or year level. She encourages a fearless thinking mantra, a sense of agency and voice, all with a spirit of adventure and bravery for all members of her school community - students, staff and parents.

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