Beyond 2030 — Reimagining Elementary School for Future-Focused Leaders

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Listen and learn : Lecture

Emma Donaldson  
Ian Fairhurst  
Sue Floro  

Today's elementary school students are tomorrow's leaders! Knox Grammar School has reimagined schooling to ensure our students are ready to tackle the great big problems emerging globally. Learn about an engaging new paradigm that engages and connects students, deeply embedding the use of technology and ISTE Standards to create innovative solutions.

Audience: Curriculum/district specialists, Principals/head teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Topic: Innovation in early childhood/elementary
Grade level: PK-5
Subject area: Social studies, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Education Leaders:
Visionary Planner
  • Build on the shared vision by collaboratively creating a strategic plan that articulates how technology will be used to enhance learning.
For Educators:
  • Set professional learning goals to explore and apply pedagogical approaches made possible by technology and reflect on their effectiveness.
  • Collaborate and co-learn with students to discover and use new digital resources and diagnose and troubleshoot technology issues.
Additional detail: Student presentation

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Participants will:
- understand the challenges that led to the decision to create a new learning platform, as well as the clear steps involved.
- become familiar with the tools and strategies employed to get a large team on board and collaborating to create it.
- see real examples of units and planning tools employed.
Hear from our students, from our 5 year olds through to our 12 year olds, all of whom are out there trying to change the world!
- see the products created

Tools utilised include:
- tinkercad
- cospaces and merge cubes
- micro:bits
- ozobots
- robots
- 3D printers
- minecraftEDU


5min - introduction and welcome
10mins - overview of the school and the reasons we set out to reimagine learning
10mins - overview of our learning platform components and all the 'whys'
20mins - examples of student projects, in the form of videos, work samples from each year group K-6
15mins - introduction of a new virtual world site we're using to celebrate the students' learning with their families all around the world, FRAME and VirBELA, and how we're using it.
5mins - questions

Supporting research

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Emma Donaldson, Knox Grammar School
Ian Fairhurst, Knox Grammar Preparatory School

Ian Fairhurst is the Team Leader of Innovation & Technology at Knox Grammar Preparatory School in Sydney, Australia. Responsible for leading and supporting staff & students in the immersive use of digital & design technologies embedded in innovative learning experiences, he is passionate about embedding authentic globally-focused learning opportunities through STEAM education, as well as establishing an active maker-culture in schools. Ian has a master’s degree in Innovation & Change, and has presented globally on developing real-world educational experiences with an empathy+STEAM approach. His vision is to provide opportunities for the next generation of leaders to engage with authentic issues in our world.

Sue Floro, Knox Grammar School