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A Twilight PD for teachers at QUT STEM High School

Every now and again an email appears in your Inbox that gets your attention. It’s not directly about Teacher Librarianship, or libraries, but it looks interesting.

Such was the case with the QUT Twilight teacher PD event “Learning with Technologies”, held on 12 May at QUT and hosted by the STEM High School Engagement team.

The program consisted of a panel of presenters form both schools and University faculties. Each presenter had 30 minutes to talk about what they were currently creating, or researching, teaching and asking questions about. Maybe they just wanted to share an idea from their areas of specialty in Learning with Technologies.

The program was diverse! Using Social technologies in the learning environment: exploring the ways that social media can contribute to meeting students in their own space to create a learning environment that fosters engagement in blended, online and flexible learning situations.

A demonstration of a flipped classroom in action, examples of Crowdsourcing in the classroom to gather information for problem based learning tasks, and the recent research in setting Multiple Choice questions, and how to enhance the learning with this method of questioning.

A wearable technology demonstration led to a keen discussion on classroom practice from both the panel and forum group. How to implement this practical and hand’s on learning? What is the relevance today?

An event such as this serves to remind me why we are doing Maker Spaces in our library. It is the unending enthusiasm and collegiality of a group such as this!

To offer a meeting place that feeds the thinking behind the mission of QUT STEM school workshops makes sense. To “seek to bridge the secondary-tertiary interface and provide students with an opportunity to understand the relevance of STEM skills in their learning and future” is a vital role school libraries can own, manage and drive from their library.

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