Kids’ Conference 2015

Sir Ken Robinson has always been a real inspiration to both me and my husband. So it was very surreal to overhear some of the interchange on schedules and timings when Sir Ken generously offered to introduce the ACU / HTAV Kids’ Conference 2015 with some of his ideas and thoughts.

I thought it was worth a bit of cross promotion as I know how many kindly followers here share an interest in creativity and how kids can be engaged through art and their environment. This is really central to Sir Ken’s philosophy on education.

Sir Ken’s inspirational key note presentation and a short report of the conference is available here: Kid’s Conference – Update

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Just as amazing as Sir Ken were all the kids that presented their innovative approaches to bringing technology, learning and history together on the day.

The Radio Carrum team set up a live broadcast and interviewed some famous Australian figures and even Sir John and his Barons about the Magna Carta. “Here’re the facts Jack!” one Baron started off the negotiations.

The students from Sacred Heart Primary School in Oakleigh presented their interactive digital book on famous human rights activists through history from Martin Luther King to Nelson Mandela.

The presentations were all full of confidence and rich information – and these were the primary school presentations. There was also a real thread of acknowledging indigenous history, alongside the challenges faced by migrants and refugees arriving in Australia.

The Kids’ Conference was founded in 2011 by Stephen Spain from the Australian Catholic University and Jo Clyne from the History Teachers’ Association of Victoria.

More details about the conference and information about getting in touch with the conference convenors is here

Previous Conference presenters have been aged 7-18 years and have shared the following work:

  • Building a ‘Black Death’ website
  • Creating bilingual digital stories on community museums
  • Using and developing apps in the history classroom
  • Creating and playing online history games
  • From the Coliseum to the MCG: Building historical monuments with Minecraft
  • Tweeting history
  • Enhanced ebooks
  • Developing historical stop-motion films and animations

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