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Ormiston College continues to lead the way through its continual introduction of innovative pedagogy.  Subsequently a reputation for successful implementation of digital technology in the Australian curriculum has become widespread. In 2015, the College gained status as one of eight Worldwide Microsoft Showcase Schools in Australia, and since that time, several Ormiston College staff members have qualified as Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts, joining the professional mentors that drive the effective use of technology in education. 

On Monday 5 March, the College hosted a Microsoft EduMeet Conference; approximately 70 delegates from throughout Queensland attended the event.  It was a day of information and inspiration, plus an opportunity to share and discuss new ideas.

The Conference commenced in the Somerset Sports Centre with a welcome from the Headmaster, Mr Brett Webster.  Groups then elected to attend two workshops. Ormiston College teachers, Mrs Ashley Green and Mr Jason Taggart presented one workshop which focused on the College’s use of Microsoft Teams as a platform for student and staff collaboration. Our Year 5 students also became 'mini' teachers for the day helping delegates navigate the world of Minecraft in Education! 

After gathering in the Hall of Fame, delegates were given 10 separate presentations from staff and students under the broad heading of ‘Ignite Sessions’. Our Year 4 students presented the use of 3D modelling and mixed reality in their studies. Year 10 student, Lucinda Cavanagh also presented on how she was upskilling the Year 10 cohort in using video feedback in sport education. Teachers Mrs Ashley Greene and Mr Glen Henville also presented on how they were using OneNote for digital inking in their classrooms.

This was followed by an interesting tour of the College, visiting classrooms in both Junior and Secondary Schools, covering a myriad of exciting curriculum areas, heightened by the opportunity to meet and communicate with students.

A 45 minute tour of the campus, visiting classrooms in both Junior and Secondary Schools, allowed delegates to experience first-hand how Ormiston College students manipulated a myriad of curriculum subjects that are at the cutting-edge of 21st century teaching and learning.

The conversations between staff members and guests over the lunchtime period were energising and inspirational, creating a perfect opening for the afternoon session. Delegates were offered a choice of ‘adventures’ from the selection of ‘OneNote Escape the Classroom’, ‘Breakout EDU Minecraft Challenge’, ‘Sway/Photo/Remix/Challenge’ or ‘HoloLens’, all of which were enthusiastically undertaken by the various groups. 

The conference closed on a very high note; staff were congratulated on the content of the conference and the work carried out within the classrooms, demonstrating the advantages gained by the students. Delegates left the conference with many planning to replicate what Ormiston College does so well.

Tamara Sullivan
Head of Academics and Innovation