Professional Learning

As we work in a time of rapid change … from within a dramatically new information landscape, the best description of the 21st Century teacher is Master Learner. (Warlick, 2009)

David Warlick’s quote captures what I believe is an important truth. His ‘Gardener’s Approach to Learning‘, one in which he encourages educators to develop an ‘information ecosystem’ really resonated with me. I’ve mapped out my own Personal Learning Network based on his model. Ultimately, we need to assist students to be aware of their own information ecosystems and to cultivate them for best outcomes.

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Professional Learning Courses/Conferences Attended


Assessment for Learning in the Inquiry Classroom

Ivanhoe Professional Services, presenter Kath Murdoch

School Libraries Making a Difference: What is your evidence and how do you get it? (EBP)

Syba Seminars, presenter Ross Todd

So You are In Charge: Participating in the new age of school libraries

School Libraries Association of Victoria, various presenters

Co-presented a Research session with Linda Angeloni for SLV

Part of a panel session on VicPLN for SLV


National Cybersafety Summit 2012, Canberra

Stay Smart Online, Australian Ministry of Broadband, Communications and Digital Economy

Learning in a Changing World: Curriculum Integration

ALIA Schools, presenter Ross Todd

FreePlay: Games in Education (Webinar)

Victorian PLN (State Library of Vic), presenter Paul Callaghan

“Presentation on games as tools for education, as well as teaching and the need for greater cultural and critical literacy of games”.

Digital Storytelling and Comic Life (Webinar)

Educator’s Guide to Innovation, presenter David Portelli (SLV)

 Edmodo: Social Networking Made Easy (Webinar)

Tech Talk Tuesdays, presenter John Pearce


Library World Smackdown: Open Night Mic with Joy Valenza (online session)

Virtual TL Cafe creation of a crowd-sourced presentation book

Words at Warrandyte Cafe: Corrine Fenton (author event)

Warrandyte Community Centre presents a YA author talking about her research and process for writing of non-fiction picture books

BookCamp: The Story of the Future (Unconference)

Melbourne Writers Festival/if:books

Introduction to Accelerated Literacy (2 days)

Critical Agendas Pty Ltd

Visual Literacy and Picture Story Books

State Library of Victoria Online Conference

Diving into Digital Books: Adding eReaders to your Library

LearnCentral Online Conference


The Future of E-Books

YSL Online Conference

Make, Share, Do: Active Online Learning with Joyce Valenza

School Library Association of Victoria

Booktalkers: Dangerous Ideas (books that provoke ideas and imagination)

Centre for Youth Literature, State Library of Victoria

Super Clubs Plus: Super Teacher Training (Cybersafety and Social Learning Network)

SuperClubsPlus Australia


Cybersafety Outreach: Professional Development for Educators

CyberSmart, Australian Communications and Media Authority

Information Literacy: Using Web 2.0 Tools in the Classroom

Trainer – Jamie McKenzie