This workshop is for mainstream and special educators who have students working at a primary academic level. This workshop will explore the requirements and challenges of implementing the Digital Technologies Curriculum for students with learning difficulties. Clark Burt of Ashwood School will unpack the curriculum and demonstrate how teachers can adapt it to their contexts. Then he will demonstrate examples of incorporating ICT and games into lessons for diverse classrooms.
Matthew Harrison of Waratah SDS will explore the 21st Century Skills framework developed to address modern workforce needs, with an emphasis on the opportunities and challenges for students with disabilities. He will lead a practical workshop on how to develop these skills in inclusive spaces using digital tools such as robotics, collaborative games and social media.
Educators looking to address the VIT requirement relating to learners with a disability should attend. This workshop addresses the AITSL standards relating to differentiation (1.5) and strategies to support full participation of students with disability (1.6).
10am-12.15 Session 1: Adapting the Digitech curriculum for students with special needs
12.45-3.00pm Session 2: Digitech for Inclusive education practises
Clark Burt is a special education teacher and former lecturer and tutor at The University of Melbourne and RMIT. He is currently on Study Leave from Ashwood School and is running intervention studies at schools around Victoria. He is also a committee member of the Australian Association of Special Education (AASE) Victorian Chapter and has worked with the Department of Education developing the Digital Technologies curriculum for levels A – D.
Matthew is an experienced educator, researcher and entrepreneur with a keen passion for utilising technology to enhance children's learning and creativity. He has taught in Australia, South Korea and the United Kingdom at primary, secondary and tertiary levels. Matthew is currently leading workshops at the University of Melbourne Graduate School of Education focusing on inclusive education and the creative use of digital technology as a teaching and learning tool. In addition to this, Matthew is a leader in using technology to work with students with disabilities in a Special Development School (SDS). He is the founder of the edtech startup Hatt Designs and co-founder of CollabHer.