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AI sessions at National Education Summit sell out

Delegates at the National Education Summit held in Melbourne in June have praised the event for its quality presenters, with its sessions on AI booked out.

Teachers who attended the event across two days in Melbourne have described the professional development sessions as ‘mini-Ted talks’, complimenting the quality of the presenters and contemporary topics addressed.

Organisers of the National Education Summit, the IEC Group, said a broad demographic of delegates attended over two days, and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive.

IEC Group Creative Director Margo Metcalf said teachers enjoyed the presenter’s practical application of theory in action.

“The AI in the Classroom conference – new this year – and the AI-related sessions in the Capacity Building School Libraries conference were booked out,” she said.

“It shows that teachers are curious about using AI, and understanding how students use it, ethically or not.”

Moderators who facilitated discussions at the five conferences said each session generated excellent conversation among delegates.

“This year we introduced a small window for discussion between presentations. This allowed time for delegates to reflect and ask questions, so they can take away practical ideas to take back to the classroom,” Ms Metcalf said.

The Sustainability in Schools conference – also new this year – was another highlight.

“Presenter Katie Pahlow from Sustainability Victoria said there was a lot of conversation in the session she led on sustainability and student wellbeing, and there are a lot of gains to be made in this space. It is embedded in the Curriculum, and will continue to grow”.

“There is a new component in Catholic schools to create an action plan on bringing sustainability into Catholic schools.”

In addition to the five conferences, the exhibition floor at the National Education Summit showcased a diverse range of products and services in the education sector, including new ventures.

“Teachers are expected to teach and be informed about the products and services on offer to help them in that pursuit. This year we had a broader range of products and services, with 110+ exhibitors on the floor, covering subjects as diverse as wellbeing, playground equipment, online resources to excursions,” she said.

All delegates receive a certificate of attendance, mapped to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers as proof of professional development hours.

Missed the event? Register for the National Education Summit in Brisbane from 2-3 August at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre.

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