Today I attended the final SLAV professional development day in partnership with the NGV.
As always it was great to catch up with old friends. I found it amusing that delegates there, like me, were anxious to meet online friends. In that light it was lovely to meet TSheko who was a speaker on the same concurrent session as Tricia and myself. Sadly I did not get to meet Kerrie Smith who was speaking on e-readers at another session a topic that I am deeply interested in at present. PS having done my own research this is the e -reader that I have ordered online (gotta love that strong Aussie dollar).
Oliver Phommavhan http://www.oliverwriter.com/events/ was young and funny and very personable. He is also doing very clever things in the classroom and I feel would be a great guest speaker for in-house prof. learning.
This was a delightful and enjoyable conference and the segment run by the NGV education unit were excellent. I had already been investigating the programmes on offer for our Year 9s. It is clear that the programme is influenced by visible thinking and promotes visual literacy in a variety of key learning areas across the curriculum. A word to the wise book early. I loved the session I attended where our group shared in a Chinese Tea ceremony, Zen painted and then enjoyed a trip to the Chinese Porcelain Gallery. This would be a delightful experience for any student.
This was the last conference to be organised by Mary Manning. I have the greatest respect for Mary who has been welcoming and supporting since I have been working in Melbourne School’s. She has made a great contribution to SLAV and our profession and I will miss her calm presence (altho you know that beneath the water that duck was paddling hard)
As for Tricia’s and mine presentation….watch this space