The Future of Education Summit – Showcase

As part of The Future of Education Summit at Canterbury College St Aidan’s showcased innovative education. Sophie and Jennifer in Year 8 presented and showcased work Year 8 students have been doing in Technology. The girls demonstrated how they have developed skills in eTextiles, Wearable Technology, 3D printing and creating Websites with HTML and CSS. The projects inspired many delegates who had plenty of questions and complimented how confidently and competently the girls interacted.

The first project the girls demonstrated involved working with eTextiles and Wearable Technology. By delving into an understanding of circuitry and skilfully utilizing conductive tape and thread, the girls conceptualized and crafted artworks. Using these newly acquired skills, they designed fashionable wearable technology pieces that incorporated a Gemma Board, carefully programmed to emit a Morse Code message. The wearable technology piece could be worn as a safety piece, once activated it flashes an SOS message to friends.

In the second project, the girls spoke of how they ventured into the world of Splat3D, gaining insights into the creation of three-dimensional structures. This evolved into designing with Tinkercad and printing an avatar, which became the central focus of a website. The girls used HTML and CSS to construct a website focusing on their avatar. The assortment of websites included narratives, choose-your-own-adventure experiences, online shopping, and informative sites.

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Jackie Child
Jackie Child has been teaching primary aged students for 40 years in a number of countries. She is passionate about how children learn through constructivist pedagogy. She is a Teacher Librarian at St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School and a sessional tutor at Griffith University for pre-service teachers. Jackie doesn’t believe in standing still, there is always plenty to ‘do’ and learn!