3 Impactful Conference Days For Educators

The On Butterfly Wings Conference brings together the best educators and thought leaders from across Australia and Papua New Guinea.

Join us for this exceptional conference experience.

Conference Schedule
Wednesday 10th July
10:30am - 3:30pm
     Cheese & Winery Tour
Thursday 11th July
8:00 - 8:45 am
     Registration & Coffee
8:45 - 9:00 am
     Welcome & Housekeeping
9:00 - 10:00am
     Opening Keynote - Collaboration
Bec West - Talkin' Chalk
Bec West needs no introduction but we are going to do it anyway!
She has a wealth of knowledge in most aspects of education but as our keynote Bec is going to dive deep into the idea of collaboration.
If you want to create high performing teaching teams, Bec's keynote is not to be missed.
10:00 -10:30 am
     Morning Tea
10:30 - 11:30 am
     Workshops Session 1

20 Ways Office 365 Will Revolutionise Your Productivity
Megan Townes - Microsoft
Discover how tools across the Office 365 suite such as Researcher, Editor, Dictation, Immersive Reader, Translator, PowerPoint Designer, and more, can improve your productivity and support student learning. You will walk away from this workshop with a toolkit of free resources to use in your classroom that are already available to you.

Visible Learning & Formative Assessment
Nicki Chaffey - Narranga Public School

Teaching Magic! Learn about Narranga Public School's  journey towards becoming expert teachers. Nicki will share resources including online google forms to be used in your own school contexts.

Future Focussed Learning Spaces
Aaron Johnston - Point Clare Public School

As a teacher working in a future focused, collaborative learning environment Aaron will be sharing his insights, tips, tricks and fails from the journey so far. Explore learning space design, flexible seating and furniture choices, collaborative teaching practices, programming and assessment and effective teaching pedagogy in these environments.

* Completing Future Focussed Learning Spaces will contribute 1 hour of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD addressing 4.1.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW. *Endorsed hours for this course provided by Student Engagement pty ltd.

Creating Confident & Creative Writers
Lucy Chambers - Cleverbean

Participants will be exposed to a variety of hands-on writing activities using simple resources such as whiteboards, Post-it notes and butchers paper and will leave with a bank of new ideas that can be sprinkled around the classroom to get students excited and engaged with their writing.
11:30 - 12:30 pm
     Workshops Session 2

Guided Reading - New & Interesting Ways To Further Engage Young Readers
Bec West - Talkin' Chalk

Teaching Magic! Learn about Narranga Public School's  journey towards becoming expert teachers. Nicki will share resources including online google forms to be used in your own school contexts.

Philosophy For Children As A Way To Address Capabilities Education
Ben Kilby - Mooney Ponds West Public School

The methods of Philosophy for Children (P4C) are a rich resource to address the Australian capabilities, including and especially Critical and Creative Thinking, Ethical Understanding, Personal and Social, and Intercultural understanding. This workshop will expose participants to the methods of P4C and link those methods to the capabilities with in the Australian context.

Getting Started With An Inquiry Based Learning Approach
Alice Vigors - Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic School - The Entrance

What are the phases in an Inquiry cycle? How do I program using an Inquiry approach? Why should I honour student voice and wondering and how do I weave this into the Inquiry cycle?

STEAM Ahead With Minecraft: Education Edition and MakeCode
Megan Townes - Microsoft

With Microsoft MakeCode built into Minecraft: Education Edition, you can challenge students with projects that develop creativity, computational thinking, and collaboration skills while teaching them about coding and coding languages. In this workshop you will learn how to use MakeCode to make it chicken-rain in Minecraft, and build an aquarium filled with marina life. You will walk away from this workshop inspired to use MakeCode in your classroom and understand why kids are so engaged with learning when using Minecraft.
12:30 - 1:30 pm
     Lunch
1:30 - 2:30 pm
     Workshops Session 3

Making The Most Of Misconceptions ~ Numeracy Progressions To Support Students
Kathrin Cartwright - Primary Learning

This session will focus on the big ideas of the progression and common misconceptions students may have. Ideas will be shared that participants can take back for immediate implementation in their class.

Bring Learning To Life With Windows 10
Megan Townes - Microsoft

Learn how to give your students meaningful learning experiences while solving problems with imaginative solutions using Paint 3D, 3D Viewer and the Photos app for Windows 10. You will create characters using Paint 3D, mix them into your reality using 3D Viewer, and then create a video with a theme and 3D effects using the Photos app on Windows 10. You will walk away from this workshop inspired to use Windows 10 apps in your classroom to help students solve problems and ignite their creativity.

How To Collect & Utilise Data In An Authentic & Meaningful Way
Samantha Goodman - Bankstown West Public School

Wondering how you can collect and utilise data in an authentic and meaningful way without drowning in it? This data workshop is for you. Utilising the FREE tools of Google Sheets and Team Drives, we have established a school wide data collection and review system that has proven impact on student learning outcomes and helps exec staff to determine where LST support is utilised for highest value.

A Fragile & Overburdened Tree Is Home To Few Birds
Josh Jetson - Millfield Public School
A teachers impact is equally less impressive given the same circumstances. Self care, work/ life balance, and mental well-being is as vital to improving student outcomes as anything else in the teaching world. Remember, in the case of an emergency please remember to fit your own oxygen mask before attending to children and other passengers.

* Attending A Fragile & Overburdened Tree will contribute 1 hour of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD addressing 4.1.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW. *Endorsed hours for this course provided by Student Engagement pty ltd.
2:30 - 3:00 pm
     Afternoon Tea
3:00 - 4:00 pm
     Trauma Informed Practice
Hieu Nguyen -
Hieu's story is the stuff you read about but rather than letting adversity define him he has harnessed his experiences towards helping at risk young people.
He specialises in many areas however he will be taking us through Trauma Informed practice. His keynote is for every educator that works with young people who have had to go through life experiences well beyond their years. Whether that be as refugees right through to stresses that happen at home.
Hieu will give you strategies that you can use to better manage children that have or are currently experiencing trauma.
Hieu will bring his entertaining yet informative style to finish off the afternoon of Day 1 of the 2019 conference.


* Attending Trauma Informed Practice will contribute 1 hour of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD addressing 4.1.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW. *Endorsed hours for this course provided by Student Engagement pty ltd.
4:00 pm
     Networking Canapes & Drinks
ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE
On Butterfly Wings 2019 Conference
Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley
11 & 12 July 2019
Friday 12th July
8:00 - 8:45 am
     Coffee & Networking
8:45 - 9:00 am
     Welcome & Rewind Over Yesterday's Learnings
9:00 - 10:00am
     Opening Keynote
Surprise Guest!
You won't want to be out too late last night as you aren't going to want to miss this mornings keynote!
10:00 -10:30 am
     Morning Tea
10:30 - 11:30 am
     Workshops Session 4

The Agile Classroom
Joshua Pacek - Bethany Lutheran Primary School
Join Joshua this morning as he shows us the importance of Mindset, Framework & Environment - Take away plenty of strategies in order to be more creative, engaging and dynamic as an educator

Whole School Staff Professional Learning Through an Action Research STEAM Project
Claire Rich - Riverbank Public School
Real life examples of how you can embed the STE(A)M pedagogy into your everyday practice. You will be loaded up with examples from Claire's classroom as well as her colleagues. This workshop will up-skill you with startup ideas that you can take back to your own classroom so that you are ready to roll!

STE(A)M is NOT a subject but a pedagogy which can be and should be part of everyday teaching practice....

Making Learning More Accessible
Megan Townes - Microsoft

Make your learning environment accessible for all students including EALD, special needs, learning difficulties and physical needs. See how Office 365 and Windows technologies freely available to teachers and students can ensure that all learning materials are accessible to everyone. You will walk away from this workshop with a toolkit of resources to make learning accessible to all students in your classroom including Immersive Reader and Learning Tools, Microsoft Translator, Office Lens, Accessibility Checker, OneNote Math Tools, and Dictation.

Prowise 1
Ilana Shelton - Prowise

Come to the Prowise Presenter Workshops to learn about the amazing Prowise Presenter software. This free, cloud based software, which can be used on any device, will help you to create interactive and engaging lessons for your students as well as collaborate with student devices. This workshop will include hands on lesson creation, and will offer you 1 hour of accredited training.

Come for 1 session or extend your learning by coming for both, following straight after this one!
11:30 - 12:30 pm
     Workshops Session 5

Prowise 2
Ilana Shelton - Prowise

Build on your knowledge from Prowise 1 and go deeper with your knowledge of Prowise.

Google Education Suite
Kylie Youkhana - Warwick Farm Public School

In this workshop you are going to dive headfirst into Google Education Suite! explore how Kylie uses this powerful tool for programming, data collection and analysis, visible learning, accessibility. As an added bonus, you will learn how students can use and access the G4E Suite.

Accommodations For Learning Difficulties
Georgina Perry - SPELD NSW

Back by popular demand!
Georgina is one of the returning stars from last year's conference. Join Georgina as she gives you an in depth understanding of the accommodations and adjustments that you can employ in your own teaching. Georgina's ability to pass on her extensive knowledge is unrivaled. This is a session that will be hard to miss.

Microsoft Teams & PDP's
Megan Townes - Microsoft

See how Microsoft Teams can revolutionise the way you facilitate the PDP in your school. Learn how to create a Team for staff members that makes use of the OneNote Staff Notebook to facilitate the PDP process (or any staff accreditation process) with your staff. Learn how to use Teams for communication, collaboration and saving time. You will walk away from this workshop with a Microsoft Team ready to use back in your school.
12:30 - 1:30 pm
     Lunch
1:30 - 2:30 pm
     Workshops Session 6

OneNote For Beginners
Megan Townes - Microsoft

Learn what all the OneNote fuss is about in the introductory workshop. Learn how to create a OneNote notebook within Office 365 to access anytime, anywhere and on any device. Explore the basics of using OneNote Online and the OneNote app including creating sections and pages, inserting files, hyperlinking, tagging, Immersive Reader, drawing and inserting audio. You will walk away from this workshop with an understanding of how to get started with using OneNote to save teacher time and increase productivity.

STEAMShare - An Overview
Kelly Burke - STEAMShare

STEAMShare are coming to show us all a bout Virtual Reality, 3D Printing, Robotics & Coding.

Building a Culture of Critical & Creative Thinkers
Alice Vigors - Our Lady of the Rosary - The Entrance

Join On Butterfly Wings royalty Alice to explore what it means to build a culture of critical and creative thinkers in your classroom. Alice will be uncovering how we can leverage the 8 cultural forced to make thinking visible, valued and actively promoted in a 21st Century classroom.

CV Writing - Taking The Next Steps
Bec West - Talkin' Chalk
2:30 - 3:00 pm
     Final Words
4:00 pm
     Afternoon Tea, Networking & Farewells
Keynote Address
One keynote was not enough so we've doubled it in 2019!

Join us for more thought provoking keynote addresses, packed full of insightful tips that will help you as you go about inspiring young minds,
Even more strategies presented by amazing educational practitioners.

Fellow engaging eductors with tried and tested techniques that really work. 
Celebrate
Join us to celebrate the tireless work of educators.
Collaboration & Networking
Meet hundreds of other dedicated professionals who spend equal amounts of time agonizing over the outcomes of their students, just like you!
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Be Inspired
Be Energised

91% of 2018's participants report leaving with strategies they could immediately implement in their classroom
"Today Was Extremely Valuable"
Sharon French ~ 2018 OBWC Attendee
"Amazing"
Lisa Maree ~ 2018 OBWC Attendee
"I had the BEST day today!"
Bec West ~ 2018 OBWC Presenter
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The On Butterfly Wings Conference is run and administered by Student Engagement pty ltd.
NESA endorsed hours are awarded from Student Engagement pty ltd, unless otherwise indicated.
Any queries should be directed to Tim Heinecke, tim@studentengagement.com.au or 0478 833 687.
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