Educators set to talk innovation in Bendigo

CREATIVE MINDS: Sharon Marchingo, Lydia Poljak, Andrew Kerr, Rob Sbaglia, Sharyn Seipolt and Jill Clapham.
CREATIVE MINDS: Sharon Marchingo, Lydia Poljak, Andrew Kerr, Rob Sbaglia, Sharyn Seipolt and Jill Clapham.

EDUCATORS from across the country and overseas will discuss the future of education in Bendigo next month. 

Crusoe College science and mathematics teacher Robert Sbaglia and a team of volunteers have organised a TEDx event for March - with the focus on innovation in education. 

TED is a non-for-profit group aimed at spreading ideas through a series of talks on different topics.

Mr Sbaglia said he'd always had a real interest in innovation and "pushing the boundaries" of what people traditionally believe a classroom should resemble. 

He said the event was also an opportunity for schools to come together and learn from each other.

"TED's mantra is the power of ideas and I believe that in the right hands great ideas can transform what we do in schools," Mr Sbaglia said. 

"Schools are suppose to be about learning but schools are terrible at learning from one another. 

"We want to bring people together and overcome this idea that we're competitors fighting for enrolments and really that we are all working together to achieve the common goal of educating and inspiring students."

Speakers include Stephen Collis from the Sydney Centre for Innovative Learning, Geelong College's Adrian Camm, a former Victorian Outstanding Secondary Teacher of the Year and Yvonne Reilly from Sunshine College, who recently won the Brimbank Australia Day Educator of the Year among others. 

Mr Sbaglia said Mr Collis would talk about the concept of 'free range' students and what would happen to the learning process if restrictions are removed from students. He said Mr Camm would talk about gaming and education, and stigmatisation. 

"A lot of the positive things that are involved with gaming are also applicable in education," he said. 

Mr Sbaglia said the event is being held at the old fire station in View Street on March 13 from 9.30am to 4.30pm and tickets were selling quickly. 

He said he was overwhelmed with the response from people wanting to attend the event.  

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