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Saint Stephen’s hosts USA FlipCon conference

Saint Stephen’s College hosted the first FlipCon conference in Australia with keynotes by international ‘flipped learning’ pioneers Aaron Sams and Jon Bergmann.

More than 200 local and interstate teachers attended FlipCon Australia 2015, desgined for emerging and established flipped learning educators.

College Director of eLearning, Peter West, says flipped learning uses current technology to blend with, and enhance, ‘traditional’ learning.

“It’s about keeping up with the latest useful changes in technology and using that technology to enhance teaching and learning, in both the classroom and at home. In essence it is technology-enhanced learning that helps prepare students for life in the modern world,” said Mr West.

“At Saint Stephen’s we are proud to be able to deliver rich learning experiences through ever-advancing technology. We have been acknowledged nationally and internationally as a frontrunner in blended learning, and hosting this conference was another feather in our cap. Some of our teaching staff are working with flipped learning already, and this has added to their knowledge and confidence.

“This was the first time the FlipCon conference has been held outside of the USA, and it was certainly an honor to be the host venue with such high profile keynote speakers.”

Mr West also presented at the conference, which included flipped learning workshops and a pre-conference ‘boot camp’ – an interactive introduction to flipped learning by experts Aaron Sams and Jon Bergmann.

Conference topics included: running a flipped classroom, technology and ‘how to’ tips, going beyond to deeper learning, subject networking and panel discussions.

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