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The traditional model of schooling is radically changing to be relevant in the contemporary world. Innovative learning environments and experiential methods of teaching, guided by change positive educators, will allow students to richly develop needed contemporary soft skills. 

HundrED, partnered with Ambassador Derek Bartels from Lutheran Education Queensland and St Peters Lutheran College, to facilitate presentations from innovators locally and around the world. Prior to the event St Peters students discussed their engagingand innovative projects with delegates. 

Student projects include:

Chapter One: Students empowering students (Senior School)

Chapter One focuses on mental health and wellbeing in the St Peters Lutheran College community. This student led group works on increasing experiences of PERMA (Positive emotion, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning, Achievement) within the college. They aim to empower students to pro-actively look after their mental health and wellbeing. 

The Boardroom: Students as entrepreneurs (Senior School)

The Boardroom meets once a week to discuss all things business and entrepreneurship. Students are encouraged to take an ‘Idea!’ and turn it into something real.

Museum of Migration (Year 6): Students teach students

Year 6 students at St Peters Lutheran College Indooroopilly create their own mini-museums that each capture a unique story about migration to Australia. They are challenged to extend themselves in a digital environment and engage with professional ‘storytelling’, a skill that is increasingly in demand in workplaces.

Ethi-COOL Pitch Project (Year 7): Students working together

Year 7 students work in small groups to identify and deconstruct an ethical issue. Following investigation in their area of need, students design and pitch a technological product as a solution to their problem. Activities are based on the ‘Be Future Ready’ Framework to help students develop understanding of key skills when working in groups.

Enhancing innovation

During the conference presenters shared examples of how their innovation enhances contemporary learning and supports the rich development of contemporary soft skills. There was a series of eight presentations at the event, four by local Australian educators/innovators and four by global innovators recognised by HundrED. 

Jonathan Nalder (Teacher — St Peters Indooroopilly) discussed the future of innovation, Future We. Timothy Barraud, the Deputy Head of Indooroopilly State High School, focused on innovation, Gen[In].  Marc Tidd (Teacher — Lutheran Education Queensland) presented his innovation Money Matters.  Dr Jenine Beekhuyzen presented the successful innovation in learning, Tech Girls Movement

Global presenters also attended — MeeTwo from the UK, Shadow a Student and CommunityShare from the USA and Hands on Learning from Australia.