Colleagues from across the disciplines in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences supported funding some innovative pitches in +RAMP projects earlier this year. One project funded a team from the School of International Studies and Education to conduct an external engagement event led by Jane Hunter with Katherine Bates and Rick Flowers.

Title: The Future Starts Now

Thursday 24th Oct, 4.00 to 6.30pm

Venue: LX Lab, UTS (Harris St, Ultimo)

Networking drinks and eats all part of the fun.

The event is a NSW TeachMeet but this time a meet with a difference. The NSW chapter advises:

TeachMeets are not keynotes. They are not lengthy workshops. They are gatherings of people with little to no time to deliver and participate in quick, informal presentations. The intent of TeachMeets is to begin a conversation. The networking breaks are as important as the talks … teacher professional development by teachers for teachers.

TeachMeets started in 2006 in Scotland when a group of teachers met in a pub and found themselves exchanging ideas and news. It was a rich learning experience. Two teachers got together and instigated more but with a highly structured format. There should be about ten presenters who are kept on a strict time-leash of either two, five or seven minutes.

Each year in Australia there are hundreds of TeachMeets held after school finishes and many universities involve preservice teachers in teacher education programs in their organisation and participation. At the first UTS TeachMeet Jane Hunter and Simon Harper from Killara High School have brought together a dynamic group of academics and teachers in schools. See program details at

The theme of this TeachMeet is focused on using Futures Scenarios and gamification in teaching and learning for primary, secondary, and tertiary education settings – it includes steps into AI, machine learning and data ethics. Presenters will share how they have been using game-based learning, AI and data with young people in schools and universities, included in this event is an opportunity for all participants to engage with SEVEN interesting scenarios to provoke futures thinking.

As a team from the School of International Studies and Education they are interested in technology and learning but primarily it is about pedagogy. This arises from Jane Hunter’s body of work in High Possibility Classrooms, Katherine Bate’s teaching and research about multimodal literacies, and Rick Flowers teaching and research in new media and social change.

If you haven’t registered, the event is almost at capacity, hope to see you – last tickets here.

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