Learning, Literature and Literacies

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2nd to 5th October 2007

Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide, Australia

Keynote Speakers

The Conference Organising Committee is pleased to announce that the following speakers have been invited to present as keynotes at the ASLA XX Conference. More information about the keynote speakers will be provided as the information becomes available.

Opening Address - Wednesday, 3rd October 2007

Howard Rheingold Howard Rheingold
Howard Rheingold is one of the world's foremost authorities on the social implications of technology. He observes and writes about emerging trends in computing, communications, and culture. His 2002 book, Smart mobs: The next social revolution, was widely acclaimed as a prescient forecast of the always-on era.

Podcast of Howard Rheingold's keynote presentation.

SCIS Oration - Thursday, 4th October 2007

Dr Karen Brooks  Dr Karen Brooks, Senior Lecturer, Communication and Cultural Studies, University of the Sunshine Coast.

Karen is also a columnist for the Courier Mail, an award-winning feature writer for various national publications, a media commentator on national TV and radio as well as a member of ABC's Einstein Factor's Brains Trust. She has also written five novels for young adults, a non-fiction book entitled Sexy Tots, Savvy Tweens and Tortured Teens: the Disappearing Culture of Childhood (out soon), and a crossover fantasy trilogy entitled, The Candle Maker's Apprentice.

Inaugural Dr Laurel Anne Clyde Memorial Address - Friday, 5th October 2007

John Connell  John Connell, Education Business Development Manager, Cisco's Emerging Markets theatre.

John was previously Director of the Scottish Schools Digital Network (SSDN), an ambitious program of development in ICT for Scottish education. SSDN (now known as Glow) is a $100M+ program that brings together a national broadband interconnect, a national content delivery infrastructure and a national software platform for teaching and learning. John started his career as a primary teacher, and has been, at various times, a head teacher, a local authority education official, a national policy analyst with the Scottish Executive, and a Learning Futures Strategist with Learning and Teaching Scotland.

Title: Education and transformation for the 21st Century
Education is the key to national transformation and, indeed, global transformation. The conjunction of education and the emerging digital technologies has generated a small number of transformational themes that seem to occur and recur as learning is re-shaped across the world. Amongst the themes are: collaboration, engagement, leadership, partnership, empowerment, sustainability. This session will take a critical look at these recurring themes and their central role in re-drawing education for the 21st Century.

Guest Speakers

The Conference Organising Committee is pleased to announce that the following speakers have been invited to present at the ASLA XX Conference. More information about the guest speakers will be provided as the information becomes available.

Stephen Abram  Stephen Abram, MLS, is the President-elect of SLA, the past-President of the Canadian Library Association, Vice-President Innovation for SirsiDynix and Chief Strategist for the SirsiDynix Institute. He has been VP of Corporate Development for Micromedia ProQuest and Publisher Electronic Information for Thomson. He ran libraries for Suncor, Coopers & Lybrand, Smith Lyons Torrance Stevenson and Mayer and Hay Group. Stephen has been listed by Library Journal as one of their first "mover and shakers", the 'key' people influencing the future of libraries and librarianship. He has been awarded SLA's John Cotton Dana Award as well as being a Fellow of the SLA. He was Canadian Special Librarian of the Year and Alumni of the Year for the Faculty of Information Studies at the University of Toronto. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Information Studies. He was President 2002 of the Ontario Library Association as well as sitting on the SLA Board of Directors as Director and Secretary. He gives over 90 international keynote talks annually to library and information industry conferences and writes articles and columns for Information Outlook, Feliciter, Access, Multimedia & Internet @ Schools, and Library Journal.

Session title: Building a better learner
The kids are alright. This is an amazing generation and we are challenged with developing them into the learners they will need to be for the world they will encounter. How do we combine the classroom experience and the multitude of resources available for homework and learning? What is proven to improve student scores on standardised tests? Are this generation's behaviours really different? How? Stephen will share the experiences and research undertaken to understand the new learner. He will put this into the context of the changes that are happening in the world that will persist into their adulthood and higher education and workplaces. RSS, YouTube, Blogs, Wikis, Bebo, Facebook, MySpace, and more!

Jennie Bales Jennie Bales is the teacher librarian at Lilydale District High School in Tasmania with experience as a Senior Education Officer for the ICT Professional Learning, Curriculum Project Officer, lecturer in teacher librarianship, and doctorial research student. Jennie was named the Australian Teacher Librarian of the Year (2005) and received the IASL/Softlink Excellence Award (2006).

Session title: Student voice, choice and responsibility in a socially networked online world.
The rapidly increasing availability of Web 2.0 tools provide young people today with the means to participate in shared network experiences that support a live web presence and previously unforeseen opportunities for social engagement. This session considers the role of educators in addressing the use of such tools in the school context. The opportunities for students to present their own voices in a virtual world and to elicit comment and feedback is exciting, challenging but at times potentially threatening. Students need sufficient experience and understanding to make wise choices in their social engagements, to use the built in safety mechanisms of many of these tools and to develop an ethical and responsible approach to their socially networked experiences.

Lyn Hay Lyn Hay is a lecturer in the School of Information Studies at Charles Sturt University.
Lyn began her career as a teacher librarian in the mid-1980's before moving into academic life at Charles Sturt University. Lyn's teaching, research and writing has focused on the role of the teacher librarian in supporting student learning and principal support; the effective use of technologies in schools; online communities and workgroups; and information policy in schools. She is also the recipient of a number of professional awards including the ASLA (NSW) John Hirst Award and the IASL/SIRS Commendation Award.

Session title: School libraries as flexible and dynamic learning laboratories...are we there yet?
In 2004 just over 7000 students and teachers from 46 public schools across the states of Queensland and Victoria completed an online survey as part of the Student Learning Through Australian School Libraries' project. In this address, Lyn presents some key findings from her research, shares with the audience what students from Years 5 through to Year 12 had to say about how the school library has supported their learning, and explores the challenges ahead for the teacher librarianship profession in meeting the needs of digital kids both at school and beyond.

Cushla Kapitzke Dr Cushla Kapitszke is Associate Professor, Faculty of Education at Queensland University of Technology.

Cushla has published four books and numerous book chapters and journal articles. Her current research interests include the impact of globalisation on digital literacies, and the claims of intellectual property regimes on the literacies of young people.

Session title: Critical copyright literacy: Countering conventional rationalities for governing creativity
Two notable social developments characterising the last decade are an upsurge in cultural participation enabled by Web 2.0 media and calls in government policy for enhanced innovation through education. Paradoxically, this has occurred alongside increasingly restrictive access to cultural resources through changes to national copyright law. Concepts from governmentality theory are used here to explain this paradox. In particular, Foucault's critique of the author figure and of the promotion of 'freedom' as being part of the 'will to govern' within liberal democratic societies is used to argue for a critical copyright literacy.

John Raiti John Raiti is the ICT Curriculum Support Coordinator at Marist College, Ashgrove, Brisbane.

John is responsible for the design and delivery of a professional program at the College. John's specific brief is to assist all teachers in Years 5 - 12 with integrating technology into classroom practice. In 2007 he is delivering a series of ICT conference presentations and workshops for the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) in Queensland.

Session title: A new frontier: Web 2.0 = School 2.0
The emergence of an internet and digital culture is having a deep impact on schooling in that teachers are re-conceptualising notions of curriculum and are re-thinking pedagogies. This presentation will explore the challenges faced by schools in re-defining a new paradigm of learning and suggests some ways of how Web 2.0 technologies and new literacies can be integrated into teaching practices.


The Conference Organising Committee is pleased to announce that the following authors have been invited to present at the ASLA XX Conference. More information about the guest authors will be provided as the information becomes available.

Mem Fox Mem Fox is Australia's most highly regarded picture book author. She is an influential international consultant in literacy.

Libby Gleeson Libby Gleeson is a multi-award winning and popular author for children and younger adolescents. She writes just as successfully for older readers as for the youngest, from Bananas in Pyjamas to texts for literary educators.

Susanne Gervay Susanne Gervay is the author of That's Why I Wrote This Song.

Susanne Gervay is an award-winning author who combines writing with her background in educational psychology to create literature that goes to the heart of youth culture today. Her I Am Jack has become a rite-of-passage book on school bullying while Butterflies is defining literature on disability. Her books are endorsed by organisations including Life Education Australia, The Children's Hospital Westmead, National Coalition Against Bullying.

Session title: Rock music & literature: That's Why I Wrote This Song
Susanne will discuss the innovative integration of creative mediums, integrating music and technology in her new YA novel, That's Why I Wrote This Song. The lyrics and music were written by her teenage daughter, Tory Gervay. Realistic young adult books can be especially powerful and relevant, as they explore the search for identity that is integral to youth. Catcher in the Rye is regarded as defining, giving birth to the YA genre. Influential YA books are often cutting edge, breaking taboos and moving into new areas. In that tradition, youth rock music is integrated into That's Why I Wrote This Song, a cutting edge ne YA book. Susanne Gervay wrote the story. Tory, her teenage daughter, wrote the lyrics and music in this journey of four sixteen-seventeen year old girls and their relationships with their fathers - the good, the bad and the ugly - and how that impacts on their relationship with boys, each other and their lives, set against the rock music scene. Tory sings her songs which can be freely downloaded from the web.

Rosanne Hawke Rosanne Hawke is one of South Australia's favourite authors. Rosanne is a writer, teacher, writing workshop facilitator, and story teller. Somehow she found time to write stories like Soraya the Storyteller and Wolfchild in between working in the Middle East and Pakistan, teaching ESL, bringing up kids and completing a PhD in Creative Writing.

Karen Tayleur Karen Tayleur - Chocoholic, karaoke queen, editor, mother of two and author extraordinaire, Karen writes humourous stories about the important things in life like lies, excuses, the truth, secrets, promises, manners and netball.

Carole Wilkinson Carole Wilkinson - A Port Adelaide girl, now Dragon woman, author of the popular Dragonkeeper trilogy, Carole has written 30 books, short stories, a telemovie and TV and planetarium scripts.

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