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05 Aug

AI: Opportunities for Educators

Explore the opportunities for Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the classroom and understand its implications. Develop your understanding of how it can be used safely in schools to create engaging and meaningful learning experiences.
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Next intake
05 Aug
1 day
Assistant principal
+ 3 more
Face to face
Fully Subsidised
AI: Opportunities for Educators
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    This workshop will focus on generative AI tools and resources, and how they can be used responsibly to enhance teaching and learning. 

    Throughout the workshop you will have the opportunity to:

    • discover the AI tools currently available
    • explore how AI tools work and how to use them effectively
    • learn how you can start incorporating AI into your practice to save time and enhance student learning and engagement.

    Learn how to create tiered lesson plans, generate creative content, such as visually engaging images, and adjust lessons to suit differentiated learning needs.

    You will also receive guidance on current best-practice approaches to this emerging and rapidly changing technology. Learn the safeguards that you can put in place to protect student data and ensure you are meeting your duty of care obligations, in line with the Australian Framework for Generative AI in Schools. 

    Participating schools will also have the opportunity to further the learning with their students at Ecolinc or Ballarat Tech School who are offering an AI Design Challenge for Students.


    Recommended for Victorian Government school teachers and school leaders who want to learn about the latest AI tools and resources to support and enhance learning and teaching.


    Leon Furze cancellation

    Due to unforeseen circumstances, our original facilitator, Leon Furze is unable to run this program. Our Academy Master Teachers in Residence, Rachael Patrick, Brendan Jackson and Paul McAloon will now facilitate the session.

    Rachael Patrick - new facilitator

    Rachael Patrick is a seasoned teacher and educational leader, specialising in the Humanities and STEM education through a Geography lens. As a 2023 ‘The Educator Hotlist’ winner and currently the ‘Master Teacher in Residence (the Humanities)’ at the Victorian Academy of Teaching and Leadership, Rachael is dedicated to advancing evidence-informed practice in schools and bespoke curriculum design. Passionate about supporting teacher growth and development, she strives to empower educators with the skills and knowledge needed to enhance student learning experiences. She is committed to educational excellence and continually explores innovative approaches that benefit both teachers and students alike.

    Brendan Jackson - new facilitator

    Brendan Jackson is the Master Teacher in Residence for Health & Physical Education in 2024, having completed a Doctor of Education focusing on the applicability of feedback and metacognition in a professional sporting environment. Brendan has over ten years of experience in secondary school education, including leading the development of STEM education programs within schools, and has held various positions of leadership, including as a Learning Area Leader, Learning & Teaching Leader and Deputy Principal (Acting). Brendan's work in the STEM space has resulted in leading STEM professional development programs for teachers across the state, facilitation of STEM Innovation Programs for the Melbourne Archdiocese of Catholic Schools and, the development of school-based partnerships with the Australian Space Agency and NASA through the Growing Beyond Earth Program. Brendan has experience in leading teachers and education staff to develop skills with AI and explore safe and ethical implementation of AI tools in schools.

    Paul McAloon - new facilitator

    Paul McAloon is a Mathematics Master Teacher in Residence at the Victorian Academy of Teaching and Leadership, where he works in the Teaching Excellence Program. With extensive experience in upper primary education and tertiary studies in STEM education, Paul is dedicated to ensuring equitable access to evidence-based and contemporary research for regional and rural teachers across Victoria. He has a keen interest in emerging tools and resources, including generative AI, to support teaching and learning in the classroom. 

    Structure of program


    • Intake 1: Primary School focus 
      Monday 5 August 2024, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm.
    • Intake 2: Secondary School focus 
      Tuesday 6 August 2024, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm.


    Victorian Academy of Teaching and Leadership, Ballarat 
    36 Camp Street, Ballarat  

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    Learning outcomes

    On completing this workshop, you will be able to:  

    • define AI and explain how it works  
    • understand how Generative AI (GenAI) can enhance teaching and learning  
    • discover the AI tools currently available, and how you can best use them effectively in the classroom
    • understand the safety and privacy implications of AI, and how to safely incorporate it into your practice. 

    Fees and financial support

    Fully subsidised by the Department of Education for Victorian government school participants.

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