Program overview

Please see below the 2017 Live Wires Forum program overview:

Day 1: Friday 24 November 2017

Time Session
9.00 am–10.00 am Registration and tea/coffee
10.00 am–10.10 am Welcome to Country
10.10 am–10.15 am Welcome and overview, Samantha Page
10.15 am–11.05 am International Keynote:  Professor Lydia Plowman, The University of Edinburgh

Seven myths of young children and digital technology: where we are in 2017

11.05 am–11.15 am Keynote Q&A
11.15 am–11.45 am Morning tea
11.45 am–12.25 pm Australian Keynote: Professor Leon Straker, Curtin University
The challenge of maintaining physical health and creating digital literacy in young children
12.25 pm–12.30 pm Keynote Q&A
12.30 pm–1.15 pm Panel: Digital innovations in early education—current and future directions, facilitated  by Clare McHugh 

1.15 pm–2.00 pm Lunch
2.00 pm–2.45 pm Spatial reasoning and STEM for early years

The new Australian 24-hour Movement Guidelines for the Early Years (Birth to 5 Years)

Tech play room

Tech, curriculum and STEM

2.45 pm–2.50 pm Break—room change opportunity
2.50 pm–3.35 pm Online before they can read—the new challenge of digital literacy and safety for children

Towards a ‘Digital Technology Statement—what does the literature and early childhood sector say?

Tech play room

Tech, curriculum and STEM

3.35 pm–4.05 pm Afternoon tea
4.05 pm–5.05 pm Panel: Ethical dilemmas created by how we use digital technology in early education, facilitated by Catharine Hydon

5.05 pm–5.15 pm Closing remarks, Samantha Page
5.15 pm Close of Day 1
5.30 pm–6.30 pm Networking drinks

Day 2: Saturday 25 November 2017 

Time Session
8.00 am–8.30 am Arrival and tea/coffee
8.30 am–8.35 am Welcome and summary, Samantha Page
8.35 am–9.20 am Australian Keynote: Celeste Carnegie, University of Technology
Sharing knowledge/empowering communities: STEAM education and the power of culture and technology
9.20 am–10.00 am Australian Keynote: Professor Susan Edwards, Learning Sciences Institute of Australia (LSIA), Australian Catholic University

Growing up digital: popular culture and the digital media in early childhood

10.00 am–10.10 am Keynote Q&A, facilitated by Samantha Page
10.10 am–10.40 am Morning tea
10.40 am–11.25 am Teaching languages—Early Learning Languages Australia (ELLA)

Engaging young girls and women in technology

Tech play room
Tech, literacy and art making space

11.25 am–11.30 am Break—room change opportunity
11.30 am–12.15 pm What are parents asking about?

Smiling Mind consultation session: Teaching mindfulness in the early years

Tech play room
Tech, literacy and art making space

12.15 pm–1.00 pm Lunch
1.00 pm–1.45 pm Early years coding and STEM—resources and programs from Museums Victoria

  • Jonathan Shearer
  • Catherine Way
Navigating the new world of technology in the lives of toddlers and young children

  • Dr Jordy Kaufman
Tech play room
Tech, literacy and art making space

1.45 pm–1.50 pm Break—room change opportunity
1.50 pm–2.50 pm Panel: Where to from here? Towards a statement on young children and digital technology, facilitated by Samantha Page

2.50 pm–3.15 pm Final remarks and closing address, Samantha Page
3.15 pm  Close of Day 2 and the 2017 ECA Live Wires Forum

Please note: changes to the program can be made at any point at discretion of the conference organisers.