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ACCE 2016 Study Tour to the USA and ISTE
Following the success of previous tours (2008-2015), the Australian Council for Computers in Education (ACCE) is pleased to announce the 2016 study tour, including school, authority & industry visits culminating in attendance at the ISTE 2016 Conference in Denver.
A full report on the 2015 tour is in the ACCE journal, and the expressions of interest form is at the bottom of this page, but have a read first!
The 2015 crew outside one of ICT's icons, the Google mothership in Mountain View
Martin Levins will provide the educational and organisational leadership for the tour group, equally suited to academics, school leaders, teachers from all sectors and IT staff. Martin is a teacher and learner, ACCE board member, Vice President of ICTENSW, author and presenter.
The study tour is an opportunity to be part of an international delegation to the USA to:
- Share innovative and high quality practice in teaching and learning with and through technology
- Network with internationally recognised practitioners and leaders who use ICT in Education
- Network with education colleagues from around Australia
- Visit significant corporate ACCE partners
- Attend and / or present at the ISTE Conference, one of the largest education conferences in the USA. Be treated as a VIP at the major events such as given preferred seating at Keynotes
Study Tour Details
Depart Sydney, Australia Friday June 10, 2016
Depart USA June 28, 2016 (arrive Australia June 30, 2016)
- Silicon Valley
- New York City
ISTE 2016 Conference is at our final stop in Denver, June 25 - June 27, 2016.
Twin Share is approximately AUD9000 (foreign exchange rate dependent) and single room accommodation is available at added expense.
You can extend your stay post study tour however be aware that you will be required to depart for Australia from the same destination as the study tour group.
Additional individual costs (not included in Study Tour payment):
- Travel to Sydney international airport
- Travel insurance (compulsory for study tour participation)
- Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) application for USA
- Checked in luggage on North American domestic flights ($20-$25 per item) which is paid directly to the airline at time of departure. (Depending on your ticket type, this may be waived)
- Meals & drinks
- Free day activities
International flights will be provided by Qantas.
Contact: Martin Levins (firstname.lastname@example.org) Tour Leader
"The ACCE 2015 US study tour was a marvellous professional experience. The company of passionate and vibrant educators, along with the itinerary of varied, thought-provoking and stimulating visits and meetings combined to make this an enjoyable, stimulating and exciting professional learning experience.
The trip has given me an insight into the nature of the US education system, and confirmed for me some of the pros and cons of the Australian system/s. I particularly appreciated the chance to hear from education leaders and practitioners about the Maker Movement, and from educators and future thinkers about ways to foster innovation and design thinking. Other areas of personal interest included the place of testing and its potential ramifications, ways to address the shortage of girls and women in STEM, and ways to develop students as globally-oriented problem solvers.
Altogether, a very rich and rewarding learning experience."
Philippa Clymo, AST and Year 5/6 teacher, Waimea Heights Primary School, Hobart
"For me, the ACCE study tour provided me with a very intense, and memorable cultural immersion experience. One that enabled us to share and compare the modus operandi of the Australian and US K-12 education systems through the eyes of nine passionate education, and education ICT practitioners. The itinerary for the tour provided a well rounded, and purposeful contrast of the influences that surround K-12 education within the US. In addition, it provided us with an opportunity to understand the diverse and innovative players that have arisen as a result of the STEM focus, both within the US and the broader globalised education sector. As an education ICT practitioner, I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to focus on the pedagogical side of ICT and better align myself with the education lexicon. Gosh, I now even use the terms formative and summative in my daily vocabulary! Who would have thought?! The most important take for me however was that we should be holding our heads high and acknowledging the fact that we are doing things well here in Australia."
Ian Gregory, CENET
“For me, the ACCE Study Tour was a career changing experience.”
Anthony Speranza, Senior Teaching & Learning Leader, St Mark’s Primary School, Melbourne
"The industry visits were exciting, invigorating and created their own brand of enthusiasm for our role as educators into the future. The intense focus was on the importance of education and how support of teachers is one of the most important catalysts for the changes needed to help our learners become as successful as possible. Future developments and projections for technology in our lives over the next 10 years were nothing short of amazing.”
Jacquie Bourne, Facilitator of Digital Learning, Launceston Church Grammar School
“I highly recommend the ACCE Study Tour, it was truly the best professional learning opportunity I've ever encountered and I cannot wait to go again.”
Claire Ross, Teaching and Learning Consultant, Promethean
Expression of Interest Form
There is no obligation in filling in and submitting this form. The purpose is for ACCE Board members to gauge participation interest in this tour.