My name is Leonie McIlvenny and I have been an educator for 35+ years. Initially a primary school teacher, then teacher librarian I have taught in both primary and secondary schools in the public and private sector in Western Australia.
During my career I have been a curriculum consultant, online course developer, library consultant and ICT Project Manager for the Western Australian Education Department.
I have been involved in a number of innovative programs including the ASP Infrastructure Trial for the Department of Education (WA) and Teaching Teachers for The Future (a federally funded research project involving universities from around Australia). As well as being an independent consultant I am also part of the team at Next Learning.
Inquiry Learning has always been central to the work I do and with the introduction of digital technologies as a platform and mechanism for transformational learning I have focused my efforts in the past few years on exploring the affordances of a range of technologies to disrupt and challenge the way we deliver curriculum and inspire children to become self-directed learners. Many of my websites reflect that premise. Developing digital resources to support teachers and students has also been a key focus for the past 8 years. Details of these projects can be found in my resume. Examples of online resources I have developed include:
* Studyvibe, a website dedicated to supporting students with their research and study skills.
* The Research Safari (designed for middle school students to develop their information literacy competencies)
* The Knowledge Compass
* Inquiring About the World (an online scientific inquiry unit that is part of the Bachelor of Education Course at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia.
* The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Project (which explored how the UN SDGs can be used to develop an integrated unit of work that helps develop key transversal competencies).
The The Professional Teaching Portfolio Challenge (formerly the AITSL for TLs Challenge) which support teachers to develop a professional teaching portfolio that addresses the Australian Teaching Standards.
My current interests are based on the use of open badges to help credential and capture evidence of the acquisition of 'transversal competencies' and using the UN Sustainable Development Goals as an authentic context for an integrated approach to learning.