The 2008 FNO Sydney Seminar
Thursday, 11 September

Join Jamie McKenzie
at the Radisson Hotel & Suites

72 Liverpool Street
Sydney NSW 2029

Designing Great Digital Lessons

How can we create lessons that take advantage of rich digital resources while challenging our students to wrestle with difficult questions and issues?

This seminar is aimed at Year 3 on up, though some teachers of younger students might also be able to modify what they learn for their students. The lesson building strategies work especially well for any students capable of reading, right up to and including university students.

Participants will bring their own wireless laptops as many of the activities will be hands-on.

Wireless connections will be available for half the participants, so you are urged to come with a partner and to bring flash drives.


Detailed outline below.

You can register and pay on line for this conference at
Bring your wireless equipped laptop as many activities will involve use of online resources and participants will be asked to work in pairs or trios sharing laptops.

Schedule of Events

Most participants will leave with five new lessons created by the end of the day.

8:30 AM  - 9:00 AM
Coffee, Tea and Registration

9:00 AM  -  10:15 PM 
The NoTime Slam Dunk Digital Lesson

Learn how to construct highly demanding lessons in no time at all, combining challenging questions with fertile digital resources. These brief 30-40 minute lessons are meant to slide comfortably into existing units of study where they enhance learning. They are designed to match the busy work life of teachers, allowing lesson development on a Tuesday night for Wednesday morning.

10:15 - 10:45
Morning Tea

10:45 - 12:30
The NoTime Slam Dunk Digital Lesson
Creation of Visual Slam Dunk Digital Lessons

Participants will build lessons using paintings, photographs and other visual images requiring interpretation, analysis, synthesis and inference.

12:30  -  1:30 PM
A hot buffet lunch will be served.

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM The NoTime Slam Dunk Digital Lesson
Creation of Numerical and Text Based Slam Dunk Digital Lessons

Participants will build lessons using data sets, statistics and text sources such as news articles, poetry and literature.


Full Conference - $ 200.00 USD

Payment is by credit card at

A note on cost: This seminar being held in a hotel, there are extra charges for wireless connections and the very good food that is served, all of which has driven up registration costs.

Registration cost includes GST and a tax invoice will be emailed to all after payment equating payment to AUD.