Thank you to all of those who attended our state based workshops. For those of you who are not aware, in early March we held these workshops to find out what it was that our users wanted from an analytics platform for teaching and learning. The particular focus was on making data available to classroom teachers in a meaningful way.

It was encouraging to meet with around 80+ teachers and to see the level of engagement and commitment among the teachers that Jenny Tehvand (SRM Vic, NSW, Tas) and I met. Your input gave us a strong indication of the requirements across the nation and we want to say thank you for taking the time to contribute to this project.

On March 19 and 20, 11 teachers from around Australia gathered at Joondalup Resort to work through the information collated from the State Workshops and to work up some practical suggestions for SEQTA to develop. The two days culminated in a Shark Tank where participants had to sell their new ideas to the group. The group is currently voting on these ideas and SEQTA will look at developing these over the next 18 months.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the fantastic people who gave up two days to attend the Focus Group – this was an awesome group of outstanding educators and we look forward to working with them as we continue to develop the SIATL features:

Liz Criddle (St Stephen’s School -WA)
John Foley (St Michael’s College – SA)
Kerri Harrigan (St Mary’s College – NSW)
Jeremy Hetebry (Presbyterian Ladies’ College – WA)
Kevin Kendell (Carey Baptist College – WA)
Selina Kinne (Dominic College – TAS)
Faith Lee (Santa Maria College – WA)
Matthew O’Brien (Brisbane Boys’ College – QLD)
Tim O’Leary (Wesley College – VIC)
Maria Outtrim (Catholic Education Office WA)
David Wood (Catholic Education Office – WA)

As a side note, three of our Focus Group attendees will be speaking at the upcoming ACER Excellence in Professional Practice Conference to be held in Sydney in May this year.

Matt O’Brien will be speaking on “Getting data to teachers to change teaching programs – a schools journey”

Tim O’Leary on “From hindsight to foresight: Investigating data strategies to improve student learning” and

Liz Criddle will present “Kaleidoscope landscape: Reframing our approach to teacher growth and development”

The SEQTA community is very fortunate to have these individuals contributing to the Teaching and Learning Analytics dialogue.

Grant Grosser
Director, Product and Business Development