Archive 2015

Looking ahead to Next Year - 2016
1st of December 2015
Welcome to all returning and new schools to IMPACT Projects 2016. Thanks for being involved in 'one of the most innovative, well conceptualised online initiatives in the world' Professor Finger, Griffith University. This year we welcome over 3500 students for Round One from over 200 Queensland primary and secondary schools.
If your school has not yet joined, there are limited places left for some projects and we will do our best to ensure you don't miss out.
Payments can be made right up until the end of February, but registrations need to be in ASAP, to ensure availability for your school with the limited places that we have left.
Click below to:
Register for IMPACT projects Round 1 2016 (Limited Places still available).( )( )( )( )
View payment options for Round 1 Projects.( )( )( )( )
View IMPACT Projects for Round 2, 2016.( )( )( )( )
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NAP-ICT Literacy Report Released
17th of November 2015
The Education Council, through ACARA, released the 2014 NAP–ICT Literacy Report( )( )( )( ) demonstrating a decline in student performance in the NAP–ICT Literacy proficiency standards.
In a Media Release ( )( )( )( )the Queensland Education Minister, the Hon Kate Jones MP stated:
“There is a risk that, as students increase their use of digital technology, assumptions will be made about their level of ICT expertise and knowledge . . . ICT literacy is vital for students to participate in a world that is dependent on these technologies. Students cannot reach the proficiency standard required in this assessment simply by using their own personal devices.”
IMPACT Projects provide a solution for schools in developing ICT Literacy for students. The IMPACT Project 2016 Series of; Booster, Unify and Transform, provide online learning modules that are both relevant and engaging to primary and secondary students. Students use technology to connect with like-minded students, teachers and inspiring university representatives regardless of their physical location. Students enjoy working, interacting, learning and collaborating in the online environment.
( )( )( )( )Registrations for IMPACT Projects 2016 are open until the 25th of November.
Click here for:
2016 IMPACT Primary Projects( )( )( )( )
2016 IMPACT Secondary Projects( )( )( )( )
Voice of Siri - Online Event Feedback

12th of November 2015
The Voice of Siri, Karen Jacobsen( )( )( )( ), logged in live from New York to share her story with over 550 IMPACT Project students from across Queensland. Read her Facebook entry about her experience (above). IMPACT Online Events are a unique and regular feature of our projects. They involve a live interview with a university or industry representative.
IMPACT Online Events 
2nd - 12th of November 2015 
Online Special Events running over the next two weeks.
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Special guest speakers include:
Special Guest: Associate Professor Jamie Seymour( )( )( )( ), James Cook University.
Projects: Green Zone & Marine Zone
Associate Professor Jamie Seymour or the “Jelly Dude from Nemo land” has been researching and working with venomous and dangerous animals for over 20 years with his present interest being “Why do animals have venom?
Date & Time: Monday 2nd of November, 1pm

Special Guest: Geni Newman( )( )( )( ), The Design Retailers Qld.
Projects: Design IT
Ms Geni Newman is a retail fit-out designer with The Retail Designers. She will be discussing her roles and experiences in creative designs and the design process.
Date & Time: Wednesday 4th of November, 1pm

Special Guest
: Richard Newsome( )( )( )( ), Author & Creative Writing PhD, UQ.
Projects: Just Write & Write On
Mr Richard Newsome is an Australian Author best known for his novel 'The Billionaire's Curse.' He is currently undertaking a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Queensland.
Date & Time: Thursday 5th of November, 1pm

Special Guest: Michael Jennings( )( )( )( ), School of Mathematics & Physics, UQ.
Projects: Shape Up & Solve IT
Mr Michael Jennings is an inspirational and dedicated teacher of mathematics at UQ. He is an active scholar of teaching and learning in mathematics, with an established track record of successful collaboration.
Date & Time: Monday 9th of November, 2pm

Special Guest: Karen Jacobsen( )( )( )( ), The Voice of Siri - Live from New York
Projects: Critical Thinking
Ms Karen Jacobsen is the voice of Siri in Australia. She will take us on a journey from her small town childhood near Australia’s Great Barrier Reef to becoming “The GPS Girl®” whose voice is in more than 400 million devices and smart phones.
Date & Time: Thursday 12th of November, 9am
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Registrations Now Open for 2016
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29th October 2015
Registrations for the 2016 IMPACT Projects are now open!
This includes the Booster, UNIFY and Transform series. 

1. Go to the projects page.
2. Choose primary or secondary projects.
3. View individual projects that interest you.
4. Register for 2016!
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NB: Schools have until Monday 30th November 2015 to register.

2016 IMPACT Projects - Registrations now open!

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IMPACT Breakfast Series
25th October 2015
The IMPACT Centre’s recent breakfast series was a huge success.
Over 180 educators from the primary, secondary and tertiary sectors attended the Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Toowoomba venues.
Online information sessions were also well attended, with representatives logging in from right across Queensland.
The forums provided an excellent opportunity for discussion of the IMPACT project and professional learning options available in 2016. Interest is very high!

Options for 2016 Breakfast and Online Series

October 2015
School leaders are invited to attend an IMPACT Centre breakfast( )( )( )( )( )( )( )( ) or( )( )( )( ) web conference in October.
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The session will help you find out more about the student projects and staff professional learning available to your school leaders and teachers in 2016.
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Breakfast Series
Venues include Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Toowoomba.

IMPACT Learning Framework October 2015

22nd- 23rd October 2015
Our next IMPACT Learning Framework two-day professional learning program is scheduled for:
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  • Thursday 22nd October – Gainsborough Greens Golf Course, Pimpama, Gold Coast
  • Friday 23rd October – IMPACT Centre, Coorparoo, Brisbane.
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To register or to find out more, contact Glen Watt on or 0467 789 321. NB: Places are limited.

IMPACT STEM Team - What a Start!

17th September 2015
The IMPACT Centre’s STEM Team launched their professional learning program in style recently at the Moreton Bay Environmental Education Centre.
The team is collaborating to inspire students via real-life STEM experiences and engage them in the study of STEM skills.
School leaders and key teachers benefit from expert professional learning that builds their capacity to teach STEM skills, create and share high quality digital resources and implement the IMPACT Learning Framework.
Our STEM Coordinator, Katie Ellard, is leading this initiative on behalf of the IMPACT Centre. Representatives come from Birkdale, Brightwater, Currumbin, Fairview Heights, Labrador, MacGregor, Thornlands and Victoria Point State Schools as well as Brisbane School of Distance Education.
Thanks to Katie Ellard, Glen Watt and Tim Roe (Moreton Bay Environmental Education Centre) for leading activities on the day.

Infinite Futures Conference

9th-11th of September 2015
Glen Watt from the IMPACT Centre and Lisa Newland from Sentis delivered a keynote address to school leaders from across Australia and New Zealand at the Infinite Futures Conference on Friday 11th September, 2015.
The audience were very receptive to the origins, success and intent of the IMPACT Learning Framework. They also enjoyed Glen’s “time-share auction”.
The conference was held at the Sofitel, Gold Coast and was a resounding success. Keynote speakers included:
•    George Negus – legendary journalist, author and television presenter
•    Dr Yong Zhao – Director, Institute for Global and Online Education in the College of Education, University of Oregon
•    Lisa Newland – Principal Consultant, Sentis
•    Glen Watt – Director, IMPACT Centre
•    Katrina Reynen – Director of Sing Tel/Optus and Skyline Education Foundation

IMPACT Event: Big Day Out 2015

The IMPACT Projects Big Day Out will be held at the University of Queensland, St Lucia Campus. It is scheduled for Term 3, Week 2, so save the date!
Further IMPACT Events featuring special guests from universities, industries and business are also scheduled for Term 3 UNIFY Projects. More details to come. Watch this space.
Right is a photo from Round One.
(Left to Right) Special Guest included; Paul Barclay (Journalist, ABC TV), Deb Brown (Associate Professor, UQ), Glen Watt (IMPACT Director), Calvin Normore (Distinguished Professor, UCLA)

IMPACT in Darwin

19th of May 2015
‘Just a quick email to say a big thank you for the presentation you gave to NTOEC’s Leadership Team re: the IMPACT Model.
You provided us with a fabulous overview of the model and its impact on BSDE as a whole school.  Staff were very impressed with your presentation both in terms of its content and the manner in which you delivered it.
Please also thank those staff who featured in the presentation, in particular the live presentations were very well received.’
(Principal NTOEC)

IMPACT Event: What's the Solution
30th of April 2015
IMPACT Event: What’s the Solution? – 30/4 @ 1.00pm
Special guests are:
1. Merrilyn Goos – Professor and Head of the School of Education, University of Queensland
2. Michael Jennings – Mathematics Researcher and Lecturer, University of Queensland
Solve IT project members are urged to attend this session. Just Write and Critical Thinking project members can also attend if keen. Why not?
• Date: Thursday 30th April
• Time: 1:00pm to 1:45pm
• Login Details: Click this link on the day or go to, search for Special Event and use the password impact.

IMPACT Event: What's the Big Idea?

28th of April, 2015
IMPACT Event: What’ the Big Idea? – 28/4 @ 1.00pmSpecial guests are:
1. Deborah Brown – Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Queensland
2. Paul Barclay – ABC journalist and host of Radio National’s Big Ideas program
3. Calvin Normore – Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, University of California, LA (UCLA).
Just Write and Critical Thinking project members are urged to attend this session. Solve IT project members can also attend if keen. Why not?
• Date: Tuesday 28th April
• Time: 1:00pm to 1:45pm
• Login Details - Click this link on the day to join the session or go to and search for Special Event. Use the password impact (lower case).

IMPACT Events Online

We are very excited to announce the details of our Round 1 Special Online Events!
These events aim to inspire and reward your project students. Expert guests from universities and industry log in to connect with project members via a live web conference.
The experts discuss their professional backgrounds, elaborate on the content of the relevant IMPACT Project and open minds to the pathways/possibilities associated with each project.
See below for details of each session. The expert guests will be interviewed by members of the IMPACT Projects Team and a few lucky project students will have a chance to “Ask the Expert!”
The events will coincide with lunchtime at most schools. Previous experience suggests that this maximizes student and staff attendance. If we conduct the session during school hours, then it can be hard for students to take leave from a scheduled class to participate in this event.
• Please ask the students to bring their lunch
• Book a room for the event e.g. library annexe, classroom/lab with projector or smartboard.
• Log in a few minutes early, then watch via a projector in a group or login to computers.
Please ask class teachers to support attendance. They can include students who are not associated with the project if this makes it easier e.g. watch with a whole class group instead of only project students.

New Round 2 Project Released: Media Factory

The Media Factory Project provides students with the opportunity to develop their production design, practice and critiquing skills by exploring the use visual language in our society.
Media Factory is a Unify Project for students in Year 4‐5‐6 and is available in Rounds 2 and 3 in 2015. Schools can include students from one year level of form a composite group.

Online Information Sessions

We are offering three online information sessions to schools interested in joining Round 2.
These sessions are repeated, so only come to one session at a time that suits you.
These sessions provide you with an outline of what’s on offer and explain the benefits of joining, investment options and other important details. You can also ask specific questions etc.
Session 1 - Wednesday 29th April
• Time: 3:15pm to 3:45pm
• Click this link on the day – Wednesday 29th
• Enter any details asked for e.g. your email address – plus the password impact (lower case) – then click Log In and wait for the session to load – usually 1-2 minutes
Session 2 – Thursday 30th April
• Time: 3:15pm to 3:45pm
• Click this link on the day – Thursday 30th
• Enter any details asked for e.g. your email address – plus the password impact (lower case) – then click Log In and wait for the session to load – usually 1-2 minutes
Session 3 – Monday 4th May
• Time: 3:15pm to 3:45pm
• Click this link on the day – Monday 4th
• Enter any details asked for e.g. your email address – plus the password impact (lower case) – then click Log In and wait for the session to load – usually 1-2 minutes.

IMPACT Stories

“We offer our students a wide variety of high quality programs. The IMPACT Projects add another layer and are highly regarded by our school community.”
Mark Breckenridge - Principal, Ferny Grove State High School

Register for Round 2

May 2015
IMPACT Projects Round 2 registration is now open. You can commit to a project or simply register your interest. Round Two begins in May 2015 and places are limited.
We look forward to welcoming you for Round Two.
Find out more details on our Projects Register for Round 2 page.

IMPACT Stories

IMPACT Project fans from Edge Hill State School: Jack Veitch, Rafael Grant, Ngari Abbott (supervisor), Yazmin Morwood and Lian Walsh.
Proving that distance is no barrier, Edge Hill State School ensures that their students continue to access the expertise of the IMPACT Project Team.
Jennifer Angus, the school writing coordinator commented on Just Write: “Our project students are getting very confident. I like that the students are explicitly taught the key criteria for good writing. Our group plans to co-write an article about IMPACT for the Cairns Post newspaper!”
Ngari Abbott, Master Teacher/Numeracy Coach at the school added: “I am very impressed with Solve IT! The problem-solving activities really add value to what is being taught in the classroom. The online delivery and interaction brings another dimension to student learning.
“We have signed up for Critical Thinking and Creative Writing in Round 2. I am so glad our Principal has signed us up for the rest of the year!”

Projects welcome 250+ schools for 2015

Thank you and welcome to all our IMPACT Project Schools for 2015. Over 250 schools in the state of Queensland have signed on for round one projects in 2015.
We have schools logging in as far north as Cape York and south to Coolangatta. We have schools logging in from as far east as Dunwich to as far west as Birdsville.
Projects are being continually up-dated for round two, be sure to register to secure your schools place. Also if you would like to provide us with future ideas for development of a project specific to your school or are interested in further information about IMPACT PD for your staff or just want to drop us a line hit the contact page. We’d love to hear from you.
Thanks again, enjoy the upcoming school holidays and we look forward to working with you and connecting you through IMPACT Projects 2015.
Last updated
19 February 2016