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Diversity and innovation spark national interest in agricultural education conference.

  • By: Farm Tender "Prime"
  • Dec 14, 2017

Educators and industry stakeholders from across Australia and overseas are converging in Launceston during January 2018 to attend the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) Conference.

Hosted by the Tasmanian Agricultural Education Network (TAEN) the conference will highlight the vast array of opportunities to incorporate an agricultural perspective in classrooms across the country.

The conference is celebrating ‘Diversity and innovation in agriculture and education’, with a range of engaging local and international speakers, workshops, exciting industry tours and valuable networking opportunities.

According to TAEN President John Lehman, participants will be exposed to a myriad of ways schools and industry can incorporate agriculture in the classroom for every age group.

“Every child (and every teacher) in every classroom has an intimate relationship with agriculture through the food they eat, the clothes they wear and the pharmaceuticals they use,” he said.

“Recent developments in technology offer an unparalleled opportunity to showcase the production and processing systems and the career pathways on offer in this exciting, diverse and innovative sector.”

Keynote speaker Tim Gentle, Think Digital, will kick off the conference, inspiring teachers to adopt digital technologies in the classroom, including 360-degree photo and video, virtual reality and augmented reality, to create new learning environments while bring ag to the classroom.

Industry panel discussions
On the second day of the conference ABC rural reporter Laurissa Smith will lead a panel discussion with industry innovators Jane Bennett (TasFoods), Stephen Creese (Creese NorthEast), Anthony Crawford (DoE) and Joanna Jones (UTAS). The panel will share their views on the future of agriculture and the role education can play to encourage the next generation of the ...
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