About the Seminar
The development of ethical understanding skills has been identified by
Gonski 2 as one of the key objectives of educational reforms in the coming
decade. In November 201
9 we are offering workshops for teachers and
administrators in how you can develop
Ethics Understanding with a focus
on technological development
. We will also explore collaborative and
creative ways to help students develop confidence and skills which will be
useful in all subjects areas.

This Ethics seminar will deal with the following questions:

  • Is there an ethical framework for technological development?
  • What are the current ethical principles that shape
    technological development?
  • Are there any useful resources for teaching ethics?
  • What are some popular techno-fallacies?
  • How can i prepare a team for an Ethics Olympiad?
  • What is an Ethics Olympiad and how can teams do well?
  • What training do I need to do so I can moderate an Ethics

The seminar will be useful for Primary, Secondary and tertiary
educators. Also for teachers of English, Theory of Knowledge,
Civics and Citizenship, Personal Development, Philosophy and
Ethics, Gifted and Talented, Curriculum coordinators, Chaplains,
Religious Education teachers, Principals, Deputy Principals and
anyone else interested in teaching higher order thinking skills to

               Matthew Wills is the manager of the Federation of
     Australasian Philosophy in Schools Philosothon
     Project. He was until recently the Head of
     Philosophy and Ethics at Hale School
     in Perth, Western Australia and he has worked in
      excellent independent schools in NSW, SA and
WA. Until 2007 he was the Chief Executive Officer for the
Dialogue Australasian Network DAN, which at that stage was
a network of over 450 Australasian schools and universities.

In 2009 he was awarded the Winston Churchill Fellowship
and an Australia Award in 2013 from the federal
government. He is an executive member of the SA
Philosophy in Schools Association and he has completed
level one training  and level two training in P4C.

Matthew has been instrumental in the
successful introduction and growth of various
popular initiatives to promote Philosophy and
Ethics for students including Philosothons and
Ethics Olympiads. In 2015he was awarded
the Outstanding Professional Service
Award from the Professional Teaching Council of Western  
Australia. In 2017 his application for funding from the
Templeton Foundation was successful and now he
manages the Philosothon project. The project funds
involvement from  remote and regional schools as well as
schools dealing with students from low socio economic
About the Speaker
Please book in here or email to; Socratic Solutions
( ABN 60 815 416 354 )
PO BOX 116 Dernancourt SA 5075

-Very interesting-A good mix of shared
information and hands on
Auckland NZ

-Great day, worth the time! Brisbane Qld.

So well presented. Piqued interest, The
presenter did not treat participants as
idiots as is the want of some presenters.

Perth WA

-Some very practical ideas I can
implement immediatel
y-Melbourne VIC

Great resources for busy teachers.
Canberra ACT

-The thinking skills can be used across a
variety of subject areas and ages.
Thinking resources provided were
Gold Coast Qld

-It was all very good-really enjoyed it-got
lots of good ideas- Thankyou.
Sydney NSW

-The resources provided are simply
Christchurch NZ

-Really thought provoking as
Adelaide SA
Note: Each delegate will receive a free Resource
Package with over 24 power-point presentations
including notes for teachers, video links,
preparation games and much more. The
package will also contain units of work which
teachers can use to teach critical thinking.

Please note there is a
maximum of 30 people at each
seminar. Latecomers might
miss out.

$268 – one delegate ($248 - If more than two delegates
attend from one school-Max three)

Lunch and morning tea is included. Each delegate will also
receive a free teaching package.  

We will post you an invoice on receiving your registration
details. Please book in online by
clicking here. You can also
book and pay with a credit card by
clicking here

You can print out the brochure by clicking on this link.

Cancellations and Conditions: Please note that
cancellations will be refunded up to October 12th. After that
date no refund will be given. Once a session is booked out
if there are people on the waiting list then cancellations
might be given minus a 20% admin fee.

Please email us if you have any questions or queries;

Socratic Solutions Australasia
PO BOX 116
Dernancourt  5975
Ph: 0400029660
(ABN 60 815 416 354

Seminar Locations

November 2019

  Melbourne- Thursday 31st October

  Gold Coast- Wednesday 6th November

  Brisbane- Friday 8th November

  Auckland- Wednesday 13th November

  Christchurch - Friday 15th November

  Adelaide - Wednesday 20th November

  Perth- Friday 22nd November

  Canberra - Wednesday 27th November

  Sydney - Friday 29th November

  Hobart Wednesday 4th November

Seminar Timing: Starts- 9.30 am-Finishes - 3.00 pm
This seminar will be particularly useful to
teachers of Theory of Knowledge in the
International Baccalaureate &
those seeking to integrate effective
methodologies related to the general capabilities in  
the Australian Curriculum.
AiTSL standards addressed in this workshop:
  • 1.1.4 Lead Standard - Physical, social and intellectual
    development and characteristics of students
  • 3.6.3 Highly Accomplished Standard - Evaluate and
    improve teaching programs
  • 6.2.3 Highly Accomplished Standard - Engage in
    professional learning and improve practice
  • 6.3.3 Highly Accomplished Standard - Engage with
    colleagues and improve practice
Program Outline

9.15-9.30am - Registration.
9.30am - Introductions and setting the scene.
9.45am -
Theoretical Ethics - (Years 1-12); How can students engage
meaningfully with
ethical issues beyond a simple gut reaction and or
whatever the latest post
online says? What are the different frameworks
for ethical discourse?

10.30am -
Ethical issues and Community of Inquiry- This pedagogy
provides a unique
format for students to engage constructively in
ethical issues.

11.00am - Morning tea provided.

11.20am - Applied Ethics? (Years 1-12) We will focus on principles for
good technology.

12.00pm -
Ethical Inquiry- Often ethical issues can divide people but by
creating a
Philosophical Community of Inquiry students can engage in
issues collectively
and with increasing depth. Here we will demonstrate
ways of conducting a
Community of Inquiry.

12.45pm - Lunch provided.
What is an Ethics Olympiad? (Years 8-11)
An Ethics Olympiad provides
a forum and
format for students of all ages to deal with Ethical Issues
How to prepare and run an Ethics Olympiad at your school. We will
train you to be able to
run a heat and show the steps necessary to
improve ethical discourse and awareness.

2.30-2.45pm -
Free resources distributed to delegates.
ABN 60 815 416 354

Theoretical Ethics

Applied Ethics

· Intro to Ethical Theory

· Human Fulfilment/Happiness

· Natural Law

· The Golden Rule

· Divine Command Theory

· Kantian Ethics

· Theories of an Afterlife

· Absolute and relative morality

· Emotivism

· Human Rights

· Virtue Ethics

· Utilitarianism

· Situation Ethics

· Care Ethics

· Justice & Fairness

Techno Fallacies

· War, Peace and Justice

- Technology

· Euthanasia

· Social Responsibility

· Human Rights

· Animal Rights

· Abortion

· The Right to Life

· Censorship in Science

· Utilitarianism

· Business Ethics

· Sports Ethics

· Environmental Ethics

· Sex and Relationships