Future Fest 2024

Resources from Future Anything Teacher PD Workshops

Thanks for joining us at at a Future Anything Teacher PD workshop or conference.

We hope you had a great day! Check out links to heaps of the resources that we used in our workshops. We hope you find them useful!


Using Future Anything’s Odyssey framework and our Catapult Cards, here are all the resources you need to take students from picking a problem through to pitching a solution.

Building Collaboration in an Enterprising Classroom


Here’s the framework, tools and templates helpful to explicitly teach 21st Century skills (or soft skills, or general capabilities) in your classroom.

Capabilities Research

  • You can explore the ACARA General Capabilities via the V9 website or through the QCAA information page.
  • The 6 Cs of Deeper Learning are explored in two books by Michael Fullen (et. al.). Deep Learning: Engage the World Change the World and Dive into Deep Learning: Tools for Engagement (check your local library catalogue for a free copy).
  • The work happening by the SACE Board in South Australia is discussed here. Check out our great Live Learning session with Hassan Mekawy (Program Manager – Education, SACE Board of South Australia) and Pip Cleaves (Deputy Principal – Strategic Initiatives, NSW Department of Education) which unpacked how we can prioritise the development of capabilities as integral to the purpose of education.
  • New Metrics from Melbourne University have shared this resource pack about assessing agency in learning. You can learn more about the New Metrics partnership here.
  • Read about the Matthew Flinders Anglican College Learning Powers launch here.

Future Anything Building Capabilities Resources


Here’s some resources to help use Project-Based Learning as a vehicle to support you to re-imagine a chosen unit of work in real-time so that it is curriculum aligned and ‘future-ready’.

  • Nic’s blog on designing a future-focused curriculum is here. This blog walks through a simple process to re-imagine curriculum.
  • More on building relationships with students at the beginning of a school year/unit is here.
  • Nic’s blog on how we assess enterprise skills in our Activate classrooms is here
  • More on nailing the context complexity of your units here.
  • PBLWorks and High Tech High have a wealth of resources on Project-Based Learning, as well as exemplar projects and bucketloads of templates.
  • If you want to see the list of books Nic most often recommends, you can check them out here. If you’ve got another one you’d recommend, please let her know!
  • This is our Project Rubric. It’s a student-friendly rubric that can be used to help teachers and students to assess projects.
  • One of our Live Learning Online CPD sessions was on ‘Designing Joyful Curriculum’ with Joanne McEachen from The Learner First. If you missed it, you can check out the recording here. It’s a fantastic discussion around curriculum design principles. 
  • Joanne references AMMA (Authentic Mixed Method Assessment) and Contributive Learning in the Live Learning session above. Check them out.
  • In a previous Live Learning session, we also caught up with Laura McBain (d.school, Stanford, USA) and Kwaku Aning (Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurial Thinking, San Diego Jewish Academy, USA) on bringing the real world into the classroom through Project Based Learning. You can watch it here.


Here’s a bank of resources for new Future Anything Activate teachers covered everything you need to know to set up for Activate Success including delivery timelines & key dates, accessing the curriculum, contextualising for your school and troubleshooting. 

  • Get started on planning a Showcase using our helpful Showcase Pack here
  • For all your Activate questions check out our Activate FAQ webpage here
  • Use the helpful planning template here to personalise the program for your school context, or contact us if you’d like additional support. 

Want more?

  • Join our Enterprising Educators group on Facebook here.
  • Watch all of our previous Grand Final pitches on our website (also available on YouTube).
  • Check out our YouTube channel, including previous Live Learning sessions, business case studies, both semi final and grand final pitches from previous years, and some great help videos.


We heard from a panel of industry leaders who unpacked a ‘cheat sheet’ of practical ways you can engage your local, regional or global community in your classroom.


Here are some best practice and creative approaches that build student agency through feedback processes and protocols.

  • The PDF copy of Nic’s keynote examples of different feedback strategies is here.
  • Evidence4Learning has some feedback research and strategies here.
  • The NSW Department for Education has some further strategies here.
  • AITSL has some additional research and strategies here.
  • You can check out the Evidence-Based Teaching ‘How to Give Feedback to Students’ Guide here.
  • You can also find a bunch of self-reflection rubrics for capabilities here.
  • One of Nic’s blog articles titled ‘What makes great assessment’ encourages us to find the humanity in our assessment and feedback processes.
  • A number of practical strategies are also in this follow up blog, Reframing Assessment here.


Together we discovered how we can reframe assessment as a vehicle to drive joy, discovery, and personal excellence in the classroom.

Five Steps for Transforming Assessment:

  • 1) Identify the required Achievement Standards with Version 9 of the Australian Curriculum.
  • 2) Ideate and plan for multiple ways in which students can represent their learning in an assessment task. A range of interesting assessment products are showcased on High Tech High’s website here, and the PBL Works website here.
  • 3) Develop a driving question that gives students a mission, and a Google-able role. This is an excellent scaffold for building driving questions.
  • 4) Bring in authentic voices to engage learners in the topic. You can read our advice for doing this on Future Anything’s blog.
  • 5) Showcase and celebrate student learning. Future Anything’s Showcase Pack for the Activate Program here is a handy resource to help you plan a successful showcase.