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Indigenous Memory Methods (Primary) 2022021F is a Course

Indigenous Memory Methods (Primary) 2022021F

Aug 22, 2022 - Dec 31, 2022

$670 Enrol

Full course description

Date and time

Tuesday 23 August 2022, 9.30 am to 3.30 pm

Delivery mode

In person at ISV, 40 Rosslyn St, West Melbourne


This learning event is right for you if you are a primary teacher whose students need creative yet practical methods to help remember what they have been taught.


Having reliably memorised the basic information of a topic, students are far better able to layer higher-level thinking skills. 

This one-day program will teach you some of the extraordinary memory techniques that have been used by Indigenous cultures who were dependent on their memories for everything they knew. These methods are hardwired into our brains, which explains why they are so effective.

The session will consider the value of using songs, story, dance and characters to encode even the most abstract of information. You will discover the way Aboriginal songlines, like memory palaces, use the brain’s natural ability to associate information with physical locations. School buildings and grounds are the perfect landscape to use as a songline for your curriculum. You will also experience the way simple decorated objects can act as practical memory devices.

This workshop is based on Dr Lynne Kelly’s PhD research and three subsequent books on memory techniques.

This learning event supports creating best practice toward meeting the following VRQA standard(s):

  •  Curriculum and Student Learning – Student learning outcomes                                                                 

Key takeaways               

  • memory techniques we can learn from Indigenous cultures
  • understanding of how music and dance can be used to make information memorable
  • appreciation of the value of adding characters and narrative in learning
  • knowledge of how to use buildings and grounds as memory palaces
  • techniques for making memory boards and using them in class
  • memory techniques that aid teachers as well as students.


Presenter information

Dr Lynne Kelly AM 

Dr Lynne Kelly has over 40 years’ experience in education. Teaching mostly in secondary schools, she has also offered programs at primary and tertiary levels. The author of 18 books, mostly for education, Lynne has lectured in Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom on topics including enrichment programs and memory. With degrees in engineering, information technology and education, she completed a doctorate researching Indigenous memory methods and their application for archaeology and contemporary life. Lynne’s thesis was published by Cambridge University Press. Her subsequent books, The Memory Code and Memory Craft have been published in Australia and internationally.