DE News 2017 T1 W010

Published on: Author: Greg Alchin

“If you want something you have never had, then you will need to do something that you have never done. ” – Anonymous


The latest AADES report is available for reading. Please view here.

AADES Conference – Connecting to Learning – calling for workshop presenters

The Conference Committee is calling on educators from across Australasia to present workshops of 90 mins in duration. It is expected that the workshops will be interactive, engaging and related to the conference themes of:

  • activating student connections in learning
  • activating student voice
  • activating innovation in learning

NB: All applications must be completed and returned by email to the Conference Committee  by Friday, 26 May 2017.

 Rural and Remote Conference

The 2nd Annual Rural and Remote Education Conference will be held on 7th – 8th September 2017 at Novotel Sydney Brighton Beach. The conference team now welcomes expression to present at this years’ event. The theme for 2017 is ‘What works! Sharing our success.’  Visit the conference website to find out more about the event as well as submit an expression to present.

Indigenous Youth Forum

An Indigenous Forum was held during week 9 for rural students and teachers at Lake Mungo National Park. The DART team attended the forum and captured video footage and photos of the activities, including a spirited session  on Treaty Reconciliation or Recognition. A  live video conference was conducted and will be transmitted on Youtube at a later date.

Amanda Ritchie is seen here interviewing Jo Gorman, Area Manager responsible for Lake Mungo National Park.

For more information please contact David Foley at DART on 68840241.

DE School News

Lucky Leprechauns visit the TAS/History faculties for St Patricks Day – Southern Cross School Distance Education

There was fun and shenanigans to be had in the History and TAS faculties today when strange little leprechauns visited and caused a stir. Wow, what impressive beards they all had!

DE Network News

DE Collegial History Network Meeting

The DE Collegial History Network had their first meeting for the year in week 8 via video conference. The focus was on the new Stage 6 History syllabuses with discussion and decisions on the following agenda items:

  • Sample scope and sequence based on HT survey
  • Discussion of topics in the Scope and Sequence
  • History Extension
  • Development of a writing schedule, timeline and identication of writers
  • Production of materials, format, copyright considerations, resource development and creation

Please contact Katie Magripilis, network coordinator for more information. Katie can be contacted on 66810300.

DoE Curriculum News

Stage 6 mEsh – opportunity to develop leadership capacity for the new syllabus

The new HSC history syllabuses will be implemented in 2018 for Preliminary course students. To support this implementation an opportunity is being offered to develop teachers’ curriculum leadership capacity for these new syllabuses.

Stage 6 mEsh is a project for teachers to develop their capacities as curriculum leaders for the new HSC Mathematics, English, Science and History syllabuses. Project leaders will be supported and funded to:

  • lead a team through a subject-specific strategic panel to develop support materials to assist teachers to implement the new Stage 6 Mathematics, English, Science or History syllabus
  • participate in planned, ongoing professional learning from curriculum advisors to enhance their capacity as a curriculum leader.

For more information on Stage 6 mEsh and to submit an expression of interest, please see the Term 1 Week 5 issue of SchoolBiz.

For information please contact Alice Leung, Stage 6 Advisor, Secondary Education on 02 9266 8473.

Twitter iconTwitterspheric professional learning

Twitter is a quick and easy tool for participating in and/ or building a Professional Learning Network. To learn more about using twitter for professional learning, download the The Global Digital Citizen Foundation’s Twitter-Tastic Teacher’s Guide.  Below are some of Twitter feeds we hope you find worthwhile!  Why not tweet us about what other networks you would like us to highlight!

International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL)

Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership

International Society for Technology in Education


Universal design for Learning

Common Sense Education


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