DE News 2017 T1 W11

Published on: Author: Greg Alchin

“A clever person turns great troubles into little ones and little ones into none at all.” – Chinese proverb

DE School News

Southern Cross School Distance Education Innovations team joined DART at Lake Mungo

Three teachers from the Southern Cross School Distance Education Innovations team joined DART on an epic desert trip to Lake Mungo. Meliss Ellis, Amanda Ritchie and Sheri Hennessy made the journey to create learning materials while attending the Mungo Youth Forum.

A depressurised plane, delays and late night drives through the kangaroos and dust did not deter these fabulous teachers. Well done!

Karabar DEC news Karabar DEC news

In this term’s edition of the Karabar DEC news you will read articles about:

  • Textiles and Design Students – World of Wearable Art
  • WOW tour to Wellington, New Zealand
  • TAS Faculty News
  • CAPA – Onstage and Callback
  • Mini School Orientation Day
  • Aussie Skater Taking on the World
  • Sporting Excellence
  • Bringing Communities Together, and
  • International Women’s Day

DE Network News

Distance Education Student Wellbeing Network

Coordinators – Rachel Angus (SDEHS). Supported by Lisa Keating (DP- SDEHS)

Vision: To share ideas, programs and initiatives between DE schools to improve the wellbeing, attendance and engagement of students enrolled at home via Distance Education with a focus on ‘at risk’ students.

Expressions of Interest of staff that are interested in joining the Distance Education Student Wellbeing Network are being sought. This will include teachers from DE high, primary, preschool and special education schools or centres and may include:

  • Head Teachers Welfare
  • Year Advisors
  • Supervisors of Girls/Boys and Young Mums
  • School Counsellors
  • Transition Teachers
  • Head Teacher Enrolment
  • Assistant Principals
  • Deputy Principals
  • LASTeachers
  • Outreach Centre Coordinators
  • Teachers coordinating student wellbeing programs in their school

Meetings will be held each term via Video Conference. The first meeting will be held in Term 2 to see if there is enough interest to begin the network.

If you are interested please contact Rachel Angus on 9383 0234 or via email

DoE Curriculum News

mEsh project

Matematics, English, Science and History stage six teachers from across the state will be meeting in Sydney in May for two days to become familiar with the new syllabus for their curriculum area. Teachers will be supported by curriculum advisors to develop a range of support materials and resources to assist them with new and unfamiliar aspects of the syllabus.

The Distance Education Collegial Network Coordinators for Maths, English, Science and History will be attending this conference and will take their knowledge back to the network members to inform the writing of their learning materials.

Office 365 and professional teaching standards

Modern learning environments whether they be face to face or online are inclusive by design. These environments leverage technology to proactively respond to learner variability so that all students are able and enable to participate on the same basis from the start. With that in mind, did you know that when you use the inbuilt accessibility checker in Office365 to create inclusive resources and in the process align your practice against AITSL Standards 1.5, 1.6 and 2.6?
Accessibility Checker
The accessibility checker can be found under the review tab of all current versions of Office365 (Windows, Mac, iOS and online) and is available across apps such as Word, Excel, Powerpoint, OneNote and more. It is extremely useful  for all teachers and students as it helps  create resources that are more engaging, usable and accessible to everyone.
As part of a research project with Microsoft, ex RDE staff member Greg Alchin is trying to identify and share real world examples of how teachers are using the accessibility checker and the positive impact it is having on student engagement and outcomes. Greg would really appreciate it if you could share share examples with him.

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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