DE News 2017 T2 W04

Published on: Author: Greg Alchin

“Fair doesn’t mean giving every child the same thing. It means giving every child what they need.”

Rick Lavoie

DE School News

Mike Tom and David Foley

New teaching studio at NSW School of Languages

David Foley, Manager Distance and rural Technologies (DART), visited the Rural and Distance Education (RDE) Office in Bathurst recently to collect video conferencing resources from Mike Tom, Leader RDE. David will use the resources to set up a new teaching studio at the NSW School of Languages. This studio will be used by teachers to deliver video conference sessions for Stage 4 Mandatory Languages to rural schools.

Students on route to JapanSouthern Cross School Distance Education Students Travel to Japan

Languages students from Southern Cross Distance Education and Balina Coast High School travelled together to Japan for a language excursion.

The students had an amazing trip and enjoyed their Homestay experience.

DE Collegial Network News

Transition teamDE Collegial SEAT Network

On the 4th and 5th of May the SEAT network meet via VC and face to face at Southern Cross School of Distance Education. There were lively discussions about courses aimed at reengaging students in their education and transitioning them to post school options.

Everyone was thrilled to hear about the new course that Camden Haven had just got approved and are eager to look at implementing it in 2018. The courses discussed included: Work Studies, FSK, Financial Management and the brand new Lifestyle Studies.

The best aspect of the two days was the willingness of teachers to share teaching resources and ideas and working together to rewrite and improve existing course.

Future VC meeting are already in the pipeline to follow up on writing and to continue to supporting each other. Special thanks to Alison Sandercock for organising everything and being a wonderful tour guide to the out of towners.

Please contact Jeanine Dunkley, network coordinator for more information. Jeanine can be contacted at Karabar HS -DE on 62105200

DoE Curriculum News

mEsh Conference – DE Coordinators

Meraj Qamaruddin, Katie Magrpilis, Nina Thomas and Leanne WynneThe mEsh conference held at the end of week 2 for teachers who will be creating learning materials for stage six Maths, English, Science and History, was rated very highly by the teachers who attended. The conference provided excellent professional learning and access to curriculum advisor support.

The DE Network coordinators of those curriculum areas enjoyed the opporrtunity to gain additional information, network with others and work closely with experts in the cuirriculum area.


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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