DE News 2017 T2 W10

Published on: Author: Greg Alchin

“A teacher affects eternity: he can never tell where his influence stops.” – Henry Adams


The new Australasian Association Distance Education (AADES) Website is now live. It includes a recording of last week’s webinar by Marie-Anne Petelo of SDEHS on ‘The Surprising Truth About What Really Motivates Us’ and how it applies to our distance education context. You can access this webinar on

AADES is now publishing distance education school news articles. This is a great opportunity to promote the great work occurring in your schools. If you would like to have an article published please contact Daniel Rattigan on 9383 5000.

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Yeoval Central School – Celebrating their values

At the end of week 8 the students, staff and community celebrated Yeoval Central School’s Positive Behaviour for Learning (PBL) values through a variety of whole school activities, including students creating the initials PBL by laying on their towels.

A drone captured the PBL initials which can be seen in this photo. The students had a lot of fun supporting each other to create the image and demonstrated their PBL values whilst doing so.

DE School News

Microbit – Coding Workshops

The team from Southern Cross DE (Matt Cartwright, Sam Nelson and  Steven Clayton) took a road trip to Dubbo SODE and Karabar DE to deliver professional learning and create curriculum materials to use the microbit techology to support coding in the new TAS syllabus.

For more information please contact Jason Ferns at Southern Cross DE on 6881 0412.

DE Network News

DEVAN Network News update

The members of the Devan (Visual Arts) Distance Education Collegial network met last Thursday and Friday in Canberra at the National Art Gallery for their annual conference. The network members enagaged in excellent professional learning, sharing of their work in their own schools, and forward planning for their network and the 2018 conference. The photo of tsome of the network members is showing them looking at an Art piece in the Defying Empire exhibition.

For more information please contact network coordinator Lindie Matthews 9383 0236.

DE Collegial Network coordinators meeting – Karabar Distance Education

Meraji Qamaruddin (Science DE Collegial Network Coordinator) and Jeanine Dunkley (SEAT DE Collegial Network Coordinator) met with Kym Knight from Rural and Distance Education last week.

Kym shared a few network resources and Meraj and Jeanine provided an update of their network’s activities.

Science: The network is focussed on developing learning materials for stage six for the new curriculum. Resources are shared on google drive.

SEAT: The network members are working together on a number of courses. These courses are FSK, Work Studies and Financial Management. The network is sharing their resources on onedrive.

Meraj and Jeanine can be contacted at Karabar DE on 6210 5200.

Mathematics DE Collegial Network

The Mathematics network is meeting this Friday 29 June to discuss:

  1. Network day meeting for December 1 at Sydney DEHS.
  2. Feedback on booklets created
  3. Assignment style assessments on 1st December?
  4. Nesa syllabus support material
  5. Writing/editing. Structure/responsibilities, and
  6. Planning for meeting dates for 2018.

Please contact network coordinator, Nina Thomas for further information. Nina can be contacted on 9383 0400.

Rural and Remote Education Conference 2017

Celebrate and share successful school-based strategies around innovation, resilience and community at the Rural and Remote Education Conference 2017.

Venue:  Novotel Sydney Brighton Beach
Date:     7th – 8th September 2017

To register or to find out more about the event please visit

Registration date is 25 Aug 2017.

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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