DE News 2017 T3 W07

Published on: Author: davidmcleod

“Be all in.” – Anon


Would you like to know more about what is happening at distance education schools across Australia and New Zealand?

AADES (Australasian Association of Distance Education Schools) has recently launched a new website which regularly publishes stories from distance education schools in our region of the world.

Please subscribe to the site (for free)  to be updated via email when new articles are published.

For more information please contact Daniel Rattigan Deputy Principal Sydney Distance Education, (02) 9383 0304.

ADDES Conference

Distance education teachers from across Australia and Australasia were fortunate to attend an informative and outstanding ADDES Conference, “Connecting is Learning”, held in Adelaide on 17 and 18 August.  NSW teachers from the distance education schools and state office attended the conference with workshops presented by teachers from Southern Cross and Sydney DEHS.

DE School News

Southern Cross School of Distance Education – Staff Wellbeing

Staff at Southern Cross SODE are focussing on their wellbeing and the wellbeing of others. Their Staff Wellbeing newsletter has been shared with us.

In this Staff Wellbeing Newsletter edition you will find articles about:

  • The Art of Cosiness
  • Get Your Hygge Happening
  • ZEN Habits – Knitting, and
  • Feast Mode.

For more information please contact Angela Sten, Learning and Support, 02 6681 0300.

DE Network News

Special Education DE Collegial Network

Members of the network, plus other staff, have been working very busily on writing Life Skills materials for the new curriculum stage 6 subjects. The centres involved include Sydney Distance Education High School, Karabar Distance Education and Southern Cross School Distance Education. Some of the materials are being restructured from previous units, adjusted accordingly to meet course outcomes and student capabilities. Other materials will consist of new resources and topics, and will be written as entire new units.

All centres have been emailed to ascertain progress and as soon as replies come in, we will be able to determine any gaps that need to be filled.

Please contact, Nancy McAndrew, Coordinator Special Education DE Collegial Network, on 02 6618 7686, for more information.

GATS DE Collegial Network News

Recently, Hedda Whifield, coordinator GATS DE Collegial Network, attended the Cu=yberkids Conference held in Sydney. This conference, which had the focus on online issues, was organised by The Generation Next team. Hedda said the presentations were more engaging than she ever imagined.

Dr Goodwin, who presented at the conference and has delivered workshops to schools in the past, was originally a kindergarten teacher. She brings her past knowledge and experiences to her current views. Please read this newsletter for more information.

Hedda would like to offer her support to and network with other schools across our distance education and access program schools. She is happy to provide more information and further newsletter updates.

Please contact Hedda Whitfield, Coordinator GATS DE Collegial Network on 02 6681 0300.

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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