DE News 2017 T4 W08

Published on: Author: Greg Alchin

Kid, you will move mountains!……Today is your Day! Your mountain is waiting. So……get on your way” – Dr Seuss from “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

DE Symposium 2018 update

4C-able Futures – “Collaboration, Creativity, Communication and Critical Thinking” 

DE Symposium Planning Meeting

The planning team met on Monday, 27 November, to progress the planning for next year’s symposium. In particular, decisions and progress reports on:

  • Keynote speaker ideas
  • Symposium logo
  • Network sessions
  • Workshop EOI timelines, and
  • Registration strategy

We will continue to provide updates on the planning progress, EOI’s for workshop presentations, symposium registration process and symposium structure. For information please contact any member of the symposium team.

DE Planning Team members

  • Kym Knight – DE Symposium Planning Coordinator, RDE State office, 02 6334 8074.
  • Sharon Hodgson – DE Symposium Planning Coordinator, SC SODE, 02 6681 0300.
  • Jenny Ballhausen – Dubbo SODE, 02 5804 7000
  • Daniel Elvy – NSW School of Languages, 02 9381 4800
  • Sueanne Matthews – KDEC, 02 6210 5200
  • Crystal Stanford – Peak Hill Central School, 02 6869 1304.
Jenny Ballhausen

Jenny Ballhausen

Sharon Hodgson

Kym Knight

Kym Knight

Danielle Elvy

Danielle Elvy

Crystal Stanford

Crystal Stanford

Sueanne Matthews

AADES Newsletter

AADES (Australasian Association of Distance Education Schools) has 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.

DE School News

Irukandji Shark and Ray Encounters

DESU Excursion

On Friday 3 November, some of the DESU students and families attended an excursion to the Irukandji Shark and Ray Encounters approximately 45km north of Newcastle, in the beautiful Port Stephens area. This was a fantastic opportunity for students and families from the lower Hunter to the mid-north coast regions to meet in person.

Students Ben, Seth, Jacob, Logan, and Braydon were welcomed by teachers Barbara, Jo, Mel, Maddy, and Deborah.

The marine centre is home to sharks, stingrays and fish, and soon the deadly Irukandji jellyfish.

The interactive ‘encounters’ with sharks and rays offered sensory and learning experiences, and was a fun environment in which students could interact. Wearing protective wetsuits, the helpful marine experts instructed students and staff to safely share the water with the rays, which included enthusiastic stingray ‘cuddles’!

Sian Watkins, Deputy Principal commented, “Thank you team for such a rewarding day. We look forward to organising future excursions to other areas, to give all DESU students the opportunity to come together.”

Southern Cross School of Distance Education – Newsletter

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DE Network News

DE Preschool Meeting

Teachers from Broken Hill SOTA and Dubbo SODE are members of the DE Preschool Network. The network is meeting this week in Broken Hill, to:

  • Reflect on and develop a new vision statement for the DE network
  • Add milestones and strategies, and
  • Link goals/vision to school plan of DE SODE and DE SOTA

The network will also:

  • develop a MOU agreement for network
  • identify development of new resources to support the supervisors with the implementation of the preschool curriculum, and
  • review Supervisor Modules.

For more information, please contact network coordinator, Jan Schorn, Broken Hill SOTA,

08 8087 3565.

DE English Collegial Network meeting

The English DE Collegial network met last week, on the 23 November, in Sydney. Items discussed during the meeting, included:

  • School reports on their progress towards preparation for new Stage 6 courses
  • Copyright
  • Sharing
  • Technology Platforms
  • Assessment
  • English Network planning and action plan for 2018, and
  • Ideas for 2018 Symposium network session

Please contact Leanne Wynne, network coordinator, 02 5804 7000.


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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!

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