DE News 2018 T1 W04

Published on: Author: kymknight

“Keep your face to the sunshine and you can not see a shadow.” – Helen Keller

DE Symposium

Date: Thursday 9 and Friday 10 August

Venue: Rydges World Square, Sydney

Audience: Distance Education and Access Program Schools – Executive and teachers P-12

DE Symposium Workshop EOI’s

Are you teaching your students to think critically and creatively?

Have you established processes and systems for your students to communicate and collaborate?

If you have answered yes to these questions have your thought about sharing your work with your colleagues at the DE Symposium – 4c-able Futures?

The Distance Education Planning team is seeking your support and interest in conducting a workshop at the symposium. Workshop EOI’s are due on the 28 February.

Watch this space

More information and detail will be provided as it becomes available, such as:

  • Registration process
  • Symposium structure
  • Support from schools for a video that showcases an initiative
  • Collegial Network sessions

For more information, please contact any member of the planning team.

  • Kym Knight – DE Symposium Planning Coordinator, RDE State Office, 02 6334 8074
  • Sharon Hodgson – DE Symposium Planning Coordinator, Southern Cross SODE, 66810300
  • 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
  • Martin Dickens – RDE State Office, 02 6334 8184

Sharon Hodgson

Danielle Elvy

Danielle Elvy

Jenny Ballhausen

Jenny Ballhausen

Crystal Stanford

Crystal Stanford

Sueanne Matthews

Kym Knight

Martin Dickens

DE School News

Micro:bit Project Update

On Wednesday14 March, Micro:bit project team members Sam Nelson, Jason Ferns and Matt Cartwight (Southern Cross SODE ), Stephen Clayton (Dubbo SODE) met with Kimberley Hill and Martin Dickens (RDE) via video conference to discuss the progress and future plans of the Micro:bit Project initiated by Southern Cross SODE.

The Micro:bit Project is a STEM initiative that provides resources for STEM through Canvas. This project, initiated in 2017 at Southern Cross SODE  by Sam Nelson, Jason Ferns, Matt Cartwight and Stephen Clayton (ex Southern Cross SODE and now at Dubbo SODE), will be rolled out through workshops this term to Camden Have HS and Sydney DE HS.

For more information, please contact Jason Ferns, Head Teacher Southern Cross, on 66810300.

DE Network News

Music DE Collegial Network News

Music DE Collegial Network

The Music DE Collegial Network is conducting it’s annual conference from Tuesday 3 April to Thursday 5 April 2018 in Goonellabah, NSW.

The three-day conference will allow Secondary Distance Education Music Teachers to:

  • Collaborate with professional musicians for training
  • Sharing resources to develop specific skills in African music, contemporary song writing, performance, industry standards and jazz
  • Unite collegially in creating, sharing and reviewing resources currently used in delivering programs across the Distance Education Centres
  • Communicate information and updates on policy and procedures
  • update knowledge on syllabus requirements and
  • Best teaching practices.

The network will work with the guest professional musicians Dan Hannaford, Sharny Russell and T-Larmon. Byron Bay artist Dan Hannaford, who will share some of his songs in an acoustic live performance. He will discuss his composition process and strategies and discuss ways for guiding students to compose and elevate their performances.

Sharon Mwanza, network coordinator and her team of helpers, have done an amazing job to organise the conference. For more information, please contact Sharon at Southern Cross School of Distance Education on 6681 0442.​

Geography DE Collegial Network News

At the end of last year the network members worked tirelessly at creating new materials for the implementation of their new syllabus. As Tiff Cox said, “although there is still lots to do I believe we mostly have our courses running. Thanks to an awesome team effort!!!”

The network members are using their shared drive to add versions of the materials they are teaching so they can maximise their time and resources, help each other produce the best possible materials and be the best geography teachers in the state. They have high expectations knowing that leads to high results.

Congratulations to Tiff Cox Network Coordinator of the Geography Network who submitted a successful application, on behalf of the DE Geography network, to present a 50 minute workshop at the upcoming NSW GTA conference – “My Challenging Classroom”.

The NSW GTA conference is open for registrations: upload flyer.

If you are interested in being part of the Geography DE Collegial Network, and would like to be included in this group please let Tiff know. Tiff can be contacted on 02 66187647 and

PDHPE DE Collegial Network News

The PDHPE network is meeting on Friday, 16 February, at Sydney DEHS to share, receive input and updates from Renee West (state office) and plan the network activities for the year ahead. Some of the meeting agenda items are:

  • Update on where network members are up to with the new syllabus
  • Unpacking the propositions
  • Unpacking the syllabus key features
  • Evidence based teaching and learning
  • Translating the syllabus and creating meaningful learning opportunities
  • Planning and programming, and
  • DE Symposium planning

Please contact network coordinator Richard Mills on 66810300 for more information.

Languages DE Collegial Network News

On Monday, 12 February, the members of the Languages network met  to finalise their planning for this years network actions. During this meeting they discussed funding availablity, achievable actions and the processes and outputs of the network.

Michelle Marotte, Network coordinator, can be contacted on 65568100 for more information.

DE Wellbeing Collegial Network News

A conference for the DE Wellbeing network is being conducted on Thursday 22 and Friday 23 March at Sydney DEHS. In addition to school presentations and sharing the teachers will receive presentations by a number of guest speakers, including:

  • Australian Anti Ice Campaign
  • Beyond Limits Learning Clinic – Mental Health First Aide
  • Youth off the Streets and Father Chris Reilly’s Youth Programs

Martin Dickens, Rural and Distance Education Officer, Bathurst, will also attend the conference and will share and seek feedback on development of a distance education support manual for supervisors that will act as a state-based support document.

For more information please contact Rachel Angus, Network coordinator, on 93830400.


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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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Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership

International Society for Technology in Education


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Common Sense Education


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