DE News 2018 T1 W07

Published on: Author: Greg Alchin

“The secret to change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” Socrates

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

Jenny Ballhausen working on the draft DE Symposium program

DE Symposium Workshops

The DE Symposium Planning team met on Tuesday 6 March at NSW School of Languages to determine the outcome of the workshop EOI’s submitted for consideration. We are pleased to announce that we will be offering 24 workshops at the symposium. They are:

  • Teaching maths through narratives – Mee-ok Lee, Karabar DEC
  • (Mostly) device-free coding – Amanda Doxat-Pratt – DESU
  • Easing Anxiety, Engaging Immdediately Phase 2 – Shane Williams, Camden Haven HS
  • Engaging students in VET over distance – Crystal Stanford, Leisa Rowlands and Catherine Doyle – Western Access Program, Peak Hill CS
  • Imagining the Writing Cure: Fiction Therapy and its application across KLAs – Zacharey Jane, Southern Cross SODE
  • See it in the Reel – Bringing virtual reality to your students – Danielle Cleary and Jemma Bayliss, Southern Cross SODE

Sharon Hodgson developing the DE Symposium draft program

Exploring virual excursions in distance education – Melissa Ellis, Amanda Ritchie and Rikki Commens, Southern Cross SODE

  • Motivating the gifted and talented: Lessons from research and practice – Andrew J Martin UNSW – Hedda Whitfield, Southern Cross SODE
  • Creating a digital learning space for effective feedback – Nicole Brook, Broken Hill SOTA
  • Using Adapt Learning to rapidly create effective and engaging e-learning – Ian Tobitt, Learning Systems (State Office)
  • Engaging Students in Contemporary Design – examples from practice – Sueanne Matthews, Karabar DEC
  • The Standards: Where do I start? Accreditation at HA and Lead – Sueanne Matthews, Karabar DEC
  • The Micro:bit Glaobal Stem Revolution – Sam Nelson, Karabar DEC
  • Planning team organising DE Symposium workshop program placements

    Tools for Project Planning –  An Overview of Evidence Based Practices – Martin Dickens, Rural and Distance Education (State Office)

  • Creating Quality Text Sets to Deepen Student Understanding – Elisa Trevarthen, Queanbeyan Distance Education Centre
  • Mind Matters in Distance Education Setting – Liana Taylor, Dubbo SODE
  • Making the most through the web conferencing – Anna Brain, Dubbo SODE
  • A head full of STEAM – Debbie Murray, Dubbo SODE
  • Project Based Learning in a DE Context – Kelly Pfieffer and Melissa McNair, Dubbo SODE
  • Flipped Classrooms at Sydney DEHS – Shannon McNamarra and Allyson Hill, Sydney DEHS
  • Re-engaging the chronically disengaged – Danielle Latinovic and Kate Mathouse, Southern Cross SODE
  • Re-thinking Professional Developement for isolated schools – Susan Newman and Danielle Cleary, Southern Cross SODE
  • Collaborative Learning – Troy Wasson, Karabar DEC

Thank you to all teachers who submitted an EOI application to present a workshop. Teacher presented workshops are always a highlight. We are very excited by the variety, diversity and even spread across the four theme areas.

Watch this space

More information and details will be provided as they become available, such as:

  • Registration process
  • Symposium structure
  • Support from schools for a video that showcases an initiative
  • Collegial Network and workshop session details

Please contact any member of the planning team for more information.

  • 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

In this edition SCSoDE Student Newsletter Issue you will read items about:

  • 2018 SC SoDE Camp
  • Information about technology, Online lessons on Canvas and Careers

News articles in this edition of Sydney DEHS Newsletter 1 March 2018 include:

  • Student Successes
  • HSC Highlights
  • Volunteering Award
  • Orientation and Harmony Days
  • Art week, Maths Student Days
  • Mentoring Program
  • Learning Hubs
  • Student Leadership Group, and
  • much more.

DE Network News

DE Collegial Network Coordinators Meeting

The DE Collegial network coordinators met on Wednesday 7 March at Sydney DEHS to develop and share further understandings of:

  • Purpose, history and processes and protocols of DE Collegial Networks
  • DE Symposium planning, structures and sessions
  • networks projects and their actions
  • Tools for collaboration, networking strategies and expectations

Presentations were made related to:

  •  draft Supervisors Document feedback
  • “user experience”

Members of the DE Symposium planning team attended the meeting to meet with the coordinators, share information about the symposium planning progress and the network sessions that will be conducted by the coordinators at the symposium.

The Distance Education Collegial networks are a valued by the distance education leaders and teachers as evidenced by the growing number of networks in operation (23), the attendance and participation of network members in their network meetings and conferences and the quantity and quality of the curriculum resources  shared across the schools.

The current DE Collegial Network list is available. For more information please contact a network coordinator or Kym Knight on 63348074.

DoE Curriculum News

Creative Arts Grants Initiative

Creative Arts Grants Initiative: Learning and Teaching – Primary and Secondary Education Grant Initiative Six grants available 1. Creative station 2. 4 C’s of Rural and Remote NSW 3. First Nations Arts 4. Creative Arts and life skills (secondary only) 5. Single subject/artform 6. Creative Arts faculty/stage

The Creative Arts grants initiative aims to assist teachers by offering funding to support key facilitators of professional learning and innovative curriculum implementation practices in schools.

For further information about the Creative Arts Grants Initiative please contact: Cathryn Ricketts 7-12 Creative Arts Advisor or Julia Brennan K-6 Creative Arts Advisor

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!

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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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