DE News 2018 T1 W08

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“Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.” Steven Hawkins

DE Symposium Details

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 Workshops

Twenty four interesting and informative workshops will be offered at the symposium, ranging from 30 minute lecture style through to 60 and 90 minute interactive workshops. See workshop list below:

  • Teaching maths through narratives – Mee-ok Lee, Karabar DEC
  • (Mostly) device-free coding – Amanda Doxat-Pratt,Deborah Brown and Rama Vishwanathan – 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • The Abundance Spirals – Tiff Cox, Southern Cross School of Distance Education

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

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Danielle Elvy

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Jenny Ballhausen

Jenny Ballhausen

Crystal Stanford

Crystal Stanford

Sueanne Matthews

Kym Knight

 Martin Dickens

DE School News

NSW School of Languages

In this edition of the NSW SOL Newsletter term1 you will find articles about:

  • High Acievers
  • Chinese, ESL, Latin, Korean
  • French, Students Trip to France, HSC results, French Excursion
  • Potugese, Italian, German, Modern Greek
  • Japanese, Student trip to Japan, Taken Centre Visit, Scholarship Winner, and
  • Russian, Spanish, Indonesian

Dubbo School of Distance Education Student

Isa Lawson, selected for ASSETS Science Program

Year 10 student, Isa Lawson, met selection criteria in order to attend the ASSETS program from January 12 – 20, 2018 at the University of South Australia in Adelaide. Her ability and enthusiasm for STEM, ( Science/Technology/Engineering/Mathematics), made her an ideal candidate. For more information read Isa’s story.

DE Network News

Preschool DE Collegial Network

The Preschool network members, which involves teachers from Broken Hill SOTA and Dubbo School of Distance Education, will be meeting at Dubbo SODE in week 10.  With the teachers meeting face to face they will use the opportunity to:

  • develop and make booklets and resources for their supervisors,
  • sharing and showcasing some selected resources, and
  • support the review and development of some of their current resources

For more information please contact Jan Schorn, Network Cooordinator, on 08 8087 3565.

DE Collegial Networks – Contact details

There are twenty three networks operating across the DE schools ranging from Pre-school through to Year 12. The current DE Collegial Network list is available.

For more information please contact a network coordinator or Kym Knight on 63348074.



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