DE News 2018 T2 W07

Published on: Author: martindickens


“I just need one person. To never give up on me. Just one.”

Date: Thursday 9 and Friday 10 August

Venue: Rydges World Square, Sydney

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

Program Outline: 

Twenty four workshops (combination of 30 minute, 60 minute and 90 minutes)

Sixteen Network Sessions (3 hours)

Two keynote sessions (1 hour)

Kelly-Ann Denton, Chief Visual Officer; Academic National Arts School

Kelly-Ann Denton

The keynoter presentation Kelly-Anne will deliver at the DE Symposium will cover:The Visual Mind

  1. Visual Thinking & Visual Communication
  2. Imagination: (How and where it is located in the brain. Also, how to use it)
  3. Creativity (vs Imagination & Innovation)
  4. Blocks to Imagination and how to see them (How this effects Critical Thinking)
  5. Imagination as a vital skill for teachers due to the unique nature of DE
  7. The Process Driven Teacher vs The Imaginative Teacher (Creative Problem Solving)

Following the presentation delegates will have the opportunity to ask questions to deepen their understandings.

Read Kelly-Ann’s biography for more information.

Professor Gerard Goggin, Acting Head of School, Australian Research Council Future and Fellow
Professor of Media and Communications

Professor Goggin

Professor Goggin’s keynote presentation will include:

  • how to understand, frame, and place technology critically and productively in the contemporary mission of distance education
  • a framework for critical assessment of the place of technology in better educational futures
  • ‘‘ways of seeing’ that frame many of the technologies that societies like our own are currently preoccupied with
  • an important area of distance education and technology as a very rich case study
  • rethinking and redesigning communication is at the heart of opening up new approaches, via technology, to collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking

Question and answer time will follow Professor Goggin’s presentation.

Professor Goggin biography offers more information about his history and presentation.


Please download the 2018 DE Symposium program for further information.

Watch this space

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

  • Registration process
  • Support from schools for a video showcasing an initiative



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
  • Hedda Whifield, Southern Cross School of Distance Education, 02 6681 0300
  • Kelly Pfeiffer, Dubbo School of Distance Education, 02 5804 7000


Kim Price, Kym Knight, Gaye Dunshea and Martin Dickens

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

Members of Rural and Distance Education recently participated in Youth Mental Health First Aid Training at the Bathurst State Office. Over the course of 2 days, our staff were led through a structured program that required them to understand processes for delivering first aid to young adults experiencing a mental health condition.

Some of the major topics addressed during the course included:

  • stages of adolescent development
  • common mental health crises
  • understanding depression and its effects on youth
  • causes and approaches to anxiety
  • dealing with suicide and suicidal thoughts
  • approaches to addressing eating disorders
  • psychosis and youth
  • motivators and responses to substance abuse.

Participants involved in this 14 hour course receive certification outlining their skills in Youth Mental Health First Aid. A huge thank you to Gai Torshavn, (Senior Psychologist – NSW Department of Education) and Amanda Roach, (District Guidance Officer) for facilitating this professional learning.

Access Program Schools

Tottenham Central School – English Stage Six Network Grant Success

Congratulations to the staff at Tottenham CS who have been successful in their application for a grant for “English Stage Six Network Funds.” This funding will assist the school to network with their colleagues across schools and to capture their processes, procedures and strategies.


DE School News

Dubbo SODE – English Stage Six Network Grant Success

Congratulations to the staff at Dubbo SODE who have successfully applied for the “English Stage Six Network Funds” grant. The grant funds will assist the school to further their networks with their colleagues across schools.

Southern Cross SODE Newsletter

The articles in this newsletter edition, include:

  • Principal message
  • School Camp 2018 – Exodus Adventures
  • Primary – 2018 Flynn and Flynnette Mission, and
  • services available to students

Distance Education Support Unit student watering his newly built garden bed

Garden-based learning @ DESU

Garden-based learning has arrived at Sir Eric Woodwood School (SEWS)! A range of numeracy outcomes will be achieved through incorporating garden-based learning (GBL) activities into their students’ learning programs. These strategies are included within the SEWS 2018 – 2020 school plan.

More information is included in this article.

DE Collegial Network News

English DE Collegial Network

Congratulations to the members of the English DE Collegial Network who have been successful in their application for an English Stage 6 Networking Grant.

The task the network will undertake as an outcome of the grant is to engage in a multimodal task to create a platform to showcase and capture their networking strategies, such as:

  • capturing ideas and plans about what the network want to achieve in their networks and reflections on their work together
  • add images, video or sound files to it as they go along.
  • make meeting notes, add student samples, shared documents and comments
  • Share links and resources

For more information, please contact Leanne Wynne, English DE Network Coordinator, on 5804 7000.

Twitterspheric 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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