DE News 2018 T2 W09

Published on: Author: martindickens

“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.”

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

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 keynote 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.

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

Symposium Planning meetings

Symposium Planning Team

The planning team has met approximately every four weeks to coordinate the symposium. At the meeting held last week major discussion points included the content of the upcoming meetings with the Symposium Workshop Presenters and the Network Session Coordinators, progress of NESA accreditation for the symposium, progress of the creation of the symposium event on MyPL and the google form registration process for workshop and network session attendance.

Information about the two registration processes (MyPL and google forms for workshop and network session registration) will be provided as soon as we have succeeded in gaining NESA accreditation for registered teacher hours (12 hours). The final program will be provided at this time, too.

Workshop presenters and Network Session coordinators meetings

Workshop presenters meeting held on Tuesday, 26 June and Network Coordinators meeting held on 28 June.

The agenda items of both meetings included a discussion of the planning, structures, processes and organisation of their sessions. In addition, the planning team provided information about the support they could provide leading into the symposium and on the day of the event.


DE School News

Bourke Waglet students engaged in their learning

Sustainability Outreach Program – Bourke Walgett SODE

BWSODE had a very different and exciting Integration Day in Week 6 this term! Their friend Wes, who is the Principal of the Warrumbungle National Park Environmental Education Centre, helped to organise a big day of learning. Wes had been to the school’s Walgett Mini-School to teach them about water quality and microorganisms and the students had attended  a camp to the Warrumbungles last year where they learnt about the environment and water quality.

Bourke Walget SODE students

The Sustainability Outreach program was held at the Walgett Primary School and included 180 students from various schools. In groups, the students rotated around to meet expert presenters from places like Siding Spring Observatory, Net Waste, Royal Botanic Gardens, Taronga Zoo and various Environmental Education Centres.

Many of the students were able to make the trek in to school for this day and rotated around four activities. First, they made bees wax wraps to use instead of plastic wrap and made pledges to use less plastic. Then they learnt about edible seeds from a lady from the Royal Botanic Gardens. After that they learnt how to make seedling planters out of recyclable materials and also how to make soil. At the end of the day they were lucky enough to stop by the Zoomobile where they learnt about animal habitats and got to get up close to a variety of animals including lizards and echidnas.

It was a fantastic day for the students to all get together and to meet new friends and experts in their fields.

NSW School of Languages Newsletter

In this newsletter edition you will read articles, such as:

  • Principal news with an update on their move
  • Year 12 Student Leadership Seminar, and
  • Language specific news

Please contact Hilary Hughes, Principal of NSWSOL on 02 9381 4800.

Happenings at Broken Hill SOTA

The SOTA executive staff of both the Hay and Broken Hill campuses met in Mildura in week 7 for a productive two days of executive planning. The executive team are working together to create “one school”.

SOTA has implemented three professional learning communities to drive the improvement they want to create. The executive and one co-leader lead these. The strategy has allowed for additional time for other initiatives to be implemented.

SOTA has also implemented three professional learning communities to drive improvements across the school.

Staff are also busy doing their core work of teaching, as well as taking on other tasks to contribute to the DE school’s community across the state, such as two executives coordinating the DE Primary Collegial Network and another staff member working with RDE on the development of the “Supervisor’s Support Manual”.

For more information, please contact the SOTA principal, Kylie Green, on 0880873565.

Building Update for Finigan SODE

The new building for Finigan SODE is well and truly underway. David McLeod, Coordinator RDE, visited the school site and said, “After visiting Karabar this morning I took the opportunity to photograph Finigan and was super impressed with the progress…”.



Southern Cross SODE newsletter

In this edition of the SCSODE newsletter you will read articles, about:

  • Language News for secondary and primary
  • School community news
  • School holiday programs, and
  • Student leadership and market day

Please contact Danny Henman, principal of SCSODE, on 02 6681 0300.


DE Collegial Network News

Coordinators are busy planning

The DE Collegial Network Coordinators are currently collating their network plans which identify their networks major activites and the costs associated with their work. These plans provide information that can be shared with their principals and the RDE team.

The major aims of the networks are to create a culture of sharing and collaborative resource development.

Our thanks to the coordinators for their hard work in coordinating their networks.

DE Collegial Network Coordinators Details

For information about a collegial network please contact the appropriate network coordinator.

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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