DE News 2018 T2 W10

Published on: Author: martindickens


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

Registration Process

Registration – MyPL: MyPL registration details are RG03539

Registration – Workshops and Network Sessions: A google form link will be provided to individuals after they have registered on MyPL for selection of their workshop and Network Session

NESA Accreditation:The symposium is accredited with NESA for 12 hours at Proficient

Program: Information about the symposium program is now available.

Program outline: The program comprises of two keynote presentations, 24 workshops and 16 network sessions.


Keynote presenters information

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 affects 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.

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

DE School News

Mungo National Park

Broken Hill School of The Air- Mungo Cluster Day

Recently, Broken Hill School of the Air conducted a cluster day for their students at Mungo National Park. This day was a highlight on the agenda with teachers and students looking forward to getting together to share in the learning experience.

Students from preschool through to year 6 travelled many kilometres to attend this fun day. The dust clouds from the convoy of 4WD’s carrying the children could be seen for miles. A busy, fun and informative day was experienced by all.

Read all about their adventures in this article.

For further information please contact SOTA (Broken Hill) on 0880873565.

Southern Cross SODE News letter

In this newsletter you will read articles about:

  • Southern Cross SODE HSIE Faculty

    HSIE Primary news, HSIE Faculty

  • Stage 4, 5 and 6 Geography
  • Legal Studies, Business Studies, Economics
  • Commerce, Financial Management
  • Studies of Religion
  • Society and Culture
  • International Studies
  • Work Studies, and
  • Virtual Excursions

Please contact Southern Cross SODE on 66810300 for more information.

Sam Nelson and his Micro:bit Journey

Sam Nelson

Sam Nelson, teacher at Southern Cross SODE, has been on a very exciting journey for the last few years. He has been providing professional learning, teaching resources to help teachers deliver lessons involving coding. Sam’s has delivered professional learning to colleagues within his school and across DE Schools, at the 2017 Rural and Remote Conference, Edutech conference and the Inspire Innovate Conference, to name just a few. Along the way, many staff and students have become involved and co-presented with him.

Sam will be presenting at the upcoming DE Symposium , “4 -Cable Futures” being held on 9 and 10 August in Sydney.

More information about Sam’s journey can be read in this article written by Jason Ferns, Head Teacher Southern Cross SODE.

Students presenting with Sam and Martin Dickens (RDE Officer)

SODE students teaching high school students


DE Collegial Network News

Collegial Networking is the Way to Go

Do you want to:

  • join a DE Collegial Network,
  • network with your colleagues,
  • collaborate with your colleagues to create learning materials, and
  • share in professional learning activities?

If the answer is yes please contact Kym Knight at RDE on 63340874 or email her at


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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