DE News 2018 T3 W02

Published on: Author: martindickens

“Start today in the way you want to be remembered.”

Distance Education Symposium – LAST WEEK TO REGISTER

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: 2018 Distance Education Symposium Program and Workshop Synposes is now available.

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)

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

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


Rural and Distance Education News

RDE staff at their training day

Rural and Distance Education Team – Semester 2 Development Day

On the 25th July, the Rural and Distance Education Team completed their Term 3 Staff Development Day which featured a range of professional learning workshops and activities. During the day, the team undertook learning which included:

  • updates and reflection on the ‘FISH’ philosophy
  • technology update – including the newly release STEM Share resource, use of Microsoft Teams and Google Hangouts
  • Halsey Report reflection – including brainstorming and planning sessions to address recommendations in the Independent Review into Rural and Remote Education
  • mandatory training modules for all department staff.

All processes and training during the day led to robust discussions and further project planning for the RDE team in 2019. The team looks forward to the next development day in Term 4!

NSW SOL are in their new building

Congratulations to NSWSOL who have made a smooth transition into their new premises. The teachers and students have been very patient for the last few years whilst the preparation, building and movement has occurred.

We know the teachers and staff will enjoy their new location and space.

Other News

State Library

The State Library is undwertaking a regional tour for Dtage 6 Extension History and English. This could be very valuable for stage 6 teachers. See link for more information.

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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