DE News 2018 T3 W06

Published on: Author: martindickens


AADES information



The Australasian Association of Distance Education Schools (AADES) is holding its biennial conference in Hobart next year from 2-3 May. AADES is now calling for workshops and presentations. Applications close on the 2nd October 2018.

It would be great to see NSW representation. Applications to present at the conference must have Principal endorsement prior to submission.

Further information can be accessed here

Next year’s theme is “From the Ends of the Earth to Connected Learners.”

Rural and Distance Education News

Sam Nelson working with Nyngan PS Stage 3 students to code micro:bit devices

STEM Engagement with Micro:bit in Rural Schools – Small Schools Project

On 23 August, Kimberley Hill and Martin Dickens (Rural and Distance Education) along with Sam Nelson and Toby Ratcliffe (Southern Cross School of Distance Education) travelled to Nyngan Public School to deliver a one day, professional learning workshop involving STEM learning and Micro:bit technology.

This professional learning workshop was designed to target small public schools around the state, providing a flexible model of professional learning where teachers could participate either by video conference or face to face. During the day, teachers across 10 schools were introduced to the micro:bit hardware and software technologies, followed by a practical workshop where teams of teachers planned and developed learning activities using the technology in their own school. These schools will later connect by video conference to showcase the results with their students, providing an opportunity to share coding experiences with other schools across the state.

At the end of the day, Sam and the team were fortunate to visit a Stage 3 class at Nyngan Public to deliver the program to their students. This involved a lively introduction by Sam to the program, culminating in students using computers to code micro:bit devices that were able to run independently. The students were very engaged using their micro:bits, with many advancing to higher levels of programming during the 45 minute lesson.

A special thank you to Kylie Pearce, Principal of Nyngan Public School and her team for helping us coordinate this valuable professional learning experience for our rural teachers.

School News

Riverina Access Program recognised for great educational delivery


Steph Cooke, Member for Cootamundra and James Gordon Head Teacher Riverina Access Program during Steph’s visit to the RAP Access program schools to see their innovative program

The success and uniqueness of the Riverina Access program was acknowledged in parliament during Education Week by Steph Cooke, Member for Cootamundra who visited a number of the schools in her electorate, including the Riverina Access Program schools. During the visit she was pleased to see that the schools participating in the Access program were authentic places of connection and community hubs. As noted in the Hansard transcript of her address to parliament she recognised the success of the schools to “join forces to deliver the best outcomes for senior students……and how our schools innovate to allow students to stay in their towns and access an exceptional level of resources and learning experiences in nothing short of awesome”.

Congratulations to the Riverina Access Program schools for their outstanding work in driving quality learning experiences for their stage six students.

For more information about the Riverina Access Program please contact James Gordon, Head Teacher on  02 69782204.

Southern Cross School of Distance Education

In this edition of the SSCODE newsletter you will read articles related to:

  • Principal’s message
  • History primary news
  • History secondary news, and
  • School/community events

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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