DE News: 2012-T3-Week 05

“Quality is more important than quantity. One home run is better than 2 doubles." Steven Jobs

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Interesting and special happenings at Sydney DEHS and Southern Cross DEC. To know more read their newsletters by clicking on the school name.

Sydney DEHS: Olympic Competitors, Music and Bub's Day, Year 10& 11 Visual Arts Excursion

Southern Cross: Creative Students, Creative Teachers, Creative Learning Programs

Open HS - Student wins Silver Medal at the Olympics

Many teachers at Open HS were glued to their televisions to watch one of their French students, Jessica Fox, win a silver medal in the K1 event at the 2012 Olympics. How exciting!

Broken Hill SOTA Community Meeting

Approximately 30 supervisors attended a full day meeting held at the school to receive an update of the progress of the DE Satellite program, technology support from RDE and to share their thoughts on closing learning gaps for their students.

A number of great ideas were offered by the supervisors that could benefit DE schools across the state, such as:

  •  Identifying the characteristics of a quality DE supervisor, DE teacher and DE student 
  • Video conferences for supervisors on aspects of learning
  • Short "how to" video clips on specific teaching points . Forums for supervisors to share and seek support

Ongoing conversations will be conducted by the principal, Peter Farquar at staff meetings, P&C and School Council meetings.

Kym Knight, Coordinator RDE will be having discsussions with other schools to create a coodinated view of the   characteristics of quality supervisors.

Dubbo SODE K-6 Student Camp

DSODE held their Term 3 K-6 camp in week 3. Isolated students, travellers and a new student to DE attended the camp.

Excursion to Wambangalang Envirionmemntal Ed CentreIt was a busy week as always, with the following activities taking place:

  • School photos
  • Excursion to Wambangalang Environmental Education Centre "
  • Happy Birthday Peter Rabbit' at the Dubbo Theatre
  • Class time, and also 
  • Small Schools Athletics Carnival.

The students, saff and suoervisors look forward to these school events and value the opportunty to meet as a group and further develop their relationships.

Collegial Network News

The Legal Studies Network! 

 Louise Woods and members of the legal studies networkLouise Woods, Coordinator of the Legal Studies Network and the network members have discussed:

  • Strategies for supporting students with writing extended responses and examples of learning activities being used to support students with extended responses in their weekly work
  • Assessment strategies for Legal Studies and shared examples of assessment tasks for Prelim and HSC Legal Studies
  • Possibility of developing some common resources
  • Useful resources for teaching Legal Studies and compiling a list of websites/texts/DVDs etc teachers are using in their teaching of Legal Studies
  • Conducting a workshop for Legal Studies teachers in 2012 to develop some common assessment tasks and to share resources and strategies
  • Shared ideas about where they want the network to go.

Louise has also been sharing tips about useful resources/websites/apps with members of the network via email.

A workshop for Legal Studies teachers in the Western area is being planned for Term 4 in Dubbo. DE teachers will be invited to attend.

Whilst at the DE Symposium the network group also viewed a powerpoint from LIAC at the State Library in Macquarie St, Sydney to explore resources students can access to support their learning in Legal Studies.

If you think this network is for you please contact Louise Woods, Dubbo SODE 58047086 and louise [dot] woods5 [at] det [dot] nsw [dot] edu [dot] au

Aboriginal Education Network News! Looking for ways to support teachers and their students!

Aboriginal Network at the DE SymposiumWhilst Tamara Smith was seconded to the Teachers Federation Anne Hodgson relieved as the network coordinator. Anne’s first duty as coordinator was at the DE Symposium where she met with the network members and facilitated the 3 network sessions. The members of the network discussed:

  • Strategies of an effective network and how to address Aboriginal Education in DE
  • Resources currently held within schools, resources needed across the network of schools and how to share resources on Equella
  • School structures and policies
  • Personalised Learning Plans (PLP's) - how the DEC's are addressing this, template provided by Karabar DEC. 

At this stage a conference is planned for either week 1, week 8 or 10. Details including date, venue and content will be advertised soon. 

 If you are interested in participating and /or becoming a member of the network please contact Anne Hodgson on 62984333 or email anne [dot] hodgson [at] det [dot] nsw [dot] edu [dot] au

Science Network - DE Teachers focused on Quality Learning!

Science networkTeachers in the Science Network met together in Sydney at the DE Symposium to discuss, share and build collegiality to support each other in the delivery of quality teaching and learning programs. This passionate group of teachers discussed the resources required to support the National Curriculum and how they could share and collaborate to develop resources. We thank Colin MacKay for the enormous amount of work and time he gave to establishing this network.

 The network has a new coordinator: Helen Hamilton, Sydney DEHS. For more information about the network, please contact Helen by her email helen [dot] hamilton3 [at] det [dot] nsw [dot] edu [dot] au or on 0293830200.

 DE Related News

Equella- How others use it!

Over the past 12 months we have been letting you know that TAFE NSW have been using Equella to store and classify materials as part of the TAFE Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Some items in their repository are restricted to students or staff at the specific institute that contributed the resource while others are available to all teachers in NSW that have access to their repository - that includes teachers in distance education.

To access the TAFE Equella go to , use your DEC user name and password and you will be able to access content that is available to all DEC staff.

Australian Curriculum - Teaching and Learning Views!

The Rural and Distance Education Unit has worked in a number of DE schools delivering professional learning to support blended learning and Universal Design for Learning. A visit to the ACARA website will confirm that these skills will continue to be critical as we move to the implementation of the national curriculum. In their overview ACARA writes "The Australian Curriculum sets out what all young people should be taught through the specification of curriculum content and the learning expected at points in their schooling through the specification of achievement standards.

  Each learning area or subject includes:

  • a statement of rationale and a set of aims 
  • an overview of how the learning area is organised 
  •  year level descriptions 
  •  content descriptions (knowledge, understanding and skills) specifying what teachers are expected to teach 
  • content elaborations to provide additional clarity by way of illustrative examples only 
  • achievement standards that describe the quality of learning (the depth of understanding, extent of knowledge and sophistication of skill) expected of students at points in their schooling 
  • annotated student work samples that illustrate the achievement standard at each year level. As the Australian Curriculum is implemented, the available work samples will be enhanced in both volume and range of forms. 
  • a glossary to support consistent understanding of terms used 

'Increasingly, in a world where knowledge itself is constantly growing and evolving, students need to develop a set of skills, behaviours and dispositions, or general capabilities that apply across discipline content and equip them to be lifelong learners able to operate with confidence in a complex, information-rich, globalised world."

"The Australian Curriculum v3.0 Overview." The Australian Curriculum v3.0 . N.p., n.d. Web. 5 Aug. 2012.

Brain-NeuronesBrains and Technology

Have you been wondering about your students brains and how they are wired? Brains Learning Technology website and Rick Van Sant's blog  may povide you with some answers. Rick Van Sant, Ph.D. is the Director of the Center for Faculty Development at Abu Dhabi University.  His blog provides information on the brain (neurobiology) learning and technology, as well aslinks to articles, summaries and opinions about the current state of research into this brand new field.


Principles of Multimedia Learning

Richard Mayer’s cognitive theory of multimedia learning is based on three main assumptions: there are two separate channels (auditory and visual) for processing information; there is limited channel capacity; and that learning is an active process of filtering, selecting, organizing, and integrating information. Listed below are the key principles from Mayer’s research. They are important considerations for teachers when designing digital learning resources. Download a copy now or retrieve a copy of this resource from the Non-teaching Materials collection on Equella.

Multimedia Learning

Upcoming Events!

"Equella-The Nuts & Bolts."

Book time with the RDE team to support you with training in the use and application of Equella.

Please contact Kym Knight to organise your school's training. Kym's details are 63348074 or kym [dot] knight [at] det [dot] nsw [dot] edu [dot] au

Professional Learning Offered by the RDE Unit

Please contact Kym Knight or Greg Alchin on 0263348070 if you would like one of these workshops presented at your school.

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