SA - Year 7-10 Music Students Song Writing Day

Students learning Music through Open Access College had the opportunity to attend a Song writing workshop held at the college. Read more about their experience here.
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Play@ASSOA

Play@ASSOA is a fortnightly playgroup delivered through IDL (Interactive Distance Learning) by Alice Springs School of the Air Preschool teacher, Mrs Vicki Skoss. This program is for babies and children from birth to four years, and is broadcast from a studio at ASSOA to children in remote Central Australia.
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VIC - Victorian Premier's Awards 2018

Distance education schools deliver outstanding results. The Distance Education Centre Victoria recently had 5 students recognised for their achievements by the Victorian Premier.
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TAS - Upcoming Webinar - How do we effectively make use of formative assessment strategies in digital environments?

Save the date! The Tasmanian Department of Education will be hosting a free webinar on Wednesay 20 June on how to apply formative assessment strategies in digital learning environments. Details for accessing the webinar will be posted on this website closer to the date.
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QLD - Dr Karl logs in with Year 5 students at Brisbane SDE

Dr Karl Kruslzelnicki recently worked with Year 5 students at Brisbane SDE answering all of their Science related questions.
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TAS - Gifted Online and Online Learning Opportunity programs

Blended learning opportunities for students in Tasmanian government schools are growing rapidly with the implementation of Canvas, our new learning management system. The Department has established a blended learning support team to plan, implement and support the roll out of Canvas and to develop blended learning approaches across Tasmanian public schools. The uptake from primary schools, high schools, district schools and colleges has been inspiring
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SA - Legal Studies Mock Trial

Legal Studies students at Open Access College, Adelaide, recently participated in a Mock Trial. Read here about their experience and how they prepared for the trial as distance education students.
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QLD - Free Webinar - Literacy is Everyone's Business

The next AADES webinar to place in your calendars will be hosted by Capricornia School of Distance Education. The webinar will explain how CSoDE has embedded a whole school literacy approach by upskilling staff and Home Tutors (P-12). Aligning with their school priority, ‘How do we successfully lift student literacy capabilities to meet or exceed year level expectations?’ This webinar is free and access details are available within this article and the webinar section of this website.
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NZ - Te Kura launches new website that includes an online showcase

Te Kura has launched a new website, check it out at www.tekura.school.nz The new website includes access to a showcase of the school’s online learning environment, My Te Kura. Visit Te Kura’s online learning showcase [https://tekura.desire2learn.com/d2l/home/11266 ] Username: showcase Password: showcase
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NSW - Reigniting the Passion for Music

The NSW Distance Education Secondary Music Teachers Network have strengthened their relationships between all five NSW Secondary Distance Education Centres, Southern Cross University, and professional musicians thanks to a recent three-day conference recently held at Goonellabah, Lismore, NSW hosted by Southern Cross School of Distance Education. The State Distance Education Secondary Music Teachers Conference had teachers from each of the five NSW Distance Education Centres in the state in attendance with additional network members from as far as Dubbo School of Distance Education joining in for sessions via Video Conference. Peter Richardson from Camden Haven High School said “This needs to continue. It strengthens and develops the relationship between all Distance Education Centres.” Read more in this article about this wonderful professional learning and networking opportunity.
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NSW - Supporting Language Learning

The NSW School of Languages provides language learning opportunities to students in over 400 schools across NSW via distance education. The school offers courses in 12 languages as well as support for ESL students. This article outlines two recent examples of the support provided to language students by the NSW School of Languages.
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NT: Our young people prepare themselves for the future

Year 9 students from Katherine School of the Air (KSA) and Alice Springs School of the Air (ASSOA) partnered together to become work ready. Collaborating with GTNT, both schools had students working towards their Certificate 1 in Business. Three students successfully completed the whole qualification and a further two received a statement of attainment.
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Vic - National Council meets in Melbourne

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QLD - Upskilling Home Tutors to Improve Reading Outcomes in a Distance Education Setting

The Capricornia School of Distance Education has conducted a “Training SDE Reading Coaches” trial. The program aims to increase capability and confidence of Home Tutors to teach students to read, support teachers in monitoring student literacy behaviours and individual goal setting, and improve reading outcomes for students. This article outlines the program.
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TAS - Grit and Growth Mindset PL Focus

Professional Learning for staff at the Tasmanian eSchool recently has focussed on developing an understanding of the Grit and Growth Mindset theoretical constructs made famous through the bestselling books by Angela Duckworth and Carol Dweck. We have investigated how these ‘big ideas’ can support our work as teachers, specifically how we can employ a growth mindset and a shared language to improve our own teaching and how we can develop a growth mindset/grit philosophy in our students
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NZ - Te Kura Summer School

In the 2015/2016 summer, Te Kura began a Summer School starting with 201 enrolments. The 2017/2018 summer saw this increase to 1358 enrolments due to the success of the program. In three years the program has helped 633 achieve results in their NCEA (National Certificate of Educational Achievement), the main national qualification for secondary students in New Zealand.
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STEM Opportunities at NT School of Distance Education

NTSDE is partnering with schools to provide targeted STEM learning opportunities to students across the NT. There are two programs currently in development.
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Upcoming Webinars - Save the Dates

AADES is continuing its commitment to open windows between our distance education schools across Australasia through a series of webinars in 2018. There will be two free webinars each term over the course of the year. Each webinar will be hosted by a different jurisdiction. Keep an eye on the webinar section of this site for further details. The two webinars for this term will be hosted by the School of Isolated and Distance Education, Western Australia and Open Access College, South Australia.
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WA - School of Isolated and Distance Education Celebrates a Century of Innovation

In 2018 the School of Isolated and Distance Education (SIDE) celebrates 100 years of distance education in Western Australia. SIDE is located in Leederville, an inner city suburb in the Perth metropolitan area and provides K-12 education to remote, rural and isolated students. It continues a tradition of educational service begun by the Correspondence School when it was established in 1918. We invite you to join us and to follow our celebrations.
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Notice of Annual General Meeting

The 2018 Annual Meeting will be held at 11am (AEST) on Friday 23 March. All member schools are invited to attend via WebEx.
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NSW - Project Based Learning (PBL): Can it happen in a DE environment?

Dubbo School of Distance Education worked with Thom Markham from PBLGlobal.com to investigate ways of implementing project based learning in the distance education context. This article is about DSoDE's journey so far.
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QLD - Capricornia STEM pilot project - Building Agriculture Bush-Bots

Primary students build a robotic vehicle for modern agriculture.
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ASSOA Students Experience Civics and Citizenship first hand!

A six-day trip to Canberra delighted 18 Alice Springs School of the Air students, who journeyed to the capital as part of a civics and citizenship study unit. The primary and middle years’ students visited many attractions, including Questacon, Cockington Green Gardens, the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex, Parliament House, the Australian War Memorial, and the Royal Australian Mint.
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NT - At KSA, the Duke is on!

This year Katherine School of the Air implemented the Duke of Edinburgh program into the pastoral care component of their learning pathways. The idea was to effectively transition students into a wider world of opportunity in work and life through Physical Recreation, Skill Development, Community Service, and an Adventurous Journey.
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SA - Alternative Programs Sciworld Come In Day

Open Access College, Adelaide, recently hosted a Science Come in Day by Sciworld for their alternative program students. The day was filled with hands on activities designed to spark student interest and enthusiasm for Science.
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QLD - Longreach SDE Whole School Musical Productions

Longreach School of Distance Education share how they prepare for a whole school musical production. Distance is not a barrier.
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NZ - Echoes of the Sun, collaboration and creativity online

An online collaboration between Te Kura students has been recognised in a New Zealand competition. This successful project was also described in Jan Bolton’s citation when she received a Teaching Excellence Award from AADES. The project included 56 students involved in the song development; writing lyrics, the composition of music that’s both electronic and instrumental, and instrumental and vocal performances.
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Connecting is Learning - AADES Conference 2017

The 2017 AADES Biennial Conference - Connecting is Learning was the biggest and best AADES conference ever. The conference was an opportunity to share the research and ideas that are informing our directions and support of our students. Every moment of the conference was brimming with deep conversation. Delegates have now returned to their schools informed and with new connections to develop and explore. As we all face the challenges of the increasing pace of change AADES has a vital role in connecting our journeys.
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NT - Student Engagement and Support at NTSDE!

The second semester residential school for NTSDE dependent and dual Year 10 and 11 students was held in Darwin in Week 4 this term. 20 participants came from all regions of the Territory.
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Katherine School of the AIr - Write A Book In A Day (WABIAD) Successes!

Katherine School of the Air (KSA) is now a regular participant in the Australia-wide competition Write a Book in a Day (WABIAD). The competition raises money for the KIDS Cancer Project, currently this year they are up to $129, 000. Participants have 12 hours on their chosen day to write and publish a book that will be sent out to kids’ cancer wards in hospitals around Australia. So 12 hours to write a book? That might work well enough when the writers are in one room but how do you achieve this in a distance education setting?
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NSW - Supporting Language Learning in Rural and Remote Areas

The NSW School of Languages has been working on a trial with two remote NSW schools to support the learning of languages in schools where it is difficult to find qualified language teachers. The trial has involved Indonesian teachers Danielle Elvy and Ida Harsojo connecting with between 17-30 students via Adobe Connect and or Skype for live sessions supported with online learning via Moodle. Danielle also visited the schools to run incursion days. Read more about the trial here.
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NSW - Southern Cross School of DE's young composer Tilly Jones and the ACO's Move Program

Tilly is an exceptional young woman from rural NSW who has a passion and love for music and composing. A Year 9 Southern Cross School of Distance Education, Tilly studies a full pattern of study whilst taking additional lessons at the Northern Rivers Conservatorium. She speaks French and Auslan at home with her foster siblings. Tilly is diagnosed with multiple disabilities including cerabal palsy. Tilly and and her carers see what she can do, rather than what she cannot. She is currently in France for six months continuing her studies with Southern Cross School of Distance Education whilst she travels. This article tells the story of Tilly's involvement with the Australian Chamber Orchestra's Move Program.
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QLD - Increasing Physical Activity with the KM Club at Charleville SDE

Charleville School of Distance Education has created the 'Kilometre Club' as a competition that runs between the school's two sporting houses Kanyanna and Narungi. The program encourages students to engage in and track physical activity, gain points for their house and earn 'brag tags'.
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SA - Oaktree Foundation Incursion at Open Access College

The Oaktree Foundation is a movement by young people with the goal of ending poverty. The Foundation believes that extreme poverty is unacceptable. The Foundation recently ran an incursion for Year 9 students at Open Access College, Adelaide linked to curriculum content on natural disasters.
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NZ - Te Kura online, a history of change

Te Kura provides a quality learning experiences via distance education to over 23,000 students across New Zealand. This article covers the school's evolution from the traditional correspondence model to online delivery. The article also discusses the role of Te Kura in the establishment of Communities of Online Learning (COOLs), as legislated in the recently amended New Zealand Education Act.
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NSW - Distance Education Visual Arts Teachers Networking

NSW distance education Visual Arts teachers have a long history of effective networking. The teachers in the network recently met in Canberra to visit galleries, meet with artists and collaborate on teaching and learning ideas.
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NSW - Empowering Staff to Lead Innovation at Southern Cross School of DE

Southern Cross School of Distance Education encourages their teachers to pursue their own ideas around teaching and learning through their Learning Innovation Team (LIT). School staff are invited to submit an expression of interest for a project they’d like to work on. This article provides an overview of the initiative with a focus on a successful staff wellbeing program which was designed and implemented by a member of the school's teaching staff.
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NSW - Collaborative Networks for Resource Creation

New South Wales has a large, distributed network of distance education schools. Over recent years Kym Knight, Project Officer with Rural and Distance Education has worked hard to establish and coordinate collaborative collegial networks across these schools for the development and sharing of materials. This article outlines how these networks operate and includes contact details for further information and ideas.
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Queensland - Catering for Mental Health at Capricornia SDE

Capricornia School of Distance Education show how they live up to the school motto - 'Be different. Make a difference' when catering for students with mental health.
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Queensland - Student Wellbeing at BrisbaneSDE

Brisbane School of Distance Education have an effective whole school student wellbeing program.
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NT School of Distance Education Community Residential School

NTSDE Community Residiental School
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Save The Date!

Don't miss the 2017 AADES Biennial Leaders and Teachers Conference that is being held in Adelaide on 17-18th August 2017.
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New Zealand - Students learn digital publishing

A super heroes fantasy, a political satire and a moral tale based around basketball are the stories a group of Te Kura students have chosen to tell through digital technology.
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Tasmania - Connecting our gifted and talented students online

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Northern Territory - Innovations in Middle Years

Alice Springs School of the Air ran a successful five week online coding competition with its Middle Year students. This article outlines the program and includes feedback from a student.
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Victoria - Levi in Year 9 Proposes a Wonderful Social Project

Levi is a year 9 student enrolled at the Distance Education Centre Victoria. He has experienced the poverty of parts of Cambodia first hand. He now lives in Ballarat but it determined to make a difference for as many people as he can in Cambodia. He writes about his experiences of living there and the social project he is trying to get up and running.
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