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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