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Planned Outage - 4th & 5th of September 2014

Planned Outage - 4th & 5th of September 2014

Both this site  and the will be down for most of the 4th and 5th September 2014. The reason for this planned  outage is to switch over from our existing web server to our new web publishing system which has been built on our test server at

The change to the new system is being introduced because it:

  • offers a mobile friendly responsive design
  • Is cheaper to run and maintain as it leverages all the features offered by Wordpress.
  • Hosted by Edublog’s Campuspress system which safely and securely  manages major online networks for Universities and schools around the world.

The change to a new publishing system was also the opportunity to critically review existing use of the site and and the resources held on it especially in light of the introduction of the NSW Syllabuses for the Australian curriculum.

The new site hosts a collection of the professional learning resources that were developed by NSW teachers and consultants involved with the NSW Country Areas Program during the time of the program. These resources are available as a zipped archives for download, use  and re-purpose in your classroom under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial 3.0 Unported License.

Thank you for your understanding during our upgrade.

DE News Week 8, Term 3, 2014

In this edition, Northern Border Senior Access Program - Camp NBSA, DE Networks(Middle Years and DELITe), CitC HSC Revision Day, RDE News and Jobs. Please note that our Newsletter format is changing as part of the site upgrade. See the new style that will come  in next week on our test site.

DE News 2014-T3-Week-07

Making their Day

In this edition: Virtual Secondary School, Southern Cross Triple J interview, Virtual Secondary School, Curriculum Advisors FISHing,


Snap Happy Banner

snap is a photographic competition open to current students and staff in NSW DEC rural and remote schoolssnap is hosted by the Rural and Distance Education Team. In each student category, it is the students who must compose and take the photo.  Each category winner will  receive a 32gb iPad Mini! 

World's biggest classroom

The Worlds’ Biggest Classroom project incorporates the theme of the Schools Spectacular with additional information on the web site. This year one of the two main themes is about commemorating the beginning of the Anzac Centenary 2014-2018. The materials support the development of student presentations for the question: "What does remembrance and service to country mean to you?"

Issue 5 English 7-12 eNewsletter

English newsletters

The latest issue is out and it is full to the brim with great resources. Some highlights include:

  • Making Movies: A free online teaching resource from IP AwarenessA comprehensive guide to the film production process and the people who make movies.  Click on the image to download the PDF.
  • Roads to Refuge - This is a brilliant new site with great resources and teaching ideas including videos, readings and links to other resources and sites.  A DEC, UNSW and Centre for Refugee collaboration. 
  • Kampung Boy - A brilliant autobiographical graphic novel. it is a fabulous book for Stage 4. It would work brilliantly for representing the self, narrative voice, representation and intercultural understanding. There are some extra resources available for the book at the publisher's website:Wilkins Farago 

DART Connections Events

DART Connections promo

Some of the latest virtual excursions available from our Connections team include:

Secondary PDHPE News

In the latest edition of the PDHPE E-newsletters  (PDF or DOC) , you'll find articles about: Crossroads review, Literacy and the continuum in PDHPE, CAFS network, South West Sydney School Sport Association Facebook page, Upcoming professional learning, resources and events.

DE News 2014-T3-Week-04

Grand opening of Central Coast Learning Hub

In this edition: PD at Dubbo SODE, Sydney DEHS Newsletter, BH SOTA HBDI workshop, DE Collegial network news,

Copyright in schools

Copyright OK

Changes to the Copyright Act and what technologies teachers are using in the classroom means that it is important for teachers to keep up to date about this important issue.  Please note that Smartcopying  is the Official Guide to Copyright Issues for Australian Schools and TAFE.