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Lena Arena Project Coordinator, DER Sydney Region [email protected] Year 10 History class – Caringbah High School. Action Learning Project. 11 schools engaged in Action Learning Projects. Over 80 teachers involved. In-school DER Leaders.

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Lena Arena

Project Coordinator, DER Sydney Region

[email protected]


Action Learning Project

11 schools engaged in Action Learning Projects

Over 80 teachers involved


In-school DER Leaders

13 schools with in-school DER Curriculum Leaders

Over 18 in-school DER Curriculum Leaders

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Kingsgrove High School
  • Year 10 Science class
    • Using Flash to explain newton’s laws.
  • Year 11 Studies of Religion
    • Audacity and Premiere Elements – major project

Student Engagement

Student Learning – Student Work Samples


Curriculum Content

Innovative use of Technology

caringbah high school
Caringbah High School
  • Faculty based teams – teacher mentors trained
  • History/English Year 10 class:
    • Edmodo (communication within class and with a school outside the region)
    • Glogster – posters
    • Dreamweaver – websites (Australia and the wars)
    • Freemind – mind mapping
    • Audacity – record narration
    • Premiere Elements – video editing
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Caringbah High School
  • Creating and filming documentaries
  • Weekly VC’s with Macquarie University
  • Use of LAMS by students to create their own learning pathway

New ways of learning

Year 10 History work samples - websites

focus on teaching learning
FOCUS on Teaching & Learning

Cross faculty Rich Assessment Task – ICT skills assessed

Teachers teach their subject content and give regular meaningful feedback on progress throughout the unit.


Teachers assess their own subject outcomes and explicit feedback through the marking rubric

ICT skills assessed

penshurst girls high school
Penshurst Girls’ High School
  • All Year 9 History task
  • Original task adapted to include use of technology and DER netbooks
  • The Depression – students use webcam to video their speech about life in the Depression
  • Student engagement in task – even students who usually not engaged in completing tasks
  • Quality of student work very pleasing
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Penshurst Girls’ High School
  • Adobe Portfolio distributed to students
    • Task
    • Task scaffold
    • Instructional videos on use of webcam
    • Marking criteria
  • Teacher created work sample
more examples
More examples
  • Lucas Heights Community School
    • Mentoring by in-school DER leader
    • Cross faculty
    • Teachers developing KLA specific classroom resources
  • Menai High School
    • All Year 9 multi-media assessment task - Sustainability – open ended task
    • Use of Edmodo, blogEd, Audacity, OnenOte, Premiere Elements
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More Examples
  • Dulwich High School of Visual Arts and Design
    • Team of mentors
    • Allocated professional learning afternoons
    • Choice of content
    • Beginner group
    • Sharing experiences/resources at end of program

Teacher Professional Learning

DER Specific 4 Day Project

Software Skills Workshops

the future
The future?
  • Funding to support DER until the end of 2012
  • Sydney Region will be funded to provide support till the end of 2012
  • Funding available to schools for DER related projects in the next financial year.