Monday, October 29, 2012

Help save ETIS!! please

I am sharing an important message, with permission, from Marjan, Manager, Education and Training Information Service (ETIS) Strategic Information and Reporting.

"A big thank you to all our clients who have provided feedback on the ETIS closure to the ETIS feedback email or have contacted the Director-General and the D-DGs.  

The feedback period ends this Friday November 2 so if you have not had the time to supply feedback, it is not too late to do so before the end of this week.



We have been informed that the Strategic Information and Reporting Directorate, Office of Education, has identified that the Education and Training Information Service (ETIS) will be closed in December because of current staff cuts. The information and library services ETIS provides will no longer be available.

The Department will lose a service providing principals, teachers and counsellors as well as regional, state office and executive staff with specialised literature searches, alert services, historical services and cost-efficient supply of published researchAccess to the archival collection of departmental publications dating from 1848 will also no longer be available. ETIS is a unique service in the Department used for decision making, policy development, professional learning, quality teaching and evidence based practice.

We invite you to give feedback during the 4 week consultation period which began on 8 October.  This is your opportunity to provide information and examples about how this closure will affect your work. 

You can use and/or forward your feedback to your D D-G until Friday November 2.  Please forward this email to your colleagues.

Feel free to contact me if you would like further details.

Marjan McKeough, Manager - on behalf of the ETIS team

Strategic Information and Reporting
Locked Bag 2006, Strathfield NSW 2135
P: (02) 9715 8357  F: (02) 9715 8292  E:
NSW Department of Education and Communities


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

WEBINAR: How can we ensure that the ICT used enhances learning outcomes?

I am sharing a message from Karen Bonanno for those who are interested: Disclaimer: I have no association with this company nor do I stand to make any profit from any registrations that are made. :) If we are integrating ICT in the curriculum, are we just replacing what we already do well with technology? If so, then why are we doing this? This webinar looks at the pedagogy behind best practice in digital learning and how teaching units can be designed to ensure the ICT used enhances or leverages the learning outcomes. The aim should always be to provide a better or more engaging way of learning for students to not only succeed but to learn more and become highly skilled in learning how to learn. This webinar will be presented by June Wall. June has been a teacher at primary and secondary levels, a lecturer, a professional development and education consultant, teacher librarian and computer coordinator in the government and non government sectors for over 30 years. Her passion has always been designing learning experiences that allow students and teachers to be innovative whilst based on individual inquiry. Join June and I this coming Wednesday, 24 October for this one hour event. The time for this webinar is 7.00 pm to 8.00 pm AEST. For those on Daylight Saving Time, the start time will be one hour later, e.g. Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Hobart the start time will be 8.00 pm. Check the link below to find out the start time in your timezone. Register now at to secure your spot and to receive your unique login web link for the webinar. If you have a colleague who would be interested in this topic, please feel free to forward on the invitation to connect in for this webinar. Regards Karen P.S. Members, please log in to register for this event. P.P.S. Now that Daylight Saving Time is in place, find out the time of this event in your timezone - check the Event Time Announcer: Times around the World Eduwebinar Pty Ltd PO Box 290 Zillmere, QLD 4034 AU