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 BREAKING NEWS
London terrorist attack
ABC News, 23 Mar 2017
UK flagA
n attacker driving a car has run down people on London's Westminster Bridge and stabbed a police officer in the Parliament House precinct, killing at least four people and injuring about 20.
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TASMANIAN SCHOOLS
New Dunalley Primary opened
Tas Govt media release, 22 Mar 2017
Southern TasmaniaThe rebuilt Dunalley Primary School was opened today by the Minister for Education and Training, Jeremy Rockliff.
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ANZAC COMMEMORATIONS
Simpson Prize winners announced
Tas Govt media release, 22 Mar 2017
Simpson PrizeTwo students from St Patrick's College, Launceston, were the Tasmanian winner and runner-up in the Simpson Prize awards following their research on soldiers who fought at the Western Front.
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LITERACY
Pause for thought over serial commas
The Conversation (opinion by Roslyn Petelin), 21 Mar 2017
LiteracyThe outcome of a US lawsuit has strengthened the case for using the serial comma, to the consternation of many people.
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HEALTH
EpiPens recalled
ABC News, 21 Mar 2017
EpiPenFour batches of EpiPens, all with April 2017 expiry dates, have been recalled as they may contain a defective part.
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STUDENT SUPPORT
Learning difficulties program questioned
ABC News, 21 Mar 2017
Arrowsmith programThere is no definitive proof of the effectiveness of the expensive Arrowsmith program which claims to change the brains of students with dyslexia by using neuroplasticity exercises, experts warn.
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HEALTH AND NUTRITION
Bread and wraps salt alarm
The Conversation (opinion by Clare Farrand and Jacqui Webster), 21 Mar 2017
WrapsMany breads and wraps contain far more salt than people realise, exposing them to increased risk of high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke, two researchers from the George Institute for Global Health write.
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Bullet Salt awareness needed over bread in school lunches, SBS, 21 Mar 2017

CURRICULUM
Fake news testing looms
The Telegraph (UK), 20 Mar 2017
OECDThe OECD will expand its global testing of 15-year-olds next year to measure the ability of students to distinguish between fake news and real news.
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TASMANIAN SCHOOLS
Upgrade tenders
stuff.co.nz, 18 Mar 2017
RefurbishmentTenders have been advertised for upgraded facilities at the following schools:
Bullet Somerset Primary
Bullet Trevallyn Primary
Bullet Deloraine Primary.
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SEX EDUCATION
Who's teaching consent?
stuff.co.nz, 18 Mar 2017
New Zealand flagThe issue of the responsibilities of schools and parents to teach young people about sexual consent has been the focus of a public demonstration by New Zealand students and comments by a variety of New Zealand academics.
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Bullet Schools already teach about sexual consent, stuff.co.nz, 14 Mar 2017
Bullet Teaching sexual consent is the responsibility of parents, not teachers, stuff.co.nz (source: Dominican Post), 18 Mar 2017

CYBERSAFETY
eSmart Schools named
Tas Govt media release, 17 Mar 2017
BullyingTwenty-three government schools will trial the eSmart Schools program to promote student cybersafety in partnership with the Alannah and Madeline Foundation, education minister Jeremy Rockliff says.
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Bullet $157,000 pa anti-cyberbullying program launched at Port Sorell Primary, The Advocate, 17 Mar 2017
Bullet Longford Primary, Deloraine High tackle bullying, The Examiner, 18 Mar 2017

TASMANIAN POLITICS
Bryan Green resigns
ABC News, 17 Mar 2017
Bryan GreenRebecca White
Tasmanian Opposition leader Bryan Green has resigned as the leader of the Parliamentary Labor Party, and has been replaced as party leader and hence as Opposition leader by Rebecca White...
Bullet Green resigns, The Examiner, 17 Mar 2017
Bullet Bryan Green resigns, The Mercury, 17 Mar 2017
Bullet Public education continues to be a priority, says Rebecca White, ABC News, 17 Mar 2017

EARLY CHILDHOOD
Childcare consultation continues
Tas Govt media release, 16 Mar 2017
Early learningMichael White, Director of MW Group Consulting, has been appointed to assist in the state government's consultation with the early childhood and childcare sector over the change to a lower school starting age.
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SEXUAL ABUSE
Another teacher charged
ABC News, 16 Mar 2017
JusticeAnother former Collegiate teacher has been charged with maintaining a sexual relationship with a student. The charge relates to the 1990s and the teacher has pleaded guilty.
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Bullet New What did the school know?, ABC News, 21 Mar 2017

STUDENT BEHAVIOUR
Kids behaving badly: Tassie the worst
ABC News, 16 Mar 2017
PISAAustralian classroom discipline is a "problematic situation" according to the Programme for International Student Assessment's PISA 2015 [pdf] report, with Tasmania having the worst disciplinary climate in science (the subject used as a sample) classrooms of all the states (page 279).
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Bullet PISA 2015: Reporting Australia's Results [pdf]

BULLYING
The reluctance to ask for help
The Conversation (opinion by Kenneth Rigby), 16 Mar 2017
BullyingThere are many possible reasons why bullied students do not ask for assistance from teachers, but for those who speak up there is a variety of interventions a teacher can undertake, an academic writes.
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Bullet Bullying interventions in schools: Six major approaches [doc file], Ken Rigby

STUDENT HEALTH
Four meningococcal cases this year
ABC News, 15 Mar 2017
Meningococcal (Image: SA Health)People in contact with a Gagebrook Primary student with meningococcal disease have been given antibiotics as a precaution, as Tasmania records its fourth victim this year compared with five for the whole of last year.
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SCIENCE EDUCATION
Tassie top state in science improvement
ACARA, 15 Mar 2017
ScienceTasmanian students have shown the best improvement in science literacy according to ACARA's National Assessment Program - Science Literacy assessments.
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Bullet Australian students fall in science and mathematics, ABC News, 15 Mar 2017
Bullet More engagement in science needed, The Conversation (opinion by Russell Tytler and Vaughan Prain), 15 Mar 2017
Bullet But scientific literacy in Tasmania significantly lower than OECD average, PISA 2015 report

 

TASMANIAN FIRES

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Education links for Tasmanian teachers

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Dates

World Meteorological Day:
Thu 23 Mar 2017

Earth Hour:
8.30pm, Sat 25 Mar 2017

Purple Day (epilepsy):
Sun 26 Mar 2017

World Salt Awareness Week ends:
Sun 26 Mar 2017

World Backup Day:
Fri
31 Mar 2017

National Youth Week:
Fri 31 Mar- Sun 9 Apr

April Fool's Day:
Sat 1 Apr 2017

World Autism Awareness Day: Sun 2 Apr

Tas daylight saving ends: Sun 2 Apr

Landmine Aw. Day: Tue 4 Apr 2017

World Health Day: Fri 7 Apr 2017

Last day of Term 1 for some students:
Wed 12 Apr 2017

Moderation Day (K-10): Thu 13 Apr 2017

Last day of Term 1: Thu 13 Apr 2017

Good Friday: Fri 14 Apr 2017

Easter break and Term 1-2 break begin:
Fri 14 Apr 2017


World Creativity and Innovation Wk: Sat 15 - Fri 21 Apr

Easter Monday: Mon 17 Apr 2017

World Haemophilia Day: Mon 17 Apr 2017

Easter Tuesday (restricted pub. hol.): Tue 18 Apr 2017

Aust. Heritage Festival: Tue 18 Apr - Sun 21 May 2017

Earth Day: Sat 22 Apr 2017

Anzac Day:
Tue 25 Apr 2017

Girls in ICT Day (Facebook): Thu 27 Apr 2017

Term 2 begins:
Mon 1 May 2017

TERM DATES     ON THIS DAY

 

 

 TASMANIA

   

Dept of Education
Education Department, Tasmania
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     Email

The new Tasmanian whole-of-government email system.  From home, teachers should precede their username with education\

New email system

http://mail.connect.tas.gov.au

The above whole-of-government email system replaces the old "Microsoft Outlook Web Access" system.

Bullet See also our Email Help page

Bullet You can also find email addresses here:
Tasmanian Government Directory - look up people and departments
Tas. Govt Directory

Intranet of the Education Department, for employees only. From home, precede your username with education\ (or eos\ or schools\ if appropriate).
DoE Staff Intranet (pw required)

vKey Tas
vKey (pw)
SARIS Tas - Student Assessment and Reporting Information System
SARIS (pw)

 

 

 

 

 


 
The eCentre has been replaced by the Curriculum Support Centre (pw required)

 


Tasmania Online - "Your comprehensive guide to Tasmania on the web"
Tasmania Online search

Bullet See also our Search help page

 

 

     

 NATIONAL

   

The links formerly listed here are now on a separate page as National education links

 

INDEX MEDIA RELEASES

 

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Administration

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Computing help

Curriculum 1

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Educational institutions

Email help

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Find an email address

Help

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Password/username help

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Computing help
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TASMANIA

AUSTRALIA

Our Tasmanian state election 2014 page is still useful for obtaining some old policies and news releases

 
 

Subjects and learning

Resources

Subjects and learning areas

See our learning areas page

Curriculum Support Centre (formerly eCentre) - pw required

Tasmanian eSchool


 Libraries

LINC Tasmania (formerly State Library of Tasmania)
LINC stands for Learning and Information Network Centre.
TALIS - library catalogues
eMagazines  (Zinio), eBooks, eAudio, eMusic
Information resources roundup
For Kids State Library's web page for young people
Tasmania's Heritage "Historical, archival and contemporary Tasmanian information, images and more"

Media

ABC schools TV schedules
ABC: Behind the News (BTN)

Educational institutions

 Administration

Schools, colleges, further education

See our Educational institutions page.

 

Qualifications
TQA (subsumes TASSAB)
Tasmanian Qualifications Authority (formerly TASSAB). Manages the awarding of post-year 10 education and training qualifications.

Style Guides and Govt (pw)
DoE:Practical Writing Manual (style guide) [pdf] (pw)

Guidelines for Inclusive Language, DoE [pdf]

Tas Treasury Style Guide [pdf]
Style guide and logo policy (Tas Govt logo)

Tas Govt Communications Policy

Employment

Human Resources
Employment in the Dept of Education
Vacancies in Dept of Ed
E-Pool

Teachers Registration Board


Infostream (Dept notices)

Young people

Other education links

Children and Youth Affairs

Linkzone - information and services for young Tasmanians

National Youth Week - national site

Youth Network of Tasmania (YNOT) - non-government sector peak body

Commissioner for Children (Department of Health, Tasmania) 

Other education links

Department of Education (Australian Government)

Tasmanian Association of State School Organisations Inc (TASSO) - Facebook 1, Facebook 2)

Our Children Our Schools (Vic.)

Independent Schools Tasmania

Tasmanian Catholic Education Office

Independent Education Union Victoria Tasmania

 

Personal business

Personal business

AEU: Australian Education Union Tas. Branch
Media releases (State)
Media releases (Federal)
Union Shopper
Teachers Registration Board

ATO: Australian Taxation Office
See box "Teachers and tax" below
myGov login (Aust Govt services)
RBF: Retirement Benefits Fund
TASS: Tas Assoc of State Superannuants
Superannuation reforms (15 Sep 2016)

Service Tasmania

 Teachers & Tax 2015, 2016

Australian Tax Office:

Teachers - claiming work-related expenses (5 Oct 2016)
See also:
- Industries and Occupations
- Decuctions you can claim 2016
-
Deduction questions
2015

Tips:
SMH tax page
(2016)

Finance

CREDIT UNIONS:

B&E

myState

BIG FOUR BANKS:

ANZ

Cwlth

National

Westpac

OTHER BANKS:

Adelaide

Macquarie

Bank of Qld

Members Equity

BankWest

St George

Bendigo

Suncorp

Citibank

 

Consumer information

Choice bank comparisons
Superguide
(Superannuation)
MoneySmart: financial calculators
RACT Fuel Watch
ScamWatch
Currency conversion: current exchange rates

 

Anzac Day
 25 April

Anzac Day Websites

Classroom activities
Units, downloads
Craft activities
Colour-in drawings

Ceremonies
Music
Crosswords
Word searches
Anzac biscuits
Anzac Day Clash

Anzac Kids (online activities)

Word Puzzles
Quick games
Other games
Videos

Poppy Time

Craft, wreaths
Jigsaw puzzles
Lesson activities

 

 

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New & useful websites

 
COMPUTER EDUCATION
Digital Technologies Hub
Digital Technologies HubActivity suggestions and other resources to support teachers, students and parents in pursuing the coding and other digital elements of the Australian Curriculum. Financed by the Australian Government.

Bullet New sites continued below

Online news sources

Ed news (Aust): 
SMH   Age   ABC

Ed news (Aust) - search:
Goog

Ed news (Int): 
NZ   US   UK   UK(TN)   Ed Wld   Ed Wk   Gua   Alltop   RCE

Ed news (Int) - search:  
Goog

Ed opinion (Aust):   
Conv
 
 EdHQ

Aust news: 
ABC   SMH   Age   Aust   HS   ND   Gua   Huff    news
  Intcdr

Aust news live: 
ABC24   ABC NewsRadio   ABC Lvstrms (radio)

Aust news search: 
ABC 

Tas news: 
Merc  Ex  Ad  ABC   ABCHob   ABC NTas  Y7  TTimes

Tas ed:  
Ex   TTimes   Goog  

Tas sport:
Merc   Ex   Ad    ABC

 

 

New sites (cont'd)


WOMEN
Women in Tasmania
Tasmanian government website containing links to the Tasmanian Women's Plan 2013-18 and other policies, programs and resources related to women (media release, 18 Mar 2018).
Bullet FacebookSee also the Women in Tasmania Facebook Page.

LITERACY AND NUMERACY
Learning Potential Resources
Learning PotentialThis federal government website augments the Learning Potential app in giving parents ideas on how to improve their children's literacy and numeracy skills at home. (Media release, 20 Feb 2017)

MEDIA LITERACY
5 Ways Teachers Are Fighting Fake News
NPR EdResearch shows students need to be taught the critical thinking skills necessary to distinguish between fake and genuine news stories. (NPR, 16 Feb 2017)

THE CURRENCY
New $10 banknote
$10 banknote
A new $10 banknote will be circulated in September 2017.
The following RBA pages for teachers and students deal with notes and coins generally:
Dot Learning About Banknotes
Dot Activities and interactive games

BULLYING
Bullying No way!
Bullying No Way!
National Day of Action
Schools can register to participate in Bullying No Way!'s National Day of Action to be held on Friday 17 March 2017. (Media release.)

ONLINE SECURITY
My Guide
My GuideMy Guide (2MB pdf file) is a short guide from the Australian Government's Stay Smart Online website that encourages people to develop safe online security habits in relation to:
Dot privacy
Dot passphrases
Dot suspicious messaging
Dot surfing safely
Dot online finances and payments
Dot tablets and mobiles
Dot backups and protection
Dot reporting scams

EDUCATION POLICY
5 Big Ideas in Education that Don't Work
NPR EdThe University of Melbourne's Professor John Hattie examined over 1,000 analyses of interventions to improve learning, finding five common ideas that should be examined very critically:
Dot judging schools by minimum achievement standards
Dot using achievement tests to measure schools and countries
Dot believing that school choice improves outcomes
Dot believing that small classes improve outcomes
Dot believing that more money improves outcomes

2016 IN REVIEW
Education Research Highlights from 2016
Edutopia
Edutopia has highlighted fourteen 2016 education research findings (for the USA). For example:
Dot science students' motivation is boosted by learning about the struggles faced by famous scientists
Dot distinguishing between fake news and genuine news is difficult for students
Dot teachers and students feel stressed but there are ways to counter stress
Dot the competitiveness of game-based learning yields better student results

SPORT
Yacht Tracker
Sydney-HobartSee where the yachts in the Sydney-Hobart Yacht Race are right now (well, about ten minutes ago).

TASMANIAN HISTORY
One Hell of an Inferno
Bushfires exhibition, TMAGThe Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery's commemoration of the Tasmanian bushfires of 1967, One Hell of an Inferno, is on display until Sunday 19 March 2017. (See Tas Govt media release, 15 Dec 2016.)

TASMANIAN HISTORY
Stories of the '67 Bushfires
'67 Bushfires
Story map using the spoken or written words of southern Tasmanians who experienced Black Tuesday, 7 February 1967.
To zoom in, double-click on any area away from the location icons.

LITERACY
The Big 6 of Reading Articles
APPAThese succinctly written information and advice articles on key elements of literacy, commissioned by the Australian Primary Principals Association, should be required reading for all teachers:
- Vocabulary [pdf]
- Comprehension [pdf]
- Phonological Awareness [pdf]
- Phonics [pdf]
- Fluency [pdf]
- Oral language [pdf]

US ELECTION
Election 2016: Lesson Plans and Digital Resources for Educators
Vote (Image: Edutopia)Links to educational resources on the US election. Examples:
- Election Glossary [pdf]
- News for Students
- Great Free Resources

US ELECTION
How does voting in America compare to Australia?
US election (ABC News)
The vital differences between the US and Australian electoral systems are outlined. (ABC News)




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