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TASMANIAN FIRES

Lefroy & Currie River Dam area fire -
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.38pm, 6 Mar 2015

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EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
Why Sweden's early learning is so good
The Conversation, 6 Mar 2015
Swedish flagSweden leads the world in early childhood education, three academics say...

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
Kinders need 15 hours per week
Tas Govt media release, 6 Mar 2015
KindergartenThe federal government needs to urgently respond to the Education Council's call for a minimum of 15 hours per week for children in kindergarten during the year before entering Grade 1, education minister Jeremy Rockliff says...

TEACHER SALARIES
Unpaid teachers require compensation
TasLabor media release, 5 Mar 2015
Michelle O'ByrneCompensation for teachers who were unpaid for the first month of the year will have to come from taxpayers, Opposition education spokesperson Michelle O'Byrne, says...

EDUCATION BUDGET
Does spending favour private schools?
The Mercury, 5 Mar 2015
Non-government schoolsGreens education spokesperson Nick McKim says the state government has increased funding to private schools while cutting back funding to government schools but education minister Jeremy Rockliff says the same savings measures have been applied to both sectors
..

Bullet Non-government school funding increased but public school funding slashed, Nick McKim, Greens Education Spokesperson, 5 Mar 2015
Training, 5 Mar 2015
Bullet New
Minister has to explain non-government schools increase, Michelle O'Byrne, Opposition Education Spokesperson, 5 Mar 2015

Bullet Percentage increase in funding is 2.6% for government sector but 2.4% for non-government sector, Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Education and Training, 5 Mar 2015
Bullet New If government school funding has increased, how come programs are being slashed?, Nick McKim, Greens Education Spokesperson, 5 Mar 2015

MY SCHOOL WEBSITE
Updated My School data released
ABC News, 5 Mar 2015
My School
ACARA have published school performance and financial data
for 2014 on the My School website...

Bullet My School website
Bullet My School 2015 [pdf], ACARA media release, 5 Mar 2015
Bullet Above-average gains by 15 Tas schools, ABC News, 5 mar 2015
Bullet Parents worry about My School accuracy, The Age, 5 Mar 2015
Bullet New Future improvement at risk due to current cuts, Nick McKim, Greens Education Spokesperson, 5 Mar 2015

STUDENT SUPPORT
Identifying Austism Spectrum Disorder New
The Conversation, 4 Mar 2015
Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder is based on behaviour, not blood or genetics...


STATE OF THE STATE REPLY
UTAS partnership would be expanded
TasLabor website, 4 Mar 2015
Bryan GreenLabor would expand the partnership between the government and UTAS to ensure employers provide input into Tasmania's future education system, Opposition leader Bryan Green said in his State of the State reply speech...
Bullet Greens vision, Kim Booth, Greens leader, 4 Mar 2015

STATE OF THE STATE
Education a feature of Premier's message
Tas Govt media release, 3 Mar 2015
Will HodgmanThe Premier, Will Hodgman, outlined the government's plan for education as part of his State of the State speech delivered in Parliament today...

EDUCATION BUDGET
Parents to rally
The Mercury, 3 Mar 2015
Teacher cutsParents will rally outside Parliament House today (Tuesday) to oppose cuts in education programs and teacher numbers...
Bullet Average class size to remain below 25, Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Education and Training, 3 Mar 2015
Bullet Some classes above 30, says Opposition, ABC News, 3 Mar 2015
Bullet Cuts driving class sizes up, says Opposition, The Examiner, 2 Mar 2015
Bullet Enough is enough, says mum, The Mercury, 4 Mar 2015

STUDENT  WELLBEING
Student poll reveals lack of hope
ABC News, 1 Mar 2015
Sad smileyfaceA Gallup poll shows that students' enthusiasm for school declines year by year and an alarming proportion of students lack hope for the future and believe they will not get a good job...

SCHOOL ATTENDANCE
Term time holidays crackdown
SMH, 1 Mar 2015
NSWNSW school attendance policy will now classify as "unjustified" any student absences due to family holidays taken during term time...
Bullet No term-time holidays, The Conversation, 5 Mar 2015

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
Reprieve for Early Years Foundation
Tas Govt media release, 28 Feb 2015
Tasmanian Early Years FoundationThe government has postponed the winding up of the Tasmanian Early Years Foundation, education minister Jeremy Rockliff said today...

STUDENT TRANSPORT
School bus fills up too quickly
The Mercury, 28 Feb 2015
Metro busMetro says it will consult all stakeholders to find a solution following complaints that a bus from West Hobart to Taroona High is sometimes full before it leaves Goulburn Street...

Gold and white or black and blue dressCOLOUR PERCEPTION
Dress divides world opinion
Time Magazine, 27 Feb 2015
Generally speaking, younger people see the colours of this dress as black and blue while older people see them as gold and white...

EDUCATION REFORM
Forum backs education action
The Mercury, 27 Feb 2015
UTASA forum held at the University of Tasmania and attended by about 400 people has strongly supported speedy action to raise education standards in Tasmania...
Bullet Forum on education is first of five on big issues affecting Tasmania, The Mercury, 26 Feb 2015

COMPUTER EDUCATION
App course at New Town High
The Mercury, 26 Feb 2015
AppsNew Town High School will run a game app design course in conjunction with app development company Appster...

SEXUAL ABUSE ROYAL COMMISSION
No charges for teacher
ABC News, 25 Feb 2015
Justice systemA teacher named at the Hobart hearing of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will not be charged even though he has been found living in New Zealand...
Bullet No charges to be pursued, The Mercury, 25 Feb 2015

TASMANIAN EDUCATION
UTAS partnership
The Mercury, 23 Feb 2015
UTASA partnership is to be formed between the Tasmanian government and the University of Tasmania with the ultimate aim of raising education standards in the state...
Bullet Raising education standards through the new Peter Underwood Centre for Educational Attainment, Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Education and Training, 23 Feb 2015
Bullet Family honoured by centre, The Mercury, 23 Feb 2015
Bullet Partnership with UTAS similar to our proposal, Bryan Green, Leader of the Opposition, 23 Feb 2015
Bullet Research centre to tackle retention rates, ABC News, 23 Feb 2014
Bullet
Money to come from non-classroom funds, Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Education and Training, 23 Feb 2015

SCHOOL CURRICULUM
Call to add snake awareness to curriculum
NewsMail, 23 Feb 2015
Snake (image from Wikipedia)A reptile carer says that while people describe the snake safety education work she does as "great" they also say it does not fit into the curriculum...


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Education links for Tasmanian teachers

Vkey New Tasmanian whole-of-government email system  Email help  SARIS  Term dates  PersMORE Google Australia

Dates

International Women's Day:
Sun 8 Mar 2015 

Eight Hours Day (holiday):
Mon 9 Mar 2015

World's Greatest Shave: Thu 12 - Sun 15 Mar 2015

Ride2School Day: Fri 13 Mar 2015

Brain Awareness Week: Mon 16 - Sun 22 Mar

St Patricks Day: Tue 17 Mar 2015

National Close the Gap Day: Thu 19 Mar 2015

National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence: Fri 20 Mar 2015

Autumn Equinox: Fri 20 Mar 2015

Harmony Day: Sat 21 Mar 2015

Int'l Day of Forests: Sat 21 Mar 2015

World Poetry Day: Sat 21 Mar 2015

World Water Day: Sun 22 Mar 2015

World Meteorological Day:
Mon 23 Mar 2015

Term 1 ends (K-10 students):
Wed 1 Apr 2015

Term 1 ends (teachers and college students): Thu 2 Apr 2015

Good Friday: Fri 3 Apr 2015

 

TERM DATES   ON THIS DAY

 

Online news sources
Ed news (Aust): 
ABC  SMH  Age  Aust  Intcdr  Goo
Ed news (Int):
NZ US UK UK(TN) Ed Wld Ed Wk Gua G All
Ed opinion:
SMH  Tele  EdHQ  Conv  Blogs
Aust news: ABC  ABC24  SMH  Age  Aust  HS  ND  news.com.au
Tas news: Merc Ex Ad ABC Y7 TT   Ed:  Ex G TT  Sport: M E A ABC

   

 TASMANIA

   

Education Department, Tasmania
Department of Education, Tasmania

DoE YouTube  DoE Facebook  DoE Twitter  DoE Flickr  DoE Responses 

 

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

The above whole-of-government email system replaces the following old system which NO LONGER WORKS:
Old email
OLD Education Email is no longer used

 

Bullet See also our Email Help page

Gmail

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)
  Tasmanian Government Directory - look up people and departments
Tas. Govt Directory

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


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

Bullet See also our Search help page


     

 NATIONAL

   

 

Australian Policy Online: Education
Australian Policy Online: Education

Curriculum Schools  |  VET Early Childhood SciTech

 

myfuture - career information and exploration

 

EdNA - Education Network Australia (now closed)
EdNA is closed   

Gonski Review

AITSL: Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership
AITSL

Students First
Students First

Education Services Australia - producer of the national education websites listed below
Education Services Australia

Curriculum Leadership - called "an electronic journal for leaders in education" but is of benefit to all teachers who wish to keep abreast of curriculum and other educational developments

Scootle - present digital curriculum resources in lesson units using Learning Federation material (see next item, NDLRN)

National Digital Learning Resources Network (The Learning Federation)
(The Learning Federation)

Safe Schools Hub

Values Education for Australian schooling

Mind Matters - a national mental health initiative for secondary schools

Asia Education Foundation - helping schools with Asia cross-curriculum content

Global Education

Civics and Citizenship Education - resources promoting students' participation in Australia's democracy


 

ACARA - Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority

Australian Curriculum (Australia's national curriculum)

Australian Curriculum
(Previously called the "National Curriculum")
Mobile edition: iphone app.
See also our docs for indiv. learning areas.
Tas Department of Education's Curriculum Support Centre (pw)

My School. Sjows literacy and numeracy test results for individual schools. Funded by the Australian government.

My School (by ACARA, using NAPLAN data)
NAPLAN Summary reports

National Assessment Program

National Assessment Program
Measures whether or not young people are meeting various educational outcomes.
NAPLAN: National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy NAPLAN focuses on literacy and numeracy outcomes.

 

 

 

 

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Young people

 

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    Media releases and statements: 

TASMANIA

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

AUSTRALIA

In the news

Future provision of Years 11 and 12 education: action PlanBullet DoE Strategic Plan 2014/17

Bullet Future - Yrs 11 and 12: Action Plan

Bullet Future - Yrs 11 and 12: Discussion

Bullet Relationships and sexuality... / Brochure

Bullet 2013 NAPLAN National Report

Bullet 2013 NAPLAN Summary

Bullet Off Campus Activities (excursions)

 

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
Zinio - online magazines (more)
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)

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)

Public Education Alliance

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
RBF: Retirement Benefits Fund
TASS: Tas Assoc of State Superannuants
Service Tasmania

 Teachers & Tax 2013, 2014

Australian Tax Office:

Teachers 2012-13 (2013-14 not provided)

Teachers - claiming work-related expenses (26 Jun 2014)
See also Industries and Occupations.

Tips:
CPA Aust's tax tips (2013)
Etax tax tips
(2013)
End of Fin'l Yr Tips for Tchrs (2014)
SMH tax page

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

ASTRONOMY
NASA 3D View
NASA 3D ViewExperience being on the NASA launchpad and interact with devices to be used in a journey to Mars with this free app for the tablet and smartphone.
See also:
Bullet NASA websites for educators A-Z
Bullet NASA educational publications A-Z

CURRICULUM
Curriculum & Leadership 27 Feb 2015
Curriculum & Leadership Journal
The latest curriculum and teaching information for Australian educators. For news updates follow CL on Twitter.

CYBERSAFETY
eSmart Digital Licence
eSmart Digital LicenceThe eSmart Digital Licence from the Alannah and Madeline Foundation is free for Grade 6 students but $30 (per licence) for other students.

PHOTOGRAPHY
7 Smartphone Photography Tips & Tricks
cooph (to YouTube)Try these simple but clever methods to make pictures with your smartphone (YouTube video).
Short videos by the same people:
Bullet 7 Simple Photography Hacks
Bullet 7 DIY Photography Tips

LITERACY
Reading Australia
Reading Australia
This website makes Australian literary works more accessible to English teachers and provides suggested lesson activities with units mapped to the Australian Curriculum.

MAGAZINES
Free access to online magazines through Zinio
LINC Tasmania
ZinioState Library of Tasmania (LINC) library card holders can now access a huge range of commercial magazines online at no cost.
Bullet To log on, click on the word "Zinio" in the sub-heading "eMagazines - Zinio" on this LINC page

NEWS FOR KIDS
News for your classroom
News for your classroom
Scholastic's roundup of current events and news for kids, taken from their various magazines.

DANCE
Learn to Moonwalk in 5 Simple Steps
How to Moonwalk
Moonwalking instructions in a single page animation, listed on makeuseof.com.

APPS FOR TEACHERS
Popular Apps for Teachers
NPRNPR (16 Sep 2014) presents the apps they believe teachers find most useful:
Bullet Remind
Bullet ClassDojo
Bullet QR Code Readers
Bullet Twitter
Bullet Socrative

2014 IN REVIEW
Top education stories of 2014The Conversation
The Conversation reviews its top education stories of 2014, providing a list of the top five:
1. Why some kids can't spell and why spelling tests won't help
2.
State school kids do better at uni
3.
Private schooling has little long term pay off
4.
'Gentle parenting'
5.
How to tell if your child has a speech or language impairment

STUDENT SUPPORT
Amaze
Amaze
The former Autism Victoria website has been relaunched as Amaze. The site provides guidance for teachers and parents on how to manage autism in schools.

FOOD AND NUTRITION
Farm Gate Guide [pdf]
Farm Gate Guide
The 2013/14 Farm Gate Guide helps people source fresh produce that is available direct from the Tasmanian grower. Click the link above for the booklet which is also available through the Fruit Growers Tasmania website, at farmers' markets and as an app from the iTunes store.

TASMANIAN HISTORY
Tasmanian Names Index
LINC Tasmania
Use the new Tasmanian Names Index to find information about a person by making a single search of a number of different databases of Tasmanian historical documents.

TASMANIAN FAUNA
The Platypus Journey
Platypus (image from Black Devbil productions video)
This short video of a Tasmanian platypus walking to a creek presents you with a sight that few people will ever see. (It was filmed in the Mountain River area of southern Tasmania.)

EDUCATIONAL TOOLS
Web Tools
Web Tools - 21st Century Learning
A superb collection of online creative tools for students and teachers to use. From 21st Century Learning.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT
Metro Tas App
Metro AppNavigate the Metro Tas bus network with this app on your mobile phone. You can even top up your GreenCard balance.


WORLD ECONOMY
G20 for schools
QCAALesson material for Australian schools on the Group of Twenty (G20) Leaders Summit to be held in Queensland on 15 and 16 November. See especially the P-12 Teaching and learning activities, such as:
Bullet Years 8-10 Introducing G20 [pdf]

 

LITERACY
Grammar Bytes
Grammar BytesHandouts, exercises, web pages and Powerpoint presentations on a wide range of grammar terms and usages (US English).

SOCIAL MEDIA
Edmodo
EdmodoA 140-character-limited message and sharing system which may be more useful than Twitter in classroom situations as the user has control over who can sign up.

COMPUTER PROGRAMMING
Scratch
ScratchScratch currently appears to be the most popular free way to introduce coding (ie, programming) to young students.
Bullet App teaches kids computer coding, news.com.au, 2 Sep 2014

COMPUTER PROGRAMMING
Teaching Kids to Code
edSurge
Edsurge's guide to introducing computer programming to young people. Includes comments on 50 coding tools, many of them free.

THINKING
Teaching higher-order thinking
Curriculum LeadershipThis article by Robyn Collins sums up the relevant literature on higher-order thinking and suggests how today's teachers can enable their students to acquire such skills.


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