Freeze hits morale
ABC News, 28 Aug 2014
The large amount allocated to
education in the Budget is pleasing, but the morale-sapping public
sector wage freeze conflicts with the fact that good teacher
performance depends on good teacher morale, state AEU president
Terry Polglase says...
'Record spend' for
education, The Examiner, 28 Aug 2014
Budget should have filled federal government's early years kinder
gap, Kim Booth, Greens leader, 28 Aug 2014
TQA, Schools Registration Board and Tas Early Years Foundation to be
abolished, The Mercury, 28 Aug 2014
States divided over chaplains
ABC News, 28 Aug
The Queenslander who successfully challenged school chaplain funding
in the High Court has described as "arrogant" the federal
government's attempt to arrange for individual states to administer
the funding instead, but the states themselves appear divided over
whether schools should have the option to use the funds to employ
secular social workers...
Trees chopped down
SMH, 28 Aug
The NSW government chopped down 5,000 trees at its
schools after a girl was killed by a falling limb, but an arborist
says the funds would have been better spent training staff how to
identify dangerous trees...
Simpler L2 licence procedure
Tas Govt media
release, 27 Aug
A proposal to allow certain driving instructors to grant
L2 driver licences to learners should speed up the licensing
process, infrastructure minister Rene Hidding says...
Removing road blocks, The Advocate, 27 Aug 2014
Electrical cable recalled
news.com.au, 27 Aug
Electrical cable branded Infinity
or Olsent and sold in Tasmania in 2013 has been recalled for safety
Infinity electrical cable
Tassie homes at risk, The Examiner, 27 Aug 2014
Rockliff promises full six-year Gonski funding
Tas Govt media
release, 26 Aug
This Thursday's Tasmanian Budget will include a record
$1.4 billion in education funding and a promise to contribute funds
to support the full six years of Gonski reforms, premier Will
Hodgman and education minister Jeremy Rockliff announced today...
Promoting literacy and numeracy for adults
Tas Govt media
In promoting National Literacy and
Numeracy Week, education minister Jeremy Ferguson has drawn
attention to the strategy behind the state government's
program in helping adults gain numeracy and literacy skills...
NAPLAN preventing out-of-area sibling enrolments
The Courier, 24
A Queensland parent outlines her personal experience of
the way the publication of NAPLAN results can have adverse
social effects through skewing the property market...
Classes grouped using NAPLAN results
Some NSW schools are grouping classes on the basis of
School farms lauded
Larmenier Catholic School is one of about 32 Tasmanian
schools using a school farm to enrich their students' learning
"Bless you" suspension
A Tennessee (USA)student has been suspended for saying
"Bless you" after another student sneezed...
Somerset students support Daffodil Day
The Advocate, 22
The Cancer Council and
Royal Guide Dogs Tasmania are the favourite charities of the
students at Somerset Primary School...
Tas Govt media
Tasmanian government schools will
be able to operate more autonomously with the support of funds from
the federal government's Community Empowered Schools
program, federal education minister Christopher Pyne said today...
Students First, Australian Government website
Student arrested after writing that he had killed a dinosaur
The Mercury, 21
A South Carolina school called in the police when a
student said in a writing assignment that he had shot a neighbour's
COMPUTERS IN EDUCATION
Resurgence of laptops
Tablets are falling in popularity in
NSW schools as the usefulness of laptops becomes increasingly
recognised, particularly in secondary schools...
TRADE TRAINING CENTRES
Students missing out on trade training
The Mercury, 21
Students from an additional 65 schools in Tasmania are
missing out on the opportunity to gain vocational skills from a
Trade Training Centre, federal Opposition education spokesperson
Kate Ellis says...
BOOKS VS COMPUTERS
Books beat Kindles
The Guardian, 20
Readers of paperback books recalled
information better than those who had read the same story on a Kindle, a
recent study has found...
Call for better homework
The Courier, 20
Teachers need to improve the quality of the homework they
set, according to the parliamentary report of the Inquiry into
the approaches to homework in Victorian schools...
Tas homework issue is complex, The Advocate, 21 Aug 2014
NW science competition looms
The Advocate, 20
Students from 19 North-West schools will take part in the
UTAS Science Investigation Awards competition on 4 September...
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Huge number of online literacy, numeracy and
other educational games and activities for primary school students,
grouped by grade.
Lists of online educational and other games, categorised by topic or
5 Technology Skills for Children to Take Up
Suggests that in order to encourage creativity
with computers, children be encouraged to take up tools to master
making cartoons and comic strips, mindmapping, collaborative
writing, making short films, and designing computer games.
15 Useful Windows Commands
As well as the 15 useful CMD commands (to use at the
Windows command line prompt) there are further suggestions in
the comments section that follows the article.
TRENDS IN EDUCATION
Horizon Report for Schools
2014 [pdf preview]
Horizon Report on key areas of changing technology
that will impact on teaching has identified a number of trends:
trends ACCELERATING adoption of technology, such as
intuitive technology, deep learning, hybrid learning
IMPEDING trends or challenges such as privacy concerns and
the need for authentic learning opportunities
DEVELOPMENTS such as BYOD, cloud computing, learning
analytics, the Internet of Things and wearable technology.
Horizon Report Preview [pdf]
Horizon Report [pdf]
Horizon Report website
Curriculum & Leadership 15 Aug 2014
The latest curriculum and teaching information for Australian
educators. For news
updates follow CL on Twitter.
Commonwealth Games Glasgow 2014
For classroom activities, see:
Commonwealth Games 2014 (Activity Village)
Commonwealth Games Activity Booklets (Studyladder Resources)
Commonwealth Games Teaching Resources Glasgow 2014 (Primary
Commonwealth Class (British Council)
Commonwealth Games 2014 (Pinterest)
Messy Church - Commonwealth Games (Pinterest)
Commonwealth Games (Pinterest)
Commonwealth Games (Pinterest)
magazine featuring contributors' photographs and articles about
Tasmania's natural environment and geography.
"The search engine for
apps." Easily find apps for a special purpose by selection of
platform (Android/iPhone/iPad etc) and by cost (free/paid).
Historical Tasmanian Films
Over 50 short films about Tasmania dating from the
1930s to the 1980s, now on YouTube. Presented by
The Epic BYOD Toolchest
"51 tools you can use now." A list of apps suitable
for a wide range of uses in school, Of special value for schools
with a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policy.
videos of 20th century history on film, presented on YouTube.
FIFA WORLD CUP 2014 TEACHING
whose theme is the 2014 FIFA World Cup being held in Brazil:
Football Teaching Ideas
A list of printable resources
World Cup for Kids
IPC World Cup 2014 Resources
Many units to
download and print.
The Tasmanian Bushfire Recovery
download page includes these documents which contain advice on
assisting young people:
Trauma and young children [pdf]
Trauma and teenagers [pdf]
Tips for reading teachers
Titled 'The seven
messages of highly effective reading teachers' this article from
The Conversation, dated 1 May 2014, identifies the key
practices of successful teachers of reading.
Connect Primary Students
Activities and games
for primary school students, from Victoria's education department.
State of the Climate
The 2014 State of the
Climate report from the Bureau of Meteorology and the CSIRO
discusses long-term trends in Australia's climate.
Field Guide to Tasmanian
A free app
from TMAG providing images and information on Tasmanian animals of
all kinds is now available for download. See
The People of Tasmania
Who are they?
Where did they come from? How many of them are there? See the 2011
Census results as they apply nationally and to Tasmania. You can
298-page report [pdf] free from this Tas DPAC web page.
Information about pain
management for young people, including students attending school
while suffering from chronic pain.
ABC News report, 15 Apr 2014
HEALTH AND SAFETY
Shade for Secondary Schools - Grants
Cancer Council's Shade for Secondary Schools Grants
Program is now open.
Schools may apply for grants of
up to $25,000. Applications close 13 June 2014, at 5.00pm.
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