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Free data this Sunday
ABC News, 9 Feb 2016, 8.30pm
TelstraTelstra will give its mobile customers a day of free data this Sunday as compensation for today's nationwide outage.
BulletTwitter Free data; services restored, Telstra Twitter

EARLY CHILDHOOD
Understanding is important
The Conversation (opinion by Vanessa LoBue), 8 Feb 2016
Student healthYoung children need to be taught the reasons they should adopt safe health practices such as washing hands, not just be told what to do, an assistant professor says
...

PARENTS AND SCHOOL
School costs a growing impost
The Mercury, 8 Feb 2016
MoneyMany low-income families are struggling to pay the costs of sending their children to government schools, Smith Family general manager Alison Standen says
...

AUSTRALIAN EDUCATION UNION
New AEU president commences
The Mercury, 6 Feb 2016
Helen Richardson
The new president of the AEU Tasmanian Branch, Helen Richardson, commenced working in the position last Monday...

ANTI-TERRORISM POLICY
Teachers to be at frontline in fighting terrorism
ABC News, 6 Feb 2016
Terrorism
The federal government has stepped up its plans to enable teachers, other school staff and parents to recognise and counter  radicalisation in students...

Bullet New school anti-radicalisation initiatives, Simon Birmingham and Michael Keenan, Aust Govt media release, 6 Feb 2016

EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
Index finger a secret learning tool
The Conversation (opinion by Paul Ginns and Janette Bobis), 5 Feb 2016
Index fingerUsing the index finger to trace over components of a learning task can improve the efficiency of learning, two researchers write
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EDUCATION STATISTICS
Some retention improvement; high school attendance concern
Tas Govt media release, 4 Feb 2016
Productivity Commission
T
he Productivity Commission's Report on Government Services 2016 now measures the proportion of students whose attendance is 90 per cent or more, revealing an above average rate for Tasmanian primary school students and a below average rate for high school students...

Bullet Retention rate needs improving, The Examiner, 5 Feb 2016

STUDENT SUPPORT
Overcoming disengagement
The Conversation (opinion by Pearl Subban), 4 Feb 2016
The Conversation
There are a few strategies teachers can employ to reduce student disengagement, an education lecturer writes
...

TAFE
TAFE warning
Tas Greens media release, 4 Feb 2016
TAFEA Federal government plan to deregulate the TAFE sector would lead to privatisation of vocational training and leave students with larger debts, Greens education spokesperson Andrea Dawkins says
...

Bullet Community would pay dearly for TAFE deregulation, The Conversation (opinion by Shirley Jackson), 5 Feb 2016

TASMANIA'S COLLEGES
Where our colleges went wrong
The Mercury (opinion by Mike Frost), 4 Feb 2016
TasmaniaTasmania's colleges were originally very successful, but today reform is needed, particularly for students in the middle range of abilities and aspirations, a former college teacher writes
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UNFAIR TREATMENT OF TASMANIA BY WA
Tasmania snubbed yet again
ABC News, 3 Feb 2016
Calf that omits Tasmania (Image: ABC News)
A calf has been born in Western Australia showing a map of Australia that omits Tasmania
...

EXTENDING HIGH SCHOOLS
Students staying at school longer
The Mercury, 3 Feb 2016
Extending high schoolsThe policy to extend high schools to Years 11 and 12 is having the desired effect, the Minister for Education and Training, Jeremy Rockilff, said on a visit to New Norfolk High school today
...

Bullet Labor wants to axe extension program, Sarah Courtney, Tas Govt media release, 4 Feb 2016

ROAD SAFETY
Look out for Ride2School students
The Mercury, 3 Feb 2016
BicyclesStudents are encouraged to ride their bicycles to and from school from today under the Bicycle Network's Ride2School program
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THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR
Hoax threats received
The Mercury, 2 Feb 2016
Tas PoliceThreatening phone calls made to a number of unnamed Tasmanian schools have been described by police as hoaxes
...

Bullet Threats made against schools, The Examiner, 2 Feb 2016
Bullet Hoax probe continues, The Examiner, 3 Feb 2016

TASMANIAN STUDENTS
Top students recognised
Tas Govt media release, 2 Feb 2016
TASCTasmania's top Year 12 TCE students have been acknowledged in a ceremony at Government House
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THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR
Urban colleges could suffer
Greens media release, 1 Feb 2016
Andrea DawkinsCollege culture and course diversity could be the losers from the government's policy of extending suburban high schools to Years 11 and 12, Greens education spokesperson Andrea Dawkins warns
...

Bullet Independent school students return, The Mercury, 2 Feb 2016

TRUANCY
Truancy now, failure later
Courier Mail (opinion by Karen Brooks), 1 Feb 2016
QueenslandParents who condone truancy by their children could be setting them up for failure at school and in later life, a Queensland researcher warns
...

ROAD SAFETY
Learning Potential app updated
Aust Govt media release, 1 Feb 2016
Learning PotentialAn updated version of Learning Potential, a free Australian government app providing tips to enable parents to help their children make a successful start to the school year, has been released
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Bullet Download Learning Potential or try it online

ROAD SAFETY
Road safety reminders
Tas Govt media release, 1 Feb 2016
Road safetyInfrastructure minister Rene Hidding has issued a reminder that a 40 km/h speed limit operates within school zones and when school bus lights are flashing, and has encouraged school children to enter the iPad road safety competition
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Bullet RSAC iPad road safety competition
Bullet Tas PolicePolice to conduct speed checks near schools, Tas Police website, 1 Feb 2016

THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR
Policies aim to improve outcomes
Tas Govt media release, 31 Jan 2016
Jeremy RockliffWith 62,000 students about to commence the new school year in 196 government schools, education minister Jeremy Rockliff has drawn attention to several education initiatives that will operate this year
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TASMANIAN FIRES

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January 2016 news archive

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Dates

Safer Internet Day:
Tue 9 Feb 2016

Festivale (L'ton):
Fri 12 - Sun 14 Feb 2016

Valentine's Day:
Sun 14 Feb 2016

Healthy Weight Week:
Mon 15 - Sun 21 Feb 2016

Launceston Cup: Wed 24 Feb 2016

 King Island Show: Tue 1 Mar 2016

Ride2School Day: Fri 4 Mar 2016

World Day of Prayer: Fri 4 Mar 2016

Schools Clean Up Day: Fri 4 Mar 2016

Clean Up Australia Day: Sun 6 Mar 2016

Int'l Women's Day: Tue 8 Mar 2016

State parlt resumes: Tue 8 Mar 2016

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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)

 


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Tasmania Online search

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

 
 

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Resources

Subjects and learning areas

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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
Service Tasmania

 Teachers & Tax 2014, 2015

Australian Tax Office:

Teachers - claiming work-related expenses (29 Jun 2015)
See also:
- Industries and Occupations
-
Deduction questions 2015

- Tax Office publications 2015 (note the error-fixing tip)

Tips:
Etax tax tips
(2015)
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
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New & useful websites

STUDENT NUTRITION
Choosing school lunch foods
School lunches (Image: The Conversation)
This article in The Conversation discusses which foods to include in student lunch boxes and provides links to useful lunch box tips at the following websites:
- Kidspot
- Better Health Channel
- Raising Children Network

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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

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 

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)

TASMANIAN ENVIRONMENT
Burnt wilderness photos
Burnt cushion plants
See the first photos to emerge of the recent fire damage to Tasmania's wilderness, including images of burnt 1,000-year-old cushion plants (ABC News website).

EDUCATIONAL WEBSITES
Free Australian government school resources
australia.gov.au
A roundup of 34 Australian government websites that provide educational material for teachers and students to use.

LITERACY
10 great books that all children should read
The Conversation
A selection of books for children to read and have read to them.

TASMANIAN HISTORY
The Voyage
The Voyage
A free online game about hiring, provisioning and navigating sailing ships to transport convicts from England to Van Diemen's Land.

TASMANIAN EDUCATION SYSTEM
Education Ambassadors Tasmania
Education Ambassadors Tasmania
An organisation which aims to improve the education system in Tasmania by engaging community leaders in evidence-based non-partisan discussion.

WEATHER
High-definition satellite images
BoM satellite image
Zoom in on the BoM's detailed and moving images from the new Himawari-8 satellite..

STUDENT HEALTH AND SUPPORT
Children's Cancer
Children's CancerAustralian Government website dedicated to information about children's cancer and helping children with cancer

THE LAW AND YOU
Legal Aid Commission of Tasmania
Legal Aid Commission of TasmaniaUpdated website informing Tasmanians about the law. See especially:
- Videos (The Law and You topics)
- Fact sheets

TASMANIAN LANDSCAPE
Bird's-eye view of Hobart by drone
Tasman Bridge (from tasView drone video)
Bedlam Walls Aboriginal Cave (from tasiew drone video)
Stunning video images by drone of the greater Hobart area, including the Bedlam Walls Aboriginal cave from above the water. From YouTube and reported in The Mercury, 19 July 2015.

CHILD STUDIES
Start Them Right
Start Them RightThis attractively illustrated "parent's guide to eating for under 5s" is presented by Lady Gowrie Tasmania and the Tasmanian Government. It is available free in hard copy form or can be downloaded as a pdf file. Media release available.

THE ENVIRONMENT
Enviroweek
EnviroweekEncourages schools to sign up for Enviroweek (Sun 30 Aug - Sat 5 Sep 2015) and presents suggested activities to promote respect for the environment.

TASMANIAN EDUCATION SYSTEM
Dark MOFO Hothouse
Dark Mofo Hothouse
A collaboration of brain power to solve Tasmania's fundamental education problems. See especially:
Bullet Can creative thinking keep Tasmanian teens in school?, Life Matters, ABC RN, Broadcast Wed 17 Jun 2015: listen or download audio (55 mins)
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The 12 ideas selected
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The Thinkers
Bullet Social media (Twitter messages and Instagram photos)
Bullet Background information (see link to pdf file) prepared by former journalist Mike Lester - a detailed summary of research findings and statistical information (with a strong focus on the student retention problem).
Bullet SEE ALSO: Jon Kudelka's cartoons (Twitter)

EDUCATIONAL APPS
30 Incredible Apps for Kids
Lifehack
A mixture of free and purchasable iPhone and Android educational apps, grouped as education and general knowledge, books, creativity, cognitive skills, and fun and smart games.

COMPUTER CODING
Top 12 Online Resources for Total Coding Beginners
Lifehack
Most of these introductions to various kinds of computer programming, or to just the basic principles of programming, are free.


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