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STUDENT HEALTH AND FITNESS
Standing up for health
Perth Now, 21 Sep 2014
Health and hygieneA study by Curtin University shows that children are healthier and better-behaved if their classroom enables them to use stand-up desks, moving stools and other furniture that allows them to reduce the amount of their continuous sedentary time...

STUDENT ASSESSMENT
A question of validity
The Conversation (contribution by Bob Reed), 19 Sep 2014
Multiple-choice questions (Image: Central Queensland University)Central Queensland University will no longer use multiple-choice questions in assessing students because selecting from a list of options is not typical of the kind of decision-making people have to make in the real world ...

TASMANIAN STUDENTS
Primaries dance
The Examiner, 19 Sep 2014
Northern TasmaniaApproximately 6,000 primary school children participated in the 28th Northern Primary Dance Event at the Launceston Silverdome yesterday ...

TASMANIAN SCHOOLS
Whales within Cooee
The Mercury, 19 Sep 2014
North-West TasmaniaWith a nearby beach available as a classroom, Cooee Primary school has ensured whales and dolphins are included in their curriculum...

Scots vote NO to independence
ABC News, 3.00pm 19 Sep 2014
United KingdomScotland has voted 55 per cent to 45 per cent to remain in the United Kingdom.

STUDENT HEALTH
Brighton kindies bear up
The Mercury, 19 Sep 2014
Health and hygieneStudents in Brighton Primary's four kindergarten classes brought their teddy bears to school to enable medical students to help them learn about health and hygiene under the Teddy Bear Hospital program...

SCHOOL CLOSURES
Fears for Meander
The Mercury, 19 Sep 2014
Northern TasmaniaMeander Primary School's survival appears to be at risk due to falling enrolments...

SCHOOL REPORTS
School reports not always useful
The Conversation (contributed by Heather Fehring), 18 Sep 2014
School report
Whether formative or summative, school reports can be a mystery to some parents and not always useful for improving student achievement, an academic writes...

SCIENCE
Students investigate for science awards
The Mercury, 18 Sep 2014
ScienceStudents undertook science investigations for the University of Tasmania Science Investigation Awards yesterday...

TAFE
TasTAFE Open Day
Tas Govt media release, 18 Sep 2014
TasTAFETasTAFE will hold an Open Day tomorrow, Saturday 20 September, at Hobart, Launceston and Burnie...

TASMANIAN EDUCATION SYSTEM
Tri-partisan education taskforce is needed
The Mercury, 18 Sep 2014
Nick McKimIn an article published in The Mercury, Greens education spokesperson and a former education minister Nick McKim writes that he regrets not having joined with the University of Tasmania in forming a tri-partisan taskforce to reform Tasmania's education system...

Bullet United front needed for top-class results, Nick McKim, The Mercury, 18 Sep 2014

STUDENT HEALTH AND NUTRITION
Designing for nutrition
The Mercury, 17 Sep 2014
VegetablesThe 24 Carrot Gardens project is well underway, with 12 schools in southern Tasmania being paired up with design firms to plan special areas in their school grounds to promote nutrition and sustainability...

Bullet Southern students travel into northern Tasmania, The Examiner, 18 Sep 2014

TEACHING PROFESSION
Haircut leads to loss of exam marks
Herald Sun, 17 Sep 2014
New South WalesA Sydney student who turned up to a chemistry exam with an undercut hairstyle was required to do the exam on another day but with a 20 per cent penalty...

SCHOOL ATTENDANCE
Tas attendance system links with learning
The Examiner, 17 Sep 2014
Empty classroom (Photo: msu.edu)Tasmanian government school students are being monitored by a daily attendance system, called Edi, which provides alerts by linking absenteeism with students' learning and NAPLAN results ...

SCHOOL AUTONOMY
Do parents know what's best for schools?
The Conversation, 17 Sep 2014
School autonomyThe push towards school autonomy leads to more responsibility for school decisions being placed on parents, a situation which is fraught with problems, a University of Canberra researcher says ...

FOREIGN LANGUAGES
Learning a foreign language early
Aust Govt media release, 16 Sep 2014
Foreign languagesThe federal government has announced that for the next step in its ELLA (Early Learning Languages Australia) trial 40 pre-schools will be selected to use special play-based apps that will enable children to learn languages such as Mandarin, Japanese, Indonesian, Arabic and French ...

Bullet Victoria has begun implementing its own foreign languages program in primary schools, The Age, 8 Sep 2014
Bullet Manadarin underway at Albuera Street Primary, The Mercury, 17 Sep 2014

STUDENT HEALTH AND WELLBEING
Trees, not screens
The Conversation, 15 Sep 2014
Digital learningChildren are spending too much time in front of screens and not enough time outside engaging in tree-climbing and other risky play activities, a psychology lecturer says...

TEACHING PROFESSION
Teacher of 'feral' class receives bigger sum
ABC News, 16 Sep 2014
VictoriaThe Victorian teacher who was awarded almost $770,000 after being required to teach 'feral' students has been awarded an additional $550,000, bringing his total payout to $1.279 million...

LOCAL GOVERNMENT
Launceston's Deputy Mayor killed in crash
The Examiner, 16 Sep 2014
Northern TasmaniaLaunceston's Deputy Mayor, Alderman Jeremy Ball, died in a collision on the Bass Highway yesterday...

Bullet Deputy Mayor killed, The Mercury, 16 Sep 2014

TASMANIAN SCHOOLS
Brooks High upgrade
The Examiner, 15 Sep 2014
Northern TasmaniaPlans  have been unveiled for a $9 million upgrade to Brooks High School...

EDUCATION ACT
Proposal sets minimum instructional hours
The Mercury, 14 Sep 2014
TasmaniaThe Tasmanian government's proposed amendments to the Education Act include setting minimum face-to-face teaching hours for schools, not just a continuation of the current requirements for school opening hours...

Bullet Review of the Tas Education Act, DoE Blogspot page

CYBERBULLYING
Cyberbullying stealing teaching time
news.com.au, 14 Sep 2014
BullyingResearch shows the average Australian high school deals with 22 cyberbullying incidents each year, schools often having to spend time on Mondays dealing with social media issues that have arisen over the weekend...

EXTENSION TO YEAR 12
Support drops for extending schools to Year 12
The Mercury, 14 Sep 2014
Extending high school to Years 11 and 12A ReachTEL survey of Tasmanians shows that support for extending high schools to Years 11 and 12 has fallen from 61.6 per cent to 55.6 per cent...

Bullet Plan to extend falling out of favour, The Mercury, 15 Sep 2014

SCHOOL FUNDING
Gap widens
SMH, 14 Sep 2014
GonskiThe performance gap between disadvantaged and advantaged schools has widened since the time Gonski wrote his report...

 

 

Jordan River School Farm crisis

Jordan River Learning Federation School FarmFor news reports see special archive:
 Bullet Jordan River School Farm crisis 2014


TASMANIAN FIRES

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News continued in the
Sep 2014 news archive

See also the News archive index

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Education links for Tasmanian teachers

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

Dates

World Carfree Day:
Mon 22 Sep 2014

Spring Equinox:
Tue 23 Sep 2014

Bright Pink Lipstick Day:
Fri 26 Sep 2014

Term 3 ends:
Fri 26 Sep 2014

World Heart Day: Mon 29 Sep 2014

Biodiversity Month ends: Tue 30 Sep

Zootober: Oct 2014

Int'l Walk to School Month: Oct 2014

Int'l School Library Month: Oct 2014

Int'l Day of Older Persons: Wed 1 Oct 2014

Burnie Show: Fri 3 Oct 2014

Odd Socks Day: Fri 3 Oct 2014

World Animal Day: Sat 4 Oct 2014

World Space Week: Sat 4 - Fri 10 Oct 2014

Daylight saving begins: Sun 5 Oct 2014

Mental Health Wk: Mon 6 - Sat 11 Oct 2014

World Habitat Day: Mon 6 Oct 2014

Launceston Show: Thu 9 Oct 2014

Term 4 begins: Mon 13 Oct 2014

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  AusT  Conv  Blogs
Aust news: ABC  SMH  Age  Aust  ABC24  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.

 

 

 

 

INDEX   MEDIA RELEASES

Topics in this website:

 

    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

 Libraries

LINC Tasmania (formerly State Library of Tasmania)
LINC stands for Learning and Information Network Centre. (See What does LINC mean?)
TALIS - library catalogues
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)
WebsterWorld (public site) - not fully accessible.

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)

Help

Computing (ICT)

Calendar information sources
Computing help
Curriculum information
Email help
Logon/password help
Search tips

This section has moved to its own page:

Computing help

 

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, Employment and Workplace Relations (Australian Government)

Other Australian Education Departments and non-government bodies (DEEWR)

Tasmanian  State School Parents & Friends Inc ("trading as" Tasmanian Association of State School Organisations - Facebook 1, Facebook 2)

Public Education Alliance

Independent Schools Tasmania

Tasmanian Catholic Education Office

Independent Education Union Victoria Tasmania

Education links (Service 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

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.

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.

STUDENT HEALTH
Critics' Choice anti-tobacco competition
Quit TasmaniaQuit's Critics' Choice anti-tobacco competition CONCLUDES ON TUESDAY 30 SEPTEMBER 2014.

STUDENT HEALTH
OxyGen
OxyGen.org.au
Entertaining and interesting anti-smoking materials for students.

ONLINE GAMES
ABCya.com
abcya.com
Huge number of online literacy, numeracy and other educational games and activities for primary school students, grouped by grade.

ONLINE GAMES
Learn4Good
LEarn4Good.com
Lists of online educational and other games, categorised by topic or skill.

COMPUTER SKILLS
5 Technology Skills for Children to Take Up
From makeuseof.com
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.

WINDOWS
15 Useful Windows Commands
From makeuseof.com
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 (Preview)The 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
- IMPORTANT DEVELOPMENTS such as BYOD, cloud computing, learning analytics, the Internet of Things and wearable technology.
Bullet Horizon Report Preview [pdf]
Bullet Horizon Report [pdf]
Bullet Horizon Report website

CURRICULUM
Curriculum & Leadership 29 Aug 2014
Curriculum & Leadership Journal
The latest curriculum and teaching information for Australian educators. For news updates follow CL on Twitter.

SPORT
Commonwealth Games Glasgow 2014
Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014Official website: Glasgow 2014

For classroom activities, see:

Bullet Commonwealth Games 2014 (Activity Village)
Bullet Commonwealth Games Activity Booklets (Studyladder Resources)
Bullet Commonwealth Games Teaching Resources Glasgow 2014 (Primary Treasure Chest)
Bullet Commonwealth Class (British Council)
Bullet Commonwealth Games 2014 (Pinterest)
Bullet Messy Church - Commonwealth Games (Pinterest)
Bullet Commonwealth Games (Pinterest)
Bullet Commonwealth Games (Pinterest)

GEOGRAPHY
Tasmanian Geographic
Tasmanian GeographicFree online magazine featuring contributors' photographs and articles about Tasmania's natural environment and geography.

SEARCH ENGINES
Quixey
Quixey
"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).

TASMANIAN HISTORY
Historical Tasmanian Films
Historical Tasmanian Films  Tasmanian tigerOver 50 short films about Tasmania dating from the 1930s to the 1980s, now on YouTube. Presented by LINC Tasmania.

EDUCATIONAL TOOLS
The Epic BYOD Toolchest
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.

WORLD HISTORY
British Pathé
British PathéOver 80,000 videos of 20th century history on film, presented on YouTube.

SOCCER
FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014FIFA WORLD CUP 2014 TEACHING RESOURCES
Classroom resources whose theme is the 2014 FIFA World Cup being held in Brazil:
Bullet
Football Teaching Ideas (teachingideas.co.uk)
A list of printable resources
Bullet
World Cup for Kids (activityvillage.co.uk)
Printable resources
Bullet
IPC World Cup 2014 Resources (greatlearning.com)
Many units to download and print.

STUDENT SUPPORT
Tasmanian Bushfire Recovery
Tasmanian Bushfire RecoveryThe Tasmanian Bushfire Recovery download page includes these documents which contain advice on assisting young people:
Bullet Trauma and young children [pdf]
Bullet Trauma and teenagers [pdf]

LITERACY
Tips for reading teachers
The Conversation
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.


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