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EXTENSION TO YEARS 11 AND 12
College for rural kids
The Examiner, 30 Jan 2015
Extending hugh school to years 11 and 12Students at six Tasmanian high and district high schools will now be able to enrol in college level subjects this year...

TRANSITION TO SCHOOL
The first day is so important
The Conversation (comment by Cathrine Neilsen-Hewett), 30 Jan 2015
Off to school (Image from tumblr18.com)Evidence shows that children's experiences at the beginning of their school life have implications for their longer-term social, emotional and academic development...
Bullet Transition to Primary School: A Review of the Literature [pdf], Kids Matter, Sep 2011
Bullet School Readiness [pdf], NSW Dept of Community Services, Feb 2003

STUDENT HEALTH AND FITNESS
Can't catch, can't throw
news.com.au, 30 Jan 2015
Screen timeAussie kids are spending too much time with computer devices and are not as skilled at throwing, catching and kicking balls as they used to be, a PhD student has found...

FINANCIAL LITERACY
Value of digital money not understood
mygc.com.au, 29 Jan 2015
Financial literacyThe Commonwealth Bank has announced plans to expand its financial education program after releasingd a study that shows today's children lack an understanding of the value of digital money...

SUBJECT ACCREDITATION
TQA to be abolished
The Mercury, 28 Jan 2015
Tasmanian Qualifications AuthorityEducation minister Jeremy Rockliff has announced that the Tasmanian Qualifications Authority will be scrapped, and that he as minister will prioritise which subjects are accredited for Years 11 and 12...
Bullet Fear over reduced choice, The Examiner, 28 Jan 2015
Bullet Conflict of interest, say board members, The Mercury, 29 Jan 2015
Bullet New model susceptible to politicisation, Michelle O'Byrne, Opposition education spokesperson, 29 Jan 2015

DRIVER EDUCATION
Higher speed limits for novice drivers
Tas Govt media release, 27 Jan 2015
L-plateFrom 2 March 2015, the maximum speed limits in higher speed zones for Tasmanian L2 and P1 car drivers will rise. However, the maximum speed for L1 car drivers and L and P1 motorbike riders will remain unchanged at 80 km/h...

TEACHERS WITH GUNS
Teachers now allowed to carry guns in Pakistan
BBC News, 26 Jan 2015
Pakistan flagFollowing a school massacre in which about 150 people were killed, Pakistan has allowed its teachers to carry guns and to serve as armed guards...

SCHOOL CURRICULUM
Martial arts in curriculum would beat bullying
SMH, 25 Jan 2015
Jujitsu class (Image from SMH)Including martial arts in the school curriculum would assist in the battle to reduce the incidence of bullying, a jujitsu instructor says...

STUDENT SUPPORT
Student mental health missing out, inquest told
ABC News, 21 Jan 2015
Teen issuesThe Tasmanian education system is more concerned with literacy and numeracy than with students' mental health, an inquest into the deaths of six secondary students was told today...
Bullet Inquest to examine factors leading to self-harm deaths, The Mercury, 22 Jan 2015

TEACHING ETIQUETTE
Boys learn etiquette
The Age, 21 Jan 2015
VictoriaA Victorian teacher has taught his Grade 2 boys to open doors for girls and stand up when they enter the room...

EDUCATION REFORMS
Evaluate education reforms
The Conversation (comment by Pasi Sahlberg), 20 Jan 2015
OECDAn OECD report recommends that the impact of particular education reforms be measured...

NATIONAL SECURITY
Terror threat raised
ABC News, 20 Jan 2015
The national terror threat for police has been raised from medium to high...

STATE LIBRARY SERVICE
Free online magazines for Tasmanians
Tas Govt media release, 17 Jan 2015
LINC Tasmania
Zinio
Over 200 magazines are now available online and free to Tasmanians, education minister Jeremy Rockliff said today...
Bullet You need to hold a current LINC library card. See our New Sites entry at the right for more information.

STUDENT SUPPORT
Support soon for sexually-diverse students
The Examiner, 17 Jan 2015
Teen issuesThe national Safe Schools Coalition program will shortly be rolled out in Tasmania to support interested schools in helping gender- and sexually-diverse students...

COMPULSORY ATTENDANCE
Parents of 12yo back in court
ABC News, 15 Jan 2015
LegalThe parents of a home-schooled Tasmanian boy who suffers from severe allergies have returned to court over their refusal to send him to school in the belief his allergies would not be properly managed there...

SCHOOL STARTING AGE
Kindergarten boycott warning
The Mercury, 15 Jan 2015
Kindergarten
Lowering the Kinder starting age by six months would lead to students entering high school at 11 years and university at 17, warns TASSO president Jenny Eddington ...

Bullet Caution and bipartisanship needed, Michelle O'Byrne, Opposition education spokesperson, 15 Jan 2015
Bullet Early Childhood Australia rejects lowering Kinder age, The Examiner, 19 Jan 2015
Bullet Jobs warning over lower Kinder age, The Mercury, 21 Jan 2015

THE CURRICULUM
Create global citizens from a young age
The Mercury, 12 Jan 2015
WorldEducation for success in an interdependent world needs to begin at a young age, the convenor of an education conference to be held in Launceston says...

TEACHING PROFESSION
A teacher's spelling doesn't necessarily affect their teaching
The Conversation (opinion by Stewart Riddle), 12 Jan 2015
LiteracyThe number of aspiring teachers with low literacy levels is not as alarming as it may appear, argues Stewart Riddle...

 

 

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
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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

AFC Asian Cup (soccer) Final
South Korea vs Australia:
7.30pm, Sat 31 Jan 2015

Term 1 begins (K-10 teachers):
Mon 2 Feb 2015

World Wetlands Day:
Mon 2 Feb 2015

Term 1 begins (K-10 and college students): Wed 4 Feb 2015

Aust. Wooden Boat Festival:
Fri 6 - Mon 9 Feb 2015

Royal Hobart Regatta:
Mon 9 Feb 2015

Launceston Festivale:
Fri 13 - Sun 15 Feb 2015

Safer Internet Day: Tue 10 Feb 2015

Valentine's Day: Sat 14 Feb 2015

Healthy Weight Week: Mon 16 - Sun 22 Feb 2015

Launceston Cup: Wed 25 Feb 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

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]

CURRICULUM
Curriculum & Leadership 5 Dec 2014
Curriculum & Leadership Journal
The latest curriculum and teaching information for Australian educators. For news updates follow CL on Twitter. NEXT ISSUE: 30 JAN 2015

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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