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LITERACY
Spelling inconsistencies here to stay
The Conversation (opinion by Baden Eunson), 27 Jul 2015
LiteracyA lecturer outlines the causes of spelling errors and
concludes that spelling reform
appears unlikely...

STUDENT SUPPORT
Safe Schools content at issue
The Examiner, 27 Jul 2015
Safe Schools Australia CoalitionWorking It Out (WIO) staff say the Safe Schools Coalition Australia program aims to
assist gay and transgender students but the Australian Christian Lobby says extreme sexual and gender-related material should not be promoted in schools...

AUSTRALIAN CURRICULUM
Add weight gain warnings to curriculum
Sunday Telegraph (via PressReader), 26 Jul 2015
Australian CurriculumSerious medical problems arising from obesity in pregnancy have prompted an obstetrician to call for the national school curriculum to include lessons on healthy weight...

TASMANIAN EDUCATION SYSTEM
Long road ahead, says new PUCEA head
The Mercury, 26 Jul 2015
UTASThe newly appointed head of the Peter Underwood Centre for Educational Attainment at UTAS, Associate Professor Elaine Stratford, says Tasmanians need to take a more positive approach towards improving educational standards, but she acknowledges the required intergenerational changes may take at least 30 years
...

TASMANIAN SCHOOLS
New labs for Wynyard High
The Advocate, 25 Jul 2015
North-west TasmaniaTwo refurbished science laboratories at Wynyard High School were opened by the Minister for Education and Training, Jeremy Rockliff, yesterday
..

New
INFORMATION LITERACY
Student assessment in the Google Age
The Conversation (opinion by Ibrar Bhatt), 24 Jul 2015
GoogleNow that Google makes it easier for students to obtain and present information, teachers need to examine how learning and assessment
can be adapted to take account of the new digital age skills, a researcher points out...

STUDENT SUPPORT
No forced socialisation
The Conversation (opinion by Holly Warland), 24 Jul 2015
The ConversationStudents with autism should not be forced to socialise, a PhD candidate says
..

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY
Make sure your parents are well-educated
The Conversation (opinion by Gerry Redmond), 22 Jul 2015
The ConversationOECD
The wages of people are related to the education level of their parents, an OECD survey shows
..

ARCHERY
Tassie student targets world archery cup
The Mercury, 22 Jul 2015
Archery (Image: wildrockclimbing.co.uk)Fourteen-year-old Collegiate Year 9 student Anna Walls is the Australian under-20 archery champion
..

SCHOOL SPORT
School Sports Australia commitment
The Mercury, 22 Jul 2015
Jeremy RockliffEducation Minister Jeremy Rockliff
has announced a financial recommitment to School Sports Australia which supports student athletes in competing nationally
..

BULLYING
Successful girl athletes face bullying
The Conversation (research by Maureen O'Neill and Angie Calder), 21 Jul 2015
BullyingA study of 19 successful young female athletes has revealed they had been subjected to a variety of types of bullying by their peers
..

SURFING
Fanning escapes shark attack
ABC News, 20 Jul 2015
Fanning shark attack
Australian surfer Mick Fanning has emerged safely from an attack by a shark while competing in South Africa. INCLUDES VIDEO...

STUDENT HEALTH AND SAFETY
Don't rely on nut bans
SMH, 19 Jul 2015
Health
Nut bans in upper primary and high schools may cause a false sense of security in allergy sufferers as well as bullying and resentment by other students, guidelines from the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology indicate
..

SCHOOL TRAFFIC ZONES
School zoneSchool zone alert
The Examiner, 19 Jul 2015
Tasmania Police will focus on enforcing school zone and bus zone speed limits as students return to school this week...
Bullet Nine booked in North-west school zones, The Asdvocate, 20 Jul 2015

COMMUNICATING WITH PARENTS
Facebook liked by parents
The Mercury, 17 Jul 2015
Facebook
Schools that use a Facebook page to provide responsive information-sharing with parents
are doing what parents want, Rooty Hill principal and keynote speaker at a UTAS symposium Christine Cawsey said yesterday...

TASMANIAN EDUCATION SYSTEM
Symposium told teamwork and leadership skills fundamental
The Mercury, 16 Jul 2015
University of Tasmania
A former adviser to Barack Obama told the UTAS Education Transformation Symposium that today's children needed four particular skills related to teamwork and leadership
...

Bullet Symposium an opportunity to learn from others, The Mercury (editorial), 15 Jul 2015
Bullet Educators push the envelope, The Mercury, 15 Jul 2015
Bullet Tas school system 'back on even keel', says Colin Pettit, The Mercury, 16 Jul 2015

Bullet Education Transformation Symposium, UTAS

ATHLETICS
Jack Hale misses out on final
ABC Radio, 16 Jul 2015 9.37am
AthleticsTasmanian sprinter Jack Hale has come sixth in his World Youth Championships 100-metres semi-final in Colombia, missing out on progressing to the final...

Bullet Jack Hale makes 200m semi-finals, The Mercury, 18 Jul 2015
Bullet New Disqualified due to false start, ABC News, 19 Jul 2015

GREEK DEBT CRISIS
Greek parliament approves deal
ABC Radio, 16 Jul 2015 8.59am
Greek flag
The Greek parliament has voted to support the eurozone bailout deal.

TASMANIAN EDUCATIONAL APPS
Tas literacy app a world first
The Mercury, 15 Jul 2015
LiteracyAn award-winning app to improve children's skills in reading for understanding has been produced by Burnie PhD student Michelle Somerton
...

ASTRONOMY
Pluto's mountains revealed
Tas Govt media release, 11 Jul 2015
Pluto mountains
Detailed images showing Pluto's mountain ranges have been received from NASA's New Horizons probe...

Bullet New New Pluto images show icy plains, ABC News, 18 Jul 2015

SCHOOL SYSTEM
Double trouble with single-sex schools
The Conversation (opinion by Anna Dabrowski), 15 Jul 2015
Single-sex education (Image: teachhub.com)
Single-sex schools have no place in Australia, a researcher argues
...

THINKING SKILLS
Encouraging argument
The Conversation (opinion by Peter Ellerton), 14 Jul 2015
Brain
The natural tendency of young children to ask "why" can be exploited to encourage them to develop critical thinking and inquiry skills, a lecturer explains...


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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

World Hepatitis Day:
Tue 28 Jul 2015

System Administrator Appreciation Day:
Fri 31 Jul 2015

JulEYE (Eye testing) ends:
Fri 31 Jul 2015

MS Readathon period:
Sat 1 - Mon 31 Aug

Nat. Family History Month:
Sat 1 - Mon 31 Aug

World Breastfeeding Week:
Sat 1 - Fri 7 Aug 2015

Nat. Healthy Bones Wk: Mon 3 - Sun 9 Aug

Nat. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children's Day: Tue 4 Aug 2015

Jeans for Genes Day: Fri 7 Aug 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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    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)

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)

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
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 (26 Jun 2014)
See also:
- Industries and Occupations
-
Deduction questions 2015

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

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

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)
Bullet
The 12 ideas selected
Bullet
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.

CURRICULUM
Curriculum & Leadership 5 Jun 2015
Curriculum & Leadership Journal
The FINAL issue. Curriculum and Leadership Journal has closed but the archive of past issues will be available.

ANZAC CENTENARY
The Suspense is Awful
The Suspense is Awful
Website of a TMAG exhibition displaying Tasmanian World War 1 memorabilia and information. See especially:
Bullet Teachers Guide [pdf] to download
Bullet Stories
Bullet Resources, including...
Bullet The Islanders: 28 Bass strait Aboriginal men who enlisted to fight in WW1 (see also Aboriginal Servicemen)
Bullet Crowther War Diaries (LINC site)

THE ARTS
Tasmanian Arts Guide
Tasmanian Arts Guide
Guide to Tasmania's arts places and activities.

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

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.


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