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CHILD STUDIES
Fake babies shock
news.com.au, 25 Aug 2016
Baby simulatorsTeenage girls were actually more likely to become pregnant if they used the special life-size baby dolls whose simulation of real baby behaviour was designed to teach them the inconveniences of motherhood, a randomised Australian study has shown.
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TASMANIAN SCHOOLS
Oval land dilemma
The Examiner, 25 Aug 2016
Northern TasmaniaDebate is brewing over whether the East Launceston Primary School's P&F should allow land it owns to be used in the school's $4.5 million redevelopment .
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STATE POLITICS
Tasmanian first
The Examiner, 25 Aug 2016
Will HodgmanThe Premier, Will Hodgman, was ejected from this morning's sitting of Parliament, the first time this has happened to a Tasmanian premier.
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Bullet Premier ejected, ABC News, 25 Aug 2016

BULLYING
Unisex toilets and change rooms
The Examiner, 25 Aug 2016
BullyingTo reduce opportunities for bullying, future schools should have unisex toilet blocks and unsex change rooms with separate cubicles, Working It Out executive officer Susan Ditter says .
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TASMANIAN SCHOOLS
Lansdowne centenary
ABC News, 25 Aug 2016
Southern TasmaniaLansdowne Crescent Primary's students and staff are working on a special magazine to celebrate the school's centenary.
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EDUCATION SPENDING
$110m on infrastructure
Tas Govt media releases, 25 Aug 2016
ConstructionThe state government is spending $110 million on education infrastructure, and will spend money on preparing schools for the younger Prep starting age, education minister Jeremy Rockliff said today.
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INTERNATIONAL NEWS
Earthquake hits central Italy
ABC News, 25 Aug 2016
Italian flagA magnitude 6.2 earthquake has brought down buildings in the central Italian regions of Lazio and Marche, killing at least 247 people.
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TAFE
TasTAFE seeks info on local jobs needs
Tas Govt media release, 24 Aug 2016
TasTAFETasTAFE will engage in statewide community consultation from September to December this year on training needs for local jobs, education minister Jeremy Rockliff said today.
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STUDENT SAFETY
Students expelled over Instagram images
The Examiner, 17 Aug 2016
Students and InstagramTwo students have been expelled from a Melbourne school for disrespectful behaviour related to images of local girls whose photos they had uploaded to Instagram.
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STUDENT SAFETY
Charges possible over images
The Mercury, 23 Aug 2016
HackersPolice hope to lay charges over the posting of photos of two Tasmanian girls on a website that had been seeking inappropriate images of schoolgirls, but they stress that images had not been uploaded of students at the two Tasmanian schools mentioned on the site.
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STUDENT SUPPORT
More disability support wanted
The Examiner, 22 Aug 2016
DisabilitiesThe Tasmanian Disability Support Lobby has called for students with disabilities to be given more funding, support staff and resources in the light of their recent survey results.
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Bullet Government is showing commitment to inclusive learning environment, Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Education and Training, 22 Aug 2016
Bullet Labor would keep class sizes down to support teachers, Michelle O'Byrne, opposition education spokesperson, 22 Aug 2016

EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
Nurture gaining over nature
The Conversation (opinion by Kate Lynch), 22 Aug 2016
BrainAs some genetic characteristics that correlate with school performance may simply be predisposing students to particular schoolwork-supporting behaviours and environments, more recognition should be given to the importance of nurture (versus nature) and the potential effectiveness of education, a researcher argues.
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THE OLYMPICS
Bolt achieves the triple-triple
au.sports.yahoo, 20 Aug 2016
Usain Bolt (Image: ABC)
Jamaican athlete Usain Bolt has achieved the triple hat trick in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay events at three Olympics.
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STUDENT SAFETY
Reprieve over website
news.com.au, 19 Aug 2016
HackersThe website that had been seeking inappropriate images of schoolgirls is apparently no longer operating but there are fears it may re-emerge in a different form or that its images may appear elsewhere.
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COMPUTING PROFESSION
More pressures on teachers' time
The Mercury (opinion by Peter Wilson), 19 Aug 2016
Teacher workloadThe doubling up of having to apply for a Working with Vulnerable Persons certificate while maintaining  teacher registration and the (laudable) recording of approaches that work with students with learning difficulties are examples of how teachers' lesson-preparation time is being increasingly impinged upon by administrative requirements, a teacher writes.
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YEAR 12 PERFORMANCE
Low Year 12 attainment must be examined
The Mercury (opinion by Eleanor Ramsay and Michael Rowan), 19 Aug 2016
TasmaniaYear 12 attainment in Tasmania is woefully low compared with schools in other states but thankfully the government is undertaking a review of Years 9-12 education here, two professors write.
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TASMANIAN LEGISLATION
Lower starting age now to be optional
Tas Govt media release, 18 Aug 2016
Tas Govt logoThe state government now plans to introduce legislation to make a lower starting age for prep of 4 years 6 months optional rather than compulsory, education minister Jeremy Rockliff announced today.
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Bullet Lower starting age to be optional, The Mercury, 18 Aug 2016
Bullet Thorough consultation needed instead, Michelle O'Byrne, Labor education spokesperson, 18 Aug 2016
Bullet Compulsory lower age plan ditched, ABC News, 18 Aug 2016
Bullet Change welcome but potential very wide age range in combined prep/kinder classes, Andrea Dawkins, Greens education spokesperson, 18 Aug 2016
Bullet Compulsory starting age stays put, The Examiner, 19 Aug 2016
Bullet Change of heart, The Mercury, 19 Aug 2016
Bullet Critics not satisfied, ABC News, 19 Aug 2016
Bullet Minister explains the new starting age policy, The Mercury (opinion by Jeremy Rockliff), 19 Aug 2016

EDUCATION LEGENDS
Deaths of Bruner, Papert
The recent deaths of world-renowned educational theorists Jerome Bruner and Seymour Papert slipped under the radar.
Jerome Bruner (Image: The Guardian)Bullet Educational psychologist Jerome Bruner died aged 100 on 5 June 2016. For an obituary, see The Guardian, 16 Jul 2016.
Seymour Papert (Image: NPR)Bullet Pioneer in thinking and using technology in education Seymour Papert died aged 88 on 31 July 2016. See NPR Ed, 5 Aug 2016.

 

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Dates

Children's Book Week:
Sat 20 - Fri 26 Aug 2016

Hearing Awareness Week:
Sun 21 - Sat 27 Aug 2016

Keep Australia Beautiful Week:
Mon 22 - Sun 28 Aug 2016

Daffodil Day (Cancer Council):
Fri 26 Aug 2016

Free National Parks access:
Sat 27 - Mon 29 Aug 2016
(and again for school holidays Sat 24 Sep - Sun 9 Oct 2016)

Legacy Week:
Sun 28 Aug - Sat 3 Sep 2016

Nat. Literacy and Numeracy Week:
Mon 29 Aug - Sun 4 Sep 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
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SARIS Tas - Student Assessment and Reporting Information System
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The eCentre has been replaced by the Curriculum Support Centre (pw required)

 


Tasmania Online - "Your comprehensive guide to Tasmania on the web"
Tasmania Online search

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TASMANIA

AUSTRALIA

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

 
 

Subjects and learning

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 2015, 2016

Australian Tax Office:

Teachers - claiming work-related expenses (22 Jun 2016)
See also:
- Industries and Occupations
- Decuctions you can claim 2016
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Deduction questions
2015

Tips:
SMH tax page
(2016)

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

WI-FI Updated
Free Tas Wi-Fi
Tas wi-fi locationsThe number of free wi-fi access points around Tasmania ahs increased from 42 to 50 (altogether 150 are planned). Limit 30 minutes per device per day at each location. For more info see Minister's statement (25 Aug 2016).

Bullet New sites continued below

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 (radio)

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)


DATA AND STATISTICS
CensusAtSchool
CensusAtSchool
Practical activities for students using Australian Bureau of Statistics census data, which are still useful even though this 2014 site is no longer updated (presumably due to ABS budget cuts).

SCIENCE
Wildlife Spotter
Spotted quoll (Image: wildlifespotter.net.au)
Save threatened wildlife species by helping to identify animals photographed by automated cameras, as promoted in The Mercury (8 Aug 2016). You might even spot a quoll.

STUDENT HEALTH AND SAFETY
Coaches and concussion
Concussion (Image: The Conversation)This Conversation contribution from 2 Aug 2016 stresses that sports coaches need to be aware of how young people can be protected from the harmful effects of concussion. Links to useful sources of advice include:
- Pocket Concussion Recognition Tool [pdf]
- Making Headway Concussion E-Learning Series (from Canada)

TASMANIAN GEOGRAPHY
My Way (the Midland Highway) song
Andrew Colrain and John X - The Midland Highway song
Entertaining spoof of My Way, the song made famous by Frank Sinatra, naming places along the Midland Highway. Sung by Andrew Colrain and John X (video on ABC Facebook page).

DIGITAL LITERACY
Pokémon Go in the Classroom
Pokemon Go
Lesson ideas based on the use of Pokémon Go (Discovery Education website).
Bullet For more ways to exploit students' interest in the Pokémon craze see these sites:
- 5 ways to trick students into learning with Pokémon Go
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14 ways to bring Pokémon Go to school
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Pokémon Go - Lesson ideas for the science classroom
- Autistic students: exploring the use of Pokemon Go
- Augmented reality in education


AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION
Prime Zone
Prime Zone
New website providing resources for teaching about food and fibre in the Australian Curriculum, from the Primary Industries Education Foundation Australia. In particular, see School resources.

ENTERPRISE EDUCATION
Club Kidpreneur
Kidpreneur Challenge 2016
A group associated with Tasmania's Cradle Coast which in Term 3 2016 is running the Kidpreneur Challenge (flyer available), a competition for students in Years 4, 5 and 6.

ANTI-TOBACCO RESOURCES
Quit's Critics' Choice competition
Quit TasmaniaQuit Tasmania's anti-smoking competition for students, the Critics' Choice 2016, is open until Friday 30 September 2016.

TASMANIAN ABORIGINAL HISTORY
Aboriginal Tasmania Story Map
Aboriginal Tasmania Story MapInteractive map-based database of significant Aboriginal Tasmanian locations, with images.

EARLY CHILDHOOD
Early Childhood Resource Hub
ECRHCollection point for early childhood professional resources, opened by Minister Simon Birmingham on 28 Mar 2016. Unfortunately, registration is required for access to even the non-forum material.

NBN
NBN Infographic
NBN Infographic
This infographic compares the speeds and benefits of ADSL+, NBN Fibre to the Node and NBN Fibre to the Premises, showing that Fibre to the Node will soon prove to be inadequate.

LEGAL AWARENESS
Guys Gotta Know
Guys Gotta KnowLegal information for young men, with emphasis on relationships. Follows Girls Gotta Know which was produced a couple of years ago.

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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