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New NSW premier elected unopposed
ABC News, 17 Apr 2014

Mike BairdMike Baird has been elected unopposed to replace Barry O'Farrell as NSW premier. Transport minister Gladys Berejiklian is the new deputy leader...

ANZAC COMMEMORATIONS
Anzac prize winners sent to Westerrn Front
Guy Barnett, Tas Govt media release, 17 Apr 2014

Frank MacDonaldSix Tasmanian high school students left for France and Belgium today having become this year's recipients of the Frank MacDonald Memorial Prize for their research of a Tasmanian soldier who had fought on the Western Front...

NSW premier resigns
ABC News, 16 Apr 2014

Barry O'FarrellThe premier of NSW, Barry O'Farrell, has announced his resignation over the $3,000 bottle of wine he told the Independent Commission Against Corruption he did not receive. Apparently he now agrees he signed a thankyou note for it, though he still says he cannot remember receiving the wine...

KIDS' FADS
Loom bracelets banned
The Examiner, 15 Apr 2014

One configuration of a loom bracelet (Photo from bagtheweb.com)With some schools in Victoria and NSW fighting the latest children's fad by banning loom bands and loom bracelets, a number of Launceston primary schools are set to impose their own restrictions...

ASTRONOMY
Lunar eclipse tonight
SMH, 15 Apr 2014

The Moon (Photo: SMH)The Moon is expected to be coloured red and in eclipse when it rises at 5.23pm tonight...

TASMANIAN PRINCIPALS
North-West principal dies
The Advocate, 14 Apr 2014
(Updated)
North-West TasmaniaThe principal of Ulverstone Primary School, David Cashion, has died...

EXTENDING HIGH SCHOOLS TO YEAR 12
Year 12 implementation begins
ABC News, 10 Apr 2014

TasmaniaEducation minister Jeremy Rockliff has invited Tasmania's 28 regional schools to lodge expressions of interest to be among the first schools selected to run classes in Years 11 and 12 under the new government's election policy...

Bullet List of invited schools, Jeremy Rockliff, Tas Govt media release, 10 Apr 2014
Bullet Libs launch high school revamp, The Mercury, 11 Apr 2014
Bullet Exeter, Campbell Town and Cressy cold be among extended high schools, The Examiner, 11 Apr 2014

COMPUTER SECURITY
Fear over Heartbleed bug
ABC News, 10 Apr 2014

ComputerThere is widespread uncertainty over whether millions of Internet users have had confidential information such as passwords leaked as a result of a bug in software used by many large websites...

Bullet Do you need to change your banking and other passwords?
Here's what Australia's banks and other major companies have said to CNet.com

STUDENTS AND ALCOHOL
More teens teetotallers
ABC News, 10 Apr 2014

AlcoholA survey shows that the proportion of teenagers not drinking alcohol at all has increased by about 20 percentage points in Tasmania and the rest of the country over the last ten years...

Bullet Half of teens shun alcohol, Herald Sun, 10 Apr 2014

MISSING MALAYSIAN AIRCRAFT
Audible pings raise hopes
ABC News, 7 Apr 2014

Narrowed search area for missing Malaysian aircraft (from ABC News24)
Audible pings heard today by the Australian Navy have enabled the underwater search area for the missing Malaysian Airlines jet to be narrowed down considerably......

Kim Booth is new Tas Greens leader
ABC News, 7 Apr 2014
Kim BoothFormer Greens leader Nick McKim has not recontested the leadership of the Tasmanian Greens.

COMMUNICATING WITH PARENTS
Allegations withheld from parents
The Examiner, 6 Apr 2014

The LawThe DoE has defended its decision not to notify Westbury Primary parents of allegations that a school volunteer had attempted to procure a child for sex...

Bullet Decision defended by DoE, ABC News, 7 Apr 2014

GONSKI FUNDING
State govt stands by Gonski commitment
ABC News, 4 Apr 2014

Gionski fundingEducation minister Jeremy Rockliff says the government stands by its Gonski funding election commitment ...

Bullet Feds confirm their Gonski commitment too, ABC News, 4 Apr 2014
Bullet Education funding Senate inquiry opens in Hobart, The Mercury, 3 Apr 2014
Bullet AEU reminds State Libs of Gonski commitment, The Mercury, 4 Apr 2014
Bullet Make years five and six funding commitment clear, says O'Byrne, Tas Labor website, 4 Apr 2014

NEW STATE OPPOSITION
Michelle O'Byrne gets shadow education and training portfolio
The Examiner, 3 Apr 2014

Michelle O'ByrneThe new Tasmanian Labor leader, Bryan Green, has announced the Opposition's shadow portfolios, naming deputy leader Michelle O'Byrne as education and training spokesperson...

KIDS' SPORT
Make helmets compulsory
The Advertiser,, 1 Apr 2014

FootballA football coaching director has called for all junior football players to be issued with helmets to protect them from brain injury...

TASMANIAN SCHOOLS
A Brighton high school?
The Mercury, 31 Mar 2014

Southern TasmaniaA new Years 7-12 high school in Brighton would help raise retention rates, local mayor Tony Foster says...

Bullet Elephant in the classroom, The Mercury (Editorial), 2 Apr 2014

KIDS' SPORT
No more losing
ABC News, 31 Mar 2014

FootballA proposed ban on keeping the score at under-10 AFL football games will deny losing players the opportunity to develop resilience, critics say...

WHALING
Whales rejoice
ABC News, 31 Mar 2014

WhaleIn a win for whales and Australia, the International Court of Justice has ruled that Japan's whale hunts in the Southern Ocean have not been for scientific purposes after all and has banned the issuing of future permits...


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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

Easter:
Fri 18 - Tue 22 Apr 2014

Earth Day:
Tue 22 Apr 2014

Anzac Day
Fri 25 Apr 2014
See teaching resources below

Int'l Dance Day: Tue 29 Apr 2014

Agfest: Thu 1 - Sat 3 May 2014

Term 2 begins: Mon 5 May 2014
Parliament resumes: Tue 6 May

Mother's Day: Sun 11 May 2014

NAPLAN testing:
Tue 13 - Thu 15 May 2014
 (16th - catchup testing)

TERM DATES     ON THIS DAY

Online news sources
Ed news (Aust): 
ABC  SMH  Age  Aust  Intcdr  G
Ed news (Int):
NZ  US  UK  UK(TN)  Ed Wld  Ed Wk  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 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

During the changeover to a new state government, check our Tasmanian state election 2014 page for 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 Guide and logo policy (pw)
Practical Writing Manual (style guide) [pdf] (pw)
Style guide and logo policy

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 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

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

STUDENT HEALTH
Pain Bytes
Pain Mangement Network
Information about pain management for young people, including students attending school while suffering from chronic pain.
Bullet ABC News report, 15 Apr 2014

HEALTH AND SAFETY
Shade for Secondary Schools - Grants
Playgorund shade
The Cancer Council's Shade for Secondary Schools Grants Program is now open. Cancer Council - Shade for Secondary Schools Grant ProgramSchools may apply for grants of up to $25,000. Applications close 13 June 2014, at 5.00pm.
Bullet Cancer Council media release.
Bullet Grants program summary
Bullet Grants program web page
Bullet FAQs

TASMANIAN HISTORY
Port Arthur app
Port Arthur Historic SiteAn iPhone and iPad Touch app costing $1.99 provides visitors with an audio-visual tour of the Port Arthur Historic Site. See media release (25 Mar 2014).

DRUG EDUCATION
Cannabis and Consequences II
Cannabis and Consequences II
Whole-of-school cannabis prevention education package provided by the National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre which is funded by the Australian Government. See special note for curriculum coordinators.
Bullet FREE WORSHOP: High school staff should note that a free one-day workshop on this package will be held at Rokeby on Tuesday 8 April 2014. For more information and to register an interest see the Turning Point Cannabis and Consequences II page.

WINTER OLYMPICS
Olympic Games Websites: Sochi 2014
Olympic Games WebsitesInformation and activities for teachers and students on the 2014 Winter Olympic Games at Sochi:
- Sochi classroom activities
- Winter Olympics online activities
- Sochi Winter Olympics color-in activities
- Winter Olympics word searches

CURRICULUM
Curriculum & Leadership 28 Mar 2014
Curriculum & Leadership Journal
The latest curriculum and teaching information for Australian educators. For news updates follow CL on Twitter.

TASMANIA
Tasmania Top 10
Tasmania Top Ten
Provides 16 annotated top ten Tasmanian lists. For example:
- Top 10 dates in Tasmanian history
- Top 10 famous Tasmanians
- Top 10 experiences in Tasmania

TASMANIAN HISTORY
Sharland Map
Launceston Sharland MapInteractive website based on the 1826 map  of early Launceston streets by surveyor William Sharland. See also ABC Drive report.

TEACHER RESOURCES
SparkleBox
SparkleBoxBrighten up your classroom, teaching aids and handouts with these free printables. (Primary school focus.)

EDUCATIONAL WEBSITES
Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media
Large collection of reviewed educational websites and other educational resources catering for parents and teachers. See especially:
- Best websites
- Best apps and games
- Common Sense Media Education
- Graphite (reviews of digital tools for teachers)

WEATHER
Heatwave Forecast
BoM Heatwave Forecast
A pilot five-day Heatwave Forecast service is now being provided by the Bureau of Meteorology.

WORKSHEET GENERATORS
The Teacher's Corner
The Teacher's Corner
Prepare a vast range of worksheets easily: crosswords, brain teasers, cloze exercises, maths worksheets and much more.

FOOD & THE ENVIRONMENT
FoodWise
FoodWise
Tips on reducing food waste. Includes efficient recipe planning and recipes that use up particular ingredients.

EDUCATIONAL WEBSITES
Resources for schools
australia.gov.au
A list of 40 Australian Government websites that contain material useful to teachers and students.

HEALTH AND NUTRITION
Shape Up Australia
Shape Up AustraliaAustralian Government website promoting weight control through healthy eating and physical fitness. Includes recipes.

NELSON MANDELA
Nelson Mandela (from abc.net.au photo)Some useful educational websites on Nelson Mandela:
Bullet
Leadership Lessons from Nelson Mandela
15 quotes that others can apply.

Bullet 5 Leadership Lessons from Nelson Mandela
A slideshow of five quotations on leadership.
Bullet Nelson Mandela (BBC)
Information about Nelson Mandela. Includes online quizzes and a game.
Bullet The Best Sites for Learning about Nelson Mandela
A wide range of selected resources.

EMERGENCIES
TasALERT
TasALERT
Tasmanian Government website centralising emergency information provided by state government agencies.

HEALTH EDUCATION
Drug Education Network
Drug Education NetworkPromotes programs to reduce harm from alcohol, tobacco and other drug use in Tasmania. See the Resources page for details of the recently published booklet, Party Rules, which contains tips on hosting and attending parties for young people.

ANIMALS
KidZoo
KidZoo
Activities and games about Australian animals.
Part of the Australian Reptile Park website.

AUSTRALIAN EDUCATIONAL WEBSITES
For Teachers For Students
For Teachers For Students
Government and other free Australian web resources for teachers and students.

TASMANIAN HISTORY
Brickendon
Brickendon
The World Heritage-listed colonial farm village at Longford has a schools programme.

HEALTH AND NUTRITION
Veggycation
Veggycation
Australian website communicating the health benefits of individual vegetables. Has a Kids and teachers section.

ONLINE NEWSPAPERS
The New Daily
The New Daily
A new, free online Australian newspaper.

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