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PUBLIC SECTOR JOB CUTS
AEU campaigns against job cuts
The Mercury, 22 Nov 2014
AEU
The AEU has begun a campaign to highlight the impact of public sector job cuts on Tasmanian students and schools...

STUDENT SEXUAL ABUSE
Anglican Church had no power over Anglican school, bishop says
ABC News, 21 Nov 2014
Justice
A former assistant bishop of the Anglican diocese told the sexual abuse royal commission that he had no authority over Hutchins School matters...

Bullet Lawyers told Hutchins of danger a sexual abuse victim might go public, The Mercury, 21 Nov 2014
Bullet Church should not investigate itself, bishop says, The Examiner, 21 Nov 2014
Bullet Former headmaster denies cover-up, The Mercury, 22 Nov 2014

TEACHING COMPUTER CODING
Outsiders needed for coding skills support
The Age, 21 Nov 2014
Computer (Image from Microsoft)
A shortage of teachers who can teach computer coding is forcing schools to call on the assistance of professional coders...

COMPUTER LITERACY
Girls now beat boys in computer literacy
SMH, 20 Nov 2014
Girl at computer (Image from Microsoft)
An international study has found that Australian girls are more computer literate than Australian boys...

Bullet Tas students below Australian average in computer literacy but compare well with countries, The Mercury, 21 Nov 2014

STUDENT SEXUAL ABUSE
Hutchins apologises for sexual abuse - after 20 years
The Mercury, 20 Nov 2014
Justice
A former Hutchins student who had been sexually abused by the principal in the mid-1960s first requested an apology during the 1990s but received one only a month ago as the Royal Commission loomed...

Bullet Second abused student told he should be ashamed of himself, ABC News, 19 Nov 2014
Bullet Headmaster in 2002 said current school community did not consider itself accountable, The Examiner, 19 Nov 2014
Bullet Six teachers were believed to be pedophiles, says former teacher, The Examiner, 20 Nov 2014
Bullet Up to eight involved in 1960s sexual abuse, inquiry told, ABC News, 20 Nov 2014
Bullet School covered up abuse, former teacher tells Royal Commission, The Mercury, 20 Nov 2014
Bullet Teacher 'sick of working with pedophiles', The Mercury, 21 Nov 2014

RETENTION TO YEAR 12
Tas retention study highlights the problems
The Mercury (opinion by Neil Cranston), 19 Nov 2014
Tasmania
There is quite a range of reasons why a low proportion of Tasmanian students continue their education through to the end of Year 12, writes Professor Neil Cranston following a joint study by the University of Tasmania and the Department of Education...

 

VISIT OF THE CHINESE PRESIDENT TO HOBART
Tue 18 Nov 2014
Traffic and bus disruptions

UPDATE 4.10pm: The Chinese president's movements appear to be about an hour and a half behind schedule, so take this delay into account when checking the following links.
See
Metro busBullet
Metro website, especially points 2, 3 and 4 concerning Hobart's inner southern suburbs. All bus services including school services will run, but with possible delays.
See also
Bullet Police website: Traffic disruptions, and
Bullet
The Mercury, 17 Nov 2014.

 

EMERGING TECHNOLOGY
Spatial technology for three schools
Tas Govt media release, 18 Nov 2014
Taroona High, Devonport High and Lilydale District School are the first Tasmanian schools to have GPS satellite receiver stations to link into a Spatial Discovery program...

PRESIDENTIAL VISITS
Chinese president to meet Tas Grade 5 class
The Examiner, 17 Nov 2014
President Xi Jinping
China's President Xi Jinping will plant a tree in Hobart with 21 Grade 5 students from Launceston's Scotch Oakburn College...

Bullet Play and study in China, says President Xi to students, The Examiner, 18 Nov 2014

PUBLIC SECTOR JOB CUTS
Threat to school programs and class sizes
The Examiner, 16 Nov 2014
Michelle O'Byrne
Cutting staff from the Education Department will have an adverse effect on school programs and class sizes, Opposition education spokesperson Michelle O'Byrne says ...

Bullet Public servants could individually appeal, says former TIC President, The Mercury, 17 Nov 2014

STUDENT TRANSPORT
Get student bus card by 2 January
Tas Govt media release, 16 Nov 2014
Metro bus
Students are encouraged to apply early for their Student GreenCard, infrastructure minister Rene Hidding says ...

STUDENT HEALTH AND SAFETY
Sun protection reminder
The Examiner, 16 Nov 2014
Cancer Council of Tasmania
Richie Benaud's skin cancer revelation has prompted a warning for children from the Cancer Council of Tasmania and a comment by parents' group president Jenny Eddington that teachers find it hard to ensure high school students comply with the DoE's sun protection policy...

Bullet SunSmart program for schools, Cancer Council of Tasmania
Bullet
Sun Protection Policy [pdf], Department of Education

STUDENT SAFETY
Inhaling helium can kill
news.com.au, 15 Nov 2014
Jimmy Fallon inhales helium (Daily Mail image)
The Donald Duck voice people get by inhaling helium from balloons is no laughing matter with statistics showing that an alarming number of people die in the process...

EDUCATION SYSTEMS
Why do Finland's kids do so well in tests?
The Conversation (comment by Arja Virta and Kristina Heikkila), 14 Nov 2014
Finland
Finnish children spend less time at school and their government spends a lower proportion of the budget on education than do many other countries, but Finland often tops international league tables - perhaps partly because there is little variation between schools...

PUBLIC SECTOR JOB CUTS
How job cuts will affect schools
Tas Govt media release, 13 Nov 2014
Jeremy Rockliff
Education minister Jeremy Rockliff says implementation of the public sector job cuts will involve a maximum of two full-time staff being cut from schools and four from colleges, but that sixteen small schools will be exempt...

Bullet Schools and colleges to shed jobs (includes list of schools exempted), ABC News, 13 Nov 2014
Bullet Freeze should be on unaffordable election promises instead, Bryan Green, Leader of the Opposition, 13 Nov 2014
Bullet Student-to-staff ratio will still be better than the national average, Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Education and Training, 13 Nov 2014
Bullet Big impact from school cuts, The Examiner, 13 Nov 2014
Bullet Govt giving money for Gonski reforms but clawing back funds through job cuts, Nick McKim, Greens education spokesperson, 13 Nov 2014

ANZAC COMMEMORATIONS
Anzac competition prize winners announced
Tas Govt media release, 13 Nov 2014
Frank MacDonald
The six Tasmanian students who have won the 2014-15 Frank MacDonald Memorial Prize have been named ...

NATIONAL CURRICULUM REVIEW
What's next for the curriculum review?
The Conversation (comment by Marie Brennan), 13 Nov 2014
Australian Curriculum
Will the Review of the Australian Curriculum have an impact on  what is taught in schools? When will key decisions be made? ...

TASMANIAN STUDENTS
History Challenge winners announced
Tas Govt media release, 12 Nov 2014
The Premier, Will Hodgman, has congratulated the five Tasmanian students who have won prizes in the National History Challenge Awards...

PUBLIC SECTOR PAY FREEZE
Tas public sector strike set for 27 November
ABC News, 11 Nov 2014
Industrial action
Public sector workers are set to strike for two hours on Thursday, 27 November over the Tasmanian government's pay freeze ultimatum...

Bullet Two-hour strike looms, The Mercury, 11 Nov 2014
Bullet No supervision until 10.30am, says AEU, The Examiner, 11 Nov 2014
Bullet Pay freeze now off the table, Peter Gutwein, Treasurer, 12 Nov 2014

New Tasmanian Governor announced
ABC News, 10 Nov 2014
Professor Kate Warner (From ABC image)Professor Kate Warner from the Law Faculty of the University of Tasmania is to be the next Governor of Tasmania.

STUDENT DISCIPLINE
Uniform policy enforced very strictly
Northern Star, 9 Nov 2014
United Kingdom
The head teacher of a UK secondary school sent home 152 students in one day for not wearing the correct school uniform...

STUDENT ASSESSMENT
Exams loom
Tas Govt media release, 8 Nov 2014
TQA
The end-of-year TCE examinations begin on Monday for over 7,100 Tasmanian Year 11 and 12 students...

 

 

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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Education links for Tasmanian teachers

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

Dates

White Ribbon Day:
Tue 25 Nov 2014

Devonport Show:
Fri 28 Nov 2014

Last day of Spring: Sun 30 Nov 2014

Computer Security Day: Sun 30 Nov 2014

First Day of Summer: Mon 1 Dec 2014

World AIDS Day: Mon 1 Dec 2014

Abolition of Slavery Day: Tue 2 Dec 2014

Int'l Day of People with a Disability: Wed 3 Dec 2014

Int'l Volunteer Day: Fri 5 Dec 2014

Human Rights Day: Wed 10 Dec 2014

Int'l Mountain Day: Thu 11 Dec 2014

Term 4 ends (College students): Thu 11 Dec 2014 or earlier

Term 4 ends (College teachers): Fri 12 Dec

Term 4 ends (K-10 students): Thu 18 Dec

Term 4 ends (K-10 teachers): Fri 19 Dec

 

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  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

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

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.

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

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.


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