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STUDENT HEALTH AND SAFETY
Active travel at Youngtown
The Examine, 9 Dec 2016
BicyclesYoungtown Primary School, Bicycle Network Tasmania and the local council are working to promote safe walking and cycling to and from school through the Active Paths program
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EDUCATIONAL PERFORMANCE
Behind Singapore's PISA rankings success
The Conversation (opinion by Amanda Wise), 8 Dec 2016
PISASingapore's achievement in topping the OECD rankings in science, maths and reading probably has something to do with private tuition being provided to 60 per cent of its high school students, 80 per cent of primary school students and 40 per cent of pre-schoolers, an academic writes
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NEW ZEALAND
Bill English to be next NZ PM?
ABC News, 8 Dec 2016
Bill English (Image: ABC)New Zealand's finance minister Bill English looks set to become the country's new prime minister following the surprise resignation by John Keys.
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WEATHER ADVICE
Damaging winds unlikely now
BoM, 8 Dec 2016 10.31pm
The BoM has cancelled the earlier advice warning of damaging winds...

THE ARTS
Film award winners announced
The Mercury, 7 Dec 2016
MyStateThe MyState Student Film Festival award winners come from the following schools:
- Goulburn Street Primary
- Rosetta Primary
- Table Cape Primary
- Tarremah Steiner School
- Launceston Christian School
- Taroona High
- Riverside High
- Hobart College
- Rosny College
- Newstead College
- St Patrick's College.
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Bullet View the winning films (MyState website)
Bullet Riverside High students win award, The Examiner, 8 Dec 2016

EDUCATIONAL PERFORMANCE
How to improve those declining maths and science results
The Conversation (opinion by Alan Finkel), 7 Dec 2016
MathsAustralia's school maths and science performance can be raised by restoring maths pre-requisites for university courses, respecting teaching and recognising the influence of school leaders, the Chief Scientist for Australia argues.
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TASMANIAN SCHOOLS
Taroona High halt
Tas Govt media release, 7 Dec 2016
Southern TasmaniaEducation minister Jeremy Rockliff has withdrawn the application to subdivide land at Taroona High School in order for the proposal to be reviewed.
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ANTARCTICA
Icy McIceface?
The Mercury, 7 Dec 2016
Aurora AustralisA competition for Australia's school students will determine the name of the new icebreaker to replace the Aurora Australis.
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Bullet Next generation to name new ship, Australian Antarctic Division, 7 Dec 2016

EDUCATIONAL PERFORMANCE
Tas below NT in Aussie PISA decline
ABC News, 6 Dec 2016
PISAThe 2015 PISA (Program for International Student Assessment) report for 2015 shows that Australia has declined absolutely as well as in country ranking in averaged mathematics, reading and science results for 15-year-old students. Tasmania fared worse than the Northern Territory, both performing below the OECD average.
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Bullet ACER: PISA Australia website
Bullet PISA 2015: A first look at Australia's results [pdf]
Bullet OECD PISA website
Bullet Inequities in Australia's education system will cause a PISA decline, The Conversation (opinion by Radhika Gorur), 5 Dec 2016
Bullet Australia's educational inequality must be addressed, The Conversation (opinion by Stewart Riddle and Bob Lingard), 6 Dec 2016
Bullet Tassie 15-year-olds worst in country, The Examiner, 7 Dec 2016
Bullet Gonski funding needed, says AEU, The Examiner, 8 Dec 2016

EDUCATIONAL ACHIEVEMENTS
A thousand days of achievement
Tas Govt media release, 6 Dec 2016
Jeremy RockliffEducation minister Jeremy Rockliff has identified over 100 ways he says the government has improved education in Tasmania during its first 1,000 days in office.
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RETENTION TO YEAR 12
Countering low Year 12 attainment
Tas Govt media release, 6 Dec 2016
Beacon FoundationThrough the $15 million Collective Ed initiative, the Tasmanian government, the Beacon Foundation and the Paul Ramsay Foundation will help students at Rokeby High, the Jordan River Learning Federation and Ulverstone High transition through Year 12 to their chosen careers. Other schools will eventually be invited to lodge expressions of interest to be among a further three schools to take part.
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PARENT-SCHOOL RELATIONS
School rates parents A-D
The Telegraph, 3 Dec 2016
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Staff at the UK's Greasely Beauvale Primary School have given parents a score from A to D based on school involvement, followed by an individual explanation on how they could improve their score thereby raising their children's performance...

TEACHING PROFESSION
More than 3,000 Tas teachers vulnerable
The Mercury (subscription access), 4 Dec 2016
Tas GovtOnly about 8,000 of Tasmania's 11,529 teachers have so far obtained working with vulnerable people registration which is required by 1 January. About 250 other school staff whose deadline was 1 September are now being sent home
.
Bullet More resources should have been allocated to the registration process, Michelle O'Byrne says, The Examiner, 4 Dec 2016
Bullet School support staff sent home, Michelle O'Byrne, Opposition education spokesperson, 5 Dec 2016

COMPUTER SECURITY
Google Android alert
ABC News, 2 Dec 2016
S,martphoneMany Android 4 and 5 devices are vulnerable to the Gooligan malware attack which affects users' Google accounts after the downloading of infected apps
. You can use the Check Point website to find whether your Google account is secure...

LITERACY
Phonics screening test advocated
The Conversation (opinion by Pamela Snow and others), 2 Dec 2016
LiteracyA version of the
UK Phonics Screening Check needs to be trialled in Australia because it holds the prospect of improving the reading skills of children, particularly those with a history of underachievement, four academics write...

STUDENT NUTRITION
Candy canes banned at Tas school
ABC News, 2 Dec 2016
Candy cane
Candy canes and birthday cakes have been banned at Bellerive Primary School  to support the school's new healthy eating policy...


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Dates

Human Rights Day: Sat 10 Dec 2016

Int'l Mountain Day: Sun 11 Dec 2016

Hour of Code events end: Sun 11 Dec

TERM ENDS (College tchrs): Fri 16 Dec

Int'l Migrants Day: Sun 18 Dec 2016

Int'l Human Solidarity Day: Tue 20 Dec

TERM ENDS (K-10 stu's): Wed 21 Dec

TERM ENDS (K-10 tchrs): Thu 22 Dec

Christmas Day: Sun 25 Dec 2016

Boxing Day: Mon 26 Dec 2016

Sydney-Hobart Yacht Race commences: Mon 26 Dec 2016 1.00pm

Christmas Day pub. hol.: Tue 27 Dec 2016

Taste of Tasmania (Hobart):
Wed 28 Dec 2016 - Tue 3 Jan 2017

Falls Festival: Thu 29 Dec 2016 - Sun 1 Jan 2017

New Year's Eve: Sat 31 Dec 2016

New Year's Day: Sun 1 Jan 2017

New Year's Day pub. hol.: Mon 2 Jan 2017

King of the Derwent: Mon 2 Jan 2017

Cygnet Folk Festival: Fri 6 - Sun 8 Jan 2017

Devonport Cup: Wed 11 Jan 2017

Mofo: Wed 18 - Sun 22 Jan 2017

Tamar Valley Folk Festival:
Fri 20 - Sun 22 Jan 2017

Australia Day: Thu 26 Jan 2017

 

College teachers return: Mon 30 Jan 2017

K-10 teachers return: Mon 6 Feb 2017

K-10 and college stu's return: Wed 8 Feb 2017

Festivale (L'ton): Fri 10 - Sun 12 Feb 2017

Int'l day of Women and Girls in Science: Sat 11 Feb 2017

Royal Hobart Regatta: Sat 11 - Mon 13 Feb 2017
(Regatta holiday S. Tas: Mon 13 Feb 2017)

Healthy Weight Week: Mon 13 - Sun 19 Feb 2017

Valentine's Day: Tue 14 Feb 2017

Launceston Cup: Wed 22 Feb 2017

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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
SARIS (pw)

 

 

 

 

 


 
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
Superannuation reforms (15 Sep 2016)

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
-
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


TASMANIAN HISTORY
Stories of the '67 Bushfires
'67 Bushfires
Story map using the spoken or written words of southern Tasmanians who experienced Black Tuesday, 7 February 1967.
To zoom in, double-click on any area away from the location icons.

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   RCE

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)

 

LITERACY
The Big 6 of Reading Articles
APPAThese succinctly written information and advice articles on key elements of literacy, commissioned by the Australian Primary Principals Association, should be required reading for all teachers:
- Vocabulary [pdf]
- Comprehension [pdf]
- Phonological Awareness [pdf]
- Phonics [pdf]
- Fluency [pdf]
- Oral language [pdf]

US ELECTION
Election 2016: Lesson Plans and Digital Resources for Educators
Vote (Image: Edutopia)Links to educational resources on the US election. Examples:
- Election Glossary [pdf]
- News for Students
- Great Free Resources

US ELECTION
How does voting in America compare to Australia?
US election (ABC News)
The vital differences between the US and Australian electoral systems are outlined. (ABC News)

MELBOURNE CUP
Melbourne Cup Number Quiz
Melbourne Cup (Image: AusClassroom.com)A new Melbourne Cup Quiz to print out in which the answers to the 20 questions are all numbers. The "easy" version includes the list of number answers to choose from. An answer sheet for teachers is provided.

CYBERSAFETY
iParent
iParent
Guidance, strategies and information about online safety for parents in supporting their children's online activities. The site also includes the results of a survey on children's online activities. (From the Children's eSafety Commissioner.)

WEATHER
BoM Weather app
(ABC News, 7 Oct 2016)
BoM weather appA free weather app for Android and Apple users to download.
- BoM mobile page
- How to get the app

ANTARCTICA
Classroom Antarctica
Classroom AntarcticaOnline Antarctica teaching resources for Years 3-8 provided by the Australian Antarctic Division.

ANTARCTICA
Australian Antarctic Festival
Australian Antarctic Festival
The inaugural Australian Antarctic Festival will be held in Hobart from Thu 8 to Sun 11 Sep 2016. See also Tas Govt media release, 8 Sep 2016.

CYBERSAFETY
eSafety Education Resources
eSafety Commissioner
From the Australian government's Office of the Children's eSafety Commissioner:
Dot Classroom resources
Dot Outreach programs
Dot School policies (includes links to Tasmania's Social Media Policy and parent pamphlet)
Dot Voluntary certification


THE CURRENCY
New banknote program
New $5 note
New $5 note security feature (RBA)Release of the new $5 note has begun. The Reserve Bank website displays its new security features.
Bullet The following RBA pages for teachers and students deal with notes and coins generally:
Dot Learning About Banknotes
Dot Activities and interactive games

COMPUTING
Google for Education sessions for teachers
EdTech Team Summits
The EdTech Team Tasmania Summit featuring Google for Education will be held in Hobart on 26 and 27 September 2016.

WI-FI Updated
Free Tas Wi-Fi
Tas wi-fi locationsThe number of free wi-fi access points around Tasmania has 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).

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.




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