Spelling inconsistencies here to stay
(opinion by Baden Eunson), 27 Jul 2015
A lecturer outlines the causes of
spelling errors and concludes that spelling reform appears unlikely...
Safe Schools content at issue
The Examiner, 27 Jul 2015
Working 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...
Add weight gain warnings to
(via PressReader), 26 Jul 2015
Serious medical problems arising
from obesity in pregnancy have prompted an obstetrician to call for
the national school curriculum to include lessons on healthy weight...
Long road ahead, says new PUCEA head
The Mercury, 26 Jul 2015
The 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...
New labs for Wynyard High
The Advocate, 25 Jul 2015
Two refurbished science laboratories at Wynyard High
School were opened by the Minister for Education and Training,
Jeremy Rockliff, yesterday..
Student assessment in the Google Age
(opinion by Ibrar Bhatt), 24 Jul 2015
Now 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...
No forced socialisation
(opinion by Holly Warland), 24 Jul 2015
with autism should not be forced to socialise, a PhD candidate says..
Make sure your parents are
(opinion by Gerry Redmond), 22 Jul 2015
The wages of
people are related to the education level of their parents, an OECD
Tassie student targets world archery
The Mercury, 22 Jul 2015
Fourteen-year-old Collegiate Year 9
student Anna Walls is the Australian under-20 archery champion..
School Sports Australia commitment
The Mercury, 22 Jul 2015
Education Minister Jeremy Rockliff has
announced a financial recommitment to School Sports Australia which
supports student athletes in competing nationally..
Successful girl athletes face bullying
(research by Maureen O'Neill and Angie Calder), 21 Jul 2015
A study of 19 successful young
female athletes has revealed they had been subjected to a variety of
types of bullying by their peers..
Fanning escapes shark attack
ABC News, 20 Jul 2015
Australian surfer Mick Fanning has emerged
safely from an attack by a shark while competing in South Africa.
HEALTH AND SAFETY
Don't rely on nut bans
SMH, 19 Jul 2015
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
SCHOOL TRAFFIC ZONES
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...
Nine booked in North-west school zones, The Asdvocate, 20 Jul
Facebook liked by parents
The Mercury, 17 Jul 2015
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
Symposium told teamwork and
leadership skills fundamental
The Mercury, 16 Jul 2015
adviser to Barack Obama told the UTAS Education Transformation
Symposium that today's children needed four particular skills
related to teamwork and leadership...
Symposium an opportunity to
learn from others,
The Mercury (editorial), 15 Jul 2015
Educators push the envelope, The Mercury, 15 Jul 2015
Tas school system 'back on even keel', says Colin Pettit, The
Mercury, 16 Jul 2015
Jack Hale misses out on final
ABC Radio, 16 Jul 2015
Tasmanian sprinter Jack Hale has come sixth
in his World Youth Championships 100-metres semi-final in Colombia,
missing out on progressing to the final...
Jack Hale makes 200m
semi-finals, The Mercury, 18 Jul 2015
Disqualified due to false start, ABC News, 19 Jul 2015
parliament approves deal
ABC Radio, 16 Jul 2015
The Greek parliament has voted to
support the eurozone bailout deal.
Tas literacy app a world first
The Mercury, 15 Jul 2015
An award-winning app to improve
children's skills in reading for understanding has been produced by
Burnie PhD student Michelle Somerton...
Pluto's mountains revealed
Tas Govt media release, 11 Jul 2015
Detailed images showing Pluto's mountain ranges have been received
from NASA's New Horizons probe...
New Pluto images show icy
ABC News, 18 Jul 2015
Double trouble with single-sex
The Conversation (opinion by
Anna Dabrowski), 15 Jul 2015
Single-sex schools have no place in Australia, a
The Conversation (opinion by
Peter Ellerton), 14 Jul 2015
tendency of young children to ask "why" can be exploited to
encourage them to develop critical thinking and inquiry skills, a
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Bird's-eye view of Hobart by drone
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.
Start Them Right
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
Media release available.
Encourages schools to sign up for Enviroweek (Sun 30 Aug - Sat 5 Sep
2015) and presents
activities to promote respect for the environment.
TASMANIAN EDUCATION SYSTEM
Dark MOFO Hothouse
A collaboration of
brain power to solve Tasmania's fundamental education problems. See
Can creative thinking keep Tasmanian teens in school?, Life
Matters, ABC RN, Broadcast Wed 17 Jun 2015: listen or download audio
The 12 ideas selected
(Twitter messages and Instagram photos)
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
Jon Kudelka's cartoons
30 Incredible Apps for Kids
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.
Top 12 Online Resources for
Total Coding Beginners
these introductions to various kinds of computer programming, or to
just the basic principles of programming, are free.
Curriculum & Leadership 5 Jun 2015
The FINAL issue.
Curriculum and Leadership Journal has closed but the
archive of past issues will be available.
The Suspense is Awful
Website of a TMAG
exhibition displaying Tasmanian World War 1 memorabilia and
information. See especially:
Teachers Guide [pdf] to download
The Islanders: 28 Bass
strait Aboriginal men who enlisted to fight in WW1 (see also
Crowther War Diaries (LINC site)
Guide to Tasmania's
arts places and activities.
NASA 3D View
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.
NASA websites for educators A-Z
NASA educational publications A-Z
eSmart Digital Licence
Digital Licence from the Alannah and Madeline Foundation is free for
Grade 6 students but $30 (per licence) for other students.
7 Smartphone Photography Tips & Tricks
simple but clever methods to make pictures with your smartphone
Short videos by the same people:
7 Simple Photography Hacks
7 DIY Photography Tips
This website makes Australian literary works more accessible to
English teachers and provides suggested lesson activities with units
mapped to the Australian Curriculum.
Free access to online
magazines through Zinio
Library of Tasmania (LINC) library card holders can now access a
huge range of commercial magazines online at no cost.
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
Scholastic's roundup of current events and news for kids, taken from
their various magazines.
Learn to Moonwalk in 5 Simple
Moonwalking instructions in a single page animation, listed on
APPS FOR TEACHERS
Popular Apps for Teachers
NPR (16 Sep 2014) presents the apps they believe teachers find most
QR Code Readers
2014 IN REVIEW
Top education stories of 2014
reviews its top education stories of 2014, providing a list of the
Why some kids can't spell and why spelling
tests won't help
State school kids do better at uni
Private schooling has little long term pay off
to tell if your child has a
speech or language impairment
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.
More new and useful sites in the