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New ransomware virus to hit today
ABC News, 28 Jun 2017
Computer hackerAustralian businesses are expected to be targeted this morning by a ransomware virus that has just begun locking up computers in other parts of the world...

Bullet Global ransomware attack causes turmoil, BBC News, 28 Jun 2017
Bullet Tasmania's Cadbury chocolate factory hit by ransomware virus, ABC News, 7.45am, 28 Jun 2017

There's 24.4m of us
The Conversation (opinion by Nicholas Biddle), 27 Jun 2017
ABSThe 2016 Census showed that:
Square bullet fewer of us were born in Australia (now 66.7%)
Square bullet more of us identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander (3%)
Square bullet the proportion of infant and primary school students attending a non-government school fell to 31.8% (from 32.7% in 2011)
Square bullet the proportion of teenagers and children with a need for disability assistance increased to 2.7% (a significant rise from 2.1% in 2011)...

Bullet Census media release, ABS, 27 Jun 2017
Bullet Tasmania's population reaches 519,050, Peter Gutwein, Treasurer, 27 Jun 2017

New plate tectonic map
The Conversation (opinion by Alan Collins and Andrew Merdith), 27 Jun 2017
Plate techtonics map (Image: The Conversation)
The first whole-Earth plate tectonic map for half a billion years has been published...

Adult Education returns
Tas Govt media release, 26 Jun 2017
Adult Education
The state government is re-establishing the "Adult Education" brand of courses as promised at the last election, education minister Jeremy Rockliff says...

Bullet Adult Education website (currently offering only a handful of courses)

Teachers learn gun skills
npr.org, 25 Jun 2017
US flagWith the Sandy Hook school shootings still in their memory, and realising that police cannot get to a school shooting in time, Colorado (USA) teachers are undertaking gun courses, including how to go around a corner safely when pursuing a shooter.
ISSUES include:
Square bullet What if the offending shooter is one of the school's own students?
Square bullet How can kindergarten students hug their teacher without the teacher's gun getting in the way?...

Starting age clarified
The Examiner, 23 Jun 2017
Early learningThe starting age debate rests more on what "schooling" and a "school environment" are than on actual age, though there is no doubt Tasmania's starting age is currently the highest in the country...

What we get with the tweaked Gonski 2.0 (Gonski 2.1?)
The Conversation (opinion by Peter Goss and Julie Sonnemann), 23 Jun 2017
Gonski 2.0Two education researchers sum up the Senate's changes to Gonski 2.0 and outline what the new Gonski reforms will now mean for schools...

Senate passes Gonski 2.0
ABC News, 23Jun 2017
SenateThe Senate has passed the Gonski 2.0 education reforms, with total spending increased from the budgeted $18.6 billion to $23.6 billiion.
However, the Catholic schools say they will be worse off

Bullet Tas govt schools $68m worse off over next 2 years, Michelle O'Byrne, Opposition education spokesperson, 23 Jun 2017
Bullet Additional $186 million for Tas schools, Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Education and Training, 23 Jun 2017
Bullet Loss of $85 million in dark day for Tas government schools, AEU media release, 23 Jun 2017

Students with disabilities take up teachers' time, says Hanson
The Conversation (opinion by Linda J. Graham and Kate de Bruin), 22 Jun 2017
DisabilitiesSenator Pauline Hanson's controversial comments about taking students with autism and disabilities out of regular classrooms has prompted a defence of inclusion by two academics...

Bullet Children's views on Hanson's comments, ABC News, 23 Jun 2017
Bullet Federal disability funding for Tas cut by $8 million, AEU (Tas.) media release, 22 Jun 2017

Gonski go-ahead
ABC News, 21Jun 2017
Gonski 2.0The federal government appears to have secured the support of sufficient senators to ensure the Gonski 2.0 reforms are passed...

Bullet Tas Government should have fought for full six-year Gonski agreement to be honoured, Helen Richardson, AEU State President, 22 Jun 2017
Bullet Gonski go-ahead will lock in underfunding for Tas government schools, Helen Richardson, AEU State President, 22 Jun 2017

New dairy demo shed for Hagley
Tas Govt media release, 20Jun 2017
Cow (Image: Taslearn.com)A new dairy demonstration shed was opened at Hagley Primary Farm School today by education minister Jeremy Rockliff...

Bullet Dairy demo shed unveiled, The Examiner, 20 Jun 2017

Queechy STEM students in F1 world final
The Examiner, 20Jun 2017
STEMAn all-girl team of Queechy High School students will represent Australia in the F1 in Schools World Final in Malaysia...

Bullet State govt gives $2500 to Queechy STEM team, Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Education and Training, 20 Jun 2017

Rockliff urges Gonski 2.0 support
The Examiner, 20 Jun 2017
Gonski 2.0Education minister Jeremy Rockliff has written to Australia's senators to urge them to pass the Gonski 2.0 legislation but Opposition education spokesperson Michelle O'Byrne says he should be lobbying for more money...

Bullet Government schools $88.6m and Catholic schools $35 million worse off under Gonski 2.0, Michelle O'Byrne, Opposition education spokesperson, TasLabor website, 20 Jun 2017
Bullet Controversy continues over Rockliff's Gonski letter, The Examiner, 20 Jun 2017

Fewer in government secondary schools
The Conversation (opinion by Emma Rowe), 19 Jun 2017
Downward graphContrary to recent comments in the news, the shift away from government secondary schools is continuing, an academic writes...

Shirley Walters dies
Tas Govt media release, 19 Jun 2017
Former Tasmanian senator Shirley Walters has died, acting premier Jeremy Rockliff has announced...

Pedestrians targeted?
BBC News, 19 Jun 2017
UK flagA man has been arrested after a van ploughed into pedestrians who had left a mosque in north London, in an apparent terrorist attack on Muslims...


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Red Nose Day:
Fri 30 Jun 2017

Financial year ends:
Fri 30 Jun 2017

Festival of Voices:
Fri 30 Jun - Sun 16 Jul 2017

JulEYE (Eye testing):
Sat 1 - Mon 31 Jul 2017

International Joke Day:
Sat 1 Jul 2017

Sun 2 - Sun 9 Jul 2017

Sleep Awareness Week:
Mon 3 - Sun 9 Jul 2017

Independence Day (USA):
Tue 4 Jul 2017

Term 2 ends:
Fri 7 Jul 2017

AFL in Tas (L'ton) - Hawthorn vs GWS:
Sat 8 Jul 2017

Baudin exhibition (TMAG) ends:
Sun 9 Jul 2017

Diabetes Week:
Sun 9 - Sat 15 Jul 2017

World Population Day:
Tue 11 Jul 2017

Bastille Day:
Fri 14 Jul 2017

Huon Valley Mid-Winter Fest: Fri 14 - Sun 16 Jul 2017

Farm Safety Week: Mon 17 - Fri 21 Jul 2017

Term 3 begins:
Mon 24 Jul 2017

Stress Down Day (Lifeline): Mon 24 Jul 2017

Australian Mathematics Competition:
Thu 27 Jul 2017

World Hepatitis Day: Fri 28 Jul 2017

System Administrator Appreciation Day: Fri 28 Jul 2017

Schools Tree Day: Fri 28 Jul 2017

AFL in Tas - N Melb vs Melb (Hobart): Sat 29 Jul 2017

National Tree Day: Sun 30 Jul 2017

Australian National Chemistry Quiz: Tue 1 Aug 2017





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The new Tasmanian whole-of-government email system.  From home, teachers should precede their username with education\

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The above whole-of-government email system replaces the old "Microsoft Outlook Web Access" system.

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Evidence-based teaching
Evidence-based teaching
"Turning research into practical advice." Particularly useful pages on evidence-based teaching and learning are:
- Top 10 Evidence Based Teaching Strategies
- Top 10 Behaviour Management Strategies
- 10 Things Every Teacher Should Know Before Starting Their First Day in the Classroom

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New sites (cont'd)

Cybersecurity glossary
Cybersecurity (Image: The Conversation, Shutterstock))
At work and at home we are increasingly being warned about cybersecurity threats, with a consequent need to be familiar with cybersecurity terms.

Tropical Cyclone Data Portal
BoM Tropical Cyclone Data Portal
The Bureau of Meteorology's Southern Hemisphere Tropical Cyclone Data Portal allows you to overlay the tracks taken by cyclones in the Australian region for any range of years since 1970.

Healthy Kids for Professionals
Healthy Kids
Although aimed primarily at health professionals, this NSW government website will be useful for teachers and parents concerned with children's weight issues and healthy eating requirements. For example, the site provides a guide to correctly measuring a child's height for the BMI calculation.

Crinkling News
Crinkling News
National newspaper for young Australians.

The Art of Science: Baudin's Voyagers 1800-1804 (TMAG)TMAG - Baudin artists exhibition
On loan from France and never before seen in Tasmania - original drawings and paintings by artists among the voyagers on board the ships of French explorer Nicholas Baudin.
Exhibition open at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery from Fri 7 Apr to Sun 9 Jul 2017 (closed Mondays).

The seven deadly sins of statistical misinterpretation
Staistics (Image: The Conversation, Shutterstock)
Several common mistakes people make when interpreting statistics, probability and risk, and how to avoid them. (The Conversation contribution by Winnifred Louis and Cassandra Chapman, 29 Mar 2017.)

Digital Technologies Hub
Digital Technologies HubActivity suggestions and other resources to support teachers, students and parents in pursuing the coding and other digital elements of the Australian Curriculum. Financed by the Australian Government.

Women in Tasmania
Tasmanian government website containing links to the Tasmanian Women's Plan 2013-18 and other policies, programs and resources related to women (media release, 18 Mar 2018).
Bullet FacebookSee also the Women in Tasmania Facebook Page.

Learning Potential Resources
Learning PotentialThis federal government website augments the Learning Potential app in giving parents ideas on how to improve their children's literacy and numeracy skills at home. (Media release, 20 Feb 2017)

5 Ways Teachers Are Fighting Fake News
NPR EdResearch shows students need to be taught the critical thinking skills necessary to distinguish between fake and genuine news stories. (NPR, 16 Feb 2017)

New $10 banknote
$10 banknote
A new $10 banknote will be circulated in September 2017.
The following RBA pages for teachers and students deal with notes and coins generally:
Dot Learning About Banknotes
Dot Activities and interactive games

Bullying No way!
Bullying No Way!
National Day of Action
Schools can register to participate in Bullying No Way!'s National Day of Action to be held on Friday 17 March 2017. (Media release.)

My Guide
My GuideMy Guide (2MB pdf file) is a short guide from the Australian Government's Stay Smart Online website that encourages people to develop safe online security habits in relation to:
Dot privacy
Dot passphrases
Dot suspicious messaging
Dot surfing safely
Dot online finances and payments
Dot tablets and mobiles
Dot backups and protection
Dot reporting scams

5 Big Ideas in Education that Don't Work
NPR EdThe University of Melbourne's Professor John Hattie examined over 1,000 analyses of interventions to improve learning, finding five common ideas that should be examined very critically:
Dot judging schools by minimum achievement standards
Dot using achievement tests to measure schools and countries
Dot believing that school choice improves outcomes
Dot believing that small classes improve outcomes
Dot believing that more money improves outcomes

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