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Tasmania
STATE BUDGET 2014-15

Bullet Budget media releases
Including:
Education budget media release, Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Education and Training, 28 Aug 2014

Bullet Premier's Budget page

Bullet Download the 2014-15 Budget documents


 

STATE BUDGET 2014-15
Freeze hits morale

ABC News, 28 Aug 2014
Terry PolglaseThe large amount allocated to education in the Budget is pleasing, but the morale-sapping public sector wage freeze conflicts with the fact that good teacher performance depends on good teacher morale, state AEU president Terry Polglase says...
Bullet 'Record spend' for education, The Examiner, 28 Aug 2014
Bullet Budget should have filled federal government's early years kinder gap, Kim Booth, Greens leader, 28 Aug 2014
Bullet TQA, Schools Registration Board and Tas Early Years Foundation to be abolished, The Mercury, 28 Aug 2014

SCHOOL CHAPLAINS
States divided over chaplains
ABC News, 28 Aug 2014
School chaplainsThe Queenslander who successfully challenged school chaplain funding in the High Court has described as "arrogant" the federal government's attempt to arrange for individual states to administer the funding instead, but the states themselves appear divided over whether schools should have the option to use the funds to employ secular social workers...

STUDENT SAFETY
Trees chopped down
SMH, 28 Aug 2014
New South WalesThe NSW government chopped down 5,000 trees at its schools after a girl was killed by a falling limb, but an arborist says the funds would have been better spent training staff how to identify dangerous trees...

DRIVER EDUCATION
Simpler L2 licence procedure
Tas Govt media release, 27 Aug 2014
L-plateA proposal to allow certain driving instructors to grant L2 driver licences to learners should speed up the licensing process, infrastructure minister Rene Hidding says...

Bullet Removing road blocks, The Advocate, 27 Aug 2014

CONSUMER SAFETY
Electrical cable recalled
news.com.au, 27 Aug 2014
Infinity electrical cableElectrical cable branded Infinity or Olsent and sold in Tasmania in 2013 has been recalled for safety reasons...

Bullet Infinity electrical cable recall, ACCC
Bullet Tassie homes at risk, The Examiner, 27 Aug 2014

STATE BUDGET
Rockliff promises full six-year Gonski funding
Tas Govt media release, 26 Aug 2014
Jeremy RockliffThis Thursday's Tasmanian Budget will include a record $1.4 billion in education funding and a promise to contribute funds to support the full six years of Gonski reforms, premier Will Hodgman and education minister Jeremy Rockliff announced today...

LITERACY AND NUMERACY
Promoting literacy and numeracy for adults
Tas Govt media release, 25 Aug 2014
Literacy and numeracyIn promoting National Literacy and Numeracy Week, education minister Jeremy Ferguson has drawn attention to the strategy behind the state government's 26TEN program in helping adults gain numeracy and literacy skills...

NAPLAN
NAPLAN preventing out-of-area sibling enrolments
The Courier, 24 Aug 2014
QueenslandA Queensland parent outlines her personal experience of the way  the publication of NAPLAN results can have adverse social effects through skewing the property market...

NAPLAN
Classes grouped using NAPLAN results
SMH, 24 Aug 2014
New South WalesSome NSW schools are grouping classes on the basis of NAPLAN results...

SCHOOL FARMS
School farms lauded
news.com.au, 22 Aug 2014
LambLarmenier Catholic School is one of about 32 Tasmanian schools using a school farm to enrich their students' learning experiences...

US CONSTITUTION
"Bless you" suspension
news.com.au, 22 Aug 2014
US flagA Tennessee (USA)student has been suspended for saying "Bless you" after another student sneezed...

TASMANIAN SCHOOLS
Somerset students support Daffodil Day
The Advocate, 22 Aug 2014
NW TasmaniaThe Cancer Council and Royal Guide Dogs Tasmania are the favourite charities of the students at Somerset Primary School...

SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION
Autonomy looms
Tas Govt media release, 21 Aug 2014
Christopher PyneTasmanian government schools will be able to operate more autonomously with the support of funds from the federal government's Community Empowered Schools program, federal education minister Christopher Pyne said today...

Bullet Students First, Australian Government website

DINOSAUR PROTECTION
Student arrested after writing that he had killed a dinosaur
The Mercury, 21 Aug 2014
US flagA South Carolina school called in the police when a student said in a writing assignment that he had shot a neighbour's dinosaur...

COMPUTERS IN EDUCATION
Resurgence of laptops
SMH, 21 Aug 2014
LaptopTablets are falling in popularity in NSW schools as the usefulness of laptops becomes increasingly recognised, particularly in secondary schools...

TRADE TRAINING CENTRES
Students missing out on trade training
The Mercury, 21 Aug 2014
Kate EllisStudents from an additional 65 schools in Tasmania are missing out on the opportunity to gain vocational skills from a Trade Training Centre, federal Opposition education spokesperson Kate Ellis says...

BOOKS VS COMPUTERS
Books beat Kindles
The Guardian, 20 Aug 2014
Reading a book (Photo: Microsoft)Readers of paperback books recalled information better than those who had read the same story on a Kindle, a recent study has found...

HOMEWORK
Call for better homework
The Courier, 20 Aug 2014
VictoriaTeachers need to improve the quality of the homework they set, according to the parliamentary report of the Inquiry into the approaches to homework in Victorian schools...

Bullet Tas homework issue is complex, The Advocate, 21 Aug 2014

SCIENCE
NW science competition looms
The Advocate, 20 Aug 2014
ScienceStudents from 19 North-West schools will take part in the UTAS Science Investigation Awards competition on 4 September...


 

Jordan River School Farm crisis

Jordan River Learning Federation School FarmNews reports from 10-17 July 2014 about the Brighton Council's attempt to persuade the Education Department to agree to move the Jordan River School Farm have been placed on a separate page.  See:

 Bullet Jordan River School Farm crisis 2014


TASMANIAN FIRES

For bushfire alerts, see:

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Emergency information

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News continued in the
Aug 2014 news archive

See also the News archive index

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Education links for Tasmanian teachers

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

Dates

Enviroweek:
Sun 24 - Sat 30 Aug 2014

Hearing Awareness Week:
Sun 24 - Sat 30 Aug 2014

Speech Pathology Week:
Sun 24 - Sat 30 Aug 2014

Keep Australia Beautiful Week:
Mon 25 - Sun 31 Aug 2014

Nat. Literacy and Numeracy Wk:
Mon 25 - Sun 31 Aug 2014

Last day of Winter:
Sun 31 Aug 2014

Legacy Week:
Sun 31 Aug - Sat 6 Sep

National Wattle Day:
Mon 1 Sep 2014

Asthma Week: Mon 1 - Sun 7 Sep 2014

Landcare Week: Mon 1 - Sun 7 Sep 2014

Biodiversity Month: Mon 1 - Tue 30 Sep

National Flag Day: Wed 3 Sep 2014

Father's Day: Sun 7 Sep 2014

Threatened Species Day: Sun 7 Sep 2014

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  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

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

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

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

CURRICULUM
Curriculum & Leadership 15 Aug 2014
Curriculum & Leadership Journal
The latest curriculum and teaching information for Australian educators. For news updates follow CL on Twitter.

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.

WORLD HISTORY
British Pathé
British PathéOver 80,000 videos of 20th century history on film, presented on YouTube.

SOCCER
FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014FIFA WORLD CUP 2014 TEACHING RESOURCES
Classroom resources whose theme is the 2014 FIFA World Cup being held in Brazil:
Bullet
Football Teaching Ideas (teachingideas.co.uk)
A list of printable resources
Bullet
World Cup for Kids (activityvillage.co.uk)
Printable resources
Bullet
IPC World Cup 2014 Resources (greatlearning.com)
Many units to download and print.

STUDENT SUPPORT
Tasmanian Bushfire Recovery
Tasmanian Bushfire RecoveryThe Tasmanian Bushfire Recovery download page includes these documents which contain advice on assisting young people:
Bullet Trauma and young children [pdf]
Bullet Trauma and teenagers [pdf]

LITERACY
Tips for reading teachers
The Conversation
Titled 'The seven messages of highly effective reading teachers' this article from The Conversation, dated 1 May 2014, identifies the key practices of successful teachers of reading.

ACTIVITY WEBSITES
Connect Primary Students
Connect Primary Students
Activities and games for primary school students, from Victoria's education department.

GLOBAL WARMING
State of the Climate
State of the Climate
The 2014 State of the Climate report from the Bureau of Meteorology and the CSIRO discusses long-term trends in Australia's climate.

TASMANIAN ANIMALS
Field Guide to Tasmanian Fauna
TMAG Field Guide to Tasmanian FaunaA free app from TMAG providing images and information on Tasmanian animals of all kinds is now available for download. See further information.

STATISTICS
The People of Tasmania
TasmaniaWho are they? Where did they come from? How many of them are there? See the 2011 Census results as they apply nationally and to Tasmania. You can download the 298-page report [pdf] free from this Tas DPAC web page.

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 Enquire with CancerTas

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