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WEATHER ALERT
Winds of 120km/h ahead
ABC News, 14 Aug 2018
WindWinds gusting above 100km/h today and 120km/h tomorrow (Wednesday) are predicted for Tasmania by the BoM, along with abnormally high tides on the north coast...
Bullet BoM warnings
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Power outages
Bullet Road closures (Police)
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COMPUTERSIN THE CLASSROOM
Teachers' eternal computer burden  
The Conversation (opinion by Brendon Hyndman), 14 Aug 2018
Students with computersThe huge number of reasons teachers may find it hard to use computers in the classroom could disadvantage their students, an academic writes...

 

COMPUTERS AND HOMEWORK
Opportunity lost
The Conversation (opinion), 14 Aug 2018
Computer userThe potential for digital tools to enhance children's homework experiences, particularly in maths, is not being exploited to the full, three academics write...

 

EARLY LEARNING
Boosting spatial skills
The Conversation (opinion by  Kym Simoncini and Tracy Logan), 13 Aug 2018
Early childhoodYoung children's spatial reasoning skills can be improved with several simple activities...

TEACHING PROFESSION

Teacher's career destroyed
PerthNow, 12 Aug 2018
Western Australia
A Perth (WA) teacher was falsely accused of manhandling an out-of-control student but he still lost his career.
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TEACHING PROFESSION
Concern over teaching entrants' low ATARs
9news.com.au, 12 Aug 2018
Victoria
Two students admitted to teaching courses in Victoria had ATARs of 17.9 and 22.1 respectively out of a possible 99.95, although these cases appear to be exceptions to the current standard cut-off of 65 (which is set to be raised to 70 next year).
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HEALTH
Meningococcal update
Tas Govt media release, 11 Aug 2018
Meningococcal disease
Meningococcal ACWY vaccines are now available through pharmacies, GPs and local government. Another special clinic will operate at the Derwent Entertainment Centre next weekend (18 and 19 August - bookings required). Special clinics will operate in the north and north west in October.
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Bullet Meningococcal disease fact sheet, DHHS Tas

 

LITERACY
Bold new trial uses speed-reading
BBC News, 10 Aug 2018
BBC Speed reading smartwatch
A speed-reading experiment by BBC News to cater for the tiny screens of smartwatches presents the news one word at a time in one spot instead of requiring the traditional left-to-right eye movement.
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TEACHING PROFESSION
STEM excellence to be recognised
Tas Govt media release, 10 Aug 2018
STEM
Nominations are now open for the 2018 Tasmanian STEM Awards for Excellence which include awards for a primary years teacher and a secondary years teacher..

 

WEATHER ALERT
The following warnings no longer apply
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Winds and tides warning
BoM, 10 Aug 2018
Wind
A severe weather warning has been issued for damaging winds today for all of Tasmania apart from the northern coastal area, as well as abnormally high tides in the south east...

TASMANIAN SCHOOLS
Cressy closed due to power outage
DoE website, 8 Aug 2018
Northern TasmaniaCressy District High School has been closed until tomorrow (Thursday 9 August) due to a power outage. However, the power was restored by lunch time today (Wednesday).

Bullet Cressy District High School Facebook page
Bullet Cressy power outage hits 400-plus customers, The Examiner, 8 Aug 2018
Bullet Power outages, TasNetworks

 

NAPLAN
NAPLAN validity questioned
ABC News, 8 Aug 2018
NAPLANThe release of the latest NAPLAN results has been delayed over concerns about the validity of a testing program that combines online and paper-and-pencil test data...

Bullet Storm in a teacup, The Conversation, 14 Aug 2018

 

LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT
Swearing offensive
The Independent (UK), 7 Aug 2018
UK flagA UK neuroscientist is undertaking a campaign to urge parents to teach their children to swear from as young as two...

 

NEWS MEDIA
WIN News shock
ABC News, 7 Aug 2018
WIN News
WIN News staff have been told their weeknight television bulletins will be provided by the WIN Wollongong office from Friday 17 August and that their weekend bulletins will be axed altogether...

 

EMPLOYMENT CONDITIONS
Social media restrictions for public servants
ABC News, 7 Aug 2018
SmileyfaceSmileyface angry
Teachers and other public servants will have to be careful what they say online under proposed new social media guidelines...

Bullet Premier promises common sense policy, Tas Govt media release, 8 Aug 2018

 

SEX EDUCATION
Diversity call
The Conversation (opinion by David Rhodes), 7 Aug 2018
RelationshipsAustralian sex education teachers should adopt the English approach and incorporate more sexual and gender diversity in lessons, an education lecturer says...

 

TEACHER NUMBERS
250 teachers declared
Tas Govt media release, 6 Aug 2018
Jeremy RockliffEducation minister Jeremy Rockliff has signed the Quality Teaching Declaration which will see 250 more teachers employed...

 

CREATIVITY
Make STEAM with the Arts
ABC News, 5 Aug 2018
STEMCreativity and the arts are as essential as mathematics and other STEM subjects, Tasmanian of the Year Scott Rankin says...

 

WW1 COMMEMORATIONS
Queensland's Indigenous Year 12 miracle
ABC News, 3 Aug 2018
Aboriginal flagQueensland Year 12 completion certificates have been received by 97.2 per cent of Indigenous students, almost level with the 98.1 per cent achievement rate for non-Indigenous students, a budget estimates hearing has been told...

 

WW1 COMMEMORATIONS
WW1 essay competition reminder
Tas Govt media release, 3 Aug 2018
Frank MacDonaldEntries by grade 9 students for the Frank MacDonald Memorial Prize are due by Friday 24 August, Minister for Veterans' Affairs Guy Barnett says...

 

 

 


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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

40 Hour Famine:
Fri 17 - Sun 19 Aug 2018

Festival of Bright Ideas Schools Day:
Fri 17 Aug 2018

Festival of Bright Ideas:
Sat 18 Aug 2018

Vietnam Veterans Day:
Sat 18 Aug 2018

Children's Book Week:
Sat 18 - Fri 24 Aug 2018

Nat. Science Week ends:
Sun 19 Aug 2018

Speech Pathology Week:
Sun 19 - Sat 25 Aug 2018

Healthy Bones Action Week:
Mon 20 - Sun 26 Aug 2018

RSPCA Cupcake Day:
Mon 20 Aug 2018

Keep Australia Beautiful Week:
Mon 20 - Sun 26 Aug 2018

Daffodil Day (Cancer Council):
Fri 24 Aug 2018

National Skills Week:
Mon 27 Aug - Sun 2 Sep 2018

 

MS Readathon reading period ends: Fri 31 Aug 2018

National Family History Month ends: Fri 31 Aug 2018

Last day of Winter: Fri 31 Aug 2018

First day of Spring: Sat 1 Sep 2018

National Wattle Day: Sat 1 Sep 2018

Legacy Badge Day: Sat 1 Sep 2018

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month: Sat 1 - Sun 30 Sep 2018

Biodiversity Month:  Sat 1 - Sun 30 Sep 2018

Father's Day: Sun 2 Sep 2018

TERM DATES     ON THIS DAY

 

 TASMANIA

   

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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)
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Alternative link)

vKey Tas
vKey (pw)
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

See our learning areas page

Curriculum Support Centre (formerly eCentre) - pw required

Tasmanian eSchool


 Libraries

Libraries Tasmania (Formerly LINC Tasmania. LINC stood for Learning and Information Network Centre.)
SEARCH everything
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

DoE employment page
DoE employment application guidelines [pdf]
DoE employment register

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

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

 

 

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New & useful websites

 
FAUNA
Pooseum
Pooseum
Learn about animal droppings at Richmond's Pooseum.

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Online news sources

Ed news (Aust): 
SMH   Age   ABC

Ed news (Aust) - search:
Goog

Ed news (Int): 
NZ   US   UK   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
  SBS

Aust news live: 
ABC24   ABC NewsRadio   ABC Lvstrms (radio)

Aust news search: 
ABC 

Tas news: 
Merc  Ex  Ad  ABC   ABCHob   ABC NTas  TTimes

Tas ed:  
Ex   TTimes   Goog   EdAmbT  

Tas sport:
Merc   Ex   Ad

Tas tweets:
Merc   Ex   Ad    ABC   SXNews   WIN

 

 

New sites (cont'd)


MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY
Airbag recall
IsMyAirbagSafe
Enter your car number plate to find out whether your car is affected by the Takata airbag recall.

TASMANIAN HISTORY
The Colonisation of Hobart
Risdon colonisation (Painting attributed to Gregson, TMAG)
The eSmart Digital Licence program has been taken up by a number of schools including Lansdowne Crescent Primary.

ONLINE SAFETY
eSmart Digital Licence
eSmart Digital Licence
The eSmart Digital Licence program has been taken up by a number of schools including Lansdowne Crescent Primary.

CONSUMER AFFAIRS
Airbag recalls list
ACCC
Is your car on the ACCC's Takata airbag recalls list? One million cars were recently added. (Note the link to FUTURE recalls.)
Bullet See also Tasmanians urged to check airbag recall list, Tas Govt media release, 28 May 2018

MARINE SCIENCE
Educator on Board program
CSIRO's RV Investigator
The CSIRO's Educator on Board program is enabling teachers to prepare STEM teaching material and conduct lessons from the RV Investigator in Antarctic waters.
Bullet More information for teachers
Bullet See 360-degree views in virtual tour
Bullet ABC news report, 20 May 2018

FINANCE, ECONOMICS
Balancing the Budget
Balancing the Budget (ABC)
Short Behind the News (ABC) segment on the Federal Government's Budget.
Bullet See also Budget fact sheet (Parliamentary Education Office) - click on "Fact Sheet - Budget " [pdf]

ROAD SAFETY
RACT RoadSafe
RACT RoadSafe
Online primary school road safety resource targeted at Tasmanian students in grades 3 and 4.

SPORT
Gold Coast Commonwealth Games 2018
Gold Coast 2018
The official site.

TASMANIAN ELECTION
Tasmanian Election 2018
ABC News
ABC site with all the background and news you want to know about the State election.

STUDENT SUPPORT
Building resilience in children
Beyondblue
Advice to parents and others on how to build resilience in children.

HEALTH AND NUTRITION
LiveLighter
LiveLighter
WA government website promoting healthy weight in adults and children.

COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY
How to use podcasts in the classroom
Podcast listening (Image: edweek.org.au)
Tips and resources for teachers on not only using podcasts with lessons but creating them as well (US-themed).
Bullet A useful list of FREE podcast-making resources is provided

ROAD SAFETY
Top 10 misunderstood road rules
Towards Zero
Tasmania's Road Safety Advisory Council clarifies the most misunderstood road rules.

ANTI-TOBACCO RESOURCES
Quit's Critics' Choice competition
Quit TasmaniaQuit Tasmania's anti-smoking competition for students and schools, The Critics' Choice 2017, is open until Tuesday 31 October 2017.

FOOD AND NUTRITION
How to read food labels
Strawberry yogurt food label (Image: ABC)
Special ABC report on interpreting food labels

PEDAGOGY
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

COMPUTER SECURITY
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.



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