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EXTENSION TO YEARS 11 AND 12
Six more extended schools
Tas Govt media release, 2 Apr 2015
Extending hugh school to years 11 and 12Education minister Jeremy Rockliff has announced that the following schools will receive funding to support the extension of their classes to Years 11 and 12:
- Campbell Town District High School
- Mountain Heights District School
- New Norfolk and Glenora District High Schools (in partnership
- Rosebery District High School
- Tasman District High School
- Cressy District High School (from 2017).
...

APRIL FOOLS' DAY
Pranks galore
The Mercury, 1 Apr 2015
April Fools' Day (Image from allindiablog.com)Even The Mercury joined in today's April Fools' Day fun, running a story (on page 3) about the moss being cleaned off rocks on Mt Wellington to "bring out the natural beauty" of the rocks...

Others worth mentioning:
Bullet Zombie Outbreak Response Unit formed by Tasmania Police (Tas Police Facebook page)
Bullet North West potato farmer developing world's first square potatoes (The Advocate)
Bullet Labor to launch onion-a-day health policy (Bill Shorten's Facebook page)
Bullet A children's internet safety promoter announced that NSW premier Mike Baird would be selling off the state's playgrounds because "Kids don't play in playgrounds any more" (From list in The Examiner)
Bullet Perhaps the best one was the ABC Country Hour's story about cows equipped with wi-fi facilities (ABC web page: the story is the last one on the audio)
Bullet But the prize for (possibly) being really mischievous goes to the Independent Education Union for choosing April Fools' Day to announce that their long-running dispute with the Catholic Education Office was (actually) finally over.

EDUCATION BUGET
Rally warns against further cuts
ABC News, 1 Apr 2015
MoneyParents, union officials and politicians gathered in front of Parliament House today to call on the state government to refrain from carrying out any further education cuts...

COURAGE UNDER FIRE
Scholarship in memory of VC winner
Tas Govt media release, 31 Mar 2015
North West TasmaniaThe state government will make a $1,000 scholarship available annually to a North West Year 12 student in memory of Burnie-born VC winner Corporal Cameron Bird, education minister Jeremy Rockliff and parliamentary secretary Guy Barnett announced today...

AUSTRALIAN CURRICULUM
Make food education compulsory, says Oliver
The Guardian, 31 Mar 2015
Jamie Oliver (from The Guardian - video)Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has launched a petition calling on the Prime Minister to make food education compulsory in Australian schools...

INTERNATIONAL COMPARISONS
South Korean kids sure do pay for their education
The Conversation (opinion), 31 Mar 2015
South Korea: flag (Image from Wikipedia)South Korea ranks among the top in international league tables of student testing, but the cost includes the damage to the health and happiness of its kids when they grow up...

TASMANIAN EDUCATION DATA
Call to release enrolment figures
The Mercury, 29 Mar 2015
TasmaniaSchool merger supporter and Legislative Councillor Tony Mulder has called for the Department of Education to release individual school enrolment figures for the current school year...

STUDENT SUPPORT
The gifted with learning difficulties
The Conversation, 25 Mar 2015
Students with a disabilityEducators need to be able to identify GLD students (students who are gifted with a learning difficulty), an education lecturer says...

STUDENT SUPPORT
Support falls for students with a disability
ABC News, 21 Mar 2015
Students with a disabilityAlmost half the parents surveyed say their children with a disability have had their school support funding reduced, the Tasmanian Disability Education Reform Lobby says...

Bullet Schools struggle to help disabled, The Mercury, 24 Mar 2015

SEXUAL ABUSE
Sexual misconduct allegation made
ABC News, 20 Mar 2015
LegalAn allegation of sexual misconduct has been made against a teacher at Kingston's Calvin Christian School more than 25 years ago...

Bullet Sexual abuse alleged, The Examiner, 20 Mar 2015

NATIONAL POLITICS
Malcolm Fraser dies
Malcolm Fraser (Photo: ABC)ABC News, 20 Mar 2015
Former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser has died at the age of 84...

ANTI-DISCRIMINATION POLICY
Less cumbersome discrimination for faith-based schools
Tas Govt media release, 19 Mar 2015
Religious schoolsA Bill to make it easier for religious schools to be allowed to consider the "religious beliefs, affiliations or activities" of students when deciding whether or not to enrol them has been introduced by the Attorney-General, Vanessa Goodwin...

Bullet Excluding on the basis of faith, The Mercury, 19 Mar 2015
Bullet Law could be a cover for same-sex discrimination, and schools involved should hand back their government funds, Nick McKim, Greens education spokesperson, 19 Mar 2015
Bullet Schools get the right to reject, ABC News, 19 Mar 2015

SCHOOL BUDGETS
Budget reassurance
Tas Govt media release, 18 Mar 2015
MoneyEducation minister Jeremy Rockliff says that Tasmanian government schools will receive an increase in the Fairer Funding Model budget component of at least five per cent - based on their April 2015 enrolments, not on their preliminary enrolments from October 2014 as suggested by Greens education spokesperson Nick McKim...

Bullet Schools short-changed, The Mercury, 19 Mar 2015

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Tas teacher skills upgrade begins
Tas Govt media release, 18 Mar 2015
Jeremy RockliffTasmania's teachers will have the opportunity to upgrade their skills to teach maths and science and obtain an extra certificated qualification through the state government's Developing Our Workforce Strategy, the Minister for Education and Training, Jeremy Rockliff, said today...

EDUCATION SYSTEM
How the system is failing the kids

The Conversation (opinion), 16 Mar 2015
The Conversation
Three academics identify six ways they say the education system is failing our kids...

TASMANIAN TEACHERS
National award for teaching excellence
The Mercury, 14 Mar 2015
Southern TasmaniaIllawarra Primary School teacher David Gilkes has received an Australian Scholarships Group national award for teaching excellence...

STUDENT RETENTION
Expel the culture of failure
The Mercury (opinion), 12 Mar 2015
TasmaniaTasmania's student retention rate problem really is serious and we are still waiting for the solution, UTAS academics Eleanor Ramsay and Michael Rowan write...

Bullet Note that a letter to the Editor of The Mercury (31 Mar 2015, p. 13) claims this article incorrectly interprets TQA Year 12 completion data.

TASMANIAN SCHOOLS
Minister attends TasTAFE ceremonies
Tas Govt media release, 11 Mar 2015
TasTAFEIt is the season to celebrate TasTAFE graduations...

TASMANIAN SCHOOLS
MDT upgrade for New Norfolk High
Tas Govt media release, 11 Mar 2015
Southern TasmaniaThe Minister for Education and Training, Jeremy Rockliff, opened new design and technical facilities at New Norfolk High School today...

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY
Concern over widening opportunity gap
The Conversation, 11 Mar 2015
US flagRobert Putnam's newly published book Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis highlights the serious implications of today's children from wealthy families having greater opportunities than in the past while working-class children face mounting barriers...

SCHOOL FUNDING
Tax deductible donations for needy government schools
The Age, 10 Mar 2015
Australian Schools Plus
Disadvantaged government schools can now be given tax deductible donations - through Australian Schools Plus...

Bullet Australian Schools Plus
Bullet Tax deductibility available to schools in need, Christopher Pyne, Federal Minister for education and Training, 10 Mar 2015


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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

Good Friday:
Fri 3 Apr 2015

Landmine Awareness Day:
Sat 4 Apr 2015

Tas daylight saving ends:
Sun 5 Apr 2015

Easter Monday:
Mon 6 Apr 2015

World Health Day: Tue 7 Apr 2015

National Youth Week: Fri 10 - Sun 19 Apr 2015

Australian Heritage Week: Sat 11 - Sun 19 Apr

World Creativity and Innovation Week: Wed 15 - Tue 21 Apr 2015

World Haemophilia Day: Fri 17 Apr 2015

Term 2 begins:
Mon 20 Apr 2015

Earth Day: Wed 22 Apr 2015

Anzac Day: Sat 25 Apr 2015

Agfest: Thu 7 - Sat 9 May 2015

Mother's Day: Sun 10 May 2015

NAPLAN testing: Tue 12 - Thu 14 May 2015

TERM DATES   ON THIS DAY

 

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Ed opinion:
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Education Department, Tasmania
Department of Education, Tasmania

DoE YouTube  DoE Facebook  DoE Twitter  DoE Flickr  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.

 

 

 

 

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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

See our learning areas page

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
Zinio - online magazines (more)
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)

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)

Public Education Alliance

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
RBF: Retirement Benefits Fund
TASS: Tas Assoc of State Superannuants
Service Tasmania

 Teachers & Tax 2013, 2014

Australian Tax Office:

Teachers 2012-13 (2013-14 not provided)

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

TASMANIAN FAUNA

THE ARTS
Tasmanian Arts Guide
Tasmanian Arts Guide
Guide to Tasmania's arts places and activities.

ASTRONOMY
NASA 3D View
NASA 3D ViewExperience 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.
See also:
Bullet NASA websites for educators A-Z
Bullet NASA educational publications A-Z

CURRICULUM
Curriculum & Leadership 27 Mar 2015
Curriculum & Leadership Journal
The latest curriculum and teaching information for Australian educators. For news updates follow CL on Twitter.

CYBERSAFETY
eSmart Digital Licence
eSmart Digital LicenceThe eSmart Digital Licence from the Alannah and Madeline Foundation is free for Grade 6 students but $30 (per licence) for other students.

PHOTOGRAPHY
7 Smartphone Photography Tips & Tricks
cooph (to YouTube)Try these simple but clever methods to make pictures with your smartphone (YouTube video).
Short videos by the same people:
Bullet 7 Simple Photography Hacks
Bullet 7 DIY Photography Tips

LITERACY
Reading Australia
Reading Australia
This website makes Australian literary works more accessible to English teachers and provides suggested lesson activities with units mapped to the Australian Curriculum.

MAGAZINES
Free access to online magazines through Zinio
LINC Tasmania
ZinioState Library of Tasmania (LINC) library card holders can now access a huge range of commercial magazines online at no cost.
Bullet 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
News for your classroom
Scholastic's roundup of current events and news for kids, taken from their various magazines.

DANCE
Learn to Moonwalk in 5 Simple Steps
How to Moonwalk
Moonwalking instructions in a single page animation, listed on makeuseof.com.

APPS FOR TEACHERS
Popular Apps for Teachers
NPRNPR (16 Sep 2014) presents the apps they believe teachers find most useful:
Bullet Remind
Bullet ClassDojo
Bullet QR Code Readers
Bullet Twitter
Bullet Socrative

2014 IN REVIEW
Top education stories of 2014The Conversation
The Conversation reviews its top education stories of 2014, providing a list of the top five:
1. Why some kids can't spell and why spelling tests won't help
2.
State school kids do better at uni
3.
Private schooling has little long term pay off
4.
'Gentle parenting'
5.
How to tell if your child has a speech or language impairment

STUDENT SUPPORT
Amaze
Amaze
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.

FOOD AND NUTRITION
Farm Gate Guide [pdf]
Farm Gate Guide
The 2013/14 Farm Gate Guide helps people source fresh produce that is available direct from the Tasmanian grower. Click the link above for the booklet which is also available through the Fruit Growers Tasmania website, at farmers' markets and as an app from the iTunes store.

TASMANIAN HISTORY
Tasmanian Names Index
LINC Tasmania
Use the new Tasmanian Names Index to find information about a person by making a single search of a number of different databases of Tasmanian historical documents.

TASMANIAN FAUNA
The Platypus Journey
Platypus (image from Black Devbil productions video)
This short video of a Tasmanian platypus walking to a creek presents you with a sight that few people will ever see. (It was filmed in the Mountain River area of southern Tasmania.)

EDUCATIONAL TOOLS
Web Tools
Web Tools - 21st Century Learning
A superb collection of online creative tools for students and teachers to use. From 21st Century Learning.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT
Metro Tas App
Metro AppNavigate the Metro Tas bus network with this app on your mobile phone. You can even top up your GreenCard balance.


WORLD ECONOMY
G20 for schools
QCAALesson material for Australian schools on the Group of Twenty (G20) Leaders Summit to be held in Queensland on 15 and 16 November. See especially the P-12 Teaching and learning activities, such as:
Bullet Years 8-10 Introducing G20 [pdf]

 

LITERACY
Grammar Bytes
Grammar BytesHandouts, exercises, web pages and Powerpoint presentations on a wide range of grammar terms and usages (US English).

SOCIAL MEDIA
Edmodo
EdmodoA 140-character-limited message and sharing system which may be more useful than Twitter in classroom situations as the user has control over who can sign up.

COMPUTER PROGRAMMING
Scratch
ScratchScratch currently appears to be the most popular free way to introduce coding (ie, programming) to young students.
Bullet App teaches kids computer coding, news.com.au, 2 Sep 2014


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