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DANGEROUS IDEAS
School bugged
The Courier, 27 May 2015
Ladybird (Image: activityvillage.co.uk)
Six students and a former student caused chaos in a US high school when they released 72,000 ladybirds which they had ordered through the Internet...

STATE BUDGET
Spend money on health and education
TasLabor website, 26 May 2015
MoneyOpposition leader Bryan Green says the state government should use its $591 million GST windfall to reverse cuts to frontline services in health and education...

SCHOOL CLOSURES
Six primary schools need to close, says AG
ABC News, 26 May 2015
Tasmanian Audit Office
The Auditor-General has recommended that the following six government primary schools be closed:
- Edith Creek
- Geeveston
- Clarendon Vale
- Avoca
- Risdon Vale
- Sprent
He also identified a further 11 schools for possible closure, but education minister Jeremy Rockliff says no school will be forced to close
...

Bullet Strong case to close six schools, The Mercury, 26 May 2015
Bullet No school will be forced to close, Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Education and Training, 26 May 2015
Bullet New Definitely, absolutely, categorically, honestly, no school will be forced to close, Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Education and Training, 27 May 2015

LITERACY AND NUMERACY
$17.7 million for literacy and numeracy
The Mercury, 26 May 2015
Jeremy RockliffThis week's State Budget will allocate $17.7 million for literacy and numeracy, featuring the Learning in Families Together (LIFT) program which will involve cooperation between about 80 schools and their families, education minister Jeremy Rockliff said...

Bullet $18m for new literacy, numeracy program, The Examiner, 26 May 2015
Bullet K-2 focused LIFT commences Term 1 2016, Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Education and Training, 26 May 2015

SCHOOL CLOSURES
Spotlight on school closures again
The Mercury, 25 May 2015
Tasmanian Audit Office
A report to be tabled by the Auditor-General tomorrow is expected to examine school sizes and to question the number, location and effectiveness of Tasmania's primary schools...

ANTI-TERRORIST EDUCATION
Fighting terrorism through the curriculum
news.com.au, 24 May 2015
Terrorism
The federal government is planning the preparation of curriculum materials to help schools prevent students from becoming radicalised...

RELIGIOUS SCHOOLS
Bill promotes inequity
The Mercury (opinion), 22 May 2015
Church schools
Tasmania's Anti-Discrimination Amendment Bill will give religious schools greater power over whom they choose to enrol, to the detriment of students in government schools, AEU state president Terry Polglase argues...

Bullet Discrimination wrong if religious schools are accepting taxpayer funds, says civil libertarian, The Mercury, 23 May 2015
Bullet Bill reduces red tape and enshrines freedom of religion, Vanessa Goodwin, Attorney-General, 23 May 2015
Bullet Restricts education choice, religious freedom, ABC News, 24 May 2015

ANTI-VIOLENCE EDUCATION
Make domestic violence education compulsory
news.com.au, 22 May 2015
White Ribbon Australia
Learning about family and domestic violence should be a core component of the curriculum, advocates say. However, ACARA general manager Phil Lambert says such an inclusion could lead to a crowded curriculum...

Bullet White Ribbon's Breaking the Silence Schools Program
Bullet Click here to register your school's interest

TEACHING PROFESSION
Violence against principals increases
The Examiner, 22 May 2015
School violence (Image from timetoast.com)
The number of threats of violence by parents against Australian school principals increased from 19 to 25 per cent between 2011 and 2014, and by students from 17 to 25 per cent, Australian Catholic University research has found...

FEDERAL BUDGET
Computer coding supported
The Conversation (opinion), 21 May 2015
The Conversation
Opposition leader Bill Shorten is in tune with a world trend when he emphasises the importance of schools teaching computer coding, an academic writes...

BULLYING
Helping the parents of bullies
The Conversation (opinion), 21 May 2015
BullyingA
dvising parents whose child is the bully rather than the victim can be difficult at first...

TASMANIAN POLITICS
Kim Booth resigns
The Mercury, 20 May 2015
Kim BoothTasmanian Greens leader Kim Booth is stepping down as leader and as a parliamentarian, following the death of his father...

Bullet Stepping down for family reasons and Party renewal, Kim Booth, Tasmanian Greens leader, 20 May 2015

MOFO HOTHOUSE
Educational marijuana a creative idea?
ABC News, 19 May 2015
DARK MOFO
A university education lecturer and artist due to speak at the forthcoming MOFO Hothouse has suggested that drugs such as marijuana be provided to high school students to boost their creativity...

Bullet MOFO Hothouse Project website
Bullet Children would use customised vaporisers, news.com.au, 19 May 2015

MOBILE PHONES IN SCHOOL
Banning mobile phones improves school results
HeraldSun, 18 May 2015
iphone
A London School of Economics study has found that a strict ban on mobile phones in a school effectively added five school days to the year and increased exam results by up to six per cent...

FEDERAL BUDGET
STEM plan well-meaning but misguided
The Conversation (opinion), 18 May 2015
The Conversation
In focusing on science, computing and mathematics education in his Budget Reply speech, Opposition leader Bill Shorten has given inadequate attention to the need to keep teachers in the profession and to improve literacy, an RMIT adjunct professor and a lecturer in literacy argue...

STUDENT HEALTH
E-cigarettes and sugary drinks under attack
TasLabor website, 17 May 2015
Rebecca White
Opposition health spokesperson Rebecca White has announced polices to promote alternatives to sugary drinks in schools and to oppose the normalisation of the use of e-cigarettes which can currently be sold to people under 18 years...

Bullet TasLabor's preventative health policies [pdf]
Bullet E-cigarettes facts, Tas Dept of Health and Human Services
Bullet Labor would increase taxes on sugary drinks, Michael Ferguson, Minister for Health, 17 May 2015
Bullet Sugary drinks to be taken out of schools, The Examiner, 18 May 2015

SCHOOL CURRICULUM
Compulsory domestic violence education call
ABC News, 17 May 2015
NSW
A petition calling for compulsory domestic violence education in schools has been delivered to the NSW parliament by a girl who is a victim and who lost her mother to suicide...

SCHOOL TRAGEDIES
Teacher and student remembered
ABC News, 16 May 2015
Northern Tasmania
The wider Riverside High School community has remembered a former student and a teacher who died after they met blizzard-like conditions on a bushwalking trip to Cradle Mountain 50 years ago...

FEDERAL BBUDGET
Lack of vision in Budget
The Conversation (opinion by Stewart Riddle), 15 May 2015
The Conversation
By failing to adequately step outside the electoral cycle, the 2015 federal Budget misses opportunities to provide much-needed reforms in early education, school education and higher education, a higher education academic writes...

SCHOOL CURRICULUM
Force-feeding the curriculum
news.com.au, 15 May 2015
Jamie Oliver
Television chef Jamie Oliver has released a rap song with Paul McCartney, Hugh Jackman, Aleasha Dixon and other celebrities to promote Food Revolution Day, a campaign to make practical food education compulsory in schools around the world...

Bullet Food Revolution Day website

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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

Nat. Reconciliation Week:
Wed 27 May - Wed 3 Jun

Biggest Morning Tea (Cancer):
Thu 28 May 2015

Nat. Day of Thanksgiving:
Sat 30 May 2015

Kidney Health Week ends:
Sat 30 May 2015

World No Tobacco Day:
Sun 31 May 2015

Library and Information Wk ends:
Sun 31 May 2015

Last day of Autumn:
 
Sun 31 May 2015

Dark Mofo Hothouse:
Mon 1 - Wed 3 Jun 2015

Mabo Day: Wed 3 Jun 2015

World Oceans Day: Mon 8 Jun 2015

Queen's Birthday holiday: Mon 8 Jun 2015

Premier's Reading Challenge:
Tue 9 Jun - Fri 14 Aug 2015

TERM DATES   ON THIS DAY

 

Online news sources
Ed news (Aust): 
ABC  SMH  Age  Aust  Intcdr  Goo
Ed news (Int):
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Ed opinion:
SMH  Tele  EdHQ  Conv  Blogs
Aust news: ABC  ABC24  SMH  Age  Aust  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 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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Personal business

Resources

Schools, colleges, further ed

School closures

Search advice

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Term dates

Young people

 

Help

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    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

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
myGov login (Aust Govt services)
RBF: Retirement Benefits Fund
TASS: Tas Assoc of State Superannuants
Service Tasmania

 Teachers & Tax 2013, 2014

Australian Tax Office:

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

ANZAC CENTENARY
The Suspense is Awful
The Suspense is Awful
Website of a TMAG exhibition displaying Tasmanian World War 1 memorabilia and information. See especially:
Bullet Teachers Guide [pdf] to download
Bullet Stories
Bullet Resources, including...
Bullet The Islanders: 28 Bass strait Aboriginal men who enlisted to fight in WW1 (see also Aboriginal Servicemen)
Bullet Crowther War Diaries (LINC site)

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 8 May 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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