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TASMANIAN WEATHER MOB

FORECASTS: Town, Dist, Hob, Laun
OBSERVATIONS: Gen, Tas, Hob
RADARS: Hob, NW Tas, Tas & lightng

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More rain and showers ahead
28 Aug 2015
See:
Bullet BoM warnings

FUTURE-PROOFING STUDENTS
Digital literacy could save students from robot invasion
The Conversation (opinion by Stewart Riddle), 27 Aug 2015
ComputerThe looming wipeout of many job functions as a result of improvements in automation demands urgent attention to traditional literacy and digital literacy skills, a university lecturer argues
...

SCHOOL ZONING
Out-of-zone student bus transport under spotlight
The Examiner, 27 Aug 2015
School busThe need for a review of the subsidising of school bus travel beyond a student's home school area will be discussed at this weekend's annual conference of the Tasmanian Association for State Schools Organisation (TASSO).
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CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE
Gaol for Facebook teacher offender?
ABC News, 27 Aug 2015
JusticeA former Hobart teacher faces another gaol sentence after drinking half a bottle of wine then commenting on Facebook about a past sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl
...

NUMERACY
Radical attempts to counter maths decline
The Age, 26 Aug 2015
NumeracySome Victorian schools are attempting to improve students' maths skills by not teaching to a textbook, requiring students to develop their own formulas instead of memorising traditional ones, and avoiding the mere memorising of times tables...

Bullet Tiny tots tackle maths problem, The Age, 27 Aug 2015

TEACHING PROFESSION
Teachers reflect
The Mercury, 25 Aug 2015
TasmaniaSeveral Tasmanian teachers reflect on their many years of dedication to teaching...

EDUCATION ADMINISTRATION
New leadership the reason
ABC News, 24 Aug 2015
Department of EducationDoE Secretary Colin Pettit's contract was not renewed because education minister Jeremy Rockliff wanted new leadership in education, premier Will Hodgman says...

FUTURE-PROOFING STUDENTS
Schools preparing students for jobs that won't exist
news.com.au, 24 Aug 2015
ComputerMost Australian students are being trained for professions that are dying as a consequence of automation and digitisation, a Foundation for Young Australians report reveals.
A spokesperson has called for a focus on communication skills, financial literacy, digital literacy, creativity and innovation...

FUTURE-PROOFING STUDENTS
Non-cognitive skills will protect students
The Age (opinion by Michael Currie), 23 Aug 2015
Problem-solving (Image: Microsoft)Some of the emphasis should be shifted from literacy and numeracy to non-cognitive skills such as perseverance and problem-solving ability if students are to cope with an unknown future, a secondary school teacher argues...

EDUCATION ADMINISTRATION
Surprise departure of DoE Secretary
Tas Govt media release, 21 Aug 2015
Department of EducationDoE Secretary Colin Pettit will leave his role in one week, with the expiry of his contract. TasTAFE head Stephen Conway will become Acting Secretary...

APPS FOR PARENTS
App to help parents support schooling
The Mercury, 21 Aug 2015
Learning Potential appA free app called Learning Potential will be released by the federal government today to show parents ways they can support their children's education...

Bullet Learning Potential information and download site
Bullet Learning Potential app launched, Christopher Pyne, Minister for Education and Training, 21 Aug 2015

COMPUTER PROGRAMMING
Code Club in Tas reaches 1,000
Tas Govt media release, 20 Aug 2015
Computer codingCode Club Australia, which promotes after-school computer programming lessons by volunteers, has registered its 1,000th Tasmanian student, the Minister for Information Technology and Innovation, Michael Ferguson, says ...

TEACHING PROFESSION
Tas teachers lead the nation
The Mercury (opinion), 20 Aug 2015
Terry PolglaseAttributing a problem with Tasmania's NAPLAN scores to teaching quality and leadership overlooks
a number of local factors and flies in the face of the Auditor-General's recent conclusion that Tasmanian teachers "are doing a good job", AEU State President Terry Polglase argues
...

NAPLAN
NAPLAN results influenced by parents' background
SMH, 16 Aug 2015
NAPLANAn Australian Bureau of Statistics report has linked lower NAPLAN scores
with parents having been born in Australia rather than overseas, larger families, de facto relationships rather than married parents, unemployed parents and living in a regional area...

STUDENT SUPPORT
Disability report released
Tas Govt media release, 19 Aug 2015
DisabilitiesEducation minister Jeremy Rockliff today announced the expenditure of $1 million to implement recommendations of the Ministerial Taskforce report into educating students with disabilities which was released today
...

Bullet Download the report Improved Support for Students with a Disability (DoE page)
Bullet More funds for disability teachers, The Mercury, 19 Aug 2015
Bullet Disability services in crisis, teachers say, ABC News, 19 Aug 2015
Bullet Teachers say system failing students, The Mercury, 20 Aug 2015
Bullet Full commitment urged, Michelle O'Byrne, Opposition education spokesperson, 20 Aug 2015

STUDENT AND TEACHER HEALTH
Flu alert
The Mercury, 19 Aug 2015
Flu
Children feature in a recent spike in Tasmanian influenza cases
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THINKING SKILLS
How to think important
The Conversation (opinion by Peter Ellerton), 19 Aug 2015
BrainIt is essential for students to be specifically taught how to think, a lecturer in critical thinking argues
...

Weather watch
Bullet See our Weather closures page for:
- school closures
- road closures, and
- weather information

TASMANIAN POLITICS
Replacement for Nick McKim announced
The Mercury, 17 Aug 2015
Tasmanian ParliamentHuon Valley councillor Dr Rosalie Woodruff has emerged from today's recount of votes to become the new Greens Member for Franklin in the Tasmanian House of Assembly, replacing Nick McKim
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COMPUTERS AND STUDENT HEALTH
Total screen time policy needed
The Conversation (opinion by Margaret Kristin Merga), 17 Aug 2015
Screen timeAustralian guidelines on limiting children's screen time
need to be expanded from their current entertainment focus to include educational screen-based activities as well, a researcher argues...

STUDENT SUPPORT
Disability report highlights concerns
The Mercury, 15 Aug 2015
DisabilitiesA Ministerial Taskforce report, Improved Support for Children with Disability, draws attention to
a range of system challenges that are preventing students with a disability from receiving an adequate education
...

 


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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

Uni of Tasmania Open Day:
Sun 30 Aug 2015

Enviroweek:
Sun 30 Aug - Sat 5 Sep 2015

Legacy Week:
Sun 30 Aug - Sat 5 Sep 2015

Last day of Winter:
Mon 31 Aug 2015

MS Readathon period ends:
Mon 31 Aug 2015

Nat. Literacy and Numeracy Week:
Mon 31 Aug - Sun 6 Sep 2015

National Wattle Day: Tue 1 Sep 2015

Asthma Week: Tue 1 - Mon 7 Sep 2015

Biodiversity Month: Tue 1 - Wed 30 Sep 2015

National Flag Day: Thu 3 Sep 2015

Legacy Badge Day: Fri 4 Sep 2015

Father's Day: Sun 6 Sep 2015

TERM DATES   ON THIS DAY

 

Online news sources
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 TASMANIA

   

Dept of Education

Education Department, Tasmania
Department of Education, Tasmania
  Facebook DoE Facebook   Twitter DoE Twitter  DoE YouTube   DoE Flickr  

 

     Email

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 Old email replaces this OLD Education Email system which NO LONGER WORKS

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)

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

Bullet See also our Search help page

 

 

     

 NATIONAL

   

 

Australian Policy Online: Education
Australian Policy Online: Education

 

myfuture - career information and exploration

 

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")
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

 

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Administration

Banks and personal business

Computing help

Educational institutions

Email help

Employment

Find an email address

Help

Learning areas links

Libraries

Logging on help

Other education links

Password/username help

Past special topics

Personal business

Resources

Schools, colleges, further ed

School closures

Search advice

Style guide

Subject areas and learning

Term dates

Young people

 

Help

Calendars, dates

Computing help

Curriculum information

Email help

Logon/password help

Search tips


 

 

 

    Media releases and statements: 

TASMANIA

Our Tasmanian state election 2014 page is still useful for obtaining some policies and news releases

AUSTRALIA

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
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

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 2014, 2015

Australian Tax Office:

Teachers - claiming work-related expenses (29 Jun 2015)
See also:
- Industries and Occupations
-
Deduction questions 2015

- Tax Office publications 2015 (note the error-fixing tip)

Tips:
Etax tax tips
(2015)
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

STUDENT HEALTH AND SUPPORT
Children's Cancer
Children's CancerAustralian Government website dedicated to information about children's cancer and helping children with cancer.

Bullet
New sites continued below

Online news sources

Ed news (Aust): 
SMH   Age 

Ed news (Aust) - search:
Goog

Ed news (Int): 
NZ   US   UK   UK(TN)   Ed Wld   Ed Wk   Gua   Alltop

Ed news (Int) - search:  
Goog

Ed opinion (Aust):   
Conv
 
 EdHQ

Aust news: 
ABC   SMH   Age   Aust   HS   ND   Gua   Huff    news
  Intcdr

Aust news live: 
ABC24   ABC NewsRadio   ABC Lvstrms 

Aust news search: 
ABC 

Tas news: 
Merc  Ex  Ad  ABC   ABC Hob   ABC NTas  Y7  TTimes

Tas ed:  
Ex   TTimes   Goog  

Tas sport:
Merc   Ex   Ad    ABC

 

New sites (cont'd)

THE LAW AND YOU
Legal Aid Commission of Tasmania
Legal Aid Commission of TasmaniaUpdated website informing Tasmanians about the law. See especially:
- Videos (The Law and You topics)
- Fact sheets

TASMANIAN LANDSCAPE
Bird's-eye view of Hobart by drone
Tasman Bridge (from tasView drone video)
Bedlam Walls Aboriginal Cave (from tasiew drone video)
Stunning video images by drone of the greater Hobart area, including the Bedlam Walls Aboriginal cave from above the water. From YouTube and reported in The Mercury, 19 July 2015.

CHILD STUDIES
Start Them Right
Start Them RightThis attractively illustrated "parent's guide to eating for under 5s" is presented by Lady Gowrie Tasmania and the Tasmanian Government. It is available free in hard copy form or can be downloaded as a pdf file. Media release available.

THE ENVIRONMENT
Enviroweek
EnviroweekEncourages schools to sign up for Enviroweek (Sun 30 Aug - Sat 5 Sep 2015) and presents suggested activities to promote respect for the environment.

TASMANIAN EDUCATION SYSTEM
Dark MOFO Hothouse
Dark Mofo Hothouse
A collaboration of brain power to solve Tasmania's fundamental education problems. See especially:
Bullet Can creative thinking keep Tasmanian teens in school?, Life Matters, ABC RN, Broadcast Wed 17 Jun 2015: listen or download audio (55 mins)
Bullet
The 12 ideas selected
Bullet
The Thinkers
Bullet Social media (Twitter messages and Instagram photos)
Bullet Background information (see link to pdf file) prepared by former journalist Mike Lester - a detailed summary of research findings and statistical information (with a strong focus on the student retention problem).
Bullet SEE ALSO: Jon Kudelka's cartoons (Twitter)

EDUCATIONAL APPS
30 Incredible Apps for Kids
Lifehack
A mixture of free and purchasable iPhone and Android educational apps, grouped as education and general knowledge, books, creativity, cognitive skills, and fun and smart games.

COMPUTER CODING
Top 12 Online Resources for Total Coding Beginners
Lifehack
Most of these introductions to various kinds of computer programming, or to just the basic principles of programming, are free.

CURRICULUM
Curriculum & Leadership 5 Jun 2015
Curriculum & Leadership Journal
The FINAL issue. Curriculum and Leadership Journal has closed but the archive of past issues will be available.

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 - scroll to bottom)

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

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


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