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LEARNING THROUGH PLAY
Can toys really be 'educational'?
The Conversation (opinion by Nicola Yelland, 22 Dec 2014
Toy (Image from Microsoft)
Children gain more educational benefit from toys if parents interact with them while they play, argues a professor of education...

FEDERAL CABINET
Cabinet reshuffled
ABC News, 21 Dec 2014
Tony Abbott, PM
Changes to Federal Cabinet by Prime Minister Tony Abbott  include David Johnston being removed, Scott Morrison going to Social Services and a doubling of the number of women to two...

Bullet Changes to the Ministry, Tony Abbott, PM, 21 Dec 2014

SCHOOL CLOSURES
Meander Primary to close
Tas Govt media release, 21 Dec 2014
Northern Tasmania
The Meander Primary School community has formally agreed with the DoE that the school will close at the end of this year...

Bullet Avoca decided against closure, The Examiner, 21 Dec 2014

PATHWAY PLANNERS
Counselling deluge after loss of Pathway Planners looms
The Mercury, 21 Dec 2014
Pathway Planning
School counsellors will be inundated with requests for assistance once the State's approximately 60 Pathway Planners have gone, Berry Dunston from the Professional Counselling Association of Tasmania says...

TEACHER CUTS
Impact of teacher uncertainty
The Examiner, 20 Dec 2014
Teacher cuts
The mother of an eight-year-old boy with autism has told of the anxiety he is suffering from not knowing who his 2015 teacher will be...

STUDENT SAFETY
Most young kids can't swim properly
The Age, 20 Dec 2014
Swimming pool (Image from timeout.com)
Researchers are pointing the finger of blame at the competing demands of the school curriculum for three out of five primary school leavers being unable to swim 50 metres unassisted or stay afloat for two minutes...

STUDENT SEXUAL ABUSE
Teacher moved from Hutchins to government system
ABC News, 19 Dec 2014
Justice
A Hutchins teacher named at the sexual abuse royal commission had moved from Hutchins to Taroona High in the mid 1960s, a witness said today...

Bullet Big jump in school sex-abuse claims, The Mercury, 20 Dec 2014

COMPUTER EDUCATION
Steve Wozniak to retire in Tasmania?
BRW, 19 Dec 2014
Steve WozniakApple co-founder and promoter of computer education Steve Wozniak is buying a house in Sydney but appears to be thinking of retiring in Tasmania...more...

COMPUTER EDUCATION
Why computer coding needs to be taught
The Guardian (opinion), 19 Dec 2014
Students at computersStudents who learn how to write computer code will be the winners as automation takes over more and more jobs...

STUDENT SEXUAL ABUSE
Former student gives evidence
The Mercury, 19 Dec 2014
Justice
A former Hutchins student has told the student sexual abuse royal commission that he was sexually abused twice at the school in 1963 or 1964...

TEACHER CUTS
System letting students down
The Mercury (opinion by David Raw), 18 Dec 2014
Teacher cutsThe planned cuts to teacher numbers in Tasmania will have harmful effects, but they also draw attention to several serious questions about the future direction of education, writes principals' leader David Raw...more...

TEACHER CUTS
Non-cognitive skills predict student success but are not measured
The Conversation (opinion), 18 Dec 2014
The Conversation

Schools should be measuring and promoting non-cognitive skills such as perseverance and self-control, argue Nicholas Biddle and Sarah Ball from the ANU...more...

EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
Personality, not intelligence, the biggest factor
ABC (The World Today), 17 Dec 2014
BrainPersonality factors, such as conscientiousness, openness and emotional stability, have been found to be more important than intelligence in predicting academic success - and these factors are things that teachers and parents can actually change in children...more...

No school today for Taroona High students
ABC Radio, 6.30am 17 Dec 2014
ABC Radio and the DoE Facebook page say that Taroona High School is closed for students today, due to storm damage. Staff are to attend as usual.
Bullet DoE Facebook page
Bullet Taroona High Facebook page

INTERNATIONAL EVENTS
Over 100 children killed in Pakistan school shooting
The Telegraph (UK), 16 Dec 2014
Pakistan school attach (Image from Telegraph video screenshot)At least 141 people, nearly all of them children have been killed in a Taliban attack on a school in Peshawar, Pakistan...more...

TASMANIAN STUDENTS
Tassie's top ATAR students named
Tas Govt media release, 16 Dec 2014
TasmaniaThe names of the top Year 11 and 12 students based on ATAR results have been released...more...
Bullet Trio's highest scores fulfil goal, The Examiner, 15 Dec 2014

SIEGE OVER
Two hostages and gunman dead, five injured
ABC News 24, 16 Dec 2014

Counterterrorism policeThe man at the centre of the siege at the Lindt Cafe in Sydney was known for having sent letters to the families of deceased soldiers.
Bullet Live blog of siege, ABC News, 16 Dec 20144
Bullet 9news report of siege, 16 Dec 20144

EQUITY AND CHOICE IN EDUCATION
Top schools 'top' because someone has to be bottom
The Conversation (opinion by Maggie Callingham), 15 Dec 2014
The Conversation
The academic success of the 'top' schools is due in part to social stratification which ensures that large numbers of socially disadvantaged students are taught in other schools...more...

ASTRONOMY
Shooting stars tonight
Weatherzone, 14 Dec 2014
Shooting star (Image from bbc.co.uk)Look up in the sky towards the north east for the meteor showers expected tonight (Sunday), although cloud might obscure your vision...more...
Bullet Best time 11pm-1am, The Mercury, 14 Dec 2014

BUDGET CUTS
Taste protests planned
The Mercury, 13 Dec 2014
Teacher cutsParents' groups are planning to hold protests at the Taste of Tasmania over the effect of budget cuts on schools...more...

HOMEWORK
Homework promoting inequality?
news.com.au, 13 Dec 2014
OECD countriesResearch by PISA has found that students from wealthier backgrounds and students in certain countries do significantly more homework than other students...more...
Bullet Access the PISA research, OECD website

AUSTRALIAN CURRICULUM
Curriculum advice to be sought
news.com.au, 12 Dec 2014
ACARAA meeting of education ministers has agreed to seek ACARA's view on recommended changes to the Australian Curriculum...more...
Bullet First step towards improved curriculum, Christopher Pyne, Minister for Education, 12 Dec 2014

BULLYING
Winners of anti-bullying videos announced
Tas Govt media release, 11 Dec 2014
BullyingWinners of the Bystander Stand Up Anti-Bullying Video Competition have been announced by the Minister for Education and Training, Jeremy Rockliff ...more...

BUDGET CUTS
Current education policy harmful
The Mercury (opinion by Terry Polglase), 11 Dec 2014
Teacher cutsBefore the election, the Premier appeared to understand what needed to be done for education in Tasmania, but the State government's current approach will harm schools and students in many different ways, warns AEU State President Terry Polglase ...more...

EDUCATION SYSTEMS
The short-sighted problems of the East Asian education culture
The Conversation (comment by Ian Morgan), 11 Dec 2014
ConfuciusEast Asia's success in dominating measures of educational attainment needs to be countered by the costs of increased time spent on schoolwork by students: reduced creativity and flexibility, and severe myopia...more...

TAFE
TasTAFE raises prices
The Examiner, 10 Dec 2014
TasTAFETasTAFE has raised the prices of its courses, the prices now based on each course's costs per hour....more...

TASMANIAN SCHOOLS
New kinder dodges negative starts
Tas Govt media release, 10 Dec 2014
Southern TasmaniaA new Kindergarten at Dodges Ferry Primary School will ensure local Southern Beaches students experience a stimulating and positive start to their education...more...

STUDENT ATTITUDES
Most Tas students want to learn: survey
The Mercury, 10 Dec 2014
University of TasmaniaA University of Tasmania survey of Tasmanian students shows that 73 per cent of primary and high school students believe education beyond Year 10 is important...more...

 

Jordan River School Farm crisis

Jordan River Learning Federation School FarmFor news reports see special archive:
 Bullet Jordan River School Farm crisis 2014


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

Christmas Day:
Thu 25 Dec 2014

Boxing Day:
Fri 26 Dec 2014

Sydney-Hobart start:
Fri 26 Dec 2014

Taste of Tasmania (Hobart):
Sun 28 Dec 2014 - Sat 3 Jan 2015

 

New Years Day: Thu 1 Jan 2015

Cygnet Folk Festival: Fri 9 -Sun 11 Jan

Australia Day: Mon 26 Jan 2015

Term 1 begins (college teachers):
Tue 27 Jan 2015

Term 1 begins (K-10 teachers):
Mon 2 Feb 2015

Term 1 begins (K-10 and college students): Wed 4 Feb 2015

Australian Wooden Boat Festival:
Fri 6 - Mon 9 Feb 2015

Royal Hobart Regatta: Mon 9 Feb 2015

 

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  EdHQ  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 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.

 

 

 

 

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 (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

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]

CURRICULUM
Curriculum & Leadership 5 Dec 2014
Curriculum & Leadership Journal
The latest curriculum and teaching information for Australian educators. For news updates follow CL on Twitter. NEXT ISSUE: 30 JAN 2015

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

COMPUTER PROGRAMMING
Teaching Kids to Code
edSurge
Edsurge's guide to introducing computer programming to young people. Includes comments on 50 coding tools, many of them free.

THINKING
Teaching higher-order thinking
Curriculum LeadershipThis article by Robyn Collins sums up the relevant literature on higher-order thinking and suggests how today's teachers can enable their students to acquire such skills.

STUDENT HEALTH
Critics' Choice anti-tobacco competition
Quit TasmaniaQuit's Critics' Choice anti-tobacco competition CONCLUDES ON TUESDAY 30 SEPTEMBER 2014.

STUDENT HEALTH
OxyGen
OxyGen.org.au
Entertaining and interesting anti-smoking materials for students.

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

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)


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