REGIONAL YEARS 11 AND 12
Tas regional education report released
Tas Govt media release, 20 May 2013
The Minister for Education and
Skills, Nick McKim, today released a six-point plan to encourage
students to participate in Years 11 and 12...
Future provision of Years 11 and 12 education in regional
Tasmania: Minister's Action Plan
Leaving age stays at 17, schools not
forced to close
ABC News, 20 May 2013
Education minister Nick McKim says the school leaving age
will not be extended to 18 years.
Instead, retention rates will
be boosted in other ways.
Mr McKim also announced that Thursday's
Budget would not include forced closure of schools...
Keeping students in Years 11 and 12
The Mercury, 20 May 2013
The Tasmanian Budget will provide $900,000 in funds to allow
regional and district high schools to provide more options for Year
11 and 12 students, education minister Nick McKim says...
Tas loses $660m with Abbott, says PM
The Mercury, 20 May 2013
If Opposition leader Tony Abbott
refuses to go ahead with the Gonski reforms Tasmania will receive
$660 million less in school funding, prime minister Julia Gillard
Tas premier must explain, says Ferguson
Michael Ferguson website, 19 May 2013
Tasmanian premier Lara Giddings must
"come clean" over whether she is attempting to deny Gonski funding
to non-government schools, Opposition education spokesperson Michael
Facebook page targets teachers
ABC News, 19 May 2013
A Facebook hate-page is vilifying Tasmanian teachers...
ips.gov.au, 18 May 2013
Auroras are expected in the night sky in Tasmania (look southwards)
over the next two days, especially on Sunday night, due to flare
activity on the sun...
Schools training own student IT techies
news.com.au, 18 May 2013
Some Mainland schools are training their own students as computer
troubleshooters in order to avoid the cost of hiring computer
School funds take a hit
Canberra Times, 18 May 2013
Julia Gillard's Gonski reforms would reduce previously budgeted
Tony Abbott says. And he would drop the Gonski reforms
if they were not supported by every state...
Geilston Bay faces future
The Mercury, 16 May 2013
Parents of Geilston Bay High School's 130 students are about to
examine options for the school's survival...
No cuts to school funding, says Garrett
Aust Govt media release, 16 May 2013
The federal budget does not cut school spending, Schools
Minister Peter Garrett said in response to claims by Opposition
education spokesman Christopher Pyne...
School spending slashed, says Pyne
Daily Telegraph, 16 May 2013
The federal budget reduces school
spending by $325 million, Opposition education spokesman Christopher
Concerns prompt NAPLAN inquiry
Tas Govt media release, 15 May 2013
A Senate inquiry will look into the
impact of NAPLAN testing. Reported issues include:
a booming industry in NAPLAN support products such as workbooks
and stress-relieving teddy bears
a vitamin company's advertisement being withdrawn following
complaints about its final line "NAPLAN testing starts May 14"
[performance-enhancing fish oil?]
children reacting to pressure from schools and parents
misuse of the test results
distraction from the rest of the curriculum
Teachers urged to participate, SMH, 17 May 2013
Righting some wrong thinking, The Age, 16 May 2013
Top NAPLAN students recognised
Tas Govt media release, 15 May 2013
The southern Tasmanian students who
were best at doing the 2012 NAPLAN tests were presented with
certificates today by education minister Nick McKim...
Alanvale re-opens tomorrow
DoE website, 15 May 2013
The Alanvale campus of the Polytechnic and
Skills Institute will re-open tomorrow, Thursday, 16 May (following
today's power outage).
Emergency at Exeter High School
ABC News, 15 May 2013
Emergency services were called to Exeter High School this
morning when a science experiment went wrong.
However, there are
no reports of injuries...
The Mercury, 15 May 2013
Computer focus dies
The Australian, 15 May 2013
The federal budget kills off spending on computers and chaplains but
provides funding for financial literacy and solar power in schools...
Principal exodus looms
ABC News, 15 May 2013
With most of Tasmania's principals now eligible for
retirement, ways need to be found to support the younger people who
replace them, the Principals Association's David Raw says...
Gonski reforms a trickle for now
Adelaide Now, 14 May 2013
Just $353 million more will be
spent on education next year, with the full amount of Gonski funding
not being received until 2019 ....
STUDENT HEALTH AND SAFETY
Prompt procedure follows needle use
ABC News, 14 May 2013
The use of a diabetic needle by four East Derwent Primary students
has led to blood testing, a meeting with parents, a newsletter
message and advice to the Health Department ....
The Mercury, 14 May 2013
Tas Govt media release, 14 May 2013
NAPLAN results as entry criteria
SMH, 12 May 2013
Some private schools are asking for
the NAPLAN results of students applying for enrolment ....
NAPLAN industry booming
SMH, 11 May 2013
Stuffed toys are being promoted to
help children deal with NAPLAN stress, and more than 180,000
NAPLAN-related books have been sold so far this year ....
NAPLAN-style books selling, SMH, 9 May 2013
STDUENT HEALTH AND WELLBEING
Aussie kids in top 5 most sleep-deprived
SMH, 10 May 2013
Australian children are the fifth
most sleep-deprived in the world, a survey of Year 4 students shows....
TasTAFE's step back is a step forward
The Mercury, 11 May 2013
Students will benefit when the Polytechnic and the
Skills Institute become a single TAFE unit on 1 July, new chief
executive Stephen Conway says....
news.com.au, 11 May 2013
The federal government's push to have a child's vaccinations up to
date on enrolment in a school is expected to raise vaccination
levels in Australia....
The Examiner, 9 May 2013
Tasmanian teachers are under stress
from the amount of time devoted to and diverted to NAPLAN test
Leaders swoop on Huonville Primary
Tas Govt media release, 8 May 2013
More than one hundred student leaders met at Huonville Primary
Herald Sun, 8 May 2013
A ring-of-fire solar eclipse will occur over Australia
this Friday when the Moon moves in front of the sun....
In Tasmania, the eclipse will commence around 8.15am (The
Mercury, 8 May 2013)
Whooping cough vaccine less effective
The Mercury, 8 May 2013
The current whooping cough vaccine does not provide a long enough
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USING ICT IN TEACHING
Technology: Moving from No to Yes
How to use online computing
resources to improve lessons. Incorporates a useful selection of
links. From Education Leadership.
Eight Things Skilled Teachers Think, Say and Do
How can teachers motivate students by helping them build
on their goals? From Education Leadership.
Information about the range of
walks and riding trails around Hobart.
Curriculum Leadership 3 May 2013
The latest curriculum and teaching information for Australian
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displaying fascinating photographs of Tasmania's earlier and recent
Girls Gotta Know
App and website containing legal information for
Tasmanian young women aged 14-24. Produced by the
STUDENT WRITING GUIDES
examples to assist senior students with writing paragraphs, essays,
reports and other requirements. A pdf file for students prepared by
Brisbane State High School.
and activities on finding and dealing with digital information.
Female Convicts Research Centre
Historical information about female
convicts in Tasmania.
A collection of online primary and secondary games,
videos, audios and other resources. Produced by the ABC and
Education Services Australia.
Essential Kids: Worksheets
Simple worksheets such as word searches and fun
activities to download. See also:
younger kids, and
Problems to make students think. Scroll down for the
Tax, Super + You
Australian Tax Office educational website on taxation and
Tasmanian Law Handbook
version of a book explaining the law in Tasmania in a
straightforward manner, produced by the Hobart Community Legal
Royal Hobart Regatta
photos and the huge number of historical
moving picture files.
Shaping Tasmania: a journey in 100
Museum and Art Gallery staff have selected 99 objects they say have
shaped Tasmania's history, but they are asking for one more. Part of
the ABC's website.
Founders & Survivors
Detailed database containing information about the 73,000 convicts
and children who were transported to Tasmania.
School bus safety interactive website
launched by the Tasmanian government.
Tasmania: Island of Treasures
Pdf version of a book
by Sue Atkinson on Tasmania's museums and historical
collections. The book is also
available for purchase.
Resources for English Teachers
notes to download.
Learn How to Touch-Type
Eight touch-typing tools and tutorials.
Writing for the Digital Age
Survey of five
free writing style guides online: Yahoo!, BBC, Guardian, National
Tas State Treasury's Style Manual [pdf]
National Style Guide
The Top 10 Digital Learning Apps
Teachers Can Actually Use
The use of "Apps"
is a little misleading as, better still, these are websites with no
need for apps-friendly devices.
New Year's resolutions for computer users
Advice for all computer users.
Why do we feel so guilty for taking a day off sick?
Blog post which will resonate with all teachers on the problem of
taking ill when you are a teacher.
Fun Tools to Easily Make Your Own Infographics
Make infographics online.
30 Surprising (and Controversial) Ways Students Learn
A summary of useful learning techniques that are or may be effective
according to educational research.
35 Digital Tools that Work with Bloom's
Online software and apps grouped by
Bloom's main classification.
50 Education Technology Tools Every Teacher Should Know About
Software and online tools for teachers grouped under Learning,
Lesson Planning and Tools, and Useful Tools.
Digital Dead Sea
can now view the Dead Sea Scrolls, following a partnership between
the Israel Museum and the Google Cultural Institute.
Cultural Institute Dead Sea Scrolls page
STUDENT HEALTH & SAFETY
Helping Kids During Crisis
American School Counselor Association provides links to a number of
useful websites and documents.
MDT, SOCIAL SCIENCE
for schools on the human-made environment. From the Australian
Institute of Architects.
Tasmanian House Styles [pdf]
locations and provides more information about fish species spotted
around Australia. Developed by the University of Tasmania.
More new and useful sites in the