EXTENSION TO YEARS 11 AND 12
College for rural kids
The Examiner, 30 Jan 2015
Students at six Tasmanian high and
district high schools will now be able to enrol in college level
subjects this year...
TRANSITION TO SCHOOL
The first day is so important
The Conversation (comment by
Cathrine Neilsen-Hewett), 30 Jan 2015
Evidence shows that children's
experiences at the beginning of their school life have implications
for their longer-term social, emotional and academic development...
Transition to Primary School: A
Review of the Literature
[pdf], Kids Matter, Sep 2011
School Readiness [pdf],
NSW Dept of Community Services, Feb 2003
STUDENT HEALTH AND FITNESS
Can't catch, can't throw
news.com.au, 30 Jan 2015
Aussie kids are spending too much
time with computer devices and are not as skilled at throwing,
catching and kicking balls as they used to be, a PhD student has
Value of digital money not understood
mygc.com.au, 29 Jan 2015
The Commonwealth Bank has announced plans to expand its
financial education program after releasingd a study that shows
today's children lack an understanding of the value of digital money...
TQA to be abolished
The Mercury, 28 Jan 2015
minister Jeremy Rockliff has announced that the Tasmanian
Qualifications Authority will be scrapped, and that he as minister
will prioritise which subjects are accredited for Years 11 and 12...
Fear over reduced choice, The Examiner, 28 Jan 2015
Conflict of interest, say board members, The Mercury, 29 Jan 2015
New model susceptible to politicisation, Michelle O'Byrne,
Opposition education spokesperson, 29 Jan 2015
Higher speed limits for novice drivers
Tas Govt media release, 27 Jan 2015
From 2 March 2015, the maximum
speed limits in higher speed zones for Tasmanian L2 and P1 car
drivers will rise. However, the maximum speed for L1 car drivers and
L and P1 motorbike riders will remain unchanged at 80 km/h...
TEACHERS WITH GUNS
allowed to carry guns in Pakistan
BBC News, 26 Jan 2015
Following a school massacre in which about 150 people
were killed, Pakistan has allowed its teachers to carry guns and to
serve as armed guards...
Martial arts in curriculum would beat bullying
SMH, 25 Jan 2015
Including martial arts in the school curriculum would
assist in the battle to reduce the incidence of bullying, a jujitsu
Student mental health missing out, inquest told
ABC News, 21 Jan 2015
The Tasmanian education system is
more concerned with literacy and numeracy than with students' mental
health, an inquest into the deaths of six secondary students was
Inquest to examine factors
leading to self-harm deaths, The Mercury, 22 Jan 2015
Boys learn etiquette
The Age, 21 Jan 2015
A Victorian teacher has taught his Grade 2 boys to open
doors for girls and stand up when they enter the room...
Evaluate education reforms
The Conversation (comment by
Pasi Sahlberg), 20 Jan 2015
OECD report recommends that the impact of particular education
reforms be measured...
Terror threat raised
ABC News, 20 Jan 2015
The national terror threat for police has been raised from
medium to high...
STATE LIBRARY SERVICE
Free online magazines for Tasmanians
Tas Govt media release, 17 Jan 2015
Over 200 magazines are now available online and free to
Tasmanians, education minister Jeremy Rockliff said today...
You need to hold a current LINC library card. See our New
Sites entry at the right for more information.
Support soon for sexually-diverse students
The Examiner, 17 Jan 2015
The national Safe Schools Coalition
program will shortly be rolled out in Tasmania to support interested
schools in helping gender- and sexually-diverse students...
Parents of 12yo back in court
ABC News, 15 Jan 2015
The parents of a home-schooled Tasmanian boy who suffers
from severe allergies have returned to court over their refusal to
send him to school in the belief his allergies would not be properly
SCHOOL STARTING AGE
Kindergarten boycott warning
The Mercury, 15 Jan 2015
Lowering the Kinder
starting age by six months would lead to students entering high
school at 11 years and university at 17, warns TASSO president Jenny
Caution and bipartisanship needed,
Michelle O'Byrne, Opposition education spokesperson, 15 Jan 2015
Early Childhood Australia
rejects lowering Kinder age, The Examiner, 19 Jan 2015
Jobs warning over lower Kinder age, The Mercury, 21 Jan 2015
Create global citizens from a young age
The Mercury, 12 Jan 2015
Education for success in an interdependent world needs
to begin at a young age, the convenor of an education conference to
be held in Launceston says...
A teacher's spelling doesn't necessarily affect their teaching
The Conversation (opinion by
Stewart Riddle), 12 Jan 2015
The number of aspiring teachers with
low literacy levels is not as alarming as it may appear, argues
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This website makes Australian literary works more accessible to
English teachers and provides suggested lesson activities with units
mapped to the Australian Curriculum.
Free access to online
magazines through Zinio
Library of Tasmania (LINC) library card holders can now access a
huge range of commercial magazines online at no cost.
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
Scholastic's roundup of current events and news for kids, taken from
their various magazines.
Learn to Moonwalk in 5 Simple
Moonwalking instructions in a single page animation, listed on
APPS FOR TEACHERS
Popular Apps for Teachers
NPR (16 Sep 2014) presents the apps they believe teachers find most
QR Code Readers
2014 IN REVIEW
Top education stories of 2014
reviews its top education stories of 2014, providing a list of the
Why some kids can't spell and why spelling
tests won't help
State school kids do better at uni
Private schooling has little long term pay off
to tell if your child has a
speech or language impairment
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]
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
Tasmanian Names Index
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.
The Platypus Journey
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
A superb collection of
online creative tools for students and teachers to use. From 21st
Metro Tas App
Metro Tas bus network with this app on your mobile phone. You can
even top up your GreenCard balance.
Curriculum & Leadership 5 Dec 2014
The latest curriculum and teaching information for Australian
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exercises, web pages and Powerpoint presentations on a wide range of
grammar terms and usages (US English).
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.
Scratch currently appears to be the most popular
free way to introduce coding (ie, programming) to young students.
App teaches kids computer coding,
news.com.au, 2 Sep 2014
Teaching Kids to Code
Edsurge's guide to introducing computer programming to young people.
Includes comments on 50 coding tools, many of them free.
This 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.
More new and useful sites in the