Can toys really be 'educational'?
The Conversation (opinion by
Nicola Yelland, 22 Dec
Children gain more
educational benefit from toys if parents interact with them while
they play, argues a professor of education...
ABC News, 21 Dec
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...
Changes to the Ministry, Tony Abbott, PM, 21 Dec 2014
Meander Primary to close
Tas Govt media release, 21 Dec
The Meander Primary School community has
formally agreed with the DoE that the school will close at the end
of this year...
Avoca decided against closure, The Examiner, 21 Dec 2014
Counselling deluge after loss of
Pathway Planners looms
The Mercury, 21 Dec
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...
Impact of teacher uncertainty
The Examiner, 20 Dec
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...
Most young kids can't swim properly
The Age, 20 Dec
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...
Teacher moved from Hutchins to
ABC News, 19 Dec
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...
Big jump in school sex-abuse
The Mercury, 20 Dec 2014
Steve Wozniak to retire in
BRW, 19 Dec 2014
Apple co-founder and promoter of computer education
Steve Wozniak is buying a house in Sydney but appears to be thinking of
retiring in Tasmania...
Why computer coding needs to be
The Guardian (opinion), 19 Dec
Students who learn how to write
computer code will be the winners as automation takes over more and
Former student gives evidence
The Mercury, 19 Dec
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...
System letting students down
The Mercury (opinion by
David Raw), 18 Dec 2014
The 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...
Non-cognitive skills predict
student success but are not measured
The Conversation (opinion),
18 Dec 2014
Schools should be measuring and
promoting non-cognitive skills such as perseverance and
self-control, argue Nicholas Biddle and Sarah Ball from the ANU...
Personality, not intelligence, the biggest factor
ABC (The World Today), 17 Dec 2014
Personality 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...
No school today for Taroona High
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
DoE Facebook page
Taroona High Facebook
Over 100 children killed in Pakistan school shooting
The Telegraph (UK), 16 Dec 2014
At least 141 people, nearly all of them children have been killed in
a Taliban attack on a school in Peshawar, Pakistan...
Tassie's top ATAR students named
Tas Govt media release, 16 Dec 2014
The names of the top Year 11 and 12 students based on
ATAR results have been released...
Trio's highest scores fulfil goal, The
Examiner, 15 Dec 2014
Two hostages and gunman dead, five
ABC News 24, 16 Dec 2014
The 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.
Live blog of siege, ABC News, 16 Dec 20144
9news report of siege, 16 Dec 20144
AND CHOICE IN EDUCATION
Top schools 'top' because someone has to be bottom
The Conversation (opinion by
Maggie Callingham), 15 Dec 2014
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...
Shooting stars tonight
Weatherzone, 14 Dec 2014
Look up in the sky towards the north
east for the meteor showers expected tonight (Sunday), although cloud might obscure
Best time 11pm-1am, The Mercury, 14 Dec 2014
Taste protests planned
The Mercury, 13 Dec 2014
Parents' groups are planning to hold
protests at the Taste of Tasmania over the effect of budget cuts on
Homework promoting inequality?
news.com.au, 13 Dec 2014
by PISA has found that students from wealthier backgrounds and
students in certain countries do significantly more homework than
Access the PISA research, OECD website
Curriculum advice to be sought
news.com.au, 12 Dec 2014
A meeting of education ministers has agreed to seek
ACARA's view on recommended changes to the Australian Curriculum...
First step towards improved
curriculum, Christopher Pyne, Minister for Education,
12 Dec 2014
Winners of anti-bullying videos announced
Tas Govt media release, 11 Dec 2014
Winners of the Bystander Stand Up Anti-Bullying Video
Competition have been announced by the Minister for Education and
Training, Jeremy Rockliff ...
Current education policy harmful
The Mercury (opinion by
Terry Polglase), 11 Dec 2014
Before 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 ...
The short-sighted problems of the East Asian education
The Conversation (comment by
Ian Morgan), 11 Dec 2014
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...
TasTAFE raises prices
The Examiner, 10 Dec 2014
TasTAFE has raised the
prices of its courses, the prices now based on each course's costs
New kinder dodges negative starts
Tas Govt media release, 10 Dec 2014
A new Kindergarten at
Dodges Ferry Primary School will ensure local Southern Beaches
students experience a stimulating and positive start to their
Most Tas students want to learn: survey
The Mercury, 10 Dec 2014
A 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...
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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
educators. For news
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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.
Critics' Choice anti-tobacco competition
Quit's Critics' Choice anti-tobacco competition
CONCLUDES ON TUESDAY 30 SEPTEMBER 2014.
interesting anti-smoking materials for students.
Huge number of online literacy, numeracy and
other educational games and activities for primary school students,
grouped by grade.
Lists of online educational and other games, categorised by topic or
5 Technology Skills for Children to Take Up
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.
15 Useful Windows Commands
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 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
DEVELOPMENTS such as BYOD, cloud computing, learning
analytics, the Internet of Things and wearable technology.
Horizon Report Preview [pdf]
Horizon Report [pdf]
Horizon Report website
Commonwealth Games Glasgow 2014
For classroom activities, see:
Commonwealth Games 2014 (Activity Village)
Commonwealth Games Activity Booklets (Studyladder Resources)
Commonwealth Games Teaching Resources Glasgow 2014 (Primary
Commonwealth Class (British Council)
Commonwealth Games 2014 (Pinterest)
Messy Church - Commonwealth Games (Pinterest)
Commonwealth Games (Pinterest)
Commonwealth Games (Pinterest)
More new and useful sites in the