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FEDERAL ELECTION POLICIES
Pay advances tied to performance
The Mercury, 1 May 2016
Ballot boxes (Image: ausclassroom.com)
Movement up the pay scale would be tied to teachers' performance, under the Federal Government's $1.2 billion education funding package...

Bullet Student performance targeted in looming election battle, ABC News, 1 May 2016

FEDERAL ELECTION POLICIES
Education election policies so far
The Conversation (opinion by Bronwyn Hinz with Kate Torii), 28 Apr 2016
Ballot boxes (Image: ausclassroom.com)Education policies published so far by the federal Labor and Coalition parties are given an overview by two policy analysts
...

STUDENT TRANSPORT
Student transport strategy would ease congestion
TasLabor media release, 27 Apr 2016
Metro bus
A Labor state government would provide free public transport for all students attending their nearest public or private school, easing the family budget and easing traffic congestion at the same time...

Bullet Student Transport Strategy [pdf], TasLabor website

EDUCATION SYSTEMS
Tas no comparison with Finland and ACT
The Mercury (opinion by Eleanor Ramsay and Michael Rowan), 27 Apr 2016
TasmaniaEvidence cherry-picked from education system role models Finland and Canberra should not be used to reject proposed changes to Tasmania's education system, such as the lowering of the school starting age, because
Tasmania's situation is simply not comparable with theirs, two academics write...

LEARNING ANALYTICS
Is learning analytics useful?
The Conversation (opinion by Alan Bain and Nicholas Drengenberg), 26 Apr 2016
Graphs (Image from DrawGreatGraphs)
Learning analytics data based on only general student activity such as number of file downloads is not as useful in improving methods of teaching as activity-specific data such as teacher and student feedback and particular software use, two university staff argue
...

TASMANIAN NATIONAL PARKS
Free national parks access
Tas Govt media release, 23 Apr 2016
Tas wilderness
Access to Tasmania's national parks will be free for the school holiday period 24 September to 9 October 2016 to celebrate the Centenary of Tasmania's Parks, parks minister Matthew Groom announced today...

ANTI-VIOLENCE EDUCATION
Boxer takes aim at coward's punches
ABC News, 22 Apr 2016
No violence
Boxer Danny Green is fighting to reduce the number of serious assaults, particularly in the form of coward's punches, and is seeking government funding to educate up to 5,000 students at a time...

TEACHING PROFESSION
Teachers' workload increases
The Examiner, 22 Apr 2016
AEU
An increase in workload was experienced by 77 per cent of Australian teachers according to the AEU's 2016 State of Our Schools survey...

BRAIN ACTIVITY
Getting into students' brains
ABC News, 21 Apr 2016
Brain monitoring (Image from ABC News video report)
An Australian project run by the Science of Learning Research Centre is monitoring students' brains to find out which teaching and learning techniques work best...

LITERACY
Teaching writing falling
The Age, 20 Apr 2016
Literacy
Australian students need to be continually and explicitly taught writing skills, particularly in the areas of grammar, spelling, punctuation, expression and genre, researcher Professor Claire Wyatt-Smith says...

EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
Genes-intelligence link not straightforward
The Conversation (opinion by Daphne Martschenko, 21 Apr 2016
BrainResearch into the link between genetics and what makes people clever is fraught with ethical issues
...

TASMANIAN SCHOOLS
South Hobart Primary works
Tas Govt media release, 19 Apr 2016
Southern Tasmania
A tender for building works at South Hobart Primary School costing $3.6 million has been awarded, Speaker of the House of Assembly Elise Archer says...

FEDERAL POLITICS
Election looms
ABC News, 18 Apr 2016
Ballot boxes (Image: ausclassroom.com)
A double dissolution leading to an election on Saturday 2 July seems likely following the Senate's rejection of a Bill to block the ABCC legislation tonight
...

EDUCATION FUNDING
Funding not so important
The Mercury, 18 Apr 2016
Eric Hutchinson
Teacher quality, school autonomy and parental engagement are more important than federal funding in improving educational outcomes, federal MP Eric Hutchinson says, though he also acknowledges the need to ensure equality of opportunity...

Bullet State Minister stresses funding but feds focus on teacher quality, Michelle O'Byrne, Opposition education spokesperson, 18 Apr 2016

EDUCATION FUNDING
Does money improve outcomes?
The Conversation (opinion by Stewart Riddle), 18 Apr 2016
The Conversation
More money certainly does improve educational outcomes, a university lecturer argues, but it must be used to reduce inequality and target student needs
...

EDUCATION FUNDING
At least they are now starting off well
The Mercury, 17 Apr 2016
Tasmania
Tasmania's students rate poorly in achieving Year 12 certification yet they themselves rate education highly and today's five-year-olds are Australia's best at communication skills and general knowledge...

Bullet Parents fear school cuts, The Mercury, 17 Apr 2016
Bullet Many questions can be asked, The Mercury (editorial), 18 Apr 2016

 

TASMANIAN FIRES

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TFS

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News continued in the
April 2016 news archive

See also the News archive index

 

 

Education links for Tasmanian teachers

Vkey New Tasmanian whole-of-government email system  Email help  SARIS  Term dates  PersMORE Google Australia

Dates

Heart Week:
Sun 1 - Sat 7 May 2016

Composting Awareness Week:
Mon 2 - Sun 8 May 2016

Agfest:
Thu 5 - Sat 7 May 2016
Agfest hol. (Circular Head):
Fri 6 May 2016

Mother's Day:
Sun 8 May 2016

National Volunteer Week:
Mon 9 - Sun 15 May 2016

NAPLAN testing:
Tue 10 - Thu 12 May 2016

Eurovision: Wed 11 - Sun 15 May 2016

RSPCA Mill. Paws Walk: Sun 15 May

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Dept of Education
Education Department, Tasmania
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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 replaces the old "Microsoft Outlook Web Access" system.

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 search

Bullet See also our Search help page

 

 

     

 NATIONAL

   

The links formerly listed here are now on a separate page as National education links

 

INDEX MEDIA RELEASES

 

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Banks and personal business

Computing help

Curriculum 1

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Educational institutions

Email help

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Help

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Logging on help

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Password/username help

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Personal business

Resources

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Search advice

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Young people

 

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Computing help
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TASMANIA

AUSTRALIA

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

 
 

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)

Our Children Our Schools (Vic.)

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

INTERNET ACCESS
Is Basslink fixed?
Is Basslink fixed?
Compares the iiNet download speed from Melbourne with the download speed within Tasmania throughout the day.

Bullet New sites continued below

Online news sources

Ed news (Aust): 
SMH   Age   ABC

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   ABCHob   ABC NTas  Y7  TTimes

Tas ed:  
Ex   TTimes   Goog  

Tas sport:
Merc   Ex   Ad    ABC

 

 

New sites (cont'd)

WI-FI
Free Tas Wi-Fi
Tas wi-fi locationsLocals and tourists can now use the first 42 of over 150 planned free wi-fi access points around Tasmania. Limit 30 minutes per device per day at each location. For more info see Minister's statement.

NBN
NBN Infographic
NBN Infographic
This infographic compares the speeds and benefits of ADSL+, NBN Fibre to the Node and NBN Fibre to the Premises, showing that Fibre to the Node will soon prove to be inadequate.

LEGAL AWARENESS
Guys Gotta Know
Guys Gotta KnowLegal information for young men, with emphasis on relationships. Follows Girls Gotta Know which was produced a couple of years ago.

STUDENT NUTRITION
Choosing school lunch foods
School lunches (Image: The Conversation)
This article in The Conversation discusses which foods to include in student lunch boxes and provides links to useful lunch box tips at the following websites:
- Kidspot
- Better Health Channel
- Raising Children Network

TASMANIAN ENVIRONMENT
Burnt wilderness photos
Burnt cushion plants
See the first photos to emerge of the recent fire damage to Tasmania's wilderness, including images of burnt 1,000-year-old cushion plants (ABC News website).

EDUCATIONAL WEBSITES
Free Australian government school resources
australia.gov.au
A roundup of 34 Australian government websites that provide educational material for teachers and students to use.

LITERACY
10 great books that all children should read
The Conversation
A selection of books for children to read and have read to them.

TASMANIAN HISTORY
The Voyage
The Voyage
A free online game about hiring, provisioning and navigating sailing ships to transport convicts from England to Van Diemen's Land.

TASMANIAN EDUCATION SYSTEM
Education Ambassadors Tasmania
Education Ambassadors Tasmania
An organisation which aims to improve the education system in Tasmania by engaging community leaders in evidence-based non-partisan discussion.

WEATHER
High-definition satellite images
BoM satellite image
Zoom in on the BoM's detailed and moving images from the new Himawari-8 satellite..

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

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.


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