EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
Why Sweden's early learning is so good
The Conversation, 6 Mar 2015
Sweden leads the world in early childhood education,
three academics say...
EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
Kinders need 15 hours per week
Tas Govt media release, 6 Mar 2015
The federal government needs to
urgently respond to the Education Council's call for a minimum of 15
hours per week for children in kindergarten during the year before
entering Grade 1, education minister Jeremy Rockliff says...
teachers require compensation
TasLabor media release, 5 Mar 2015
Compensation for teachers who were unpaid for the first
month of the year will have to come from taxpayers, Opposition
education spokesperson Michelle O'Byrne, says...
Does spending favour private schools?
The Mercury, 5 Mar 2015
Greens education spokesperson Nick McKim says the state
government has increased funding to private schools while cutting
back funding to government schools but education minister Jeremy
Rockliff says the same savings measures have been applied to both
Non-government school funding increased but public school
funding slashed, Nick McKim, Greens Education
Spokesperson, 5 Mar 2015
Training, 5 Mar 2015
Minister has to explain non-government schools increase,
Michelle O'Byrne, Opposition Education Spokesperson, 5 Mar 2015
Percentage increase in funding is 2.6% for government sector but 2.4%
for non-government sector, Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for
Education and Training, 5 Mar 2015
If government school funding has increased, how come programs are
being slashed?, Nick McKim, Greens Education Spokesperson, 5 Mar
MY SCHOOL WEBSITE
School data released
ABC News, 5 Mar 2015
published school performance and financial data
for 2014 on the My School
My School website
My School 2015 [pdf], ACARA media release, 5 Mar 2015
Above-average gains by 15 Tas schools, ABC News, 5 mar 2015
Parents worry about My School accuracy, The Age, 5 Mar 2015
Future improvement at risk due to current cuts, Nick McKim,
Greens Education Spokesperson, 5 Mar 2015
Identifying Austism Spectrum Disorder
The Conversation, 4 Mar 2015
Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder is based on behaviour, not
blood or genetics...
STATE OF THE STATE REPLY
partnership would be expanded
TasLabor website, 4 Mar 2015
Labor would expand the partnership between the government
and UTAS to ensure employers provide input into Tasmania's future
education system, Opposition leader Bryan Green said in his State of
the State reply speech...
Greens vision, Kim Booth, Greens leader, 4 Mar
STATE OF THE STATE
Education a feature of Premier's message
Tas Govt media release, 3 Mar 2015
The Premier, Will Hodgman, outlined the government's plan
for education as part of his State of the State speech delivered in
Parents to rally
The Mercury, 3 Mar 2015
Parents will rally outside Parliament House today
(Tuesday) to oppose cuts in education programs and teacher numbers...
Average class size to remain
Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Education and Training, 3 Mar 2015
Some classes above 30, says Opposition, ABC News, 3 Mar 2015
Cuts driving class sizes up, says Opposition, The Examiner, 2
Enough is enough, says mum, The Mercury, 4 Mar 2015
Student poll reveals lack of hope
ABC News, 1 Mar 2015
A Gallup poll shows that students'
enthusiasm for school declines year by year and an alarming
proportion of students lack hope for the future and believe they will not get a
Term time holidays crackdown
SMH, 1 Mar 2015
NSW school attendance policy will now classify as
"unjustified" any student absences due to family holidays taken
during term time...
No term-time holidays, The Conversation, 5 Mar 2015
EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
Reprieve for Early Years Foundation
Tas Govt media release, 28
The government has postponed the
winding up of the Tasmanian Early Years Foundation, education
minister Jeremy Rockliff said today...
School bus fills up too quickly
The Mercury, 28
Metro says it will
consult all stakeholders to find a solution following complaints
that a bus from West Hobart to Taroona High is sometimes full before
it leaves Goulburn Street...
Dress divides world opinion
Time Magazine, 27
Generally speaking, younger people see the colours of this dress as
black and blue while older people see them as gold and white...
Forum backs education action
The Mercury, 27
A forum held at the University of Tasmania and attended
by about 400 people has strongly supported speedy action to raise
education standards in Tasmania...
Forum on education is first
of five on big issues affecting Tasmania, The Mercury, 26 Feb 2015
App course at New Town High
The Mercury, 26
New Town High School will run a
game app design course in conjunction with app development company
ABUSE ROYAL COMMISSION
No charges for teacher
ABC News, 25
A teacher named at the Hobart hearing of the Royal
Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will
not be charged even though he has been found
living in New Zealand...
No charges to be pursued, The Mercury, 25 Feb 2015
The Mercury, 23
A partnership is to be formed between the Tasmanian
government and the University of Tasmania with the ultimate aim of
raising education standards in the state...
Raising education standards
through the new Peter Underwood Centre for Educational Attainment, Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Education
and Training, 23 Feb 2015
Family honoured by centre, The Mercury, 23 Feb 2015
Partnership with UTAS similar to our proposal, Bryan Green,
Leader of the Opposition, 23 Feb 2015
Research centre to tackle retention rates, ABC News, 23 Feb 2014
Money to come from non-classroom funds,
Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Education
and Training, 23 Feb 2015
Call to add snake awareness to curriculum
A reptile carer says that while people describe the
snake safety education work she does as "great" they also say it
does not fit into the curriculum...
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being on the NASA launchpad and interact with devices to be used in
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Curriculum & Leadership 27 Feb 2015
The latest curriculum and teaching information for Australian
educators. For news
updates follow CL on Twitter.
eSmart Digital Licence
Digital Licence from the Alannah and Madeline Foundation is free for
Grade 6 students but $30 (per licence) for other students.
7 Smartphone Photography Tips & Tricks
simple but clever methods to make pictures with your smartphone
Short videos by the same people:
7 Simple Photography Hacks
7 DIY Photography Tips
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.
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