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LITERACY
Ministers agree on online NAPLAN timetable
Aust Govt media release, 31 Oct 2014
NAPLANAustralia's education ministers agreed this morning to trial online NAPLAN testing in 2016, federal education minister Christopher Pyne said...

LITERACY
Record number in Reading Challenge
Tas Govt media release, 30 Oct 2014
Premier's Reading ChallengeA record number of Tasmanian students entered the Premier's Reading Challenge this year ...

LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS
Tas Electoral Commission
2014 progressive election results
Sue Hickey has displaced Damon Thomas as Hobart's Lord Mayor.

Severe weather warning cancelled
BoM, 28 Oct 2014.
Bullet All warnings
Bullet TasNetworks power outages
Bullet See also our Emergency information page

PUBLIC SECTOR POSITIONS
Tas education job cuts announced
ABC News, 28 Oct 2014
Tasmanian GovernmentThe Treasurer, Peter Gutwein, has announced that of 861 public sector positions to be axed 266 would be cut from education between now and June next year...

Bullet Treasurer's statement on public service job cuts, 28 Oct 2014
Bullet Job cuts will affect the lives of students, Michelle O'Byrne, opposition education spokesperson, 28 Oct 2014
Bullet Job cuts were avoidable, Kim Booth, Greens leader, 28 Oct 2014
Bullet Call to hold independent review of the public sector, Kim Booth, Greens leader, 29 Oct 2014

TAX RISES
Rise in petrol tax in two weeks
ABC News, 28 Oct 2014
CoinsThe Australian government will raise petrol taxes by about half a cent per litre from 10 November in a plan that bypasses Parliament ...

TAFE
TasTAFE in national training award finals
Tas Govt media releases, 27 Oct 2014
TasTAFEFinalists in the Australian Training Awards to be announced on 21 November include training provider TasTAFE and Burnie TasTAFE teacher Jocylyn Cross...

LITERACY
Reading encouraged by volunteer dogs
ABC News, 27 Oct 2014
Classroom Canines (Image from ABC photo)Montagu Primary School is the first Tasmanian school to use listening dogs to encourage reluctant readers under the Delta Society's Classroom Canines program...

ATTENDANCE RATES
Every day at school counts
The Examiner, 27 Oct 2014
Northern TasmaniaStudent absenteeism is a serious matter and is being monitored closely in Tasmania. The report provides attendance data for most schools in northern Tasmania...

STUDENT BEHAVIOUR
Principals to look out for potential terrorists?
ABC News, 26 Oct 2014
NSWFollowing the raising of the national terrorism alert level, New South Wales principals have been asked to exercise vigilance and report any concerns about student behaviour...

SCHOOL SHOOTINGS
First-year teacher a hero
The Telegraph, 25 Oct 2014
Megan Silberberger (Image from The Telegraph)The first-year teacher of social science who grabbed the arm of a student before he could shoot more students has been hailed a hero in the US...

NAPLAN
NAPLAN tests online in 2016
news.com.au, 25 Oct 2014
NAPLANAustralian students will be undertaking online interactive NAPLAN tests in 2016...

Bullet $24.7m plan for online NAPLAN testing, Christopher Pyne, Australian Minister for Education, 25 Oct 2014

PUBLIC SERVICE PAY FREEZE
Unions offer savings
ABC News, 24 Oct 2014
MoneyTasmanian public sector unions have proposed a number of savings measures to avoid the need to axe 500 jobs...

Bullet Union proposal doesn't add up, says Gutwein, The Examiner, 24 Oct 2014
Bullet Proposal needs to be accepted, Kim Booth, Greens Leader, 24 Oct 2014
Bullet Tas government rejects unions' pay
freeze plan, The Mercury, 25 Oct 2014

STUDENT HEALTH AND WELLBEING
Physical activity benefits school work
The Conversation, 21 Oct 2014
AthleticsSpending more time on physical activity at school helps students to improve their academic results, Swedish research shows....

WORLD NEWS
Gunman invades Canadian parliament buildings
ABC News, 23 Oct 2014
Canadian flagA gunman has killed a soldier and fired shots in the Canadian parliamentary buildings....

PUBLIC SERVICE PAY FREEZE
Teachers' jobs threatened
ABC News, 22 Oct 2014
MoneyThe Treasurer, Peter Gutwein, has warned that teaching jobs could be lost if the pay freeze does not go ahead...

Bullet Options could include cutting front-line services, Peter Gutwein, Treasurer, 22 Oct 2014

Rocky Cape and Sisters Beach fire - No alert
Tas Fire Service, 21 Oct 2014
Alert removed.

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AUSTRALIAN HISTORY
Gough Whitlam dies
Gough WhitlamABC News, 21 Oct 2014
Former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam has died at the age of 98....

Bullet Former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam dead at 98, news.com.au, 21 Oct 2014

STUDENT SUPPORT
Supporting shy students
The Age, 20 Oct 2014
Shy child (Image: Microsoft)Teachers need to consider the needs of shy students and give them room, former shy student Sian Prior writes...

COMPUTER VULNERABILITIES
Check your browser for the POODLE flaw
PC World, 17 Oct 2014
Computer vulnerabilityAlthough the POODLE flaw is not as serious as some other computer vulnerabilities, using a password on a public network such as public wi-fi is risky if your browser has been compromised by it...

Bullet Test your browser for the POODLE vulnerability

EDUCATION ACT REVIEW
Exclusion fear
Reviewing the Tasmanian Education ActThe Examiner, 17 Oct 2014
Children with a disability who had exhibited behavioural issues could be discriminated against under proposed changes to the Education Act, a disability lobbyist says...

Bullet Parents key to overhaul, says Minister, The Examiner, 17 Oct 2014

PUBLIC SERVICE WAGE FREEZE
Police accept pay freeze
The Examiner, 17 Oct 2014
MoneyThe Police Association has agreed to the state government's 18-month pay freeze in return for protection of its frontline employees' jobs...

Bullet Frontline police escape job cuts, ABC News, 17 Oct 2014

INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION
Tas international ed awards announced
Tas Govt media release, 16 Oct 2014
Tasmania and international educationAwards for excellence in the provision of and participation in international education in Tasmania were presented tonight...

EDUCATION ACT REVIEW
Aggressive parents face bans
Reviewing the Tasmanian Education ActThe Examiner, 16 Oct 2014
Parents who are unruly in a school could be banned or fined under the proposed changes to the Education Act...

NATIONAL CURRICULUM REPORT
General capabilities still needed
The Conversation (comment by Sue Roffey) , 15 Oct 2014
Australian CurriculumIt would be a travesty to remove from the Australian Curriculum the four "general capabilities" of critical and creative thinking, personal and social capability, ethical understanding and intercultural understanding, an academic argues...

Bullet Curriculum review contains contradictions, The Conversation (comment by Libby Tudball), 15 Oct 2014)

LITERATURE
Richard Flanagan wins Man Booker prize
ABC News, 15 Oct 2014
Richard Flanagan (Image: ABC)
Tasmanian-born author Richard Flanagan has won the $88,000 Man Booker prize for his novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North..

Bullet Tasmania at centre of world literary map, The Mercury, 15 Oct 2014

CENTENARY OF ANZAC
Anzac Centenary launch looms
Tas Govt media release, 14 Oct 2014
Centenary of AnzacThe Tasmanian Centenary of Anzac program will be officially launched this Saturday, 18 October 2014, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier, Guy Barnett, said today...

Bullet Centenary of Anzac website, Tasmanian Government
Bullet Anzac Centenary 2014-18, anzacwebsites.com

PATHWAY PLANNERS
Pathway plans for prisoners?
The Mercury, 14 Oct 2014
Guaranteeing FuturesEducation minister Jeremy Rockliff described it as "more Labor scaremongering" when Opposition education spokesperson Michelle O'Byrne asked whether pathway planners would be required to work with prisoners on sex offender programs...

Bullet Minister must reveal redeployment options for pathway planners, Michelle O'Byrne, Opposition education spokesperson, 14 Oct 2014
Bullet Emails show prison jobs were offered, Michelle O'Byrne, Opposition education spokesperson, 16 Oct 2014

EDUCATION ACT REVIEW
Education Act review feedback sought
Tas Govt media release, 13 Oct 2014
Reviewing the Tasmanian Education ActCommunity views are being sought on appropriate school starting and leaving ages and any other possible changes to the Education Act, education minister Jeremy Rockliff said today...

Bullet Reviewing Tasmania's Education Act, DoE Blogspot site

 

Jordan River School Farm crisis

Jordan River Learning Federation School FarmFor news reports see special archive:
 Bullet Jordan River School Farm crisis 2014


TASMANIAN FIRES

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Education links for Tasmanian teachers

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

Dates

National Bandanna Day:
Fri 31 Oct 2014

World Teachers Day Aust:
Fri 31 Oct 2014

Halloween:
Fri 31 Oct 2014

Recreation Day (N. Tas):
Mon 3 Nov 2014

Melbourne Cup:
Tue 4 Nov 2014

Guy Fawkes (Bonfire) Night:
Wed 5 Nov 2014

Remembrance Day:
Tue 11 Nov 2014

World Kindness Day: Thu 13 Nov 2014

Walk to Work Day: Fri 14 Nov 2014

World Diabetes Day: Fri 14 Nov 2014

TERM DATES     ON THIS DAY

 

Online news sources
Ed news (Aust): 
ABC  SMH  Age  Aust  Intcdr  Goo
Ed news (Int):
NZ  US  UK  UK(TN)  Ed Wld  Ed Wk  Gua  G  All
Ed opinion:
SMH  Tele  EdHQ  Conv  Blogs
Aust news: ABC  SMH  Age  Aust  ABC24  HS  ND  news.com.au
Tas news: Merc Ex Ad ABC Y7 TT   Ed:  Ex G TT  Sport: M E A ABC

   

 TASMANIA

   

Education Department, Tasmania
Department of Education, Tasmania

DoE YouTube  DoE Facebook  DoE Twitter  DoE Flickr  DoE Responses 

 

http://mail.connect.tas.gov.au

The above whole-of-government email system replaces the following old system which NO LONGER WORKS:
Old email
OLD Education Email is no longer used

 

Bullet See also our Email Help page

Gmail

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)
  Tasmanian Government Directory - look up people and departments
Tas. Govt Directory

The eCentre has been replaced by the Curriculum Support Centre (pw required)
 


Tasmania Online - "Your comprehensive guide to Tasmania on the web"
Tasmania Online

Bullet See also our Search help page


     

 NATIONAL

   

 

Australian Policy Online: Education
Australian Policy Online: Education

Curriculum Schools  |  VET Early Childhood SciTech

 

myfuture - career information and exploration

 

EdNA - Education Network Australia (now closed)
EdNA is closed   

Gonski Review

AITSL: Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership
AITSL

Students First
Students First

Education Services Australia - producer of the national education websites listed below
Education Services Australia

Curriculum Leadership - called "an electronic journal for leaders in education" but is of benefit to all teachers who wish to keep abreast of curriculum and other educational developments

Scootle - present digital curriculum resources in lesson units using Learning Federation material (see next item, NDLRN)

National Digital Learning Resources Network (The Learning Federation)
(The Learning Federation)

Safe Schools Hub

Values Education for Australian schooling

Mind Matters - a national mental health initiative for secondary schools

Asia Education Foundation - helping schools with Asia cross-curriculum content

Global Education

Civics and Citizenship Education - resources promoting students' participation in Australia's democracy


 

ACARA - Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority

Australian Curriculum (Australia's national curriculum)

Australian Curriculum
(Previously called the "National Curriculum")
Mobile edition: iphone app.
See also our docs for indiv. learning areas.
Tas Department of Education's Curriculum Support Centre (pw)

My School. Sjows literacy and numeracy test results for individual schools. Funded by the Australian government.

My School (by ACARA, using NAPLAN data)
NAPLAN Summary reports

National Assessment Program

National Assessment Program
Measures whether or not young people are meeting various educational outcomes.
NAPLAN: National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy NAPLAN focuses on literacy and numeracy outcomes.

 

 

 

 

INDEX   MEDIA RELEASES

Topics in this website:

 

    Media releases and statements: 

TASMANIA

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

AUSTRALIA

In the news

Future provision of Years 11 and 12 education: action PlanBullet DoE Strategic Plan 2014/17

Bullet Future - Yrs 11 and 12: Action Plan

Bullet Future - Yrs 11 and 12: Discussion

Bullet Relationships and sexuality... / Brochure

Bullet 2013 NAPLAN National Report

Bullet 2013 NAPLAN Summary

Bullet Off Campus Activities (excursions)

 

Subjects and learning

Resources

Subjects and learning areas

 Libraries

LINC Tasmania (formerly State Library of Tasmania)
LINC stands for Learning and Information Network Centre. (See What does LINC mean?)
TALIS - library catalogues
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)
WebsterWorld (public site) - not fully accessible.

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)

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)

Help

Computing (ICT)

Calendar information sources
Computing help
Curriculum information
Email help
Logon/password help
Search tips

This section has moved to its own page:

Computing help

 

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, Employment and Workplace Relations (Australian Government)

Other Australian Education Departments and non-government bodies (DEEWR)

Tasmanian  State School Parents & Friends Inc ("trading as" Tasmanian Association of State School Organisations - Facebook 1, Facebook 2)

Public Education Alliance

Independent Schools Tasmania

Tasmanian Catholic Education Office

Independent Education Union Victoria Tasmania

Education links (Service 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
RBF: Retirement Benefits Fund
TASS: Tas Assoc of State Superannuants
Service Tasmania

 Teachers & Tax 2013, 2014

Australian Tax Office:

Teachers 2012-13 (2013-14 not provided)

Teachers - claiming work-related expenses (26 Jun 2014)
See also Industries and Occupations.

Tips:
CPA Aust's tax tips (2013)
Etax tax tips
(2013)
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

LITERACY
Grammar Bytes
Grammar BytesHandouts, exercises, web pages and Powerpoint presentations on a wide range of grammar terms and usages (US English).

SOCIAL MEDIA
Edmodo
EdmodoA 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.

COMPUTER PROGRAMMING
Scratch
ScratchScratch currently appears to be the most popular free way to introduce coding (ie, programming) to young students.
Bullet App teaches kids computer coding, news.com.au, 2 Sep 2014

COMPUTER PROGRAMMING
Teaching Kids to Code
edSurge
Edsurge's guide to introducing computer programming to young people. Includes comments on 50 coding tools, many of them free.

THINKING
Teaching higher-order thinking
Curriculum LeadershipThis 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.

STUDENT HEALTH
Critics' Choice anti-tobacco competition
Quit TasmaniaQuit's Critics' Choice anti-tobacco competition CONCLUDES ON TUESDAY 30 SEPTEMBER 2014.

STUDENT HEALTH
OxyGen
OxyGen.org.au
Entertaining and interesting anti-smoking materials for students.

ONLINE GAMES
ABCya.com
abcya.com
Huge number of online literacy, numeracy and other educational games and activities for primary school students, grouped by grade.

ONLINE GAMES
Learn4Good
LEarn4Good.com
Lists of online educational and other games, categorised by topic or skill.

COMPUTER SKILLS
5 Technology Skills for Children to Take Up
From makeuseof.com
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.

WINDOWS
15 Useful Windows Commands
From makeuseof.com
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 (Preview)The 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
- IMPORTANT DEVELOPMENTS such as BYOD, cloud computing, learning analytics, the Internet of Things and wearable technology.
Bullet Horizon Report Preview [pdf]
Bullet Horizon Report [pdf]
Bullet Horizon Report website

CURRICULUM
Curriculum & Leadership 19 Sep 2014
Curriculum & Leadership Journal
The latest curriculum and teaching information for Australian educators. For news updates follow CL on Twitter.

SPORT
Commonwealth Games Glasgow 2014
Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014Official website: Glasgow 2014

For classroom activities, see:

Bullet Commonwealth Games 2014 (Activity Village)
Bullet Commonwealth Games Activity Booklets (Studyladder Resources)
Bullet Commonwealth Games Teaching Resources Glasgow 2014 (Primary Treasure Chest)
Bullet Commonwealth Class (British Council)
Bullet Commonwealth Games 2014 (Pinterest)
Bullet Messy Church - Commonwealth Games (Pinterest)
Bullet Commonwealth Games (Pinterest)
Bullet Commonwealth Games (Pinterest)

GEOGRAPHY
Tasmanian Geographic
Tasmanian GeographicFree online magazine featuring contributors' photographs and articles about Tasmania's natural environment and geography.

SEARCH ENGINES
Quixey
Quixey
"The search engine for apps." Easily find apps for a special purpose by selection of platform (Android/iPhone/iPad etc) and by cost (free/paid).

TASMANIAN HISTORY
Historical Tasmanian Films
Historical Tasmanian Films  Tasmanian tigerOver 50 short films about Tasmania dating from the 1930s to the 1980s, now on YouTube. Presented by LINC Tasmania.

EDUCATIONAL TOOLS
The Epic BYOD Toolchest
The Epic BYOD Toolchest"51 tools you can use now." A list of apps suitable for a wide range of uses in school, Of special value for schools with a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policy.

WORLD HISTORY
British Pathé
British PathéOver 80,000 videos of 20th century history on film, presented on YouTube.

SOCCER
FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014FIFA WORLD CUP 2014 TEACHING RESOURCES
Classroom resources whose theme is the 2014 FIFA World Cup being held in Brazil:
Bullet
Football Teaching Ideas (teachingideas.co.uk)
A list of printable resources
Bullet
World Cup for Kids (activityvillage.co.uk)
Printable resources
Bullet
IPC World Cup 2014 Resources (greatlearning.com)
Many units to download and print.

STUDENT SUPPORT
Tasmanian Bushfire Recovery
Tasmanian Bushfire RecoveryThe Tasmanian Bushfire Recovery download page includes these documents which contain advice on assisting young people:
Bullet Trauma and young children [pdf]
Bullet Trauma and teenagers [pdf]

LITERACY
Tips for reading teachers
The Conversation
Titled 'The seven messages of highly effective reading teachers' this article from The Conversation, dated 1 May 2014, identifies the key practices of successful teachers of reading.


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