Education key to lifting incomes
The Examiner, 24
Economist Saul Eslake told an education forum in
Burnie that the incomes of Tasmanians would be raised if they stayed
at school longer..
Education forum video clips, The Advocate, 24 Apr 2015
Schools hold Anzac ceremonies
The Examiner, 24
Schools have recognised
the Anzac centenary and this year's Anzac Day by holding a variety
of special ceremonies ..
Reading Challenge looms
Tas Govt media release, 23
The 2015 Premier's Reading
Challenge begins on Tuesday 9 June..
Reading Challenge website
REPLACEMENT OF TQA
Fear for TQA's TCE
ABC News, 18
UTAS academics have called for a public inquiry over concerns the
replacement of the Tasmanian Qualifications Authority with a
bureaucrat. will lead to a lowering of standards in awarding the
Tasmanian Certificate of Education..
THE EDUCATION ACT
Submissions made public
Tas Govt media release, 17
Submissions made to the
government's review of the Tasmanian Education Act have been placed
online, education minister Jeremy Rockliff announced today...
Review of the Tasmanian
Education Act: SUBMISSIONS
Review of the
Tasmanian Education Act website
Commissioner for Children
urges alternatives for school suspensions, The Mercury, 18 Apr 2015
Anzac exhibition open at TMAG
Tas Govt media release, 17
The Suspense is Awful: Tasmania and the Great War,
a free exhibition to mark the Centenary of Anzac, is now open at the
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. (Note that TMAG is closed on
Suspense is Awful website
Diplomas for school admin staff
Tas Govt media release, 16
School business managers are to have the
opportunity to earn a Diploma of Business Administration which could
eventually lead to a Bachelor of Business Administration
qualification, education minister Jeremy Rockliff announced today...
Avoiding career gender-stereotyping
The Conversation (opinion),
Countering the formation
of gender-based career aims in young people needs to begin when
children are very young, argues a PhD student...
AND LEAVING AGES
Raise leaving age, says uni
The Examiner, 14
A submission from UTAS's Education
Faculty argues the school leaving age should be raised to 18 years
and the starting age of prep should be raised to four-and-a-half years...
New teacher intern system for Tas
Tas Govt media release, 14
The Minister for Education
and Training, Jeremy Rockliff, has announced an alternative final
year teacher education program in which student teachers spend their
final year in government schools...
Focus on teacher support, not My School
Student outcomes will be improved by providing teachers with better
ways to know about their students' learning rather than by believing
in the My School website's ability to create effective competition
between schools, two Grattan Institute researchers say...
Richie Benaud dies
ABC News, 10
Cricket commentator and
former Australian cricket team captain Richie Benaud has died aged
Teach explicitly more
(opinion by Greg Ashman), 9
Teachers need to consider using more explicit teaching and rely less
on inquiry learning, a PhD candidate argues ...
MOFO's Hothouse to focus on Tas education
The Mercury, 8
MOFO's Hothouse Project will promote discussion
of ideas to improve the educational outcomes of Tasmania's students...
MOFO Hothouse Project website
Concern over Bill's threat to human rights
The Examiner, 8
legislation to allow schools to discriminate between students on
religious grounds has been criticised by the Anti-Discrimination
Commissioner, Robin Banks...
Bill should be withdrawn, Nick McKim, Greens education
spokesperson, 8 Apr 2015
Tas education system needs to change
The Examiner, 7
Economist Saul Eslake says the number of
relatively small government schools in Tasmania needs to be reduced...
Missing boy found
ABC News, 7
The 11-year-old boy
with autism missing for five days in Central Victoria has been found
Call for disabilities inquiry
ABC News, 5
Federal Opposition leader Bill Shorten has called for a
national inquiry into the education of children with a disability
following the caging of a Canberra student with autism...
Turn clocks back tonight
Clocks should be turned back one hour before you go to bed tonight,
ready for the daylight saving changeover at 3.00am on Sunday morning
when the time reverts to 2.00am EST...
Cloud to hide eclipse of moon?
The current odds are that tonight's
lunar eclipse will be eclipsed by local clouds, but anyway here are
- 9.16pm: partial eclipse commences
10.58pm-11.03pm: total eclipse
- 12.45am Sun: partial eclipse
TO YEARS 11 AND 12
Six more extended schools
Tas Govt media release, 2
Jeremy Rockliff has announced that the following schools will
receive funding to support the extension of their classes to Years
11 and 12:
- Campbell Town District High School
Heights District School
- New Norfolk and Glenora District High
Schools (in partnership
- Rosebery District High School
Tasman District High School
- Cressy District High School (from
The Mercury, 1 Apr 2015
Even The Mercury joined in
today's April Fools' Day fun, running a story (on page 3) about the
moss being cleaned off rocks on Mt Wellington to "bring out the
natural beauty" of the rocks...
Others worth mentioning:
Zombie Outbreak Response Unit formed by Tasmania Police (Tas Police
North West potato farmer developing
world's first square potatoes (The Advocate)
Labor to launch
onion-a-day health policy (Bill Shorten's Facebook page)
A children's internet safety
promoter announced that NSW premier Mike Baird would be
selling off the state's playgrounds because "Kids don't play in playgrounds
any more" (From list in The Examiner)
Perhaps the best one was the ABC
Country Hour's story about
cows equipped with wi-fi facilities (ABC web page: the story is the last one
on the audio)
But the prize for (possibly) being
really mischievous goes to the Independent Education Union for
choosing April Fools' Day to announce that their long-running
dispute with the Catholic Education Office was (actually)
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The Suspense is Awful
Website of a TMAG
exhibition displaying Tasmanian World War 1 memorabilia and
information. See especially:
Teachers Guide [pdf] to download
The Islanders: 28 Bass
strait Aboriginal men who enlisted to fight in WW1 (see also
Crowther War Diaries (LINC site)
Guide to Tasmania's
arts places and activities.
NASA 3D View
being on the NASA launchpad and interact with devices to be used in
a journey to Mars with this free app for the tablet and smartphone.
NASA websites for educators A-Z
NASA educational publications A-Z
Curriculum & Leadership 10 Apr 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
More new and useful sites in the