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by Leanne Morgan at 11:09 AM
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The above 60 minutes story about the Khan Academy web page was aired on 11th March 2012 in the US. I've heard a lot about this web page. What do you think about it? Is it useful for Australian students?
by Leanne Morgan at 9:28 PM
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Why our history's losing its lustre
by Andrew Trounson
Source: The Australian
HISTORIANS like to joke that to attract students you have to put "sex or "death" into the course title. But languishing enrolments in Australian history may require more than tales of courtesans adrift on convict ships.
Lascivious content or not, many academics say the real problem for Australian history is underfunding and budget cuts.
La Trobe University's recent decision to cut its only mainstream 19th-20th century Australian history subject at its Melbourne campus sparked debate as to whether undergraduates had enough -- if any -- interest in their own history.

Read more: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/hig...osing-its-lustre/story-e6frgcko-1226291036958

  • Do you agree that the number of students studying history is declining?
  • If so, why do you think this is so?
by Leanne Morgan at 7:58 AM
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Speaking of useful apps, this one's a genuine life-changer
Kim Arlington
April 2, 2012
Great communicator ... Johnny Mavrothalassitis, 8, can now talk with his family thanks to an iPad application designed to help children with autism improve their speech.
John Mavrothalassitis used to communicate using pictures and one or two words. But over the past 18 months, the seven-year-old, who has autism, has started speaking in sentences with the help of an iPad application.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/smartphone-apps/speaking-of-useful-apps-this-ones-a-genuine-lifechanger-20120401-1w6n4.html#ixzz1qpQZefij
by Leanne Morgan at 12:50 PM
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Doing the sums - does a private education add up?
March 30, 2012
Are parents getting value for money at a private school, or would their children be just as happy, successful and well-rounded at the local government high school?

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/doing-the-sums--does-a-private-education-add-up-20120327-1vw9g.html#ixzz1qZ3suC8r
by Leanne Morgan at 11:31 AM
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The full video/transcript can be found here. An interesting story from 4 Corners on the 6th February, 2012 on the importance of effective teachers. Any thoughts?
by Leanne Morgan at 10:29 AM
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Too many tests give education system a fail mark
Bruce McDougall
The Daily Telegraph
March 30, 2012
SATURATION testing is seriously undermining the quality of primary school education and should be stopped immediately, parents and educators claimed yesterday.

Thousands of kids are subjected to trial exams every week in the lead up to the compulsory Naplan tests, as well as exams for opportunity classes or selective high schools, and coaching by private tutors.

Read more: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/ne...stem-a-fail-mark/story-e6freuzi-1226313938169
by Leanne Morgan at 9:59 AM
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NSW schools may lift social networking ban
Kim Arlington
March 29, 2012
THE ban on students accessing social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter at school could be relaxed as the NSW Education Department reviews its internet filtering policy.
Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/technology/te...working-ban-20120328-1vyu2.html#ixzz1qYI2K6If
by Leanne Morgan at 10:27 AM
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What do people think about the arguments being made by Dr. Pasi Sahlberg, education researcher and government official with the Finnish Ministry of Education in this piece from Lateline on February 28, 2012?
by Leanne Morgan at 2:30 PM
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Fears for disabled students as funding overhauled
Anna Patty
March 28, 2012
THE O'Farrell government has been accused of putting the budget bottom line ahead of the state's most vulnerable children.
Faced with a steep increase in the number of students with disabilities needing support in public schools, particularly those with autism and mental health problems, the government will fund only individual students with serious disorders.
They will continue to receive $6000 or more in individual funding while other students will be supported by an increase in general funding to the school.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/national/education/fears-for-disabled-students-as-funding-overhauled-20120327-1vwnr.html
by Leanne Morgan at 10:27 AM
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Benefits of Teacher Collaboration

There is a growing body of research into the benefits for both teachers and students of teacher collaboration. While there is plenty of evidence to suggest the value of weekly time set aside within the school timetable for teachers to plan together, the reality in many schools means that this rarely happens. An online forum of teachers can, in some ways, improve this situation.

For teachers:
  • Lower turnover rates among beginning teachers in schools with mentoring programs that emphasise collegial support
  • Greater personal satisfaction among teachers when they believe in their own efficacy, were involved in decision making and established strong collegial relationships
  • Moral support - strengthens resolve, permits vulnerabilities to be shared and aired
  • Increased efficiency - responsibilities are shared therefore collaboration reduces or removes duplication of similar tasks
  • Evidence to suggest that teacher collaboration improves instructional practices (pedagogy) and encourages the development of a greater diversity of teaching strategies
  • There is some...