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ARCHAEOLOGY
Oldest animal cave painting found
The Conversation (opinion), 14 Jan 2021 2020
Pig cave painting (Image: Griffith University, The Conversation)
A painting of a pig in an Indonesian cave is believed to be 45,500 years old

 

CORONAVIRUS
Tas quarantine of 14 days for Sydney people
Tas Govt media release, 19 Dec 2020
TasmaniaTravellers to Tasmania from the Greater Sydney area will have to undergo 14 days of quarantine, premier Peter Gutwein said today
. Northern Beaches residents are not allowed to enter at all (unless they are returning Tasmanians).
Bullet YACHT RACE FUTURE IN QUESTION:
The new restriction will need to be considered by Sydney-Hobart Yacht Race organisers.
Bullet TESTING CLINIC:
The testing clinic at Princes Wharf 1 which was due to relocate to Melville Street will remain open until at least Tuesday next week. The new Melville Street clinic will still open on Monday, providing central Hobart with two clinics for the time being. New UPDATE 23 Dec 2020: PW1 clinic closed.
Bullet Sydney-Hobart Yacht Race updates page

 

CORONAVIRUS
Jump in COVID cases expected
ABC News, 18 Dec 2020
NSWThe number of coronavirus cases in the Northern Beaches area of NSW jumped to 17 overnight but announcement of a significant further rise is expected at 11.00am today.
Bullet Tas Govt message to Northern Beaches travellers (Tas Govt)

Bullet Northern Beaches Tas travel alert - travel passes cancelled in Tas (Tas Govt)
Bullet UPDATE: NSW outbreak grows to 28 cases (ABC News, 11.15am, 18 Dec 2020)
Bullet UPDATE: Northern Beaches cluster grows by 13  (ABC News, 19 Dec 2020)

 

STUDENT SUPPORT
Helping struggling students
The Conversation (opinion) , 17 Dec 2020
Students being assisted (Image: The Conversation, Shutterstock)
Five evidence-based ways teachers can help struggling students are presented by four Monash University academics.

 

US ELECTION
Biden presidency confirmed
ABC News, 15 Dec 2020
Joe Biden (Image: BBC, Getty)US electoral college voting has passed the threshold of 270 votes necessary for Joe Biden to be declared President.

 

TASMANIAN FAUNA
Tas devil on track to survive
The Conversation (opinion by Hamish McCallum and Austin H. Patton), 11 Dec 2020
TAsmanian devil (Image: The Conversation, Alecia Carter)
Genomic testing shows that the Tasmanian devil population now appears likely to survive the facial tumour disease, scientists say. However, reintroducing current captive devils could derail this projected successful recovery.

 

MOBILE PHONES IN SCHOOL
Little evidence for phone bans
The Conversation (opinion by Marilyn Campbell and Amanda Third), 10 Dec 2020
Selfie pair (Image: Daily Mail)Evidence that banning the use of mobile phones in schools improves student outcomes is lacking or misinterpreted, two academics say.

 

CORONAVIRUS
Fourth COVID case
ABC News, 10 Dec 2020
CoronavirusA man who is part of the family of yesterday's three Tasmanian quarantine COVID cases has also tested positive for the virus.

 

CORONAVIRUS
Hobart CBD COVID testing clinic moves
Tas Govt media release, 9 Dec 2020
CoronavirusThe COVID testing clinic currently located at Princes Wharf in the Salamanca area of Hobart will be relocated to the old Webster car park near the corner of Argyle and Melville streets from Sunday 20 December 2020.

 

CORONAVIRUS
Three COVID cases in Tasmania
ABC News, 9 Dec 2020
CoronavirusA woman and two children under 10 have tested positive for the coronavirus while being held in quarantine at the Best Western Hotel in Hobart.

 

SCIENCE AND MATHS
Aussie kids improve in science and maths
The Conversation (opinion by Sue Thompson), 9 Dec 2020
ScienceThe performance of Australian children in maths and science has improved relative to the performance of students in other countries, a TIMMS (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study) survey shows.
 

FINANCIAL LITERACY
No more school banking in Vic
The Conversation (opinion by Catherine Attard), 4 Dec 2020
CBAVictoria will ban all school banking-related financial literacy schemes from 2021 such as the Commonwealth Bank's Dollarmites program.

 

SEXUAL ABUSE
Abuse inquiry portal online
Tas Govt media release, 2 Dec 2020
JusticeA special portal will facilitate the lodging of submissions for the Tasmanian government's 2021 Commission of Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, which is investigating responses to allegations of abuse within Tasmanian government agencies.
The portal can also be used for submissions to existing inquiries.

Bullet Commission of Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (website), Department of Justice, Tas Govt
Bullet Statement by Premier, 23 Nov 2020

 

TAFE
New CEO for TasTAFE named
Tas Govt media release, 2 Dec 2020
TasTAFEGrant Dehar from Victoria has been appointed as the new CEO of TasTAFE, education minister Jeremy Rockliff announced today.

 

JUSTICE
Teddy Sheean gets his just award
ABC News, 1 Dec 2020
Teddy Sheean
World War 2 seaman Teddy Sheean today posthumously was the first member of the Navy to receive the Victoria Cross.

Bullet Justice for Teddy Sheean at last, Guy Barnett, Minister for Veterans' Affairs, 30 Nov 2020

 

WEATHER ALERT
Damaging winds on way
BoM website, 1 Dec 2020
WindWinds gusting to around 100 km/h across Tasmania, apart from the central north, are expected today (Tuesday) and tomorrow.
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EARLY CHILDHOOD
Concept designs completed
Tas Govt media release, 30 Nov 2020
Early learning
Concept designs for the new Child and Family Centres at the Sorell and East Tamar schools are now ready, education minister Jeremy Rockliff says.

 

LITERACY
Phonics check now statewide
Tas Govt media release, 26 Nov 2020
Literacy
The Year One Phonics Check will be made available online to all Tasmanian government primary and district schools.

 

TASMANIAN SCHOOLS
$4.9m over three years for early learners
Tas Govt media release, 24 Nov 2020
Early learning
A boost in funding for government school students in the early years will be provided from next year, education minister Jeremy Rockliff says.

 

TASMANIAN SCHOOLS
New Town High and Ogilvie to be co-ed from 2022
Tas Govt media release, 24 Nov 2020
Southern Tasmania
Ogilvie High School and New Town High School, Tasmania's only government single-sex schools, will be co-educational from 2022, education minister Jeremy Rockliff announced at an Estimates hearing this morning.

 

TASMANIAN SCHOOLS
Cosgrove shifts to Claremont College site
Cosgrove High School Facebook, 23 Nov 2020
Southern Tasmania
Cosgrove High School students will resume face-to-face lessons on Thursday this week, but at the Claremont College site and for at least the next two weeks.
Details are provided in a letter sent to parents  [pdf] today.
Bullet Letter to parents [pdf], Cosgrove High School, 23 Nov 2020

 

TASMANIAN SCHOOLS
Teens held over Cosgrove High fire
The Mercury, 23 Nov 2020
Southern Tasmania
A girl aged 17 years and a boy aged 15 have been charged with arson following the fire at Cosgrove High School.
Bullet School closure to continue:
Cosgrove High School will be closed to students on Tuesday and Wednesday. Plans for Thursday onwards will be announced later today (CHS Facebook page, 23 Nov 2020)

 

TASMANIAN SCHOOLS
Cosgrove High closed to students on Monday
The Mercury, 22 Nov 2020
Southern Tasmania
Students have been told not to attend Cosgrove High School on Monday, to allow investigations and safety operations to continue following a fire on Saturday night.
Bullet See also Cosgrove High School Facebook page: "To ensure safety of students and staff, Cosgrove High School will be closed tomorrow - Monday 23/11/20"

 

COROAVIRUS
Only one new case in SA
ABC News, 22 Nov 2020
South AustraliaSouth Australia has recorded one new case of coronavirus, an overseas traveller already in quarantine.
Twenty-one staff and contacts related to the Woodville pizza shop have been placed into quarantine.

 

CORONAVIRUS
SA pizza worker lied
ABC News, 20 Nov 2020
South AustraliaSA's strict lockdown will be lifted to allow family groups to exercise and from midnight Saturday night for a range of business and community activities to recommence.
Bullet FALSE BASIS FOR DECISION: It has been revealed that a person now known to be a second pizza shop worker had lied in claiming he had been a customer. That false information suggested the risk of spread was greater and helped form the trigger that sent the state into lockdown.
Bullet CASES UPDATE: Three new cases have been identified in the last 24 hours, both of them in quarantine. The number of cases linked to the Parafield cluster is now 25.

 

BUDGET RESPONSE
Greens Budget alternative
TasGreens website, 19 Nov 2020
Cassy O'ConnorThe Tasmanian Greens' Alternative Budget features a guaranteed quality for Tasmanian schools, tutoring for students below national standards and extra teachers and support staff, Greens leader Cassy O'Connnor says.
Bullet Greens Alternative Budget 2020-21

 

 

 

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Schools, children and COVID-19
What we know about children and COVID, outbreaks in schools and what to do.

 

TASMANIAN HISTORY
Beatties Studio photos
GPO Hobart (Image:beattiesstudio.com)
Thousands of Beatties Studio photos of early Tasmania are being placed online.

 

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CORONAVIRUS

CORONAVIRUS
COVID-safe socialising for Tasmanians
Tas Govt media release, 6 Nov 2020

 

Events Framework
"A Framework for COVID-19 Safe Activities and Events in Tasmania"

FACE MASKS
Which mask should I wear?
Surgical mask, cloth mask or bandana? (The Conversation, 10 Jul 2020).

FACE MASKS
Which way round?
Don't wear your face mask inside out. (smartairfilters.com ).

FACE MASKS
How to make a cloth face mask
Face mask (Image: The Conversation,Shovon Bhattacharjee)
Instructions on how to make a face mask, and related issues (The Conversation,  7 Jul 2020)

CORONAVIRUS
ABCABC Coronavirus Story Streams

 

Bullet Tas Govt Coronavirus site
- Media releases
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Bullet Coronavirus information (Tas DHHS)
Bullet Coronavirus (COVID-19) (Aust Govt Dept of Health)

State of Emergency extended (Tas Govt media release, 9 Jul 2020)

Extra Tas border restrictions (Tas Govt media release, 8 Jul 2020)

Roadmap to Recovery (Tas)

COVIDSafe app
Read about the COVIDSafe app and download it free from the Apple or Google app store.

North west outbreak report [pdf]
(Tas Govt website, 30 Apr 2020)

ONLINE GAME
Social Distance Dash
Social Distance Dash
In this free online coronavirus safety game for kids, the aim is to deliver a roll of toilet paper to your grandmother while keeping 1.5 metres away from others and collecting as much hand sanitiser as you can. Page shows a video demo at the top. Scroll down for computer or mobile version.

CORONAVIRUS
Dramatic handwashing demo
Soap experiment (metro.co.uk)
A simple experiment using black pepper and water hammers home to students the powerful effect soap has when they use it to wash their hands. (From metro.co.uk)

Bullet ABC Education: Online learning resources

Bullet ABC Coronavirus news stories pages

Bullet COVID-19 Cyber security tips for when working from home

Bullet The Conversation's COVID-19 articles

Bullet Google's COVID-19 resource

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ANIMAL WELFARE
Horse racing animal welfare puzzles

Melbourne Cup logo - ausclassroom.com

Melbourne Cup activities?
New crossword and word find puzzles with a horse racing animal welfare theme are available on ausclassroom.com.



MEMORY AND LEARNING
Learning tips for revising students
Brain (Image: clipartmag.com)
(From Amina Youssef-Shalala, The Conversation, 7 Oct 2019)

TASMANIAN ABORIGINAL HISTORY
How early Tasmanian Aboriginals influenced the landscape
Tas Aboriginals (from a painting by Joseph Lycett)
Archaeological research suggests that the nature of land and whether it was close to the coast was more important to Tasmanian Aboriginals than vegetation type.
(From The Conversation, 4 Oct 2019)



CLIMATE CHANGE
Climate change action for individuals
Iceberg (Image: The Conversation, Staehli, Shutterstock)
What can people do in their daily lives to help counter climate change?
(From Nick Golledge, The Conversation, 2 Oct 2019)


LITERACY
10 ways to get the most out of silent reading
Silent reading (The Conversation, Shutterstock)
Silent sustained reading for pleasure needs to be encouraged but it is declining in some schools.
(From Margaret Kristin Merga, The Conversation, 23 Sep 2019)


MATHEMATICS
How was maths discovered?
Maths history (Image: The Comversation, Shutterstock)
A simplified response to questions asking how maths was discovered and who made up the rules of mathematics.
(From Linda Galligan, The Conversation, 22 Aug 2019)

INTERNET LITERACY
How to spot a fake review
Fake reviews (Image: The Conversation, Shutterstock)
Online reviews of hotel accommodation and other services and products are sometimes rigged. Find out how to identify a genuine review.
Bullet And try the simple five-question online test to see whether you are as good as you think you are at spotting fake reviews.
(From Adrian R. Camilleri, The Conversation, 12 Aug 2019)

TASMANIAN HISTORY
Virtual Hobart Town
Virtual Hobart Town
See computer-generated still and 360-degree panoramic images of Hobart Town in the 1820s.
Bullet Virtual Hobart Town YouTube teaser

WEATHER AND CLIMATE
What is a cold front?
Cold front (Image: ABC)
Find out what a cold front is and how it can adversely affect our weather, particularly here in Tasmania. Bonus: information about warm fronts. From ABC Weather.

SOCCER IN THE CLASSROOM
Everyone's Game
Everyone's Game (SBS)
SBS teaching resource for Years 5-8 prepared to coincide with the Matildas, Australia's women's soccer team, participating in the FIFA Women's World Cup..
Bullet Everyone's Game Classroom Resource Teacher Notes [pdf]
Bullet Quizzes, videos and classroom material

STUDENT HEALTH AND SAFETY
Concussion in Sport Australia
Concussion in Sport Australia
Information and resources on the dangers of concussion in sport, from the Australian Sports Commission. See especially the Parents and Teachers section.

WATER SAFETY
Beachsafe
Beachsafe
The BeachSafe website, run by Surf Life Saving Australia, provides patrolling details and current water and weather conditions for just about every beach in Australia.
Bullet Scroll down for the beaches near your location.
Bullet Click on beach thumbnail or name for patrol, weather and water details.
Bullet For more, including a search box for other beaches, click Explore

WATER SAFETY
Surf Life Saving Tasmania
Surf Life Saving Tasmania
Surf Life Saving Tasmania services include the provision of water safety advice and lifeguards for school water-related events.
Bullet Beach safety top tips
Bullet Book a lifeguard


DINOSAURS
TMAG dinosaur exhibition
Fri 7 Dec 2018 - Sun 5 May 2019
Dinosaur rEvolution
The Dinosaur rEvolution (not a typo) exhibition at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery uses animatronics and 3D models.
Bullet There are entry fees.
Bullet
See also the school bookings page.

TASMANIAN HISTORY
Hobart's coastal defences
Gun battery, noat now Princes Park (Image: State Archives Office of Tas)
Several gun batteries were built on the shores of Hobart's River Derwent in the nineteenth century.

TASMANIAN ABORIGINAL CULTURE
The Orb
The OrbOutstanding quality short videos and other teaching materials to give students of all ages an appreciation of Tasmanian Aboriginal culture.
Bullet See also the DoE's The Orb web page





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