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WEATHER ALERT
Hail, thunder and damaging winds coming
BoM website, 2 Jan 2023
Large hailstones, heavy rainfall, severe thunderstoms and damaging winds are forecast for parts of south-east Tasmania before and after 4.00pm today (Monday 2 Jan 2023)..
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ASSESSMENT AND ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
Does AI threaten assessment?
The Conversation (opinion) by Vitomir Kovanovic, 18 Dec 202
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OpenAIArtificial intelligence chatbots such as OpenAI's ChatGPT provide answers of such quality that traditional assessment and examination procedures may need to be modified.

 

TASMANIAN STUDENTS
Top ATAR students named
Tas Govt media release, 14 Dec 2022
TASCA list of the Tasmanian students with the highest Tertiary Entrance Scores has been released by education minister Roger Jaensch.

 

TASMANIAN SCHOOLS AND RENEWABLE ENERGY
More solar schools named
Tas Govt media release, 13 Dec 2022
Solar panels (Image: Wikipedia)
A Seventeen more Tasmanian government schools are to receive solar power installations, education minister Roger Jaensch has announced.

 

TASMANIAN SCHOOLS
Remembering the Hillcrest tragedy
Tas Govt media release, 7 Dec 2022
Jeremy RockliffA ceremony to remember the six students who died and the three who were seriously injured in last year's Hillcrest Primary School jumping castle tragedy will be held in Devonport on Thursday 15 December 2022, the Premier, Jeremy Rockliff, has announced.

 

INTEREST RATES
Interest rate up yet another 0.25%

ABC News, 6 Dec 2022
Per cent sign
The Reserve Bank has raised the cash rate from 2.85 per cent to 3.1 per cent, a rise of 0.25 per cent

 

STUDENT PRIVACY
Should schools use biometrics?
The Conversation (opinion), 30 Nov 202
2
Fingerprint (Image: freepikcom, rawpixel.com)The use of fingerprint technology in a Sydney high school has sparked a discussion of the use of student biometrics and student data protection.
Bullet Data of 820,000 NY students breached, K-12Dive, 31 Mar 2022

 

TEACHING PROFESSION
Teachers recognised
Tas Govt media release, 28 Nov 202
2
TeachersSeven Tasmanian teachers have been certified under the Highly Accomplished and Lead Teachers(HALT) initiative, education minister Roger Jaensch has announced.

 

BULLYING
Bullying advice for parents
The Conversation (opinion by Mandy Shean), 23 Nov 202
2
FightingBullying can occur at school for behavioural and systemic reasons but there is action parents can take, an academic says.

 

STUDENT SUPPORT AND LEARNING
Personalised learning on the way?
The Conversation (opinion by Maya Gunawardena), 22 Nov 202
2
Personalised learning (Image: The Conversation)Customising a learning program for individual students would appear to suit students who are self-motivated and it would facilitate culturally responsive teaching, an academic says.

 

LITERACY AND INFORMATION SKILLS
Free ebook access for students
Tas Govt media release, 16 Nov 202
2
Sora
Tasmanian government school students now have free access to ebook platform Sora, education minister Roger Jaensch has announced.
Bullet Sora: The student reading app, State LIbrary website

 

STUDENT HEALTH AND WELLBEING
Relationships good
Tas Govt media release, 11 Nov 202
2
Stduent wellbeing surveyAs many as 94 per cent of Tasmanian students felt they had good relationships and support from their teachers, the 2022 Annual Student Wellbeing Survey shows.
Bullet Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy delivering positive results, Jeremy Rockliff, Premier, 22 Nov 2022

 

ANZAC COMMEMORATIONS
Frank MacDonald winners announced
Tas Govt media release, 5 Nov 202
2
Guy BarnettThe Tasmanian Minister for Veterans Affairs, Guy Barnett, has announced the winners of the Frank MacDonald Memorial Prize, a student essay competition which promotes the Anzac spirit.

 

TASMANIAN SCHOOLS
Early school closure Wed.
DECYP Alerts page, 3 Nov 202
2
Industrial action signAlmost all Tasmanian government schools will close from 12.15pm on Wednesday next week (9 November) to allow for stop-work meetings to be held.
Bullet Year 11 and 12 exams to go ahead, Roger Jaensch, Minister for Education, Children and Youth, 4 Nov 2022

 

WORLD NEWS
Imran Khan shot
ABC News, 3 Nov 202
2
Imran Khan (Image: Wikipedia)Former Pakistan Prime Minister and cricket star Imran Khan has been shot in the leg in an assassination attempt.

 

SCHOOL ATTENDANCE
Improving attendance
The Conversation (opinion by Jess Whitley and Beth Saggers), 1 Nov 202
2
DesksFour suggestions would help schools address the complex problem of non-attendance, two academics say.

 

STUDENT HEALTH AND NUTRITION
Lunch schools named
Tas Govt media release, 2 Nov 202
2
FruitAn additional 15 schools will join the School Lunch Pilot Program which is part of the state government's School Food Matters program.

 

INTEREST RATES
Interest rate rise 0.25% again
ABC News, 1 Nov 202
2
Per cent signThe Reserve Bank has raised the cash rate from 2.6 per cent to 2.85 per cent, the seventh rise in a row, The increase of 0.25 per cent is the same size as last month's rise.

 

WEATHER ALERT
Damaging winds coming
BoM website, 31 Oct 2022

Damaging winds gusting to 100km/h and even as much as 110km/h in the south east are forecast for Monday. Severe thunderstorms are also possiblew.
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TASMANIAN SCHOOLS
Bothwell tender on horizon
Tas Govt media release, 29 Oct 2022

Southern TasmaniaA request for tender has been issued for a $2 million agricultural learning facility at Bothwell District School, education minister Roger Jaensch has announced.

 

UK POLITICS
Rishi Sunak to be next UK PM
BBC News, 25 Oct 2022

Rishi Sunak (Image: BBC)A recent Chanceller of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, will become the UK Conservative Party's new leader and therefore Britain's new Prime Minister.

 

TASMANIAN SCHOOLS
Fire at Bowen Road Primary
ABC News, 22 Oct 2022

Southern TasmaniaThe library, computer lab and two classrooms have been lost in a fire at Bowen Road Primary School.

 

TASMANIAN SCHOOLS
Brighton High tender released
Tas Govt media release, 22 Oct 2022

Southern TasmaniaThe tender for the new $50 million Brighton High School has been issued, education minister Roger Jaensch has announced.

 

UK POLITICS
PM Liz Truss resigns
ABC News, 20 Oct 2022

Liz TrussBritain's Prime Minister, Liz Truss, has resigned just 45 days into the job.

 

WEATHER ALERT
Flash floods, heavy rain and damaging winds coming
BoM website, 12 Oct 2022
Weather warning areas

Heavy rain and flash flooding in the north of the state are expected from tonight (Wednesday) with the addition of strong winds in the east and south coasts tomorrow.
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NEW ZEALAND
Streaming doomed
The Conversation (opinion), 7 Oct 202
2
New ZealandTeacher unions in New Zealand have voted to end streaming by 2030, noting that the practice is particularly harmful to minority racial groups.

 

 

 

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DECEMBER

 

Monkey Day:
Wed 14 Dec 2022

Term 4 ends (College teachers):
Thu 15 Dec 2022

Hillcrest Primary commemoration
Thu 15 Dec 2022

Int'l Migrants Day:
Sun 18 Dec 2022

Int'l Human Solidarity Day:
Tue 20 Dec 2022

Term 4 ends (K-10 students):
Wed 21 Dec 2022

Term 4 ends (K-10 teachers):
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Summer Solstice: Thu 22 Dec 2022

Christmas Day:
Sun 25 Dec 2022

Boxing Day:
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Sydney-Hobart Yacht Race commences:
Mon 26 Dec 2022

Holiday for Christmas Day:
Tue 27 Dec 2022

 

 

 

 

 

DECEMBER SPECIAL PERIODS

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- Bowel Cancer Awareness Month

 

 

 

Taste of Summer (Hobart): Tue 27 Dec 2022 - Mon 2 Jan 2023

New Year's Eve: Sat 31 Dec 2022

New Year's Day: Sun 1 Jan 2023

King of the Derwent: Mon 2 Jan 2023

 

 

 

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eMagazines  (Zinio), eBooks, eAudio, eMusic
Information resources roundup
For Kids State Library's web page for young people
Tasmania's Heritage "Historical, archival and contemporary Tasmanian information, images and more"

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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)

Guidelines for Inclusive Language, DoE [pdf]

Tas Treasury Style Guide [pdf]
Style guide and logo policy (Tas Govt logo)

Tas Govt Communications Policy

Employment

DoE employment page
DoE employment application guidelines [pdf]
DoE employment register

Teachers Registration Board


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Children and Youth Affairs

Linkzone - information and services for young Tasmanians

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Superannuation reforms (15 Sep 2016)

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New & useful websites

 

INTERNET SAFETY
YouTube Kids
YouTube Kids
YouTube Kids is a new app designed for children and their parents to use.

 

Online news sources

Ed news (Aust): 
SMH   Age   ABC

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ABC Tas Election  ABCHob   ABC NTas  TTimes
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Tas tweets:
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WATER RESOURCES
Sharing Water
Sharing Water
Resources and information from TasWater for Tasmanian students and teachers.


ELECTIONS
AEC election resources for teachers
AEC
Student activity sheets, fact sheets and more from the Australian Electoral Commission.

 

DRIVING
Free TrafficTAS app
TrafficTAS app
A free app that will advise Tasmanian drivers and other road users of traffic flow problems has been released.

UKRAINE WAR & KIDS

Bullet Classroom discussion on the invasion of Ukraine
(From The Conversation, 7 Mar 2022)

Bullet How to talk to children about the invasion of Ukraine
(From The Conversation, 1 Mar 2022)

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The impact of the war on children and how to talk to them about it.
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From The Conversation, 25 Feb 2022)

Bullet How teachers can answer kids' questions on the war
Includes a list of resources. US site.
(From weareteachers.com)

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US site.
(From sdcoe.net)

Bullet Spotting fake viral Ukraine war footage
(From The Conversation, 26 Feb 2022)

CORONAVIRUS
How to RAT your kids
https://theconversation.com/go-low-go-slow-how-to-rapid-antigen-test-your-kid-for-covid-as-school-returns-175615
Guide for parents on how to perform a Rapid Antigen Test on their children.
(From The Conversation, 28 Jan 2022.)
Bullet How accurate is your RAT?
(From The Conversation, 27 Jan 2022)
Bullet 15 things not to do when using a RAT
(From The Conversation, 10 Feb 2022)

CORONAVIRUS
DoE's COVID info for Tas parents
Tas Govt logo

 

CORONAVIRUS
Protecting children from COVID-19
OzSAGE
Ensuring safe indoor air in schools is one of a number of recommendations in this detailed report [pdf] from OzSAGE on how schools can be made COVID-safe for students.

CORONAVIRUS
Have COVID? When to see your doctor
(From The Conversation, 9 Mar 2022) 

CORONAVIRUS
How to keep school students safe from COVID
Masked girl (Image: Shutterstock, The Conversation)
Tips on maintaining a school environment that keeps students as safe as possible from the coronavirus (from The Conversation, 2 Sep 2021).

CORONAVIRUS
Getting kids to wear a mask: tips
Masks and kids (Image: Shutterstiock, The Conversation)
Advice on how to encourage children to wear a face mask (from The Conversation, 25 Aug 2021).

 

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

 

 

CORONAVIRUS

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

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
- Dept of Health Facebook page
Bullet Coronavirus information (Tas DHHS)
Bullet Coronavirus (COVID-19) (Aust Govt Dept of Health)

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

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