Teach media literacy in schools
Conversation (opinion), 14 Apr 2021
Four out of five
people say schools should be teaching media literacy to their
students, a survey shows.
Attach ADHD label with extreme care
Conversation (opinion by Luise Kazda), 13 Apr 2021
Classifying borderline ADHD
cases as confirmed cases can do more harm than good,
particularly in the case of students who are among the youngest
in their class, a researcher says.
Recognise sexual bullying
Conversation (opinion by Barbara Spears), 12 Apr 2021
Sexual bullying, particularly among girls, has often
been overlooked in the past. It needs to be specifically
identified and acted upon, a researcher says.
Damaging winds on way
website, 13 Apr 2021
Winds gusting to in excess of 100 km/h across
Tasmania, apart from areas of the central north and north-west
are expected to commence tonight (Tuesday) and continue tomorrow.
Duke of Edinburgh dies
News, 9 Apr 2021
Prince Philip, the Duke of
Edinburgh, has died at the age of 99.
Teach use of auto writing tools
Conversation (opinion), 9 Apr 2021
Artificial intelligence writing
tools have a bad name for enabling students to cheat when they
should be composing their own essays, but an academic says there
are other purposes schools should teach students how to use them
School closure traffic light system mooted
Conversation (opinion), 31 Mar 2021
To reduce the number of
coronavirus-prompted snap school closures, a traffic light
warning system should implemented, five experts suggest.
EQUALITY OF OPPORTUNITY
Good schooling can overcome neighbourhood disadvantage
Conversation (opinion by Divyangana Rakesh and Sarah Whittle), 29 Mar 2021
Disadvantaged neighbourhoods can adversely
affect children's cognitive function and mental health, two
Federal Cabinet renewed
News, 29 Mar 2021
Prime Minister Scott Morrison
has announced a new Cabinet and a new set of Ministers, with an
increase in the number of women Ministers in Cabinet.
Early election for Tasmania confirmed
News, 26 Mar 2021
The Premier, Peter
Gutwein, has announced that Tasmania will have a state election
on 1 May 2021.
MOBILE PHONES POLICY
Phone bans work
Conversation (opinion by Louis Philippe Beland), 22 Mar 2021
shows that banning mobile phones in schools certainly can
improve academic performance, an academic says.
New kindy for Lilydale
Govt media release, 15 Mar 2021
Lilydale District School now has
a new kindergarten costing $1.4 million, education minister
Jeremy Rockliff has announced.
Surprise, surprise. Landslide win in WA election
News, 14 Mar 2021
Premier Mark McGowan has led Labor to a stunning
victory in the WA state election.
New literacy target for Tassie kids
Govt media release, 12 Mar 2021
By 2030, no Tasmanian Year 7
child will have a reading standard below the national minimum
expected standard, education Minister Jeremy Rockliff has
Statement on new literacy targetd
Vic premier Daniel Andrews in intensive care
News, 9 Mar 2021
Victoria's premier, Daniel
Andrews, is in intensive care with broken ribs and damaged
vertebrae following a fall at his home this morning.
Consultation over South Hobart Primary begins
Govt media release, 1 Mar 2021
A four-week community
consultation has begun over future plans for South Hobart
Primary in light of the growing number of student enrolments at
Moonah kinder opened
Govt media release, 25 Feb 2021
A new $1.4 million kindergarten
has been opened at Moonah Primary School by the Minister for
Education and Training, Jeremy Rockliff.
More on consent, please
Conversation (opinion by Jacqueline Hendriks), 23 Feb 2021
A student petition urges
schools to provide them with more help on the concept of consent
in personal relationships.
Mexican program gets it right, The Conversation (opinion by
Shelly Makleff), 10 Mar 2021
Risky topics backlash fear, The Conversation
(opinion by Sharon O'Mara and Kirsty Duncanson), 2 Apr 2021
Facebook blocks news sites
News, 18 Feb 2021
Facebook has blocked Australian news Facebook sites
plus a number of others such as the Bureau of Meteorology
Facebook site in an escalation of its dispute with the
Australian government and major news organisations.
News, 12 Feb 2021
Victoria will undergo a statewide
five-day lockdown commencing at 11.59pm tonight as a result of
the outbreak of the fast-spreading UK strain of the coronavirus
at the Holiday Inn.
UPDATE 12 Feb 2021:
Tasmania's premier Peter Gutwein has announced a
closure of Tasmania's border with Victoria
(Tas Govt media release).
MOBILE PHONE POLICY
Phone ban working
News, 5 Feb 2021
Last year's policy of banning
mobile phone use by students in schools has been successful, it
Flash floods to hit North
website, 4 Feb 2021
Heavy rainfall and
flash flooding are expected to hit the northern half of
Tasmania on Friday afternoon.
Govt media release, 3 Feb 2021
In welcoming students back for a
new year of learning, the Minister for Education and Training,
Jeremy Rockliff, has outlined the government's new education policies to be
implemented in 2021.
Tas spends most for worst
TasLabor media release, 2 Feb 2021
Tasmania spends the most
per student but retention and attainment rates remain below
average, Opposition education spokesperson Josh Willie says.
New Labor Shadow Cabinet
TasLabor media release, 1 Feb 2021
Opposition leader Rebecca White
has announced Labor's new Shadow Cabinet.
education-related spokespersons are:
- Josh Willie
for education and early years, and youth affairs
Sarah Lovell for child safety
O'Byrne (Deputy Leader) for TAFE, university and skills
Jobs preparation promise
TasLabor media release, 31 Jan 2021
Labor's Jobs Plan
Working for Tasmanians includes career programs in
schools and colleges, Opposition education spokesperson Josh
Perth lockdown includes schools
News, 31 Jan 2021
The WA premier has announced that Perth and nearby
regions will undergo a five-day lockdown due to a hotel
quarantine worker having tested positive for the coronavirus.
Anti-Semitism still a relevant issue
Conversation (opinion by Jan Lanicek), 28 Jan 2021
More stories of the Holocaust are needed to
assist in teaching about genocide and other human rights issues,
a researcher says.
More democracy education, academics demand
Conversation (opinion), 21 Jan 2021
Young Australians are
inadequately prepared to participate as citizens in a democracy,
three academics say.
Conversation (opinion by Mark Pearson), 18 Jan 2021
Basic journalism skills can
help ordinary citizens avoid promoting alternative facts.
Oldest animal cave painting found
Conversation (opinion), 14 Jan 2021
A painting of a pig in an Indonesian cave is
believed to be 45,500 years old.
Tas quarantine of 14 days for Sydney people
Govt media release, 19 Dec 2020
Travellers 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).
YACHT RACE FUTURE IN QUESTION: The new restriction will
need to be considered by Sydney-Hobart Yacht Race organisers.
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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.
UPDATE 23 Dec 2020:
PW1 clinic closed.
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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
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7 Oct 2019)
TASMANIAN ABORIGINAL HISTORY
How early Tasmanian Aboriginals influenced the landscape
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 action for individuals
What can people do in their daily
lives to help counter climate change?
(From Nick Golledge, The Conversation,
2 Oct 2019)
10 ways to get the most out of silent reading
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)
How was maths discovered?
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)
How to spot a fake review
Online reviews of hotel accommodation and other services and
products are sometimes rigged. Find out how to identify a genuine
And try the simple five-question online test to see
whether you are as good as you think you are at spotting fake
(From Adrian R. Camilleri, The Conversation,
12 Aug 2019)
See computer-generated still and 360-degree panoramic images of
Hobart Town in the 1820s.
Town YouTube teaser
WEATHER AND CLIMATE
What is a cold front?
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
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..
Everyone's Game Classroom Resource Teacher Notes
Quizzes, videos and classroom material
STUDENT HEALTH AND SAFETY
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.
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.
Scroll down for the beaches near your location.
Click on beach thumbnail or name for patrol, weather and
For more, including a search box for other beaches, click
Surf Life Saving Tasmania
Surf Life Saving Tasmania services include the
provision of water safety advice and lifeguards for school
Beach safety top tips
TMAG dinosaur exhibition
Fri 7 Dec
2018 - Sun 5 May 2019
The Dinosaur rEvolution (not a
typo) exhibition at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery uses
animatronics and 3D models.
There are entry fees.
See also the
school bookings page.
Hobart's coastal defences
Several gun batteries were built on the shores
of Hobart's River Derwent in the nineteenth century.
TASMANIAN ABORIGINAL CULTURE
Outstanding quality short videos and other teaching
materials to give students of all ages an appreciation of Tasmanian
See also the DoE's
The Orb web page
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