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TASMANIAN POLITICS
White stands down
15 May 2021

Rebecca White
Rebecca White has announced she will not recontest the Labor leadership, endorsing David O'Byrne to fill the position.
 

 

TASMANIAN ELECTION
Brooks resigns
14 May 2021

Adam BrooksNewly-elected Braddon Liberal candidate Adam Brooks has said he will resign today. Fellow Liberal Felix Ellis is likely to be elected on a recount to replace him.

 

FEDERAL BUDGET
Budget reply
ABC News, 13 May 2021

Anthony AlbaneseThe Opposition leader, Anthony Albanese, has presented Labor's Budget Reply speech.

 

TASMANIAN ELECTION
Liberals win
12 May 2021

Peter GutweinPeter Gutwein's Liberal government has won a third term, achieving 13 seats in the 25-seat House of Assembly, with the slight chance of a fourteenth seat.

 

FEDERAL BUDGET
Budget latest
ABC News, 11 May 2021

Josh FrydenbergThe Treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, has delivered the 2021-22 Federal Budget.

 

RACISM EDUCATION
The pedagogies of discomfort
The Conversation (opinion by Niranjan Casinader), 10 May 2021

Racism - student (IMage: Shutterstock, The Conversation)In teaching students about racism, students need to experience certain levels of discomfort, an academic says.

 

STUDENT SUPPORT
Girls can have ADHD too
The Conversation (opinion by Rachael Murrihy), 7 May 2021

ADHD girl (Image: Shutterstock, The Conversation)
As ADHD symptoms can appear differently in girls they are often overlooked by teachers.

 

GEOGRAPHY
Uncertain borders common in history
The Conversation (opinion by Imogen Wegman), 6 May 2021

Belgium borders (Image: Shutterstock, The Conversation)
A Belgian farmer who unwittingly altered the Belgium-France border with his tractor has sparked a discussion of the variety of ways countries' border lines have been unclear in the past.

 

LANGUAGES OTHER THAN ENGLISH
Second languages foreign to Tassie students
The Conversation (opinion), 6 May 2021

Foreign languages (Image: Shutterstock, The Conversation)
Policy on studying a second language varies widely in Australia. Tasmanian students are not required to study a second language.

 

SPORT AND STUDENT SAFETY
Focus on sports brain injury in women
The Conversation (opinion by Shreya Mcleod and James F. Donnelly), 5 May 2021

Jacinda Barclay, concussion research
Brain injury such as the concussion suffered by sportspeople can affect women and men differently, two researchers say.
(The image is of Jacinda Barclay whose brain was donated for concussion research.)

 

ABORIGINAL SETTLEMENT
Many millions lived here long ago
The Conversation (opinion), 30 Apr 2021

Sahul (Image: The Conversation)
The ancient land mass consisting of New Guinea, the Australian mainland and Tasmania, which you probably were unaware was called Sahul, contained a much larger population than most people imagine, several researchers claim.

 

ABORIGINAL SETTLEMENT
Early Indigenous routes mapped
The Conversation (opinion), 30 Apr 2021

Anoriginal super-highways (The Conversation)
Researchers have mapped the routes believed to have been followed by Australia's earliest Indigenous people before the Tasmania and New Guinea land links were lost.

 

AUSTRALIAN CURRICULUM
Invasion allowed, tables delayed
The Conversation (opinion by Stewart Riddle), 30 Apr 2021
First Fleet (Image: Wikipedia)
Proposed changes to the Australian Curriculum unsurprisingly allow for the British settlement of Australia to be referred to as the "Invasion", but surprisingly postpone the introduction of times tables to Year 4.

 

 

TASMANIAN ELECTION
Liberals likely winner
2 May 2021

Peter GutweinThe Liberal government led by Peter Gutwein appears to have won the Tasmanian state election.
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TASMANIAN ELECTION
What are the education policies?
29 Apr 2021

TasmaniaHere are the three major parties' education policies for this Saturday's Tasmanian State election.

Bullet LIBERAL:
- Education and schools
- TAFE extra
- School lunches
Bullet LABOR:
- Education
Bullet GREENS:
- Ensuring quality public education


TASMANIAN ELECTION
Parties' election policies 
Tasmania
29 Apr 2021
These are the main election policy pages of the three major parties
:
- Greens
- Labor
- Liberal

 

NUMERACY
Make early maths more engaging
The Conversation (opinion by John Fischetti), 28 Apr 2021
NumeracySkills learnt in maths lessons have a lasting impact on students' lives, an academic says.
Tasmania is the only state where maths is compulsory at every year level.

 

SEX EDUCATION
No consent from Feds over videos
ABC News, 20 Apr 2021
Milkshake consent video (Image: The Conversation, Good Society)
Two consent education videos using metaphors that few people understood have been withdrawn by federal education authorities.
Bullet Consent videos bizarre and confusing, The Conversation (opinion by Amanda Kiddie), 20 Apr 2021
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Five good sex education videos, The Conversation (opinion by Louise Moana Kolff), 22 Apr 2021
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Using books and movies as sex education starting points, The Conversation (opinion by Elizabeth Little), 26 Apr 2021

 

MEDIA LITERACY
Teach media literacy in  schools
The Conversation (opinion), 14 Apr 2021
No fake news (Image: zazzle.ca)Four out of five people say schools should be teaching media literacy to their students, a survey shows.

 

STUDENT SUPPORT
Attach ADHD label with extreme care
The Conversation (opinion by Luise Kazda), 13 Apr 2021
ADHDClassifying 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.

 

BULLYING
Recognise sexual bullying
The Conversation (opinion by Barbara Spears), 12 Apr 2021
BullyingSexual bullying, particularly among girls, has often been overlooked in the past. It needs to be specifically identified and acted upon, a researcher says.

 

WEATHER ALERT
Damaging winds on way
BoM website, 13 Apr 2021
WindWinds gusting to in excess of 100 km/h across Tasmania, apart from areas of the central north and north-west coast, are expected to commence tonight (Tuesday) and continue tomorrow.
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WORLD NEWS
Duke of Edinburgh dies
ABC News, 9 Apr 2021
Prince Philip (Image: ABC News)Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, has died at the age of 99.
Bullet BBC News website

 

 

THE CURRICULUM
Teach use of auto writing tools
The Conversation (opinion), 9 Apr 2021
Artificial intelligence (Image: clipartkey.com)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 for.

 

THE CORONAVIRUS
School closure traffic light system mooted
The Conversation (opinion), 31 Mar 2021
Coronavirus mask (Image: The Conversation, Darren England/AAP)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
The Conversation (opinion by Divyangana Rakesh and Sarah Whittle), 29 Mar 2021
Rough neighbourhood (Image: The Conversation, Shutterstock)
Disadvantaged neighbourhoods can adversely affect children's cognitive function and mental health, two researchers say.

 

FEDERAL POLITICS
Federal Cabinet renewed
ABC News, 29 Mar 2021
Scott MorrisonPrime 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.

 

TASMANIAN POLITICS
Early election for Tasmania confirmed
ABC News, 26 Mar 2021
TasmaniaThe Premier, Peter Gutwein, has announced that Tasmania will have a state election on 1 May 2021.

 

MOBILE PHONES POLICY
Phone bans work
The Conversation (opinion by Louis Philippe Beland), 22 Mar 2021
Mobile phone banResearch shows that banning mobile phones in schools certainly can improve academic performance, an academic says.

 

TASMANIAN SCHOOLS
New kindy for Lilydale
Tas Govt media release, 15 Mar 2021
Northern TasmaniaLilydale District School now has a new kindergarten which cost $1.4 million, education minister Jeremy Rockliff has announced.

 

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Surprise, surprise. Landslide win in WA election
ABC News, 14 Mar 2021
Western AustraliaPremier Mark McGowan has led Labor to a stunning victory in the WA state election.

 

LITERACY
New literacy target for Tassie kids
Tas Govt media release, 12 Mar 2021
LiteracyBy 2030, no Tasmanian Year 7 child will have a reading standard below the national minimum expected standard, education Minister Jeremy Rockliff has promised.
Bullet Statement on new literacy targetd

 

VICTORIAN POLITICS
Vic premier Daniel Andrews in intensive care
ABC News, 9 Mar 2021
VictoriaVictoria's premier, Daniel Andrews, is in intensive care with broken ribs and damaged vertebrae following a fall at his home this morning.

 

TASMANIAN SCHOOLS
Consultation over South Hobart Primary begins
Tas Govt media release, 1 Mar 2021
Southern TasmaniaA four-week community consultation has begun over future plans for South Hobart Primary in light of the growing number of student enrolments at the school.

 

 

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Global ESP Day (Education Support Personnel):
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National Families Week:
Sat 15 - Fri 21 May 2021

Library and Information Week:
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National Volunteer Week:
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Eurovision Song Contest finals:
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Int'l Day for Biological Diversity:
Sat 22 May 2021

Food Allergy Week:
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National Sorry Day: Wed 26 May 2021

Nat Reconciliation Week:
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Cracker Night:
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World No Tobacco Day:
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Last day of Autumn: Mon 31 May 2021

 

JUNE

First day of Winter: Tue 1 Jun 2021

Mabo Day: Thu 3 Jun 2021

World Environment Day: Sat 5 Jun 2021

World Ocean Day: Tue 8 Jun 2021

Queen's Birthday holiday: Mon 14 Jun 2021

Dark Mofo: Wed 16 - Tue 22 Jun 2021

 

 

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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
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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

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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.
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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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