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Aussie students win politicised robotics tournament

At the FIRST Global Challenge Robotics Olympics, politics was also at play. At the eleventh hour, Donald Trump allowed an all-female Afghani team, whose visas had been twice-rejected, to compete. They may have owned the spotlight, but it was an Australian team that ...

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Ten-year-olds code on government’s tab

Sid Jain, a serious looking ten-year-old, was so entranced by coding his eyes didn’t leave the screen when I asked him his name. Though he assured me he was “having fun” as he completed the below task. Jain’s year 5 ...

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More than robo-markers: AI in the classroom

To some, artificial intelligence (AI) sounds like a futuristic possibility. But it’s already here, and it’s prolific. Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa are just two examples of advanced AI embedding itself into our lives. Education, too, is not immune to AI’s creep. When it ...

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Birmo announces regional education review

Hugh* was born and reared in Morven, southwest Queensland. Population: 300. His family relocated to a slightly larger town, Charleville, when he began high school. From there, he went on to study engineering. Following this, he was employed by a mid-size ...

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Instagram branded worst cyberbullying platform

If ‘likes’ are Instagram’s currency, having none of them can be humiliating. Worse yet, vicious comments, ‘hate’ accounts and sharing and doctoring of people’s photos without permission can be damaging at best, and life-threatening at worst. While the latter situation is ...

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Career advisors failing school kids

Careers advisors are often portrayed on screen as troubled and unprofessional. Think Valerie Marks from the MTV series Awkward, who tends to overshare with students, or David Gold, the alcoholic protagonist from the 2014 Canadian dark comedy flick Guidance. The ...

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Over a thousand teachers share why they entered the profession

Why choose teaching? Australian Catholic University’s Learning Sciences Institute Australia (LSIA) asked a random sampling of 12,854 Queensland-registered teachers. Just over 1,160 responded – which makes it the largest-ever current teacher survey – and the results were illuminating, if not unexpected: ...

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