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Online NAPLAN trial irks stakeholders

Professor Catherine Beavis is all for digital learning, but not testing. Well, not quite yet. With trials of online NAPLAN tests commencing in around 500 NSW schools this week, equity, Beavis said, is the issue. Some students are disadvantaged by ...

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Teenage girls and boys want gendered jobs

A new Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) report has shown when it comes to career goals, boys will be boys, and girls, girls. Using nationally representative data from the LSAC study, they looked at the career aspirations of 14 ...

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Kids as young as four are fair: study

‘It’s not fair’ is a refrain whined by children the world over. Though a study has found seven-year-olds may comprehend this concept more so than four-year-olds. Two groups of children, one aged four to five, the other aged seven to ...

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It’s crunch time for teachers and data: expert

Referencing neither sit-ups, nor cornflakes, Kristin Fontichiaro advised a group of Victorian librarians to teach students to get crunchy. She was, of course, alluding to data. In Melbourne for a School Library Association of Victoria conference, Fontichiaro, a clinical assistant professor at the University of ...

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Auslan gets a virtual reality check

With technology disrupting everything, including education, it’s no surprise that Auslan is next. Australia’s predominant sign language is being digitally upgraded by SignVR; a virtual reality education platform. Designed by young entrepreneur Jessie Hughes, it aims to make Auslan more ...

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