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Exams aren’t everything: Think Education

As school kids across the nation knuckle down in preparation for October’s Year 12 exams, the executive dean of private tertiary educator Think Education is encouraging parents to get their child to consider what they want to do with their ...

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Cochlear 3D printing gets kids all ears for science

A partnership program has school kids doing real science with real scientists. Growing Tall Poppies aims to boost numbers of high school students studying science by connecting them with mentor scientists, who guide the students in hands-on experiments. For example, this ...

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Tech ‘doesn’t make school pupils smarter’

Computers do not noticeably improve school pupils' academic results and can even hamper performance, an OECD report says. While almost three quarters of pupils in the many countries surveyed used computers at schools, the report by the Organisation for Economic ...

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Leaders see what it’s like to be a principal

Victorian business and community leaders have engaged with their local schools to become Principal for a Day. The program involved participants shadowing school principals and immersing themselves in the day-to-day operations of a government school. Principal for a Day, run this week, ...

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Students’ robots go head to head

May the best robot win. An annual design competition has brought together young people and professionals to offer primary and secondary students an opportunity to create and develop robots. Young robot designers recently revealed their machines for the 2015 RoboCup ...

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Background music

WA school brings engagement to a fever pitch through academy that connects students with their Indigenous heritage via song and dance. The universal language of music connects kids with their culture and identity – and as a bonus it makes ...

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Foreign language study in decline

The number of students learning a second language is in decline, with a shortage of qualified teachers and the high cost of offering languages at university partly to blame, professor Jane Simpson says. Simpson is deputy director of the ARC Centre ...

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