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Australia adopts ‘Minecraft’ coding tutorials

Minecraft will now be teaching Australian children how to code. Microsoft Australia has integrated the popular computer game into a coding tutorial designed for ages 6 and up. Players will use basic coding skills to navigate a two-dimensional world. Almost 21.4 million ...

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Teachers to honour detained student

Brisbane teachers who have taken historic industrial action in support of an asylum-seeking high school student are to recognise her achievements with an award. Mojgan Shamsalipoor, 21, has recorded a video message from inside the Darwin detention centre where she ...

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NSW principals to get pay rise

Principals at some of the state's public schools are set for a pay rise under a new $20 million investment from the NSW government. Education Minister Adrian Piccoli says the government will increase principals' salaries by up to $26,000 in ...

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Casuals not aware of pro development chances: expert

Awareness is key in getting casual relief teachers the same professional development opportunities as those who work full-time, an expert has said. Associate professor Lawrie Drysdale, from University of Melbourne’s Graduate School of Education, said while casual relief teachers (CRTs) ...

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Report shows decline in student ICT literacy

Student information and communication technology (ICT) literacy levels have shown a marked decline since 2011, a new report from the National Assessment Program has found. The report, issued today by the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority, assessed the performance of ...

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Response to ISIS requires ‘soft’ approach, too: expert

Hard counter-terrorism responses to the Paris bombing risk neglecting de-radicalisation programs, which schools play a key role in, an expert has said. Hard responses could include military action, increased securitisation, toughened legislative measures and clamping down with law enforcement. Nationals ...

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Education too centralised: report

Education should be more decentralised so schools have more room to cater for individual student needs, a report has argued. The Case for Inclusive Learning Systems, released this week by the philanthropic Dusseldorp Forum, provides a framework for moving school ...

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