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Explorers in a miniature world

From chemistry and biology to maths and even English, it seems no subject is immune to the magic of the wonderful world revealed by the digital microscope. By Fran Molloy. Microscopes have come a long way from the heavy, difficult-to-use ...

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Students thrive in green schools

The results are in – when schools are built to sustainable principles, students learn better, everyone is healthier, absenteeism is down and costs are reduced. By Dallas Bastian. “If you can provide indoor environment qualities such as better comfort, more ...

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Beyond the school gate

The excursion has long been a staple of the school experience, and teachers today have a wide and rich variety to choose from. By Dallas Bastian. We take a look at some of the more engaging and thought-provoking excursions available ...

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It’s not the end of days

  Teachers can help students cope with the stress of end-of-school exams. By Antonia Maiolo. As high school students around Australia sit their finals, Virginia Williams, youth psychologist and honorary fellow at the school of psychology at the University of ...

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Teaching kids to work with data

  An enterprising teacher has shown how even primary age children can use data and technology to engage with the wider world. By Fran Molloy. Anne Mirtschin is an economics teacher at Hawkesdale P12 College in the Western District of ...

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The Edge is just the beginning

A teacher from Victoria has set up two school campuses in Zimbabwe while continuing full-time teaching in Australia. By Jennifer White. "Students have often been living on the street, may have been orphaned or HIV positive or have had limited ...

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The black hole of language learning

Our approach to teaching languages needs to change radically if we are to produce enthusiastic learners and fluent speakers. By Andrew Weiler. "We learned our first language by being attentive, by noticing relationships between sounds and actions, by noticing patterns ...

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The tech effect

IT-skilled teachers and technology-rich classrooms are producing highly motivated students. By Dallas Bastian. As the technology used in schools changes rapidly, there is a need for teachers to keep up-to-date with new developments. University of Southern Queensland professor of educational technology ...

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Where the local embraces the global

  This year’s AIEC Conference highlighted the challenges and rewards for local institutions in engaging on the international level.  By Kathryn Jones. Pull quote: The new Colombo plan is not just about education. It’s about Australia’s soft diplomatic capacity, our ...

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