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On your bike

We’re chauffeuring a generation of children into an early grave with a morbid fear of bicycles. By Steve Taylor It’s a glorious moment when we first learn to ride a bike; it’s an early taste of independence. Cheered on by ...

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Teachers keeping up with technology

Hey, I sent u a msg, did u c the YouTube clip on Facebook? Nah, I was tweeting 🙂 Students need to confidently participate in and understand digital literacies in their social, public and private lives, but what does this ...

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Contribution fees to remain voluntary

The schools contribution system will remain voluntary, following reports that it would either be increased or made compulsory. By Aileen Macalintal Western Australian education minister Peter Collier said, “The Liberal-National government will not be changing the voluntary contribution system to make ...

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The future of teacher education

It’s time to set higher standards in the teacher education system. By Field Rickards It is not difficult to figure out why there has been so much attention devoted to teacher education lately. ATARs for entry to teacher education programs ...

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Conversations with the Costellos

We can learn many lessons from our educational forebears, writes Jennifer White. I had the privilege of joining Anne and Russell Costello one afternoon, to learn about their teaching experiences in the Victorian education system, both public and private sectors, ...

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Labor logs off student laptop scheme

In June, high school students will bid farewell to the federal government’s free laptop scheme. By Aileen Macalintal It was the vision of then-prime minister Kevin Rudd to provide every high school student with a laptop. The promise was renewed ...

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Game plan

Games have been found to help students prepare for NAPLAN, minus the stress. Play-based learning systems, like apps and online games, are proven, helpful resources, but only if they are curriculum-aligned and have a positive impact on test performance. LiteracyPlanet, ...

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