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Beware of spying students

Today’s classrooms may be full of amateur hackers. A few precautions can make their task much more difficult. By Louis White In today’s information technology world, it is almost impossible not to have some device in your hand or within ...

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Play time works

  Even amidst all the demands on classroom time, physical education offers too many benefits to cut. By Jennifer White If I were to reflect on my experience of primary school sport, I’d remember longing for the twilight sports carnival, ...

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Training for what’s next

  Google Teacher Academy helps educators prepare students for the future. By Fran Molloy        Abi Woldhuis was one of 50 teachers from all over the world who attended the Google Teacher Academy in Sydney in May this ...

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Measuring hope and strength

Principal says poll data helps Arden track the ultimate outcomes of education. By Graham Anderson As a principal and teacher working in five schools over 31 years, I have followed education policy in Australia closely for decades. During this time, ...

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Tweet, follow or get out of the way

Educators are sharing ideas all over the world via Twitter and other social media tools. By Fran Molloy A Twit-ocracy of collaboration is levelling century-old institutional barriers across Australia, as teachers from independent, government and systemic schools share resources, ideas ...

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A fighting chance

  The School for Life Foundation provides access to education for dozens of children in Uganda. By Antonia Maiolo. Annabelle Chauncy and Dave Everett were both just 21 years old when they decided to set up the School for Life ...

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TeachMeets tech

Informal gatherings help educators find, implement new tools. By Fran Molloy The global TeachMeet movement started in Scotland in 2005 when a group of teachers got together to share ideas about introducing technology into their classrooms – and the concept ...

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Gear up for enthusiasm

Chatswood’s St Pius X inspires more fitness activity with new gym, equipment. By Antonia Maiolo Greg Virgona, sportsmaster at St Pius X College (SPX) in Chatswood, Sydney, has found that the newly renovated school gym is inspiring more students to ...

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The space to be

  The revitalisation of an old school in an inner-city suburb of Brisbane has enhanced teaching and learning and won recognition in the wider community. By Antonia Maiolo John Robertson’s dream of turning his school into a brighter and more ...

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NSW gives teachers ‘three strikes’

  Streamlined dismissal plan, additional support highlight reforms. By Aileen Macalintal. If a government school teacher in NSW fails to meet standards three times, a principal may initiate action that could lead to dismissal under a new policy. The new ...

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