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Opinion: NAPLAN’s questionable origins

When NAPLAN was launched in 2008, its aim was to boost student achievement through the annual administration of standardised tests. But the scheme’s performance remains unimpressive, as the 2017 NAPLAN results have shown. Yet again, student scores in literacy and numeracy flatlined, as ...

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The internet of school things

How technology will connect educators and students, and usher in a new age of smart schools. Schools are becoming increasingly technology rich. Many provide connected devices for students or have programs that enable students to bring their own devices (BYOD). ...

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Opinion: the pressure-cooker lives of Singapore’s teachers

Twelve-hour days and big classes are realities that Singapore’s teachers face daily. Such conditions create stressful work environments which impede their capacity to live up to their global reputation for teaching excellence. They are usually too exhausted to be the classroom innovators they ...

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How to keep kids cyber-safe at school

The constant changes in technology can be overwhelming for schools. While the increasing adoption of online learning is transforming education, it’s also opening the door for sophisticated security threats, as well as a rise in cyber bullying, radicalisation and child ...

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Why PISA is moving towards creativity

Along with a relatively small number of countries such as New Zealand, Singapore and Finland and Scotland, Australia is unusual in that, as well as a focus on knowledge and skills, its national curriculum explicitly requires schools to teach certain ...

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Data literacy: embracing the digital age

Like reading and writing, data literacy must be developed early in a child’s education. In today’s digital economy, making sense of data is paramount to organisations far and wide. As such, data and analytics skills are in demand across all ...

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Teaching children with autism: opinion

“I hear so many times from parents and teachers whose time is taken up with children in the classroom – whether they have a disability or whether they are autistic – that it is taking up the teacher’s time. These ...

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