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My First Speech contest puts winners before Parliament

A suite of well-publicised maiden speeches was just delivered in federal Parliament. Now, our nation’s politicians will sit through another round – this time from high-schoolers. The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Tony Smith, has called on secondary school students ...

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USYD professor says he’s debunked Safe Schools Coalition

A University of Sydney child protection and family law expert claimed he’s debunked “academically irresponsible” assertions about sexual identity and LGBTI students made by the Safe Schools Coalition. Professor Patrick Parkinson has published a non-peer reviewed paper criticising the Safe Schools Coalition, on the ...

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What can teachers claim on their tax?

For any teachers yet to lodge their tax returns, the media face of tax accountancy firm H&R Block and former Australian Taxation Office senior director Mark Chapman has offered his top tax tips. Chapman explained when teachers work from home ...

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Open-ended apps best for tablets, teacher says

If tablet technology is going to be used in the classroom, open-ended apps should be employed, to prevent tablets from becoming “21st century shut-up sheets”, one teacher has advised. Grant Jones, a technology teacher at St Marys Public School in Sydney’s ...

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4 tips for building professional learning networks

A professional learning network (PLN) – it’s something teachers are told about at conferences. It consists of the people a learner interacts with and derives knowledge from. In PLNs, people connect with other people for the specific purpose of learning ...

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Nature Research simplifies science on new website

Nature Research, the publishing group behind the prestigious scientific journal Nature, has launched a website to make complex science accessible to the general public.  The npj Science of Learning Community website was launched in collaboration with the University of Queensland. It aims to make ...

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Don’t grade Genius Hour, teacher says

Genius Hour is becoming a trend in schools in Australia and globally. And one teacher has warned teachers shouldn’t tell the students they will assess it, and shouldn’t mark it via a rubric. Otherwise, they’ll just get slide show presentations. And if ...

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