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Top Aussie literary works go online

In a first for Australian schools, teachers can now source dedicated teaching resources for Australian stories, from Kindergarten to Year 12. The Reading Australia website, set up by the not-for-profit rights organisation, the Copyright Agency, provides teaching resources for books, ...

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Video gives valuable feedback

Giving students feedback on assignments via video could be more helpful than the common practice of writing comments in red pen, new research shows. In an extended interview, education editor Antonia Maiolo spoke to Monash University information communication technologies expert ...

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Low literacy levels don’t spell a crisis

Teachers who make common spelling mistakes can still teach, one education expert argues. A recent study of 200 secondary teaching undergraduates found a significant number of pre-service secondary teachers have worse literacy skills than expected. The survey found students struggled ...

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Buy tech that helps, not hinders

As students across Australia prepare to return to school, new research shows mums and dads are struggling to decide on the best technology to buy for them. It also found parents are wasting thousands on devices that don’t apply in ...

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Rea: students can’t let Abbott destroy dreams

Union boss Jeannie Rea has urged students not to think twice about pursuing a university education in light of ongoing uncertainty over the government’s plans to deregulate the sector. The National Tertiary Education Union president’s comments are a reminder to ...

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Putting STEM at the centre of learning

Studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics shouldn’t be limited to engineers or scientists, with one expert arguing that STEM skills are essential in everyday life. “We all need to have numeracy skills and be literate in science,” Andrew Seen, associate ...

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UC academic gets $2.6m for maths project

A University of Canberra researcher has been awarded $2.6 million for his project which aims to make mathematics more engaging for disadvantaged high-school students in Indonesia. Led by UC Centenary Professor Thomas Lowrie, the three-year project is focused on improving ...

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Queensland to scrap OP score system

The Queensland government is set to overhaul the way Year 12 students are assessed for university placement. Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek said the reform means OP rankings will be replaced with school-based assessments incorporating three internal, plus one external, exam. The ...

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Interview with Kira Clarke

Education Editor Antonia Maiolo speaks to Kira Clarke a lecturer in Education Policy at the University of Melbourne. For the last ten years Kira has been researching post-compulsory education and training, with a focus on youth transitions and VET in ...

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Interview with Sarah Mullucks

Education Editor Antonia Maiolo speaks to Sarah Mullucks, a 28-year-old teacher working in a remote school in the Northern Territory. Sarah who was recently named a Northern Territory teacher of the year for her work as a primary teacher at ...

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