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2015’s popular tech trends

Dr Michael Phillips, digital technologies lecturer in the faculty of education at Monash University, speaks to education editor Antonia Maiolo about what new technologies we can expect to see in classrooms this year. Phillips, who’s a former teacher, predicts that ...

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Parents seek protection against data mining

Australia’s peak parent body has called for stronger privacy safeguards for students, echoing US president Obama’s pledge last week to protect American school kids from data mining. The Australian Council of State School Organisations (ACSSO) has long argued for a ...

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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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A challenging standard

An upcoming shift in the accounting laws is set to have a big impact on reporting for schools. By Antonia Maiolo Many schools are unaware of a new standard in financial reporting that could put them at risk of breaching ...

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Opinion: technology is the future

England is leading a quiet revolution in the world of education. In September, it becomes the first country in the world to mandate computer programming lessons in primary and secondary schools. Children will start learning to write code at the ...

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Lights, camera, literacy

Children are planning, writing, filming and editing their own movies for school, and developing skills for lifelong learning in the process. By Fran Molloy. As we enter the 21st century classroom and students are encouraged to become content producers, not ...

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A click online saves time

The explosion of eLearning tools can seem daunting but, used properly, they can streamline administrative tasks and help put the focus on teaching students. By Fran Molloy. Classroom teachers are under increased pressure to measure and report on their students’ ...

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Top I0 blogs for classroom tech

These are some of the best sites teachers can visit for reviews, advice, discussion and more. By Fran Molloy. Keeping up with technology trends in education is a Sisyphean task for already-overloaded teachers. The smartest way is to piggyback on ...

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Parent-teacher app conference

School Stream and other products take communications mobile. By Fran Molloy. More than 1200 Catholic primary school principals will receive notifications of meetings, minutes, policy updates and newsletters through a new smartphone app called School Stream. Karyn Prior is the ...

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It’s the style that counts

Teachers develop new concepts around the widely accepted idea that manners of learning vary. By Fran Molloy. Whilst debates rage over curriculum content, teaching styles, technology, exams and even homework, there’s one thing most classroom teachers have embraced, and that ...

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