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Safety in the virtual world

Cyber bullying is the number one cyber safety concern for teachers, according to a national survey involving over 1000 respondents. Strategies to assist young people to make good online decisions ranks number two, followed by strategies to assist parents help ...

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Digital divides

Bower acknowledges that there can be a gulf between what undergraduate students learn about in a university setting and what they actually experience in real classrooms. Natalie was eager to start putting into practice all she had learned during her ...

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Career focus rather than exams

Imagine a school that throws away its timetable, that allows students to learn at their own pace wherever and whenever they want, where teachers support students’ own learning plans. For the Northern Beaches Christian School, it’s not imaginary – it’s ...

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Entering the online classroom

All states and territories are on track to achieve a 1:1 ratio of secondary students to computers in government schools by the end of the year - and the federal government has committed to a mid-program review in early 2012. ...

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The challenge is innovate or stagnate

I often get asked for advice about the process for planning for improvement in information and communication technology (ICT) in schools. There are a few common scenarios that present. Lost in cyberspace: in this situation the school has suddenly found ...

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This is your principal tweeting!

Many of us remember being startled from a 1970's heat-induced classroom doze by the fearful speaker box springing to violent life. When I visit schools and see these artefacts from a gentler, more analogue time, I secretly fear it will ...

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Waving the virtual wand

Virtualisation is a technology increasingly on the radar screens of schools grappling with the multiple challenges of containing computing costs, managing IT support and maintenance loads, and allowing students and teachers to access learning information from any device at any ...

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One stop shop

Australian schools have until the end of September to download and preserve any teaching support materials they need from the EdNA online network before it is shut off at the end of the month. The Federal Government pulled the plug ...

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Is augmented reality the next big thing?

It seems every time I attend a conference, there is another 'next greatest thing' positioned in the educational marketplace offering to not only engage but enrich the learning experiences for all. We have seen a smorgasboard of hardware enter our ...

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Friend or foe?

Within days of the European Assembly releasing a report recommending the European Parliament ban mobile phones and wireless networks from schools on health grounds, a second report emerged from the World Health Authority which classified radio-frequency electromagnetic fields as "possibly ...

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