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Talk time

Communications between school and home, teacher and student, and all the variants in between has always been at the heart of the education process. Increasingly the conduit for communications is technology, whether it be an emailed school newsletter for parents, ...

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Past its use by date

A national e-waste scheme which will ensure old computers and TVs are recycled in an environmentally sensitive way is finally on its way, offering a much sought after service for schools and private individuals. While the metropolitan rollout of the ...

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The great divide

An important litmus test of the success of the Federal Government’s $2.4 billion Digital Education Revolution (DER) will be undertaken this year when 12,000 Australian school children in Years 6 and 10 participate in the National Assessment Program for ICT ...

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Pirates in the playground

A collective shudder went down the spines of hordes of high school-aged children across the world late last year when a US judge shut down the LimeWire file sharing service. Popular with many teenagers as a way to access music ...

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The new challenge

The October launch of Telstra’s T-Touch Tab, which sells for $299, is likely to unleash a torrent of teenage pester power just in time for Christmas. But it also signals yet more challenges for schools that are already pressured to ...

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Seeing the wood for the trees

Schools are literally surrounded by a sea of information and data-sets; class lists, NAPLAN results, university competition results, counsellor reports, retention rates and the like. Properly analysed it can help identify which students are doing well, which students might be ...

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The white elephant

Tony Abbott’s views on the roll out of computers in schools (www.educationreview.com.au) provide an opportunity to look at how IT resources are really being used in Australian schools.  As an educator and parent, I have taken a great deal of ...

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When information meets imagination

A house without books is like a room without windows, argued 19th Century education reformer Horace Mann. Imagine his argument against a school without books. But that’s exactly what some schools are now considering, as technology provides an alternative to ...

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Virtuous communities

When Mark Sparvell took up the position of principal at Kadina primary, the South Australian regional school did not own a single laptop, digital camera or netbook. Despite the lack of technological infrastructure, Sparvell relished the opportunity to work from ...

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The best defence?

Most educators are now aware that cyber bullying is a term used to refer to bullying through the use of technology. In the school context, cyber bullying can occur amongst students and when school staff are subjected to online harassment, ...

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