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Lost in translation

More than half of all migrants to Australia each year are children or young people aged 18 years or under. Many of them – particularly children of refugee parents – speak little or poor English. While government schools embrace these ...

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Where old world meets new

Australia established its international reputation as a pioneer of distance education in 1951, when the Alice Springs School of the Air began offering lessons. But now, the nation is playing catch-up when it comes to offering online education to school ...

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Web of intrigue

He has been working to develop the literacies, core skills and strategies needed to deal with the internet, network media and network communications. Wall-Smith and his colleagues have been exploring how web 2.0 tools can be harnessed by educators. “At ...

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Put to the test

Within the first few days of being issued with governmentsponsored laptops, NSW schoolchildren were muttering darkly about the fact that while lessons would be online, their exams would not. University students meanwhile report of having to visit physiotherapists after the ...

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Embrace the revolution

Traditional approaches to teaching practice remain largely unchanged, with a new report claiming just a third of teachers use technology effectively in their teaching practice. ‘Teacher professional learning: planning for change’ from education.au, the government body that promotes IT use ...

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Technologies to watch out for

Since 2002, a US group called the New Media Consortium has published its predictions for the most significant emerging technologies likely to have an impact on teaching, learning or creative inquiry. Called the Horizon Reports, this fascinating publication identifies the ...

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Real experience in an unreal world

Alert to the opportunities offered by virtual environments, education has been one of the fastest sectors to embrace the concept, with hundreds of universities and schools either setting up their own islands in Second Life, or delivering course content in ...

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The silver lining

Australian schools need to quickly get to grips with mobile internet devices and cloud computing. The 2009 Australia New Zealand edition of the Horizon Report, produced by a US group called the New Media Consortium, has identified the six key ...

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Building a bubble

Six months ago, Hallam Senior College in Victoria was struck by a computer virus which found its way into the school network on a USB stick. A student who had downloaded a copy of Limewire from the internet had also ...

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Keen for green

Some 295,000 personal computers will be bought through the National Secondary School Computer Fund – a key plank of the government’s $2.2 billion digital education revolution. That’s a lot of new computers which are to be manufactured, packaged, transported to ...

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