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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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Laptop-led revolution

The One Laptop Per Child project has Australia’s remote population in its sights.The international not-for-profit is planning to seed demand from state and territory governments by handing over 1800 of its computers to children aged six to 12 over the ...

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The new wave

Most Year 12 students were born a year after the world wide web debuted; Year 6 kids are as old as Google; and if the iPod were in school it would be a third grader. It’s no wonder it’s a ...

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Learning in the 21st century

There were 169 applications for the 30 places which will be offered to the first intake of students to NSW’s virtual selective high school class beginning in 2010. Carole McDiarmid, western NSW regional director of the NSW Department of Education, ...

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One for everybody in the audience?

Australian high schools are rolling out wave after wave of new technology as the government’s digital education revolution advances. And each state and territory has taken a slightly different approach. NSW, for example, has a tightly controlled regime which dictates ...

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Pathways, policy and ICTs

I recently came across an extraordinary finding – there already exists a cross-sectoral committee that includes the schools, VET and higher education sectors, and its purpose is to provide advice to Australian education and training ministers on the effective utilisation ...

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