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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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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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