Bill Shorten has been appointed as new Australian Minister for Education, with Kelvin Thomson appointed Parliamentary Secretary for Schools. Kate Ellis retains her position as Minister for Early Childhood, Childcare and Youth.
The US-based We are Teachers website offers a range of suggestions as to which educational apps are most useful in the classroom, along with advice on the most effective ways to use tablet devices.
The Victorian Government has provided funding for the development of a new app to help schools stay connected with families. The application allows schools to securely send event alerts, notices and photos directly to parents' smartphones. It will be trialled over two years.
Andreas Schleicher, education policy adviser to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, argues that Australian education needs to address equity challenges, boost teacher quality and strengthen discipline, as key priorities. See article in The Sydney Morning Herald 6 July 2013.
School principals are the nation's most stressed and bullied profession, according to results of the Australian Principal Health and Wellbeing Survey, conducted by Monash University. See article in The Courier-Mail 3 July 2013.
The Leading Learning website is a suite of 21st century resources for leaders and teachers to support the implementation of the Australian Curriculum in South Australia.
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