The Learning Impact Awards competition recognises the truly extraordinary work being done by school districts, institutions, states, and technology organisations to improve access, affordability and quality of learning experiences. The deadline for nominations is December 12, 2014.
After widespread feedback regarding this year’s NAPLAN writing task, ACARA is working on providing more choice in what students can write about in future. See article in The Sydney Morning Herald 18 August 2014.
The Parliament of Victoria has released a report for the ‘Inquiry into the approaches to homework in Victorian schools’ carried out by the Education and Training Committee. See also article in The Age 20 August 2014.
The Independent Public Schools Initiative will fund Tasmania’s new Community Empowered Schools program in order to increase local autonomy. See media release on Ministers’ Media Centre 21 August 2014.
This article from Edudemic 12 August 2014, discusses the benefits of incorporating ‘low-level physical activity’ into the daily classroom.
Some schools in Victoria are looking into delaying the start of the school day, or offering a range of schedules for students, to allow for extra sleep and extra-curricular activities. See articles in Herald Sun 19 August 2014, and EducationHQ 20 August 2014.
NSW schools moving toward ‘bring your own device’ policies have found that laptops are preferred over tablets by parents and students. See article in The Age 21 August 2014.
The wide range of digital devices and applications now available for teachers and schools is providing a plethora of teaching and learning opportunities in the classroom. See article in The Sydney Morning Herald 20 August 2014.
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