This year, preschool or kindergarten children at 41 centres are trialling the online language learning program Early Learning Languages Australia (ELLA). Language learning software will be used to introduce the children to Chinese (Mandarin), Japanese, Indonesian, French and Arabic. The trial program will be independently evaluated after one year. See report on ABC News 21 March 2015.
US research has found that 14% of gifted students also have a learning diability. See article in The Conversation 25 March 2015.
An article on the SmartBlog on Education 17 March 2015 considers 'the subtle and not-so-subtle ways' in which school leaders may communicate with teachers.
A report by the Queensland Audit Office has found that some non-government schools have received more than their entitled share of public funding, based on inflated student figures. See article in the Courier Mail 27 March and statement from Independent Schools Queensland 26 March 2005.
A public-private partnership scheme to build 10 schools southeast Queensland 'will strip funding from the rest of the state and increase class sizes', according to an article in the Courier Mail 25 March 2015.
Organisations and individuals are invited to submit entries to the Australia and New Zealand Internet Awards. Winners receive recognition as industry leaders that have set new standards for making the Internet a more inclusive, accessible and safe place. Entries close 15 May 2015.
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