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2017 (29) 11 September 2017


ET News Digest
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War of the Worlds: epic on-stage opportunity for dramatic STEAM learning

That’s what it feels like sometimes. Everybody wants a piece of your time. At one point in my career, I was teaching in English, History, RE, Technology and Arts. Every night was a different meeting. Every course needed documentation.

 

And then there’s the extra-curricular. Debating, Production, Radio, Creative Writing, Sports, not to mention magazine articles and social media updates. It’s a battle for my time, and I am the first casualty.

 

But it has taught me to work smart. I have started finding the shortcuts. And I am uniquely positioned to be a spokesperson for STEAM. This year was my first large-scale realisation of that position. Read More

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K-6 Kiwis on top in Matific Maths Championship

At the end of 10 days, Kiwi students are on top... and running 1-2-3 in several groups. Students have attempted more than 5 million questions and spent over 100,000 hours on the website. And it's not all hard work... students are having fun at the same time.

 

Seven of the top schools across the seven years are in New Zealand; Four of the top school teams are Kiwi, as are five of the top seven individual students. 
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Quality student teachers point to a bright future for education

A growing number of students are starting and completing postgraduate courses to qualify as new teachers according to a new report from the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL).

 

More than 18,000 students graduated from initial teacher education (ITE) in 2015. Over 7000 of these students achieved a postgraduate qualification, which is 3000 more postgraduate-qualified teachers entering the system, compared with a decade ago. Read More

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Phillip Island Nature Parks to host two-day Teachers’ Expo

What has three different ecosystems, 97km of spectacular coastline, strong educational programs linked with curriculum, unique wildlife, indigenous history, Victoria’s leading attractions and is only 90 minutes from Melbourne? Phillip Island of course!

 

Phillip Island Nature Parks will be showcasing their diverse range of educational programs through a series of professional development sessions at the annual Teacher’s Expo, from 23 to 24 September, 2017. Read More

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Girls sweep eight medals including gold at the Int'l Physics Olympiad

Neo, a Year 12 student from John Monash Science School in Melbourne, has won a gold medal in the International Earth Science Olympiad in France, bringing the Australian team medal haul to 17 at the UNESCO-sanctioned 2017 International Science Olympiads.

 

She competed against more than 100 students from 29 countries, and finished in the top 10% of Earth Science students in the world. 
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Draft national guideline to improve diagnostic practices for Australians on the autism spectrum released

Australia’s first draft national guideline for autism diagnosis have been released for consultation. The draft guideline aims to create greater consistency in diagnostic practices across the country to ensure autistic individuals and their families can be assured of quality and knowledgeable advice. The guideline also emphasises the importance of listening to individuals and their families about the impact of the behaviours on family life. Read More

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Ashley Stewart is 2017 AMSI Choose Maths top award winner

2017 AMSI Choose Maths top award winner, Ashley Stewart, Head of Mathematics at Newton Moore Senior High School, WA believes her Year 8 Living for Learning class is proof hands-on learning works best for indigenous students.

 

Among recent achievements, the girls successfully constructed and tested a hand cranked phone charger.

 

With NAPLAN 2016 showing 17.4 per cent of Year 9 indigenous students are below national minimum mathematics standards compared to only 2.1 per cent of non-indigenous students Read More

App-based safety support for international students

For 500,000+ international students [1], studying in Australia can be a life enhancing experience, but it also has unknown risks. A new emergency alert system provides app-based access to in-person critical incident and support services around the clock.  

 

Allianz Global Assistance and Sonder Australia have come together to provide the service. Read More

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Health offers future opportunities but 30% still jobless four months after graduating

The 2018 edition of The Good Universities Guide reveals that while universities around the country are providing a high-quality experience for students, it’s not translating to graduate jobs. Analysis shows that across many courses and fields of study, students are overwhelmingly enjoying and excelling during their time at university. Across all universities the results for the six key measures of Student Experience – Learning Resources, Learner Engagement, Student Support, Skills Development, Teaching Quality and Overall Experience – are all strong.

 

But, the news isn’t so rosy once students attempt to enter the workforce. Read More