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2017 (38) 18 September 2017

ET News Digest
Your Weekly Education Newsletter

Computer failure: the evidence suggests that far from improving student outcomes, our focus on IT has been detrimental - Ben Lawless


Australian schools have seen a huge push in recent decades to bring more computing and IT use into classrooms. Has it produced positive results? The evidence suggests that far from improving student outcomes, our focus on IT has been detrimental. This article discusses the consequences of IT on student performance, cognition and beyond the classroom. It also examines the impact IT has on teaching, the cost involved, and what benefits their might be in its use. Read More

Boring playgrounds discourage outdoor active play

Australian students who could improve their health by playing outside at school are avoiding using school playgrounds because they’re bored. Southern Cross University physical education and health expert Dr Brendon Hyndman says children and teenagers are staying away from or not using unattractive, unappealing outdoor spaces such as empty grassed areas, courts and fixed facilities that may not have changed or been updated Read More


Submissions open for review to achieve educational excellence in schools

Submissions for the Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools chaired by Mr David Gonski will close on Friday 13 Oct. The report and recommendations on on how school funding should be used to improve school performance and student outcomes will be submitted by March 2018. Read More


TEMAG Report Card shows strong progress in ITE reforms

Education leaders met on 14 Sept to discuss their continued commitment to strengthening initial teacher education, which will lead to higher quality, classroom-ready graduates. Coinciding with the event was the release of the TEMAG Report Card. Read More


Everyday hinderances may force overwhelmed uni students to give up

New Australian research shows accumulating everyday issues such as juggling work and study are as likely as a major event such as a death in the family to “tip the balance” for overwhelmed university students and may lead them to withdraw. Read More

$16.25m will replace asbestos-ridden building at 10 VIC schools

Asbestos ridden buildings at 10 schools will be demolished and replaced with state-of-the-art modular classrooms costing $16.25 million in the VIC government's $155m School Asbestos Removal Program. The current phase includes the demolition and replacement of buildings at 30 schools. Read More


iNewsletter moves the school newsletter on parents' mobiles

Naavi, developer of iNewsletter has urged schools to "get with the times" as their research reveals that more than 60% of parents read their schools' newsletter on a mobile device. But most schools are still sending out their weekly bulletin as a PDF, which is cumbersome to access on a mobile phone. 


Co-founder of Naavi, Blake Seufert says “We created iNewsletter out of a need. I realised our newsletter was terrible. Read More


New $10.5m science program to give 5000 NSW students hands-on biotech lab experience

Over the next three years, an expected 5000 NSW students and 60 teachers in NSW are expected to engage in a $10.5m program through a partnership between The Amgen Foundation and The University of Sydney. The three-week in-class initiative provides intensive PD for teachers as well as teaching materials. Read More


Kids Alive - Do the Five water safety app launched

Do The Five has launched a free app to help keep Aussie Kids safe in the water. The app is a free download in the Apple and Google Play stores and is aimed at parents and young children. It includes music, cartoons, eBooks with a focus on home, pool, beach and farm water safety. It builds on the highly successful Living with Water DVD distributed free in the New Mothers Bounty Bag. Read More