An Article by David Nagel suggests that:
Despite increasingly widespread adoption of technologies in virtually every aspect of K-12 education, significant challenges are preventing widespread effective implementation. According to researchers, though some of those challenges are systemic and some related to the technologies themselves, teachers and education leaders share in the blame as well.
“The NMC Horizon Report: 2013 K-12 Edition,” put together by the New Media Consortium as part of the Horizon Project, identifies key emerging issues in education technology using primary and secondary research and input from an advisory board comprising “internationally recognized practitioners and experts” in ed tech. Among those issues are challenges that represent significant constraints on the adoption of technology in education. Full Article
Migration continues to be the major component of population growth in Australia.
Between June 1996 and June 2011, Australia’s overseas-born population grew by 41.6 per cent to 6.0 million people
Australia’s Migration Trends 2011–12, is an annual publication providing a detailed collection of information and statistics about the department’s initiatives and activities.
This document provides a brief overview of the publication’s main findings.
The full version of Australia’s Migration Trends is available at www.immi.gov.au
Every so often we highlight some of the ways in which schools are using Global2 and integrating it to the other things that they do.
Today I am going to feature St Andrews’s in Werribee who have integrated their Global2 blogs with their school website.
The school has created several blogs with some as closed spaces and others as open. From the website you can see (and members can log in to) a student lounge and teacher lounge that are private blogs and three school project blogs that they want to share out in to the world,
The school has also included the conditions of using their blog on their entry point of their school website, making it clear for all about how the school is using it for learning. Well done to St Michael.
The draft Years 3–10 Australian Curriculum: Civics and Citizenship develops students’ understanding of Australia’s political and legal systems and effective participatory citizenship in contemporary Australian society.
The Civics and Citizenship curriculum will enable students to develop the knowledge, understanding, skills, values and dispositions to be active and informed citizens in local, national, regional and global contexts.
Draft Years 3–10 Australian Curriculum: Civics and Citizenship
The draft Years 3–10 Australian Curriculum: Civics and Citizenship is open for public consultation from 6 May to 19 July 2013.
The draft curriculum can be viewed online or downloaded and printed from the Australian Curriculum consultation website. This website is designed to enable users to register and provide feedback through an online survey.
This consultation period provides an opportunity to provide feedback on the draft Civics and Citizenship curriculum and ACARA encourages participation from all stakeholders with an interest in civics and citizenship education.
Following consultation, the draft Years 3–10 Australian Curriculum: Civics and Citizenship will be revised for ACARA Board and Ministerial approval prior to publication on the Australian Curriculum website in late 2013.
The ABC’s Heywire competition gives students in Years 10, 11, 12, and in tertiary courses,* from rural and regional Australia a chance to ‘tell it like it is’ on the ABC and in Canberra. All they have to do is submit a story to the Heywire website about life in their neck of the woods, or an issue in their community. Stories can be in text, audio, photo or video formats.
Their teaching notes can help you put ABC Heywire in to your curriculum.
Students can enter stories they have already produced in class, or educators can download our teaching notes (developed in partnership with ATOM and VATE) to incorporate Heywire into their curriculum: http://www.abc.net.au/reslib/201105/r768530_6520711.pdf.
The autobiographical storytelling at the heart of Heywire is ideally suited to units such as: identity, belonging, journeys, place, or personal narratives.
Entries close Monday 16 September 2013. Find more information and upload stories at http://www.abc.net.au/heywire.
The ABC selects approximately forty winning stories from around Australia to be produced with the help of
ABC staff and played on ABC Radio, ABC TV or abc.net.au! Winners also score an all-expenses-paid trip to
the Heywire Regional Youth Summit in Canberra in February where they stay at the Australian Institute of
Sport and build their leadership and communication skills. There’s even a reception at Parliament House!
To get an idea of what makes a great Heywire story, check out last year’s winning entries: http://www.abc.net.au/heywire/winners2012.html.
Don’t hesitate to contact ABC Heywire for more information: phone 1800 26 26 46 or email email@example.com.
Peter Job is an English and humanities teacher at Dandenong High School. His master’s thesis was National Benchmark Testing, League Tables and Media Reporting of Schools. In The Age today Peter has written an article Naplan is driving our kids backward. The article has prompted some discussion amongst the community both for and against standardised testing.
In an article by Karin Chenoweth and Christina Theokas it is opresented that Principals in high-achieving schools with a high percentage of students in poverty share four characteristics.
To anyone who cares about ensuring that all children are educated to a high standard, it is depressing to look at one of those graphs that show schools by percentage of low-income students on the x axis and academic achievement on the y axis. The steep slope down and to the right seems to demonstrate an iron law of probability: High-income schools have high achievement; low-income schools have low achievement. Even more uncomfortable for a country that often prides itself on having eliminated institutional discrimination, the same results can be replicated when race rather than income is used.
Just wondering if anyone is using the wiki function in Global2 with their students? If you are we would love to hear about it. An oldie but a goodie is the
“Grade 3-4 at Bellaire Primary School in Geelong, Victoria, Australia. It is the adventures of a tennis ball called Terry. Our teacher, Mr Pearce, started the story on the 29th of April 2006 and we have been adding to it since.”http://terrythetennisball.wikispaces.com/ A simple “Choose your own Adventure” story done with fun and smarts