Warm-heartedness in education

Dalai LamaHad this shared with me this morning

What we do need to do is to find ways to incorporate advice about warm-heartedness into our education system.

A simple message that could make a really powerful discussion point with your students.

Register now for your school enviroweek action 25-31 August

Get planning early! Cool Australia is now taking registrations for classrooms willing to commit to sustainable actions during next terms Enviroweek action 25-31 August or just check out all of the Cool Australia Cool Resources. at http://coolaustralia.org/

Cool Australia Challenge

Beyond the Classroom: A New Digital Education for Young Australians in the 21st Century

Over the past decade Australian governments have invested extensively in digital education, highlighting the growing link between technology and economic prosperity.

The drive to transform teaching and learning through digital education has been supported by the $2.1 billion Digital Education Revolution (DER). Officially launched in 2008, this landmark initiative impacts every aspect of education—from teacher training to school infrastructure, curriculum design, assessment and community engagement. Full Document

Bully Stoppers grants program

Applications for round two of the Bully Stoppers grants program are open online  and will close on Friday 26 July.
All necessary information is available from the Bully Stoppers website at:


Schools can apply for a grant of $5000 or $10000 to assist their school to implement strategies, initiatives or programs that endeavour to prevent and respond to bullying (both face-to-face and online) in their school community.

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Technology challenges facing education

An Article by David Nagel suggests that: Horizon report image

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


Australia’s Migration Trends 2011–12 at a glance

 According to the 2011 Census of Population and Housing, almost half of Australia’s population people were either born overseas or had a migrant parent. The document Australia’s Migration
Trends 2011–12 at a glance is important reading for educators.

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



Some Global2 ideas for schools from schools

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.

Draft years 3–10 Australian curriculum: civics and citizenship consultation open

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.

Ken Robinson – Show this at you staff meeting

Ken Robinson: How to escape education’s death valley