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Communications report 2011–12 series Report 2—Australia’s progress in the digital economy Participation, trust and confidence

ACMI Hothouse intensive program for Victorian students

Hothouse

ACMI Hothouse

Tall poppies grow here.

Hothouse is a week-long intensive program for Victorian students in Years 10 to 12, aimed at nurturing creativity and moving image skills.

Ten students are hand-picked each year and dropped into a fast-paced production studio, to gain hands-on production experience, contacts in the industry and plenty of career inspiration! Full Details

What are the social benefits of education?

Education brings wide-ranging benefits to the society. For instance, more educated people tend to live longer…

What is the ultimate purpose of education? Early philosophers such as Aristotle and Plato pointed out that education was central to the moral fulfilment of individuals and the well-being of the society in which they live. In the past few decades, research has supported this conventional wisdom, revealing that education not only enables individuals to perform better in the labour market, but also helps to improve their overall health, promote active citizenship and contain violence. The analysis below presents evidence on the relationship between education and social outcomes including health, civic engagement and subjective well-being across many OECD countries.

Life expectancy reflects a long trajectory of individuals’ socio-economic circumstances that affect their health conditions and other mortality risks. In OECD countries, life expectancy at birth, on average, reached 80 years in 2010. Women live almost six years longer than men, averaging 83 years vs. 77 for men.

Life expectancy reflects a long trajectory of individuals’ socio-economic circumstances that affect their health conditions and other mortality risks. In OECD countries, life expectancy at birth, on average, reached 80 years in 2010. Women live almost six years longer than men, averaging 83 years vs. 77 for men.

Data show that life expectancy is strongly associated with education. Full Article 

 

Don’t Run Away From Teaching Pop Culture By Marc D. Hauser

Check out the music children listen to, and you will hear rap and hip-hop songs about sex, violence, women as objects, and domination. Sometimes the questionable language is explicit and sometimes it’s implicit, veiled in metaphors. Ask children if the content is appropriate or what the song is about, and you will get one of four answers:

“I don’t know. I just like the music.”

“I don’t know, but it’s OK because it doesn’t have any swears in it.”

“I know it has cursing in it so I listen to the ‘clean’ version.”

“I know it’s about sex and violence, but I like the beat.”

When children think that music is inappropriate, most often they believe that the moral infraction lies with the use of profanity. If you clean up the words, you cleanse the moral space and thus are free to listen, they believe. In fact, YouTube is littered with tunes that are designated “clean” because censors have “bleeped out” the swearing in them. But that really isn’t good enough.  Full article 

 

Staff in Australia’s Schools Survey 2013

ACER is conducting the third cycle of the Staff in  Schools survey (SiAS) in 2013. SiAS is an Australia-wide survey to collect information directly from school teachers and leaders about their background and qualifications, their work, their career intentions, and school staffing issues. A large sample of primary and secondary schools in all sectors and states and territories will be randomly selected and invited to participate in SiAS.

The voluntary survey, which should take approximately 15 minutes to complete, is intended to provide a snapshot of the Australian teacher workforce, including demographic information such as gender, age, qualifications and work roles. It will also gather information that may be used to assist in planning for the future, including data from current teachers and school leaders about their employment intentions and career plans, and staffing issues that schools are facing.  This survey will also map key trends since the previous SiAS surveys in 2006-07 and 2010.

SiAS has been commissioned by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR). The Advisory Committee includes representatives of government and non-government school authorities in all states and territories, national principals associations, teacher unions, teacher education institutions and the ABS.  The on-line survey will be conducted in April and May.

For further information visit www.acer.edu.au/sias

Washington Post – Students and financial literacy

By , Published: January 28

As she punched numbers into a calculator, Luka Fernandez had a lot to figure out. How much could she afford to pay for a car? Should she buy cable? Where should she live?These are the types of questions facing many adults as they try to manage a household budget.Full article

Q&A: Quest for ‘Digital Wisdom’ Hinges on Brains and Machines: An interview with Marc Prensky

Marc Prensky has written a number of books about the integration of technology and education. In his latest, Brain Gain: Technology and the Quest for Digital Wisdom, he argues that technology can be used to enhance the human brain and improve the way people process information. In a recent interview with Editorial Intern Mike Bock for the US Education Week’s Digital Education blog, Mr. Prensky talked about what teachers and education leaders can do to get more out of technology Full article

Nobody uses the internet because the government says they should: article by Julian Thomas and Ellie Rennie

THE average house in a remote Indigenous community uses about a third of the power consumed by a suburban home, is six times more prone to overcrowding, and probably doesn’t have a home internet connection. Among the rare exceptions – at least when it comes to the internet – are twenty houses in the small communities of Kwale Kwale, Mungalawurru and Imangara in central Australia. With federal funding, these households have been given computers, internet access and training, and receive regular visits and advice.

For full report

Food for thought: Digital Immigrants Unite!

Digital Immigrants Unite! an article by Bill Ferriter the Tempered Radical

Let me start with a borderline heretical confession:  I believe that the terms “digital natives” and “digital immigrants” have done more harm than good in shaping the direction of teaching and learning in the 21st Century.

The way I see it, calling students “digital natives” and any adult over the age of 35 “digital immigrants” all-too-often leaves teachers convinced that they have no real place in helping students to figure out how to grow as capable and competent learners.

We’ve inadvertently handed over all ownership and discredited our expertise, y’all — assuming that spending our formative years with notepads instead of iPads means we’ve got nothing to add to conversations with our students about how technology empowers learners. Full article 

 

The power of culture to create a better future- UNESCO international essay contest for young people.

Young people from around the world are invited to enter the 2013 Goi Peace Foundation – UNESCO International Essay Contest for Young People.

The theme for this year’s contest is: “THE POWER OF CULTURE TO CREATE A BETTER FUTURE.”

Every part of the world has its own culture. Culture includes the arts, traditions and customs of a country or region, as well as the wisdom, values, lifestyles and trends of the people living there. In order to build a peaceful world, we need to acknowledge and respect each other’s cultures. What aspects of the culture in your country or region do you take pride in? How can youth make the most of them to create a better future?

 

The deadline for entry is June 30, 2013.

Prize winners will receive a cash award and will be invited to Japan for the award ceremony. Please see the complete guidelines below or at http://www.goipeace.or.jp/english/activities/programs/1301.html

 

Please kindly help disseminate this announcement through your networks and websites. We look forward to the participation of many young people in your communities!

 

The Goi Peace Foundation