School attendance and educational outcomes: Every day counts

The primary aims of the study were to assess patterns of attendance over time, how these patterns
vary across schools and students with different characteristics, and how these patterns of
attendance contribute to student outcomes. In addition, the research team were asked to consider
attendance measures that could be used at a national level to enhance national reporting.

The study made novel use of data collected as part of the routine administrative processes of the
WA DoE and represents the first time these data have been used in a systematic population study of
these aims. The data and approach have enabled us to demonstrate the relationship between
attendance and achievement and how this is affected by aspects of disadvantage.
To read the executive summary

Can you tell a story in 5 pictures?

Here is a widget I have used to present 5 pictures. The activity I have chosen is to see if students can use these visual cues to tell an story out loud. I would get students to plan their own using a combination of images to prompt the story. You could even record it using, Show me (iPad) Voice thread (online) or just a mobile phone with a sound recording app. Here I have used slideshow creator in widget box.

Widgets from across the web work in global2

Using widgets in any blog opens a new world of tools and presentations styles. Global2 comes with some widgets but it allows you to add in some external ones too. Here I have gone to the widgetbox site, chosen a widget to personalise and then inserted the code into this blog post. There are thousands to choose from. Wallwisher, (now called padlet) is another way to include other web 2.0 sites and transforming your Global2 blog into your web 2.0 learning toolbelt.

Link to Padlet

So what’s a MOOC ?

MOOC stands for Massive Open Online Courses.  Although there has been access to free online courses on the Internet for years, the quality and quantity of courses has changed. Access to free courses has allowed students to obtain a level of education that many only could dream of in the past.  This has changed the face of education.  In The New York Times article Instruction for Masses Knocked Down Campus Walls, author Tamar Lewin stated, “in the past few months hundreds of thousands of motivated students around the world who lack access to elite universities have been embracing them as a path toward sophisticated skills and high-paying jobs, without paying tuition or collecting a college degree.” Read more

The 2013 VITTA Annual Conference and Expo

The 2013 VITTA Annual Conference and Expo is set for August again this year and is already aspiring to be the best ever. Provoking Learning with ICT will be a conference designed for all learners, exploring the exciting environments and the opportunities for students and teachers to enhance their learning through technology. Provoking Learning with ICT highlights the innovation, creativity and achievement of teachers and students nationally in and beyond the classroom.

Now is the time to get the staff at your school together and plan your two days at the VITTA 2013 Provoking Learning with ICT conference in August.

Please note the 2013 conference will be a Bring Your Own Device Event and will not have computer labs available. Register Now 

Download the Program


How to Twitter resources presented by SLAV

The School Library Association Victoria (SLAV) have put together a terrific, simple to follow “How to get started with Twitter” on their Bright ideas blog.

This is a great resource to share with your staff or students to increase their social media knowledge.

Twitter is a powerful tool that allows you to connect with people, share your thoughts or links and build communities of like minded users. Find out how to get started, protect your privacy, create your profile and send tweets.

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Bullying and cyberbullying resources to share with parents

Bullying and Cyberbullying

This module, developed in partnership with Andrew Fuller, (clinical psychologist and student wellbeing specialist), has been developed to help parents understand, recognise and manage bullying and cyberbullying behaviours.

go to interactives page


Ted Ed

TED-Ed is a free educational website for teachers and learners. We are a global and interdisciplinary initiative with a commitment to creating lessons worth sharing. Our approach to education is an extension of TED’s mission of spreading great ideas. 

Great video to share at a staff meeting, for all staff – Teaching for Tomorrow: Flipped Learning

Yes it is another Flipped Learning video BUT have a listen to Aaron’s assessment process. Nothing new for good teachers but takes someone who knows how kids learn to do it well. This is NOT an ICT video it is a video for every curriculum area. – For every teacher looking to create a contemporary classroom.

Melbourne International Film Festival’s Next Gen program

School bookings for Melbourne International Film Festival’s Next Gen program are now open. Free ATOM study guides, suitable for secondary students, are available for selected films including Touch of the Light (Chang Jung-chi, 2012) and Blackbird (Jason Buxton, 2012).

To book a school group to attend a Next Gen film at MIFF, visit