Growing public concern about student-data privacy is prompting fresh scrutiny of the ways technology vendors handle children’s educational information—and opening the gates for a flood of new questions and worries from advocates and school officials. Take prominent ed-tech players Edmodo, Khan Academy, and Pearson. Each already has access to the information of tens of millions of U.S. schoolchildren. Read the full article by Benjamin Herold
The ”flipped classroom” method was introduced to Gungahlin College students in Canberra last year. Feedback surveys suggest his students stop, pause, fast-forward, rewind and repeat his lectures several times – some even watch them backwards. A number of students have worked through the lectures together via online chat networks and many separate themselves into groups in class according to ability level.
Mr Smythe admitted the method separated his class, with some students surging ahead while others fell slightly behind. But he was confident it was a beneficial style for all his students.
”There will always be students who hit a barrier in your lessons but the problem with traditional teaching is that we can’t always wait for them to get over that barrier, so we just surge ahead,” he said. ”By giving these students time to get over that hurdle – which they can do by pausing and revisiting the clip – research has shown they can get over that hurdle, excel and catch up.
ABC Splash are running a fabulous event Let’s Draw with Graeme Base live event. Draw pictures and let your imagination run wild with picture storybook illustration!
We investigate how to create unbelievable characters to tell a convincing story with Graeme Base, one of Australia’s best-loved illustrators. Victorian Government teachers are able to access all of the
Chatterbox is essentially an online chat program for parents, where they can learn about Cybersafety, pre-submit questions, share stories and advice. Chatterbox can be downloaded and accessed at home or on a mobile device. Each episode starts with a video followed by an audio discussion featuring targeted steps for parents to take action and/or start online safety conversations with their children. New Chatterbox episodes will be released though out the year. Schools should promote this initiative for parents.
ACMA’s new Cybersmart research report ‘Connected Parents in the cybersafety age’ was also released. This report provides an analysis of parents’ needs with regard to cybersafety education and focuses on patterns of internet use, identified concerns and information needs of the main caregivers of children and young people aged 8 to 17.
Screen It is the Australian Centre of the Moving Image’s (ACMI) nation-wide competition for primary and secondary students. It encourages and fosters young moving image makers and this year – to celebrate the competition’s 10th anniversary – students are asked to respond to the theme of ‘reflection’ in their work.
Be part of this special anniversary and help to celebrate the creative talent of your students by encouraging them to enter the competition. You can build animation, filmmaking or game making into your classroom program and have the class enter their creations.
ACARA releases statement to the review of Australian Curriculum The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) has provided a statement as a contribution to the Federal Government’s review of the Australian Curriculum. In January 2014, the Federal Education Minister, Christopher Pyne, announced the review, with a final report due at the end of July 2014.
ACARA’s statement highlights the processes it adopted in developing each of the learning areas and subjects that make up the Australian Curriculum. ACARA’s Chair, Professor Barry McGaw, believes the Federal Government’s initiative to review the Australian Curriculum has its benefits. ‘We are obliged to provide our future generations with the best possible learning opportunities and outcomes,’ said Professor McGaw. ‘Work on the national curriculum is never completed.
It will always be a work in progress so ACARA will be open to whatever advice the reviewers provide. ‘I am convinced the processes ACARA adopted, drawing on the nation’s best expertise and talent, has allowed us to establish a dynamic, high-quality Australian Curriculum. It has certainly caught the attention of other nations, many of which have invited presentations on what ACARA is doing,’ he added. To view ACARA’s statement, visit ACARA’s website.