Given the holidays are here, it is an ideal time for educators to get their heads around some of the current issues and challenges for Australian education. Many educators have followed this throughout the process but there are others wh may be asking What is the Gonski report? This is article summarises the report and presents some of the challenges in an easy to read format. There is even a quiz at the end if you like to take it.
Commissioned by the Government in 2010 and chaired by businessman David Gonski, the review panel received more than 7,000 submissions, visited 39 schools, and consulted 71 education groups across Australia
It presented its findings to the Government in November 2011, and the Government released that report, along with its initial response, in February 2012.
Since then, the Commonwealth and states have been deliberating over what to do with the recommendations. Full article
We are pleased to introduce Digital Learning News – a new blog to keep up to date with all things digital. We want this to be a collaborative space where you can make comments or share what is happening in your classroom.
This month’s blog….
- Teaching & Learning in the 21st Century – This course, supported by DEECD, is modelled on the previous DEECD program Powerful Learning Practice and is led by practicing teachers. It runs throughout Terms 3 to 4 and provides teachers in Victorian State Schools with a flexible professional development program showcasing how teachers from around the state are adding value to teaching and learning through effective and seamless use of digital technologies in the classroom.
- EduSTAR tutorials available on FUSE, (did you know that through the new Microsoft Licensing Agreement schools can include the core EduSTAR image on student owned devices?)
- Introducing events related to digital learning on the Professional Learning Calendar – Post a comment here or on the Digital Learning News blog to alert us to events to promote on the calendar.
Lee Badman writes Tablets in K-12 and higher education should not be technology for technology’s sake.
Simply purchasing slick devices like iPads for the classroom is hardly a recipe for educational success.
The temptation to do so is a symptom of an exciting, and perhaps confusing, time in educational technology. Never have students at all grades been more tech savvy, and never have educators had such an astounding range of technical resources available to them for pedagogical use. Let’s talk about why iPad programs don’t always succeed Full Article
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
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.
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.