The South Australian Government is to provide an extra $12 million a year to fund the salaries of IT support staff in public schools. See statement from the South Australian Minister for Education, Jay Weatherill, 27 July 2010.
Concern has been expressed in NSW over the level of services provided to autistic children within mainstream schools. See article in The Sydney Morning Herald 26 July 2010.
Two academics in the USA have challenged the common argument that the digital environment undermines deep thinking, but they also warn that abundant online information can create an illusion of knowledge and attention. See article in the Los Angeles Times 25 July 2010.
The South Australian Minister for Education, Jay Weatherill, has written an article for The Advertiser commenting on the respective roles of schools and parents in educating children about social issues and the skills needed for work and life.
School staff, students and parents in Queensland are being invited to offer opinions about their school through a series of surveys. The 2010 School Surveys are coordinated by the Department of Education and Training (DET) Performance Monitoring and Reporting branch. Schools are required to administer the surveys from 26 July with responses due back to schools by 9 August 2010. See report in Education Views 7 July 2010.
The Families as Partners in Learning website is a new resource for early childhood services and schools in Victoria, established by the State's Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD). This website provides early childhood professionals, school leaders and teachers with comprehensive information on the importance of family partnerships; strategies from best practice examples of family partnerships; and tools and resources to assist in the development of successful family partnerships. See statement 14 July 2010 by Maxine Morand, Victorian Minister for Children and Early Childhood Development.