NSW government offers $80m package to help remote schools
The NSW Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli has announced $80 million over four years to improve student learning in rural and remote public schools across the state. Mr Piccoli said the NSW Government's Rural and Remote Education Blueprint for Action aims to bridge the gap in educational achievement between rural and remote, and metropolitan schools. See also article in the Sydney Morning Herald 8 November 2013.
Free online course to boost K-6 ICT learning
Google and the University of Adelaide have collaborated to develop a free online course to cover K-6 resources and sample learning activities on ICT, designed for use with the digital technologies section of the Australian Curriculum. The project 'brings together the expertise of a network of teachers and industry representatives to develop materials that will help teachers meet the learning objectives of the new curriculum': see AdelaideNow article 6 November 2013.
Half of electrical apprentices 'fail basic numeracy and literacy tests'
The energy sector's industry council has found that 'about half of the electrical apprentices tested this year have failed internal literacy and numeracy exams'. See report on ABC News 1 November 2013.
Queensland Government considers new funding plan for school chaplains
Queensland schools 'could use funding for chaplains instead of education programs or support staff', according to an article in the Courier-Mail 6 November 2013. See also News.com article on Queensland school chaplains 7 November 2013.
Using QR codes to differentiate instruction
A post on the Edutopia blog 25 September 2013 discusses ways in which teachers can use QR codes to provide differentiated instruction activities.
School helps deaf students break language barriers
Forest Hill College in Burwood East, Victoria, 'helps deaf children enter mainstream education by providing them with in-class resources including real-time captioning and interpreters': see article in The Age 28 October 2013.