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Education Today
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Survey
Survey
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young three times more likely to be homeless Indigenous youth report high rates of homelessness, bullying and exposure to social problems.
Covid prepared
Covid prepared
Software can reduce Covid-19 outbreaks in schools by 36 per cent A tool released by Melbourne-based edtech start-up, Class Solver, is a good way of reducing the severity of an outbreak in a classroom by reducing the number of contacts an infected child might have.
Go deep
Go deep
Deep Work: Sunk on the treacherous shoals of time control in tough schools Cal Newport’s concept of Deep Work was a best seller, and it developed a big following in the business world. As a result, the authors of this action research project focused on whether this concept would fit our schools, and if the perceptions and actions that school leaders, including teacher leaders developed while engaging in activities would promote deep learning, and consequentially influence their leadership effectiveness.   The findings indicated that while the concept itself is noble, and certainly worthy of emulating within a school’s context. In tough school communities however, participants reported that their ability to engage in Deep Work was very much influenced by the dynamics of the school day, and, not surprisingly, the place and time at which the Deep Work activities were undertaken. All participants believed that developing a culture that promoted Deep Work should be the top priority of every leadership group in their efforts to improve a school’s teaching and learning community. However, the day-to-day survival mode activities that all school leaders experienced prevented a full implementation of Newport’s Deep Work model. The impact of these findings should be further explored because they shine a light on the traditional structures and cultures of Australian schools.
Ray Boyd, FACEL, Principal and Dr Neil MacNeill, Principal
Fail forward
Fail forward
Inspiring kids to fail: The entrepreneurial mindset for the future Becoming, and being, an entrepreneur is hard work, and a lot of it has to do with embracing failure as the catalyst for success.
Michael Holmstrom, CEO of STEM Punks
Home Camps
Home Camps
COVID-safe school holiday camps from home Kids activities provider Skills and Thrills has launch of its new Home Camps offering created during COVID-19 to help parents occupy their kids during school holidays while they work from home. 
Space
Space
Five simple strategies for improving your students’ reading habits The real way forward is to find tangible strategies to establish and sustain an engaging reading environment for students.
Robert Tall, Literacy Coordinator at Waverley College
Connect
Connect
Connecting schools boosts performance A peer group of schools that can exchange ideas and draw inspiration from each other’s experience has boosted the performance of the schools involved.
Sick
Sick
Poor air quality has drastic effect on student learning A classroom with poor lighting or inadequate heating rarely goes unnoticed. But until recently, good air quality wasn’t on the radar of most Australian educators.
Dr Vyt Garnys and Prof Tony Arnel
Techniques
Techniques
Learning how to learn: Metaskills are higher-order skills that lay the foundations for learning Metaskills are higher-order skills that lay the foundations for learning and succeeding at almost anything in life. Essentially, skills that help us to acquire skills.
Steve Glaveski, author and entrepreneur

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Entrepreneurs
Entrepreneurs
$2,500 in prize money in First Pitch For Kids 2020 comp Young entrepreneurs pitch their ideas for the chance to win a generous cash prize.
Screening
Screening
Dystech screens for dyslexia with machine learning Australian startup Dystech has created Dyscreen, a simple to use but tech heavy screening app for dyslexia.
Amplified
Amplified
Frenemies can do the most harm – Peer Aggression and Wellbeing Study Bullying by close friends can be dismissed as horseplay, but when it becomes exclusion or rumour spreading the hurt is amplified.
Psychology
Psychology
How teachers can engage students learning from home Teachers are very familiar with the challenge of keeping students engaged in the classroom, however keeping them interested and on task when they are learning remotely takes this challenge to a whole new level.
Sharon Turner, School Psychologist at Strathcona Girls Grammar
Security
Security
The state of cybersecurity in Australia’s education sector Cybercriminals only grow smarter as time goes on, and it seems that no one – no individual, company, or government – is ever prepared for the latest attack. Unfortunately, Australia is no different.
Jr School head
Jr School head
Wesley College names new head of junior school Mrs Jo Edinger is the new Head of Junior School at Wesley College in Perth, the school chose to promote a long term staff member.
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