NSW Year 11 students completing NESA critical thinking test The 2017 trial of the NESA online Critical Thinking test started with around 1000 students sitting the test on the first day. The test assesses skills in Logical Reasoning, Qualitative Analytical Reasoning and Quantitative Analytical Reasoning. 
Is technology our servant? I like watching ‘cold case’ crime stories on television, and I stand in awe at the way these modern crime fighters are able to solve homicides that baffled their predecessors 10 or 20 years earlier. I particularly enjoy those episodes where the original crimes were actually investigated by some of the people who are now on the cold case team – seeing them uncover additional clues that were previously not obtainable.
‘Noonie and the Missing Bone’ school writing workshops Casey Hawkins, an ASG NEiTA Awards recipient, is about to set out on a national school tour delivering workshops to help students in Years 1 to 4 to develop their storytelling abilities.
Independents should not be singled out for political point scoring ISCA expresses concern at a growing trend in the public discourse around school funding that focuses on the Independent sector, and more particularly on individual Independent schools, for inappropriate political point scoring.
New skills needed for 2030 workers A new report, The New Work Smarts, analysed over 20 billion hours of work completed by 12 million Australian workers across 400 occupations each year to predict the skills and capabilities that will matter most in 2030.
Qld Education Minister re-states no change in RI policy Controversy swirling around Qld Department of Education Document that warns schools to take "Appropriate action" agains students caught "evangelising' outside class results in denial from Ed Minister Kate Jones.
Majority of young Australians find it difficult to secure their dream career A new study reveals that 70% of young Australians found it difficult to secure a job that is in line with the career they had in mind, further fuelling the 20% underemployed, settling instead for casual positions.
ACA wins $10m for Digital Technologies curriculum support The Australian Computing Academy will provide Australian teachers with the educational resources and professional development necessary to deliver the new Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies.
Digitising school payment and permission systems saves time and money By digitising manual payments processes, Australian schools could save more than 2000 hours of teacher and admin time and take up to $2.6 billion in cash out of the system, according to new report.
Learning Maths while having fun Matific was designed to teach mathematics in a fun, engaging way. Fun, but not so fun that there’s no learning being achieved. Research conducted by the UWS indicates that Results improved by 34% when using Matific. 
Inaugural $50,000 Matific Games The Matific Games is free to enter and there’s $50,000 in cash and prizes available including a swag load of goodies from Matific’s sponsors – think drones and other STEAM-type products.
Woolies Earn & Learn is back ?Earn & Learn enables schools and early learning centres to obtain educational resources, including sporting, mathematics, arts, science and technology equipment, by shopping at Woolworths and collecting stickers to redeem items.