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Tuesday, 22 Sep 2020
Category: Education & Learning

5 Free Online Learning Programs for Kids to Do at Home

You don’t need to create teacher-level lesson plans to make sure kids keep on learning at home. Here are a few free resources to take advantage of while creating a plan for keeping little ones learning outside of the classroom. With schools and daycares closing due to safety concerns over the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), parents all over […]

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How We Pay Attention

NOW YOU SEE IT, NOW YOU DO NOT When I was a kid, my father liked to lay on the floor to watch TV. Sometimes my siblings or I would ask him a question about something on the show, but he would not answer us. We would say, “Dad…”, “Dad…!”, “DAD!”, but he seemed not […]

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Trying to homeschool because of coronavirus? Here are 5 tips to help your child learn

A number of schools in Australia have shut after students and staff tested positive for COVID-19. And some private schools have moved to online classes pre-emptively. Many parents are keeping their children home as a precaution for various reasons. Attendance in schools has fallen, by as much as 50% in some. The current medical advice is for schools to remain open and for children to go […]

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Australian schools are closing because of coronavirus, but should they be?

The World Health Organisation overnight declared that the coronavirus responsible for COVID-19 is now a pandemic, and called on countries to take “urgent and aggressive action”. The virus has affected more than 113,702 people and resulted into 4,012 deaths globally. At the time of publication, there have been 126 people diagnosed with COVID-19 in Australia and three deaths linked to […]

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You can do it! A ‘growth mindset’ helps us learn

One of the most influential phenomena in education over the last two decades has been that of the “growth mindset”. This refers to the beliefs a student has about various capacities such as their intelligence, their ability in areas such as maths, their personality and creative ability. Proponents of the growth mindset believe these capacities […]

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New curriculum for students with a vision impairment

The first national curriculum for students with a vision impairment will soon be trialled in schools, as part of a plan to provide equitable access to education for children who are blind or have low vision. Leading the charge is University of Southern Queensland (USQ) inclusive education researcher Melissa Fanshawe. Her 13-year-old son has a […]

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The rise of the robot: Robotics in the modern classroom

Technology is becoming increasingly sophisticated and its capabilities more diverse. With the ongoing desire to prepare students for the future workforce, Education Matters discusses robotics and its place in the modern classroom. As robotic technology evolves so too does its ability to impact the way we live and work. The concept of machines replacing work previously done […]

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Vision Australia launches STEM tool for blind children

Vision Australia has launched a hands-on educational STEM tool designed to teach skills in computer coding and programming to young students who are blind. Originally designed by Microsoft and developed by American Printing House, Code Jumper assists children aged 7-11 years – regardless of their vision – to further develop their skills in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering […]

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Is handwriting the key to improved literacy skills?

In an age where our lives are so technology-rich, a new study investigates the links between handwriting and other literacy skills in young children; highlighting that the (hand)written word should be the way of the future rather than a shift to paperless schools. The study examined the influence of handwriting automaticity in the writing and reading performance […]

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