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Share the spirit on World Kindness Day

World Kindness Day is celebrated every year on 13th of November. It was introduced as an annual event in 1998, when the World Kindness Movement held their first conference in Tokyo. Some of the key themes of World Kindness Day are respect, inclusion, hospitality and gratitude. To be kind can mean being considerate,

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September 8 is International Literacy Day

International Literacy Day is a world event held every year on September 8 to raise awareness of the importance of literacy, and the impact literacy rates have across all levels of our society. The theme of International Literacy Day for this year is ‘Literacy in a digital world,’ focusing on the literacy

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Grab a book – August 9 is Book Lovers Day!

Book Lovers Day encourages you to take a step back and curl up with a book for a few hours, or even the whole day! Get in the spirit with a brand-new read or by re-reading an old favourite. Did you know that reading for just 15 minutes a day can improve comprehension

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Technology in the classroom: what’s in store?

Technology use in schools is increasing every year, dominated by the introduction of iPads, tablets and netbooks to the classroom. Technology is not intended to replace teachers in the classroom; instead, most educational tech is designed to increase efficiency and improve the effectiveness of traditional teaching methods. In a recent survey, more than

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Run a Mathletics, Spellodrome or Reading Eggs Competition Week at your school

NAPLAN is just around the corner. Make preparing with your class a breeze by hosting a friendly, school-wide challenge. A little bit of friendly competition is a great way to make learning fun. Plus, you can encourage your students to work together to see your class top of the Hall of Fame leaderboard! There

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The importance of spelling for all aspects of learning

Communication skills are essential for a child to grow and interact successfully with the world. Communication usually begins with simple body language, gestures and vocalisations. As children progress to verbal communication, they naturally develop an early understanding of their native language. Making the connection between verbal expression and written communication is much more

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The impact of technology on our brain’s ability to learn

We live in a society powered by technology. Constant engagement with our smartphones, tablets, laptops and other internet-based technologies is swiftly becoming the norm. Research indicates that prolonged exposure to these devices is not only changing the way we work and play, it is also dramatically affecting the way we think and, as

Winners of the School Prize Draw 2016

Over the past few weeks we've received many entries into the School Prize Draw, where schools have the chance to win some awesome tech gizmos and gadgets for their school. We're pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 School Prize Draw are: 1st PRIZE Boolarra Primary School, VICTORIA Are the

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What can we learn from new changes to the Finnish education system?

It was recently announced that schools in Finland, a country that has often been recognised as a pioneer in the field of education, are implementing a major shift in their education system. Students from the age of 16 will no longer study individual subjects such as mathematics, English and history. Instead, they will

Applying Gamification to Learning

Gamification is when elements of game design are applied outside of a traditional gaming environment. Some examples of gamification include health and fitness apps that track activity and shopping loyalty cards, where consumers rack up points for their purchases. Applying elements of gamification in the learning process engages and motivates students in the same way that

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Stimulating curiosity to enhance learning

Curiosity is born from a desire to learn for the sake of gaining new knowledge about a particular subject or idea. In contrast to rote learning practices, curiosity promotes a deeper level of understanding as it motivates a learner to think critically and engage with the material to seek out answers. Research

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The benefits of online learning spaces

It’s not a groundbreaking concept to suggest that students benefit from individualised learning practices. Every student learns in a different way, and teaching methods that are effective for one student may not be compatible with another’s preferred learning style. But it is a difficult task for teachers to tailor their lessons to

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