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DG's View 2009

I can't believe the festive season is just around the corner. It seems only yesterday I returned to the education and training fold after this year's machinery of government changes but it was, in fact, last March.

November: DG's View with Director-General, Julie Grantham
On October 30 we celebrated World Teachers' Day, honouring our teachers and the essential role they play in an increasingly complex society.

October: DG's View with Director-General, Julie Grantham
I'd like to thank the many teachers throughout Queensland who volunteered their time during the recent school holidays to take part in two important initiatives to improve student achievement in literacy, numeracy and science.

September: DG's View with Director-General, Julie Grantham
Results from the 2009 National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) paint an encouraging picture for Queensland schools.

August: DG's View with Director-General, Julie Grantham
Earlier this year I announced seven key priorities for the Department of Education and Training (DET) to help us meet our objective of offering Queenslanders a modern, responsive education and training system.

July: DG's View with Director-General, Julie Grantham
Welcome back to our teachers and school staff for the start of Semester 2.

June: DG's View with Director-General, Julie Grantham
The health and safety of school children and staff is the Department of Education and Training's (DET) number one priority, particularly when developing a response to infectious illnesses such as human swine influenza.

May: DG's View with Director-General, Julie Grantham
Our department conducts important work, the learning and development of our state's children, and the skilling of Queenslanders. I'm proud to be at the head of such a department - no other agency makes such an impact on people's lives.

April: DG's View with Director-General, Julie Grantham
I'm very pleased to have returned to this portfolio after the recent machinery-of-government (MoG) changes.

March: Welcome to the new online Education Views
From its simple beginning as an eight-page newspaper in October 1989 to its most recent incarnation as a 24-page full colour news magazine, Education Views has continually evolved to meet the changing needs of Queensland teachers.

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Academic Views 2009

November: Linking language teaching with new technology
Dr Simone Smala from the University of Queensland's School of Education examines how bilingual immersion programs can help students and teachers engage with information and communication technology (ICT).

September: Friendly start to school
A national study of children entering primary school has found teachers who helped children make friends also helped their social, emotional and academic development.

August: Creating a culture of creativity
A study of a south-east Queensland artist-in-residence program shows teachers and students' engagement in the arts helps to build a culture of creativity in schools, which can lead to improved teaching and learning outcomes.

July: Teachers really do make a difference
Teachers make a significant difference to the lives of young people, even in the difficult adolescent years, according to a recent study by Associate Professor Andrew Martin and a team of researchers from the University of Sydney.

June: Why storytelling works
Author, television producer, educator and founding director of the Australian Children's Television Foundation, Dr Patricia Edgar, discusses how storytelling is vital for children's development and understanding of life.

May: Creativity: essential to our education, essential for our future
Dr Ali Black, senior lecturer in education at Central Queensland University's Gladstone campus, discusses the importance of valuing children's creativity and imaginative thinking.

April: Assessing tomorrow's creative thinkers
The world of the 21st century demands creative thinkers. In this, the Year of Creativity, Professor Joy Cumming from Griffith University's Faculty of Education, questions how we should assess students to meet the challenges that lie ahead.

March: Sustainable school-university partnerships
Partnerships between schools and teacher education faculties have many benefits but need strong support from both universities and the schools sector if they are to be sustainable, according to a new study commissioned by Teaching Australia.

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Legal Views 2009

March: Recording staff interviews during formal investigations
Information supplied by the Legal and Administrative Law Branch.

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Signpost 2009

December: Finch Hatton State School:
With teaching principal Madonna Elsmore.

November: Yorkeys Knob State School:
With acting principal Clair Kemeridis.

October: Jericho State School:
With principal Fiona Clein.

September: Mistake Creek State School:
With principal Geraldine Parkes.

August: Mt Surprise State School:
With Mt Surprise State School principal Brigitte Mackenzie.

July: Bli Bli State School:
With Bli Bli State School principal Des Deighton.

June: Biboohra State School
With Flying Fish Point State School principal Narinder Singh.

May: Biboohra State School
With Biboohra State School principal Tracey Douglas.

April: Seaforth State School
With Seaforth State School principal Rebekkah Pollard.

March: Bungunya State School:
With new Bungunya State School principal Mike Townsend.

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Smart Classrooms 2009


Student ICT expectations now available:
December: A framework of the ICT knowledge and skills Queensland state school students are expected to develop from Prep to Year 10 is now available on the Smart Classrooms website.

Queensland school named a global technology leader:
December: Townsville's Hermit Park State School has been recognised by Microsoft as one of the world's best users of technology in the classroom.

Online resources for early phase teachers:
December: With the end of the school year almost here, teachers are being reminded about the value of the Electronic Teaching Collection (eTc) when planning for 2010.

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Virtual reality helping to solve real world issues:
A group of Queensland students is working on ways to make the world a better and safer place by building a virtual world online.

Regional awards for ICT-savvy teachers:
Twenty-six teachers throughout the state have been presented with Smart Classrooms Regional Teacher Awards as part of this year's World Teachers' Day celebrations.

Online Literature Festival a success:
The power and versatility of online communication was on show during this year's Online Literature Festival.

Bits and bytes:
See digital pedagogy in practice - Teachers can glimpse how their colleagues are switching to digital ways of teaching and learning by watching Smart Classrooms vodcasts, the first of what will be a comprehensive set of online resources.
Just days left to tell it digitally - Queensland students are running out of time to preserve their school's most important memories.

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eLearning presentations now online:
Presentations from the recent eLearning Innovation Expo are now available online.

Managing internet connection speeds:
Queensland state schools are taking to digital ways of teaching and learning at an unprecedented rate, with the Department of Education and Training now one of the biggest users of the internet in Queensland.

Innovative teaching no game for Microsoft winner:
A Toowoomba teacher with a passion for game development has been recognised by software giant Microsoft as one of Australia's leading information and communication technologies (ICT) teachers.

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Our top eLearning teachers take a bow:
Twelve teachers have been recognised for their excellence in teaching and learning using information and communication technology (ICT).

ICT training reaps 1000th Orange Card holder:
The Department of Education and Training's network of qualified, on-the-ground ICT support staff is thriving, with the number of Orange Card holders growing to 1000.

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New tools connect colleagues:
Working online with staff around the state is a whole lot easier now OnePortal and the Learning Place's iConnect are in place.

Authors on board for online festival:
Some of Australia's favourite children's authors have signed on to chat with Queensland teachers and students as part of this year's Online Literature Festival.

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Bedtime reading a Braveheart performance:
For many Queenslanders the thought of getting up at 5.30am is enough to make them cringe, roll over and go back to sleep.

Stay up-to-speed with new framework:
Teachers can align their pedagogy with the latest in contemporary thinking thanks to the newly updated Smart Classrooms Professional Development Framework.

Digital dream a reality for Yarrabah teacher:
A far north Queensland state school teacher has beaten off competition from across the Asia-Pacific to be named as one of the region's most innovative technology teachers.

Return of expo an e-learning experience:
State school educators are encouraged to get in early and secure their place at this year's two-day e-Learning Innovation Expo in September.

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Laptops a seaworthy addition:
A Brisbane teacher is using his Computers for Teachers laptop to connect with students and teach them about the wonders of plankton.

Quest to find our smartest ICT teachers:
The search is on again for Queensland teachers who are using information and communication technology in exciting and innovative ways.

Signed, sealed, delivered:
Life got a little bit easier for school-based staff and students with the Department of Education and Training's long awaited Simplified Sign-On capability.

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Logan students ready for 1-to-1 learning:
At the start of the year, students at Crestmead State School watched with envy the classes in other schools that were plugging into the digital world to learn.

Migrant children benefit from digital pedagogy:
A Woodridge State School teacher is going to great lengths to ensure her students get the most from their time in the classroom.

Stanthorpe teachers join digital age:
A group of Queensland teachers is proving their dedication towards 21st century learning by agreeing to register for the Smart Classrooms Professional Development Framework.

Technological overhaul creates ICT leader:
A little more than 18 months ago, Parkhurst State School was a different place to the one it is today.

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Toolkit helps make movies from games:
Educators are focusing on the latest in gaming technology to turn students into movie-makers.

OnePortal enhances working life:
Have you ever needed to connect with colleagues across the state and wished you had an online central space to share ideas and documents?

Transfer hard work to tertiary qualifications:
School ICT support staff can make the most of their industry experience by transferring their hard work to tertiary qualifications.

ICT empowers students with learning difficulties:
A Queensland teacher is giving children with learning difficulties more opportunities in the classroom and it's all thanks to the power of ICT.

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Computer age comes to Coen:
A small Far North Queensland school isn't letting its remote location stop it from incorporating information and communication technology (ICT) into its classroom.

Tech lessons for tomorrow's teachers:
A group of aspiring teachers have been earning their Smart Classrooms stripes in an effort to boost information and communication technology in the classrooms of tomorrow.

25,000 laptops for teachers and counting:
More than 25,000 Queensland state school teachers have received laptops in the $70 million Computers for Teachers program.

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