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DG's View

MARCH 2009

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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.

Today our teachers are being given greater access and more support than ever before to use information and communication technology in and outside the classroom.

To ensure Education Views remains a practical and informative professional resource for our teaching workforce, it must reflect and incorporate these changes.

The new online format will ensure teachers can access up-to-the-minute education news and information when, and where, they want it.

The new Education Views will continue to publish popular regular columns such as Signpost and Academic Views as well as the usual education news, features and information.

However it will also include a host of new and dynamic features such as video and audio, interactive polls and photo galleries.

The new format will also help to reduce our publishing expenses, and shrink our environmental footprint by eliminating the use of natural resources as part of the printing process.

I encourage you to bookmark this site and check back regularly for the latest education news and views. Readers are also invited to submit their feedback and suggestions as we continue to refine the new format over the coming months.

Building the Education Revolution

Our schools will benefit from the Federal Government's latest economic stimulus package and its funding investment of $14.7 billion in school infrastructure across Australia.

The Building the Education Revolution funding program will go towards a range of infrastructure projects.

These range from larger-scale capital works such as libraries and multipurpose halls in primary schools and science labs and language centres in high schools, to minor works such as refurbishments of buildings and upgrades of other school facilities.

This is a substantial investment in school infrastructure that will benefit all Queenslanders for many years to come. For more information click here.

Continue to give

The plight of those affected by the devastating bushfires in Victoria and the flooding in North Queensland continues to be deeply felt by our school communities.

Queensland schools continue to organise and participate in a range of fundraising events and activities to support the victims.

Thank you for your efforts so far. Your support demonstrates once again the deep sense of compassion and community spirit that exists within our schools and offices.

For further donations to the Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund go to the Red Cross website external page (will open in a new window) or phone 1800 811 700.

Donations to the Premier's Disaster Relief Appeal Fund for victims of the North Queensland floods can be made at any of the major banks or by phoning 1800 173 349.

Celebrate creativity

It has been another busy start to the school year.

A number of high-profile departmental initiatives have started including Creative Generation - State Schools Onstage, the Showcase Awards and the Year of Creativity.

Creative thinking is an important ingredient for success in all facets in life. Throughout the Year of Creativity, our teachers and students will be given many opportunities to use and develop their creative skills.

Read how Queensland educators are unlocking students' creativity in our Year of Creativity feature story.