Archived News for Education Sector Professionals - April, 2014
A band of roaming metallurgists will visit some of Australia’s most remote schools, burning things, blowing them up and getting students excited about mineral science.
Great minds turn inside to seek out negativity
CSIRO has set up an internal unit to tackle accusations of bullying and workplace harassment.
App success from battle of hackettes
Australia's first female hackathon has been run across two major cities.
One drop lens could bring microscopy to masses
Australian engineers have come up with a new way of making lenses, which could turn any smart phone into a microscope.
Thousands line up for local online learning
One Australian University will launch its first ever Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) today, and already has over 20,000 people waiting for the first lesson.
Ex-PM taking global ed. head on
Former Prime Minister Julia Gillard has given a speech on the future of education in the world’s poorest nations, in her new role at RMIT.
Minister looks to QLD for remote success
The Northern Territory Education Minister has toured a number of remote schools in Queensland to learn about a new education strategy.
Pad and pen back again for deeper understanding
Writing with pen and paper is a more effective way to learn and retain information than typing on a computer, research has found.
Uni fee fiddling foreshadowed
The Federal Government may be considering allowing universities to charge higher fees.
Digital ground broken with cheap, simple 3D scanning plan
Australian scientists have come up with a cheap and easy way to create colourful 3D scans using simple equipment.
Victorian enlightenment comes in allegory of the classroom
Primary school students will be encouraged to assess their place in the universe, the nature of existence and the morality of human behaviour, when some Victorian school introduce ethics classes this year.
Miners find entirely new mineral
Australian scientists have discovered an entirely new mineral, unique in structure and composition among the world's 4,000 known types.
Classy numbers show big independent spend
Some of the most expensive schools in the country are forking out massive sums for new works to attract the next generation of well-off students.
Locals get new tools for interstellar dating
Australian astronomers will have access to one of the most advanced devices in the world for investigating the origin of stars, with the launch of a $13 million tool.
Brandis calls for climate views with a relaxed relation to reality
Federal Attorney-General George Brandis says ignoring people who deny climate science is “medieval”.
China looks to boost future by re-thinking today
A recent conference has heard of a shift in China, re-tooling its education sector to produce the science and technology that will fuel the future.
New boss at northern Uni will settle before seeking changes
Charles Darwin University has appointed a new chief for rural campuses across the Northern Territory.
Queensland numbers jump for females in engineering
Females make up just under a quarter of new engineering undergrads at one university, proving the efficacy of a program to boost numbers.
Students drop in real life numbers game
As young people gain greater access to the world of finance, their level of knowledge on how to manage money has dropped.
Experts slam big schools spend
Three Australian academics have condemned the $16.2 billion Building the Education Revolution scheme as a stuff-up destined to become “an international case study of government failure”.
Old divide carried out online
Giant tech companies are normally known for their progressive and innovative approaches to work, but new figures show the 21st century companies uphold some fairly 19th century gender divisions.