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Using emojis to monitor student wellbeing

In response to growing concerns about student wellbeing and its link to academic performance, a new classroom tool uses emojis, customisable polls and screen mirroring to measure student engagement and wellbeing in real-time.

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ATARs and life after school

According to a new Grattan Institute report on Australia’s post-school education system, high school students who receive a low ATAR and go on to university may be better served choosing a vocational education pathway instead.

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Students embark on fossil expedition

Three South Australian high school students have had the opportunity to take part in an outback field excursion, digging up ancient fossils, as part of the annual Flinders University James Moore Memorial Prize in Palaeontology.

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Calling creative student inventors

The search has begun for Australia’s next generation of inventors, with students in Years 3-8 invited to enter their innovative ideas for the chance to win a trip to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in the USA.

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Primary school replicated in LEGO

Grade 2 students from St Peter’s Primary School in Bentleigh East, Victoria, have visited LEGOLAND Discovery Centre for the unveiling of a LEGO replica of their school, which was won as part of a recent competition.

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Sexting a growing concern

A sexting episode can be among the most difficult topics for teens to talk about with parents and teachers, according to Tracy Adams, CEO at yourtown/Kids Helpline. But early education about cyber-safety can provide young people with greater confidence to discuss the issue if the need arises.

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