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From COVID-19 to classroom: Making sense of research evidence-use

By Mandy Salisbury, Lucas Walsh, Mark Rickinson, Connie Cirkony, Joanne Gleeson, Faculty of Education, Monash University

Recently we have been bombarded with conflicting information around many COVID-19 related issues, including to pursue ‘elimination’ of the virus or not, to close borders or otherwise, and the wearing of protective masks.  In Australia, as in many countries, there has been inconsistent and changing advice. Differing views have been hotly debated and the rules ever-changing. During this pandemic, when evidence has played such a central role in policy making and guidance for the public, there is a need to focus on how it is used. This challenge of understanding how to best use evidence also applies to teachers in their everyday teaching and learning practice. Read more

Schooling online during periods of disruption: using technology to enhance remote learning and to keep students safe

The coronavirus crisis has been a reminder to Australians at large that the healthy functioning of schools is of paramount importance to society. Schools are vital to the Australian economy, not only because they allow parents to work, but because they educate the professionals of the future. The full impact of the pandemic is yet to be realised but educators nationwide have had to adapt to teaching their curriculum online. Read more

Whatever it takes: striving for a culture of student engagement

Margaret Gurney, Assistant Director-General, State Schools Operations at Queensland’s Department of Education, shares insights from her role leading the #whateverittakes initiative in Far North Queensland. She reflects on how those insights are relevant to all educational leaders who strive to support every child to succeed at school. Read more

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eSafety sets a framework for A+ online safety education

By Julie Inman Grant, eSafety Commissioner

As we celebrate the Daniel Morcombe Foundation’s Biggest Online Safety Lesson today, it is timely to reflect on the importance of online safety education and the lessons learnt from our recent time in lockdown — particularly around 21st century education. Read more