Originally, schools were supposed to focus on enlightening and educating students, and marks were merely a means of measuring success. But naturally enough schools soon began focussing on achieving high marks. Yuval Noah Harari
Welcome to Stage 1 of the next version of the site [v7.0]. At first, it may appear little different to the previous version, but you will soon notice a number of changes, not the least being it is much slimmer than previously. It is also not the end product, with a second stage still to be completed. This may take some time, and you will certainly notice more obvious differences on that occasion. The points below indicate what, and why we have the changes currently completed.
- It is always interesting to look at actual data. It is also often surprising. We used data from the previous 12 months to see whether pages were being used [including Google Analytics, plus information from our own server]. It made for interesting viewing. It clarified which pages were seen as most important for visitors. For example, with a variation from as few as 5 visitors, to more than 50 000 over a nominated period, you keep one page and remove the other. The same applied with the amount of time spent on the page.
- Pages have been removed. Others were retained but are now archived [but fully checked and accurate as of the date at the bottom of the page]. It led to a restructuring of folder content. However, redirects have been provided for all moves, and removals, and will remain in place for two months. Each will take you to either the home page, or the new placement depending on the page in question.
- Some sections have already expanded. For example, Competitions are now spread over two pages; Conferences have the largest number of inclusions ever and will continue to grow in number; and a number of individual pages have already begun to be expanded with more to come. We hope to now have the capacity to work on expanding more individual pages.
- Updates have been made to a number of components. A few of these are obvious on each page. Others operate in the background. There will be more of these as we proceed with Stage 2. At the same time, we are looking at the overall presentation and how this can be improved for all size screens and viewers - spacing, colours, links, accessibility, organisation. It will be an interesting journey. Hopefully it will be an interesting result [for all the right reasons].
- On this occasion we have not included anything on individual education topics of interest. There are a few topics that still resonate in the news as can be seen from the headlines below. Perhaps next time we will be in a position to discuss one of these, or a different topic that has captured attention.
- We thank you for your support in the past and hope we can continue to supply resources and information you find valuable. Along with the learning experience we are having, this will make all future effort worthwhile. We look forward to having you along for the ride.
Poor successions sends universities searching
[The Australian, 20/2]
Education Department Slammed for Failure to Monitor How School Systems Distribute Taxpayer Funding
[Save Our Schools, Australia, 20/2]
Choosing a career ? These jobs won’t go out of style
[The Conversation, 20/2]
How Australian unis game Australia’s visa system
Adult literacy lessons transforming Aboriginal communities
[The Canberra Times, 18/2]
Labor to offer bursaries for best teachers
[EducationHQ Australia, 18/2]
Subdegree and PG places : the cap rarely fits
[Campus Morning Mail, 18/2]
Public schools lack resources to meet needs of ‘invisible’ students with disabilities
[SMH, Education, 17/2]
One-fifth of Australian adults have limited literacy and numeracy : OECD
[The Canberra Times, 15/2]
South Australian Government Abandons TAFE
[Australian Education Union, 15/2]
Why we should [carefully] consider paying kids to learn
[The Conversation, 14/2]
Preparing young Australians for the jobs of the future
[Ministers’ Media Centre, 13/2]