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Education is one sure way to break this cycle, something that fuels the passion and tenacity of the TAFE teachers I spoke to After another two hours on the road (catch up with my Coonamble visit  here ), I arrived at the outback opal town of Lightning Ridge. A town with a name this cool also requires its own local mythology explaining the name's origin to...

Technology can play a huge part in making a better, and more efficient society Today is Safer Internet Day and the theme this year is "Let's create a better internet together". Personally, I like the idea of a "better" internet. And while a safer internet should always be a priority for all users, a better internet hints at the altruistic side of the digital ...

Whichever side of the microphone you'd rather be, TAFE NSW offers music industry courses that are very hands on Ever dreamed of winning a Grammy Award? Perhaps a good place for you to start is with a Diploma of Music  or  Diploma of Music Business . This would really get your instrument trained for greatness. Maybe working behind the sound desk is more your...

Whatever the debate around education funding, the fact remains that young people want to be skilled and work-ready There are currently about 60,000 school teachers in NSW. But how many of them realise the differences between a TAFE environment and the school environment? Many high school teachers see their students head off to TAFE for T-VET courses, but sometimes not really knowing...

The work being done at Coonamble TAFE is so crucially important for the future of local indigenous populations About an hour's drive up the Castlereagh Highway from Gilgandra, and I arrived at Coonamble. This town, with a population of roughly 3,000, has strong indigenous roots, with three different mobs making up the area's original inhabitants. There's also the...

Web development involves a certain amount of design, making it an area where science and art can often intersect So, you're thinking of being a web developer… Web development covers an extremely broad area from the creation of simple, static websites to complex web-based applications, with API and eCommerce integrations (and everything in-between). What do you have to do to become...

I see lots of new approaches. I see lots of exciting new technology being used in innovative new ways. I was recently asked to post an article on what the near future holds in education. What kinds of approaches, technologies and innovations we might see in 2015. There are many resources that can guide us if we want to look into the near future - crystal balls including the New...

TAFE and local Community Services have an important working relationship. It provides learning, real life services and opportunities for people with disabilities to participate in society After leaving Mudgee I made a brief stop at Dunedoo, about half an hour up the highway. With a population of less than 900, Dunedoo isn't even considered a town, but a village (at least, ...

In our high-octane, turbo-charged culture, end-of-year ‘burnout' is a common ailment We all have moments when we feel like this matchstick. But at least we can rejuvenate ourselves and have another go. The poor matchstick only gets one chance of being fabulous. And even that can be ruined if there's a strong breeze. In our high-octane, turbo-charged culture, end-of-year ‘burnout'...

Rather than confronting the student head on, we take a more circuitous route to assessment Teaching by distance brings unique challenges to both students and teachers. Challenges include irregular contact, the difficulty of explaining abstract concepts via email or telephone, the lack of peer support and classroom interaction for students and, most of all, the difficulty of getting...

The kitchen facilities are so good that TAFE's local competitors also use them. Kudos to Mudgee for sharing their toys with the kids next door After seeing all the wonderful work being done across TAFE Illawarra, I couldn't wait to jump into the car to make some new friends in a different part of the state. And with nine other Institutes to pick from, I was certainly...

Sometimes when you have a new idea you need to 'bank' it for a while and not worry or waste energy trying to convince others After reading Identify, analyse and evaluate  it got me thinking about what information was important or needed by others and when. The goal of studying is often seen as the pursuit of validated knowledge to make yourself employable and benefit your...

What's needed is a good dose of scepticism in order to start thinking more objectively about things Over the last few weeks my history students have been working on a new essay. They've been considering how continuity and change affects the topic they've chosen. Yesterday I had a discussion with some students about the fact they weren't enjoying this essay, and just struggling with...

We need to learn skills that cannot be overtaken by machines, and these skills include creativity and entrepreneurship One of the themes of the EduTECH conference in Brisbane earlier this year was that of the global job/skills mismatch. In China alone there are 7 million graduates of universities annually, many of whom won't be working in the field they've trained in. For example...

Some of the findings just take me back to all those things my parents used to hassle and hound me to do Don't you hate it when you find out that your parents were right after all? All those things they used to nag you about when you were growing up gradually come back to haunt you when you find out that they're true. I'm excited to be a psychologist in the era of brain-based...

Last year $580 million was raised by Movember to fund more than 800 programs in 21 countries Every spring you might notice some of your male teachers, friends and co-workers sprouting a little more facial hair than usual. Never fear – they're not going feral. It's for  Movember , and they're just getting their ‘staches on. I first heard of Movember two years ago when one of my...

Halloween's increasing popularity has been driven by the confectionery industry in an effort to capitalise on potential profits Halloween is upon us once again. No doubt some revellers have been planning their costumes for weeks and getting their "trick or treat" goodies ready. Traditionally, many Australians have been largely indifferent to this event. But in recent years,...

Any marketing campaign that convinces a male Aussie cricket team to dress completely in pink must be doing something right Colour can be an enormously powerful marketing tool, as any Diploma in Marketing student worth their salt will tell you. And there's no greater example of this than the use of pink to raise awareness of breast cancer and funding for research. And the humble...

In the early childhood setting the ages for thrusting academic outcomes on children are getting younger and younger Children's Week is upon us once again. This year, organisers would like us to ponder on what it is that makes a good childhood. What is it to be a child? We talk about the rights and needs of children (as we should) but what does it truly mean to be a child once...

Colouring in seems to slow your breathing rate, interrupts ruminating thinking and focuses your attention The other day I came across a post about a new way to reduce stress. To be fair, it's not literally a new way: it's just an activity that most of us probably haven't done in a while. Like years, or even decades. And back then, we probably didn't even know what stress was. It's...