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If tiny concentrations of carbon dioxide can hold enough heat to create a global warming impact on Earth, why is Mars cold? Its atmosphere is 95% carbon dioxide. Climate Explained is a new collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre designed to answer questions about climate change. Read more here.View Article
What is the future of the Australian classroom?
The ‘Future of the Classroom’ report, by Google for Education, is part of a series on the evolution of K-12 education and maps out current and emerging school trends. The global analysis spanned 14 expert interviews with global and country-specific thought leaders in education, an academic literature review and media narrative analysis across the education sector. In this article, The Educator looks at what the report had to say about Australian classrooms.View Article
Children’s mental health – an asset for learning
A recent study expands our understanding of what early skills help children to thrive at school, showing positive mental health is an asset for learning. This article published by ACER, notes boosting academic learning is a key strategy for improving children’s health, development and life opportunities, especially for children who start school developmentally behind their peers.View Article
Diversity in leadership
AITSL’s latest edition of Spotlight focuses on diversity in school leadership. Diverse, quality school leadership teams improve school performance, increase innovation, and provide more creative approaches to problem solving. Evidence demonstrates that strong school leadership, that emphasises quality teaching and learning, has a significant impact on student progress and achievement (Leithwood, Seashore Louis, Anderson, & Wahlstrom, 2004). Find out more hereView Article
4 ways technology can make you happier
As a society, we are increasingly concerned that technologies like smartphones and social media result in more social comparison, bullying, and loneliness—all stumbling blocks to happiness. But we often fail to realise (and discuss) the ways that technology can support happiness and well-being—for example, when video calls let us talk to people all over the world or when apps or online articles give us a sense of purpose, joy, or excitement. This article, published Greater Good Magazine offers four ways technology can make us happier.View Article