Handy Teaching Website- for all KLAs

Brett Meeks’ wiki has been created as a way of sharing classroom resources among teachers in the Hunter Central Coast Region of NSW, Australia.  His wiki provides educators with an extensive array of resources for all KLAs and explains aspects in a simplistic manner.


Brett's Wiki


ANZAC Day- Lest we forget

We’re All Australians Now 

Australia takes her pen in hand,
To write a line to you,
To let you fellows understand,
How proud we are of you.

From shearing shed and cattle run,
From Broome to Hobsons Bay,
Each native-born Australian son,
Stands straighter up today.

The man who used to “hump his drum”,
On far-out Queensland runs,
Is fighting side by side with some
Tasmanian farmer’s sons.

The fisher-boys dropped sail and oar
To grimly stand the test,
Along that storm-swept Turkish shore,
With miners from the west.

The old state jealousies of yore
Are dead as Pharaoh’s sow,
We’re not State children any more
We’re all Australians now!

Our six-starred flag that used to fly,
Half-shyly to the breeze,
Unknown where older nations ply
Their trade on foreign seas,

Flies out to meet the morning blue
With Vict’ry at the prow;
For that’s the flag the Sydney flew,
The wide seas know it now!

The mettle that a race can show
Is proved with shot and steel,
And now we know what nations know
And feel what nations feel.

The honoured graves beneath the crest
Of Gaba Tepe hill,
May hold our bravest and our best,
But we have brave men still.

With all our petty quarrels done,
Dissensions overthrown,
We have, through what you boys have done,
A history of our own.

Our old world diff’rences are dead,
Like weeds beneath the plough,
For English, Scotch, and Irish-bred,
They’re all Australians now!

So now we’ll toast the Third Brigade,
That led Australia’s van,
For never shall their glory fade
In minds Australian.

Fight on, fight on, unflinchingly,
Till right and justice reign.
Fight on, fight on, till Victory
Shall send you home again.

And with Australia’s flag shall fly
A spray of wattle bough,
To symbolise our unity,
We’re all Australians now.

(AB “Banjo” Paterson)


Check out: http://www.anzacwebsites.com/publications/booklets.htm for ideas on lesson plans and teaching ideas for the ANZAC legend. 🙂

School A to Z

School A to Z has been produced by the NSW Department of Education and Communities. They are aiming to create an online community with comprehensive homework and ‘school life’ support for parents that is easy to use, relevant and engaging.

School A to Z app

School A to Z app

Free download: Do you struggle to understand your child’s homework? Does your child need to practise their spelling and times tables? Are you looking for inspiration for projects and assignments?

The School A to Z app is an essential tool for every parent of school-aged children and is available from the App store and the Android marketplace

An educational game to sharpen your child’s maths skills and recall available from the iTunes store and on Google Play for Android

Premier’s Spelling Bee is the free must-have Samsung app for students looking to practise their spelling for the 2012 NSW Premier’s Spelling Bee competition.

Don’t have a mobile device?

 The Department has also taken into consideration those who may not have a mobile device- as there is an online versions of the maths a to z, English a to z, technology a to z, and assignment starters.

A really handy resource for both parents and educators alike!  🙂

Julia Gillard pledges $14b school funds boost while cutting $2.8b from universities

PUBLIC schools will secure the lion’s share of the Prime Minister’s  plan to boost spending on schools by $14.5 billion over the next six years.  

While independent and Catholic schools will secure just $2.4 billion under  the plan the nation’s struggling public schools would secure a massive $12  billion injection

Julia Gillard will today gamble her election hopes on a plan to slash funding  to universities but deliver a $4,000 boost to every school student in  Australia.

Vowing to “get it done” Prime Minister will pledge that if the new spending  is averaged across Australia it will equate to $1.5 million extra over six years  for every school in the country.

The Sunday Telegraph can reveal the Gillard government will propose a $14.5  billion boost to public and private schools over the next six years would  include a substantial increase in the Commonwealth’s share of school  funding.

That figure, over six years, is lower than the $6.5 billion a year proposed  by businessman David Gonski to transform the school system but would rise over  time.

The sting in the tale is that the states would be required to provide up to  half of the $14.5 billion dollars.

But  universities and higher education students will pay the price, with the   budget razor gang confirming savage $2.8 billion in cuts to  universities,  discounts for families paying upfront HECS fees, self  education tax deduction  changes and converting a student scholarship  scheme into a loans scheme.

The Australian Education Union (AEU) this morning  said public schools  will receive most of the cash under the new funding arrangements.

“Public schools are the only ones that can ensure that every child receives a  high quality education,” AEU federal president Angelo Gavrielatos said in a  statement this morning.

“They are the ones that are open to all, in every community and teach the  overwhelming majority of students with higher needs and those from disadvantaged  backgrounds.”

The states now need to get on board to help make the Gonski reforms a  reality, he said.

However the union was disappointed some of the money was coming from cuts to  universities.

School Education Minister Peter Garrett said universities had experienced  record levels of funding under the Gillard government, and that assistance would  continue.

Universities would be able to “accommodate these efficiencies”, he said.

“I think there will be scope for universities, they’re very big entities,” Mr  Garrett told ABC TV this morning.

“It is one of the decisions that governments need to take as they determine  how they’re going to support additional reform.”

“We’ve developed that model, and now we want to work with the states to make  sure it’s applied across the federation,” Mr Garrett said.

“For states who are looking at their education improvement, here’s an  opportunity to deploy additional resources … in a coherent national plan  focusing on student improvement.”

He said it was up to the state governments to determine priorities in their  budget and “think through the consequences” of underinvesting in education.

The Coalition signaled it may support the tough budget measures in  Parliament, warning it could not save the sector from a “bad government”.

The new investment would be linked to new transparency demands forcing  schools to improve performance in reading and numeracy. As state premiers  prepare to hold talks with the Prime Minister to thrash out a new funding deal  for schools, the Prime Minister warned the states that without change schools  will face a financial crisis in coming years.

“Today Labor will announce the biggest change to school education in 40  years,” she told the Sunday Telegraph.

“I want every Australian child to have the start in life that comes with a  world class education.

“We know we need to make improvements if we are to take Australia into the  world’s top five education systems by 2025 and I am determined to get it  done.”

The new investment would lift spending on schools to $49.5 billion on average  over the next six years to 2019. New South Wales would secure could expect a  $ 5 billion increase. Victoria would secure $ 4 billion. Queensland would secure  $3.8 billion. But WA would secure just $300 million.South Australia would secure  $600 million and Tasmania $400 million.

Catholic schools would secure $1.4 billion extra, lifting the total  investment to $50 billion. Independent schools would secure $1 billion extra  over the six year timeframe.

But the price of the reforms is massive cuts to the universities and student  scholarships that the Coalition indicated it would not oppose suggesting the  savage cuts would secure the support of Parliament.

“Sadly, this is the price you pay for a government that can’t live within its  means,” opposition treasury spokesman Joe Hockey told the Sunday Telegraph.

Education spokesman Chris Pyne suggested Labor was showing all the policy  instincts of a “dog in a butcher shop”.

“We will closely examine the cuts but we are not in a position to save the  sector from a bad government,” he warned.

Greens Leader Christine Milne accused the government of taking Australia’s  education system closer to a US-style user-pays system and “doing Opposition  Leader Tony Abbott’s work for him even before he becomes prime minister”.

“Universities and students will be rightly angry they are being forced to pay  for the government’s unwillingness to stand up to the mining industry,” she  said.

Mr Garrett this morning dismissed suggestions the funding model was skewed to  Labor marginal electorates.

“This is not a model that’s been derived on the basis of marginal seats where  the government holds or doesn’t hold seats now or into the future at all,” he  said.

I agree that something needs to be done about Public Education- however, if cuts in universities go ahead who will be there to teach the students??

30 Incredible Ways in how Technology will Change the Face of Education by 2028


Read this on an EduTechnology site- rather interesting and scary all in one:

Technology is changing at a rapid pace, so much so that it’s challenging to grasp.

While there is little uniformity in technology, there are some trends worth noting that have spurred tangent innovation, including speed (a shift from dial-up top broad band), size (from huge computers to small handheld devices), and connectivity (through always-on apps and social media).

In fact, we have some to expect nearly instant obsolescence—smartphone contracts that last a mere 24 months seem like ages. Whether this is a matter of trend or function is a matter of perspective, but it’s true that technology is changing—and not just as a matter of power, but tone.

In 2013, technology has become not just a tool, but a standard and matter of credibility. While learning by no means requires technology, to design learning without technology is an exercise in spite—proving a point at the cost of potential. And it’s difficult to forget how new this is.

Fifteen years ago, a current high school sophomore was born.

So was Google.

It’s hard to recall what life was life before Google. In that 15 years, it has gone from a way to search the mess of web pages with your Netscape browser, to a ubiquitous digital brand that powers Android smartphones, hosts not just videos but full-on learning channels, stores all of your personal communication in the cloud, has leap-frogged Skype with Google+ Hangouts, and autocompletes your searches for you in an eerie kind of hive-mind. Oh, and Google Street View, virtual museum tours, and the most powerful way to find information known to man. 

In 15 years.

What happens to technology in the next 15 years may not simply impact learning in a typical cause-effect relationship. Rather, it might be the case that one absorbs the other, where information access, socializing ideas, and creative collaboration may be organic and completely invisible.


Smarter MOOCs slowly correct the crude whenever, wherever models of the past, beginning to improve the credibility of eLearning.

Improved blended learning models provide schools struggling to justify themselves in light of modern access to information with new options—and a new purpose.



Adaptive computer-based testing slowly begins to replace one-size-fits-all assessment of academic proficiency.

Learning simulations begin to replace direct instruction.

Game-Based Learning continues to be sparsely adopted, primarily used in project-based learning units and occurring on mobile devices with limited interactive inputs and screenspace that compromise game-based learning’s potential.

Apps will continue to supplement textbooks in some districts, replace them in others.


Technology to promote early literacy habits is seeded by venture capitalists. This is the start of new government programs that start farming out literacy and educational programs to start-ups, entrepreneurs, app developers, and other private sector innovators.

Digital literacy begins to outpace academic literacy in some fringe classrooms.

Custom multimedia content is available as the private sectors create custom iTunesU courses, YouTube channels, and other holding areas for content that accurately responds to learner needs.

Improved tools for measuring text complexity emerge, available through the camera feature of a mobile device, among other possibilities.

Open Source learning models will grow faster than those closed, serving as a hotbed for innovation in learning.

Purely academic standards, such as the Common Core movement in the United States, will begin to decline. As educators seek curriculum based not on content, but on the ability to interact, self-direct, and learn, institutionally-centered artifacts of old-age academia will lose credibility.

Visual data will replace numerical data as schools struggle to communicate learning results to disenfranchised family and community members.



Cloud-Based Education will be the rule, not the exception. This will start simply, with better aggregation of student metrics, more efficient data sharing, and more visual assessment results.

Seamless peer-to-peer and school-to-school collaboration begins to appear in some districts.

Schools function as think-tanks to address local and global challenges such as clean water, broadband access, human trafficking, and religious intolerance.

Diverse learning forms begin to supplement school—both inside , including entrepreneurial learning, invisible learning, question-based learning, and open source learning.

Self-Directed Learning studios and other alternative methods of formal education for families.


“Culture” will no longer be “integrated into units,” but embedded into social learning experiences, including poverty, race, language, and other trademarks of what it means to be human.

Dialogic learning through digital media will have learners responding to peers, mentors, families, and experts in a socially-embraced collaborative pattern.

Learning simulations begin to replace teachers in some eLearning-based learning environments.

Truly mobile learning will support not just moving from one side of the classroom to another, but from a learning studio to a community, whether physically or through a Google+ or Skype-like technology.

Personalized learning algorithms will be the de facto standard in schools that continue the traditional academic learning approach.

The daily transition from eLearning and face-to-face learning will more elegant, but still a challenge for many districts and states, especially those with considerable economic deficits. Among other changes, this will create minor “migratory ripples” as families move in response to educational disparity.



Biometrics—the feedback of biological responses include sweat gland stimulation, heart rate, eye position, and other data–will provide real-time learning feedback not just for educators, but for-profit organizations for the purpose of analytics, market research, and ultimately consumerism.

Learning simulations begin to replace teachers, and some schools.

Diverse learning forms begin to replace school just as the old-model of content–>curriculum–>data–>personalized academic learning is honed to perfection.

Schools as we know them will now be outnumbered, no longer just supplemented by eLearning, blended learning, and self-directed learning platforms, but incredible learning simulations and full-on virtual worlds.

Remaining schools that refuse to adapt to new technology and cultural trends will cause splintering in some communities as the significant cost of technology integration increases socio-economic gaps.

Seamless Heads-Up Displays will equip learners with information, feedback of performance, and social data in real-time.

New certificates of achievement and performance that are social, portfolio-based, and self-selected will begin to replace institutional certificates, including college degrees.

World Autism Awareness Month

To mark World Autism Awareness month, I’m publishing this video called “Autism and Me”.
It explains about Autism for the general public from the perspective of a teenager. http://youtu.be/POIJG3qmV9Q

Special events are held throughout the world to mark the day. WAAD celebrates the unique talents and skills of people with autism and it is a day when individuals with autism are warmly welcomed and embraced in community events around the globe. Buildings around the world have recently been lit in blue to shine a light on Autism for WAAD.