National Consumer and Financial Literacy Framework
The 'National Consumer and Financial Literacy Framework' has been approved by AEEYSOC. This document is a revised version of the National Consumer and Financial Literacy Framework (the Framework) originally developed in 2005. It articulates a rationale for consumer and financial education in Australian schools; describes essential consumer and financial capabilities that will support lifelong learning; and provides guidance on how consumer and financial education may be structured to support a progression of learning from Foundation–Year 10. Companion resources to this Framework, being developed by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), provide further guidance about integrating consumer and financial education into specific learning areas of the Australian Curriculum. These companion resources are available at: www.teaching.financialliteracy.gov.au.
Exploring 21st Century Geography DVD
An outstanding collection of teaching resources from the Australian Geography Teachers Association includes spatial technologies/GIS units. The DVD contains:
Geographia - AGTA newsletter
Read all of the latest news from AGTA in the latest issue of Geographia.
Do you want to promote business education?
BEAQ has designed a series of full colour brochures which are suitable for use at subject and career selection and parent‑teacher evenings. Download an order form here.
Educating for a Sustainable Future
A National Environmental Education Statement for Australian Schools
Educating for a Sustainable Future - A National Environmental Education Statement for Australian Schools provides a nationally agreed description of the nature and purpose of environmental education for sustainability through all years of schooling, including a vision and a framework for its implementation. It is intended for teachers, schools and their communities, education systems and developers of curriculum materials. It is also intended as a companion to existing State and Territory polices and programmes and does not replace them. Download the statement as a PDF document here.
Pacific Neighbours: Understanding the Pacific islands
Pacific Neighbours: Understanding the Pacific islands has been produced to help students develop their knowledge and understanding of the Pacific region, its history and geography, its political and social development, and its people and their cultures. They will examine a range of issues that impact on the region, consider Australia’s place and role in the Pacific and explore opportunities to take action.
AFSSSE was funded to promote and support teachers implement the teaching of this resource.
Online health resource for teachers and school communities
RealTime Health, in collaboration with Education Services Australia (ESA), the Chronic Illness Alliance and six partner support groups, has launched an innovative online resource for teachers and school communities. The resource provides 50 digital video clips of young Indigenous and non-Indigenous people discussing their personal experiences of chronic illness. These Speaking from Experience clips aim to provide a deeper understanding of the impact and management of chronic illness within school communities. They cover six topics: asthma, epilepsy, families and chronic illness, hearing impairment, mental health and type 1 diabetes. The young people talk openly about their day-to-day challenges, coping strategies, and the impact on their families. The clips are supported by downloadable worksheets and guidance on how they can be used.
The Speaking from Experience resource is available from http://education.realtimehealth.com
National Regional Profiles: The One Stop Shop for data about a geographic area
National Regional Profiles (NRP) available from the Australian Bureau of Statistics website provide 'snapshots' for over 2,000 regions across Australia. The profiles contain a range of data from both the ABS and other sources, for geographic areas such as Local Government Areas, Statistical Local Areas up to States and Territories. The data are presented for a number of years (2004-2008) where it is available, and therefore provides the opportunity to compare regions over time. The National Regional Profiles are found on the left hand navigation bar of the home page of the ABS website (www.abs.gov.au).
Interactive football game to help students gain money management skills
Visa has teamed up with the educational community to launch Financial Football, a fast-paced interactive game that engages students while teaching them money management skills. The FIFA World CupTM-themed game encourages players to compete by answering financial questions to pass the ball and score goals. Financial Football is free to play and available in five different languages (English, Bahasa Indonesia, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Japanese and Korean). To play the game or find out more about the rules, visit www.visa-asia.com/financialfootball.
Asia Literacy Ambassadors – Partnering Businesses & Schools project
The project is establishing and supporting partnerships between businesses and schools to stimulate and increase student and school community demand for Asia literacy.
Skilled professionals from the business sector (Ambassadors) are being matched to secondary schools across Australia. By sharing their own story, Ambassadors are assisting school communities to better understand the diverse career and life opportunities available to employees who are knowledgeable about Asia, who speak an Asian language and have the skills and dispositions needed to effectively engage with the people and cultures of Asia, off-shore and domestically.
Ambassadors and their partner schools have the flexibility to establish a partnership that best suits the specific interests, expertise and availability of the Ambassador and the needs of the school community. Partnerships take many forms – for example, student visits to the Ambassador's workplace, presentations to student groups, dialogue with leadership teams, career practitioners, teachers and school councils, or mentoring students involved in career planning and decision-making.
Partnering Ambassadors and schools are required to participate in at least three face-to-face interactions over a six-to eight month period. Further details here.
Professional Standards for Teaching School Geography
AGTA was a partner, along with Melbourne University, the GTAV and VIT, in a project to develop professional standards for teaching school geography. The professional standards for accomplished teaching school geography and further material is available at www.geogstandards.edu.au.
Indigenous Statistics for Schools
The Australian Bureau of Statistics has developed a new, free online resource to provide teachers and students with access to data on Indigenous Australia. Indigenous Statistics for Schools (ISS) provides easy to use data for students and teachers on topics such as Indigenous population, education, health, housing, work and more. Links to the original on-line data sources are also provided for those who want more information.
The ISS web pages also cover general issues such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander identification (including the history of the Census questions on ethnicity), how Indigenous statistics are collected and the importance of accurate Indigenous statistics. The resource offers easy to find data for classroom use, particularly for assignments. Students can use it as a 'jumping off' point to more detailed information found in ABS publications. The resource also aim to improve students ability to appropriately and rigorously examine numerical data
For further information please contact Education Services on Free call 1800 623 273 or email.
Teaching for uncertain futures
Teaching Australia has released a scenario book Teaching for Uncertain Futures, about possible futures for teaching in Australia through to the year 2030. Teaching for Uncertain Futures is the work of teachers and principals involved in a national scenario building project, the Open Book Scenarios, supported by Teaching Australia in partnership with the Neville Freeman Agency. The central question of the project was “What will the Australian teaching profession have to do to be successful in 2030?”
Where does financial literacy fit into education and training? The Financial Literacy Foundation has been established by the Australian Government to give all Australians the opportunity to better manage their money. A section of the Understanding Money website provides support and advice to teachers, trainers and human resource professionals who deliver financial literacy programs. It also provides advice for developers of financial literacy educational materials.
Help Geography students make their subject choice
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