Bring your own technology – now

Bring your own technology – now

Friday, 14 Sep 2012

The use of mobile devices by young people is surging, and schools that continue banning their students from using their own technology inside the school gates will be swamped, according to the authors of a new book on the Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) model in schools. Innovative schools are now harnessing mobile technologies for learning. The keys to doing that are addressed in 'Bring Your Own Technology: The BYOT guide for schools and families' written by Lee and co-author Martin Levins, published by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) and launched by Professor Michael Hough at the Leading a Digital School Conference on the Gold Coast.

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Growth in number of Indigenous university students, but still underrepresented

Growth in number of Indigenous university students, but still underrepresented

Tuesday, 4 Sep 2012

The number of Indigenous students enrolled at Australian universities has grown by over 40 per cent since 2006, and there has been substantial growth in the number of Australian university students born in developing nations, according to a new analysis of Census data by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER).

The latest ACER Joining the Dots research briefing analyses information from the 2011 Census, released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics in August 2012, to provide insight into the characteristics of Australian university students and how they have changed since the previous Census and in the first decade of the 21st century.

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University expansion fastest for more than two decades: Census

University expansion fastest for more than two decades: Census

Tuesday, 4 Sep 2012

New data from the Australian Census shows that the growth in university students in Australia over the five years from 2006 to 2011 was the fastest recorded for at least the past twenty years, according to a research briefing by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER).

The latest ACER Joining the Dots research briefing analyses data from the 2011 Census, released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics in August 2012, to provide insight into the characteristics of Australian university students and how they have changed since the previous Census and in the first decade of the 21st century.

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School improvement not enough, expert warns

School improvement not enough, expert warns

Tuesday, 28 Aug 2012

School improvement initiatives should occur within an innovative ‘learning ecosystem’ that engages a wide range of providers and partners, and would locate learning in a new variety of spaces and places, an international expert will tell delegates to the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) annual conference today.

In the final keynote presentation of the conference, Board Director of the London-based not-for-profit, Innovation Unit, Ms Valerie Hannon will argue that the pursuit of school improvement is insufficient to address the challenges facing the world if it is to provide equitable, effective learning systems for all its citizens.

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Good evidence supports school improvement

Good evidence supports school improvement

Monday, 27 Aug 2012

Effective use of data by teachers is the crux of school improvement, Dr Michele Bruniges will tell delegates to the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) annual conference.

More than 1200 teachers, policymakers and researchers are gathered in Sydney today for the 17th annual ACER Research Conference. Addressing the theme 'School Improvement: What does the research tell us about effective strategies?', the conference covers not only what schools can do to improve outcomes for students but also how they can do it most effectively.

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