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Great books offer

February 24, 2013

Two great books from ACER. Purchase both titles for the special VICCSO price of $49.95 (normally $34.95 each!). Click here for details and to place your order.

The first book is Bring Your Own Technology: the BYOT Guide for Schools and Families. Drawing on the work of pathfinding schools in Australia, New Zealand, the USA and the UK, authors Mal Lee and Martin Levins provide insights into:

  • Why BYOT needs to be embraced
  • The practicalities of achieving sustained student usage
  • The kinds of whole-school community implementation strategies that work.

The second book is Collaboration in Learning: Transcending the Classroom Walls. Mal Lee and Lorrae Ward explore how 24/7 access to technologies is further opening up the learning experience for students beyond the formal school context. The results are greater personalisation in learning and stronger partnerships between the home, school and community.

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School council elections

February 19, 2013

School council elections are held in February or March each year. All parents or guardians of students enrolled at the school are eligible to vote for parent members, and staff vote for staff members. Community members are coopted by the council. Click here for DEECD's election process information.

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Risk management

February 19, 2013

The proactive identification and management of risk and opportunity are integral to good management and good governance. DEECD's Enhanced Risk Management Framework provides tools for principals and managers. Principals, leadership teams and school councils can also use the tools in developing or reviewing policy, plans, proposals and partnerships pertaining to school innovation and students' learning experiences and outcomes.

An e-learning module, developed for principals and managers, is also available to school councils at The login username is deecd and the password is risk. Completion of the module takes around 30 minutes and provides an understanding of the Framework using a case study of a school overseas study.

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