Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Public Education Day

It's Public Education Day today - a day for teachers and principals to celebrate the important work that you do to ensure every child and young person can access high-quality public education. 


Invented in 1987, the Microsoft presentation software PowerPoint is on more than 1 billion computers around the world. It is estimated that more than 30 million PowerPoint presentations are given every day. But as PowerPoint conquered the world, critics have piled on. And justifiably so. Its slides are oversimplified, and bullet points omit the complexities of nearly any issue. The slides are designed to skip the learning process, which — when it works — involves dialogue, eye-to-eye contact and discussions. Of course PowerPoint has merits — it can help businesses with their sales pitches or let teachers introduce technology into the classroom. (Kids love PowerPoint)  But instead of being used as a means for a dynamic engagement, it has become a poor substitute for longer, well-thought-out briefings and technical reports. It has become a crutch.

Go to today’s Sydney Morning Herald to see a …….PowerPoint telling you why you should not use powerPoint!


Hair today….gone tomorrow

Victoria's anti-corruption commission has heard that sacked Education Department executive Nino Napoli asked for several thousand dollars for hair treatment to be transferred from a company run by his cousins. The Independent Broad-based Anti-Corruption (IBAC) inquiry is investigating the misuse of thousands of dollars of Victorian Education Department money. Luigi Squillacioti was a director of three companies allegedly used by Mr Napoli to divert departmental funds.  Testifying at the hearing today, Mr Squillacioti was asked about a payment he made for Mr Napoli for hair. The counsel assisting, Ian Hill QC asked him "if 'hair' was code for something else?" "He wears a toupee, you must realise that," Mr Squillacioti replied.

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