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A revised Code of Conduct will also require state school teachers' personal sites be kept "private and appropriate". Breaches can result in loss of pay, demotion or sacking. The move has been labelled a violation of privacy by education stakeholders and civil libertarians. More than 30 Queensland teachers have had their registration cancelled for unprofessional relationships with pupils over the past three years. Eight cases involving inappropriate behaviour of a teacher contacting students via electronic equipment were heard by the Queensland College of Teachers' disciplinary committee last financial year. "The most serious matter that included an element of use of a social network site involved sexualised communication and innuendo and the teacher's registration was cancelled," the college said in a statement.
TEACHERS could be sacked or have their pay docked for befriending students on Facebook, Twitter and other networking sites in a move aimed at preventing inappropriate relationships. Under a revised code of conduct effective from this year, public-school teachers have been told not to get personal in email, blogs and wikis. "You must not invite students into your personal social networking site if it contains personal information or inappropriate comments or images," the policy states. "Your professional relationship may be compromised if you invite students to join your personal electronic social networking site or accept students' invitations to join theirs."
The Top 100 Web 2.0 Applications list is now officially launched – the full list is below, after appearing this morning in a feature section in BRW magazine on Web 2.0. A few quick comments: * See the scope and criteria for the list . * No doubt many will disagree with what has or hasn’t been included in the list. That’s inevitable in drawing boundaries around defining Web 2.0 applications.
Google partner SMS Management and Technology has emerged as the leading bidder to supply the NSW Department of Education with 1.5 million student email services using a customised version of the search giant's Gmail service, Acting NSW Minister for Education and Training John Hatzistergos said. "This commitment is a further demonstration of the NSW Labor Government's commitment to equip teachers and students with the best possible means to compete successfully in the constantly evolving world of information technology," he said. NSW education department chief information officer Stephen Wilson said the department was yet to finalise its contract with SMS but confirmed that it had lodged the winning bid. SMS will be the prime contractor alongside Google and Telstra to fulfil the contract, valued at $9.5 million over three years.
Modern Australian poetry seeks to tell Australian stories and truths with a poetic significance so that 'they sear into the soul and can never be untold' (Dorothy Porter). The aim for lucidity is also central. Susan Gordon-Brown, . Image courtesy of . During the 1930s and 1940s there was much debate about Modernist writing and what it meant. In the 1930s, two poetry movements emerged in Adelaide: the Jindyworobaks and the .