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John Thomas
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Australian elearning pioneer - part entrepreneur, part teacher & part geek. Google Certified Innovator
Australian elearning pioneer - part entrepreneur, part teacher & part geek. Google Certified Innovator

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Google Classroom for everyone.

Currently you need a G Suite for Education account to use Google Classroom, but soon anyone with a standard Gmail account will be able to join and run classes of their own.

Gene Ressler writes, "Now, teachers and students in many different environments can teach or attend classes, manage assignments and instantly collaborate—all with their personal Google accounts. Starting today, these new Classroom users will be able to join existing classes and over the coming weeks, they’ll have the ability to create their own classes as well."

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1.7 million children die through polluted environments each year.

According to WHO, one in four deaths of children under five are due to pollution or lack of hygiene. Most victims are in the developing world.

Maria Neira, a WHO expert on public health, says, "Investing in the removal of environmental risks to health, such as improving water quality or using cleaner fuels, will result in massive health benefits."

The Trump Administration seems strangely silent on this. Sadly too, my own country's government and the governments of other first world countries are not treating this global catastrophe with the attention it deserves.

If you are not investing in the prevention of environmental #pollution that kills 1.7 million #children a year, are you #proLife?

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Age gap threatens Trump's re-election prospects

Given Trump's low approval rating among young voters and given their projected growth in participation in 2020, Trump's reelection prospects look poor. Interestingly, if the US had compulsory voting like Australia, Trump would have lost the election in 2016 by a wide margin.

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Fruit and vegetables ...

... from our garden. Heavier than usual rainfall and plenty of sunshine made this season the best we've had for some time.
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Larger classes beat smaller classes when teachers have more planning time.

Despite the preference of teachers and parents for smaller class sizes, OECD's education chief Andreas Schleicher says it's better to have larger classes but give teachers less classroom time and more planning time. He says, "You have a lot more time to engage with students individually, to work with parents, to work on reviewing lessons, analysing lessons, observing practice and so on. So there's more emphasis on the professional development, particularly for higher order thinking skills."

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Beautiful Lavandula

19th century Swiss Italian settlers transplanted a little piece of Europe to make themselves feel more at home in Victoria's central highlands during the Gold Rush years. We spent a pleasant afternoon there on Sunday with family visiting from Malaysia. (Photos Pixel XL)

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Grammar schools damage social mobility ...

... according to opponents of Theresa May's proposed expansion. They argue that selective schools "can boost attainment for the already highly gifted, [but] they do nothing for the majority of children, who do not attend them. Indeed, in highly selective areas, children not in grammars do worse than their peers in non-selective areas."


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Peter Singer's tribute to Derek Parfit

Singer is not alone in thinking Parfit was the greatest philosopher of the past century. It's sad that so little coverage was given to the death of such an impressive thinker.

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Well, it's kind of funny, in a serious kind of way.
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