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John Thomas
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Attended Marian College, Ararat
Lives in Victoria, Australia
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Effective Altruism

Peter Singer talks to Josh Zepps on Huffpost Live about his challenging new book, The Most Good You Can Do.
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Interesting Times for Google in Europe
 
The charge focuses on accusations that the company diverts traffic from its rivals to favor its own products and services, particularly websites for shopping.
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Is there any precedent for directing traffic to competitors as the standard of "fairness" ? Does the church have to send people to other faiths? Grocery stores advertising competition's lower prices on items? 

Perhaps focusing on Islamic violence, wracked economy, and something a little more meaningful is in order. 
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Study - Private Schools Confer No Academic Edge

According to a recent study children in private schools fare no better than students in public schools once the more privileged backgrounds of private school students are taken into account.
An Australian study finds private school education is not giving students edge over public school students.
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Lest we forget the 'fresh food people'

Woolworths marked the approaching centenary of the disastrous Gallipoli campaign of 1915 with the image shown below and has suffered a backlash on social media by those who think the company is guilty of tasteless self promotion because of the inclusion of words that play on their corporate slogan "the fresh food people" and the presence of their corporate logo. 

ANZAC Day can be confusing for visitors to Australia. It commemorates Australia and New Zealand's greatest military defeat of World War I. On the one side, there is a celebration of the bravery and sacrifice of volunteer soldiers (Australia had no conscripts in World War I, though New Zealand did), and on the other there is recognition of the horror of war, the brutality of the military leadership of the time, and the tragic naivety of the volunteers hoping to find adventure in a foreign war. 

Lest we forget the horror of war.
Woolworths' tribute to the Anzac tradition backfired spectacularly on Tuesday night with its "fresh in our memories" social media campaign launching a barrage of memes.
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Multinationals' Tax "Minimisation"

Apple, Google and Microsoft recently stared down an Australian Senate tax inquiry. Government tax revenues are in a hole thanks in part to declining profits from Australia's big miners, so any potential tax evaders, large and small, including some mining companies who are suspected of shifting profits off-shore, are fair game. Unfortunately, it seems that little guys make easier targets. (There's always political mileage in targeting welfare too.)

Guess we'd better not get too ambitious on this year's tax return.
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My biggest fear is that Google will start charging Edu users for Gafe. Giving that free including unlimited storage and free archiving is saving Education millions... It's a shame that isn't considered in tax avoidance conversations. 
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A Different Reason for Working on Wall Street

Matt Wage, a prize winning student at Princeton, turned down an offer from Oxford because he could make more money on Wall Street. So? He did it because he felt he could do more good by earning plenty of money and giving half of it away. Let's hope the idea catches on in Wall Street.
Mr Matt Wage was a brilliant, earnest student at Princeton University, a star of the classroom and a deep thinker about his own ethical obligations to the world. His senior thesis won a prize as the year’s best in the philosophy department, and he was accepted for postgraduate study at Oxford University. Instead, after graduation in 2012, he took a job at an arbitrage trading firm on Wall Street. You might think his professor, Peter Singer, the m...
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Study - Students Prefer Google Docs, No Change In Test Scores

This study found that students prefer to use Google Docs for writing over other word processing programs and pen and paper, but that test results remained unaffected.
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The Miracle of Evolution

I always knew evolution was true, and this proves it!
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Melbourne GAFE Summit - Sept School Holidays

Something for you to put in your diaries Vic teachers. Melbourne's third Google for Education Summit is coming in the September school holidays. 
 
Excited to announce the 2015 +EdTechTeam Melbourne Summit will be back during the September/October school holidays.  Just wrapping up the dates.  

Registration is coming soon.  Hope to see you there!

#gafesummit  #aussieed #gegmelb #edtechteam
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How to calculate distance between locations ...
 
... in a Google Spreadsheet using custom functions created with the Script Editor.
 
This is a fun way to calculate distance between two points in a speadsheet. Works like a charm.
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Fantastic in distance determination.
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Time To Stop WA Remote Community Closures? 

Opposition to the closure of remote, largely aboriginal, communities in WA might still achieve its goal of forcing a government backdown.

"Because of the blowback, and the government’s own lack of proper planning, it is unclear how many communities will close at the moment. The Western Australia state government is backpedalling the face of widespread opposition from Aboriginal organizations and their allies. Yet the fact that such plans could even be contemplated, speaks to a far larger problem in this country."

According to the writer of this piece from africasacountry.com, South African Sisonke Msimang, the "larger problem in this country" is racism.
The first thing that strikes you when you arrive in Australia is how racist this place is, and yet how committed many Australians are to not talking about race. As a South African I recognize this ...
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Sounds like a king with a proclamation of control without benefits and only threat. Human yes, not really a standard for humanity. 
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  • DET/DEECD
    Teacher, Consultant, Professional Developer, 2009 - present
  • DWA Australia Pty Ltd
    Founder & Sole Director, 2007 - present
  • Easy2Learn Pty Ltd
    Founder & Managing Director, 2000 - 2006
  • Dataworks International Ltd
    Founder & Managing Director, 1997 - 2001
  • Dataworks Australia Pty Ltd
    Founder & Managing Director, 1990 - 2007
  • CP Softime
    Manager, 1989 - 1990
  • Dataworks
    Partner, 1985 - 1990
  • Dept of Ed/Ministry of Ed
    Teacher, 1977 - 1989
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Australian elearning pioneer - part entrepreneur, part teacher & part geek. Google Certified Teacher.
Introduction
Australian elearning pioneer, teacher and entrepreneur. Founded Dataworks in 1985 - a company which grew to become Australia’s leading curriculum software publisher. Brought Australia’s best loved children’s characters to interactive format including The Wiggles, Bananas in Pyjamas, Hi-5, Play School and others. These award winning titles broke local sales records and were licensed for resale in more than 50 countries worldwide. Sold business in 2007 and moved to Victoria's Central Highlands. Focused on helping teachers, students and school communities make the most of the transformative potential of new technologies.
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  • Marian College, Ararat
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  • University of Ballarat
    Diploma of Teaching
  • Monash University, Clayton
    Bachelor of Arts - Philosophy
  • Monash University, Clayton
    Master of Educational Studies - Educational Computing
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