News Flash April 14 2020

Since the April NAS News Digest was circulated last week, ABC has launched an expanded schedule of free education content to support students, teachers and parents, with so many children forced to learn at home due to the coronavirus global pandemic.

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ABC expands education schedule to support students at home during COVID-19 crisis

"The ABC is launching an expanded schedule of free education content to support students, teachers and parents, with so many children forced to learn at home due to the coronavirus global pandemic.

To enhance its educational programming, ABC Education is working with state and territory education departments and other education providers to deliver additional curriculum-linked content to children of all ages.

ABC Managing Director David Anderson said the national broadcaster was ready to launch the extra resources, in line with its Charter requirement to broadcast programs of an educational nature. “With so many Australian children now studying at home or preparing to do so, the ABC is boosting its support for students, teachers and parents to help young Australians receive the education they need,” he said.

“Our expanded schedule will complement the many hours of education content already available on the ABC across multiple platforms and we will build on that programming as required. Australians trust and rely on the ABC and this is another way we can contribute to and support the community.”

From Tuesday 14 April – with students having started Term 2 or readying to do so, depending on their location – the ABC will extend its educational programming on ABC ME to support children and caregivers at home, from 10am to 3pm each weekday. The expanded schedule moves from blocks of primary school content in the mornings through to secondary school content in the afternoons, featuring programs such as Ecomaths, ScienceXplosion, Numberblocks and English on the Go."

The complete article can be accessed here:
https://about.abc.net.au/press-releases/abc-expands-education-schedule-to-support-students-at-home-during-covid-19-crisis/

Queensland government to use TV to keep children learning during crisis

"More than 22,000 Queensland children will have free access to community kindergartens and schoolchildren stuck at home during the coronavirus crisis will have television as a new teaching aid in the remote classroom.

Queensland confirmed 12 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, bringing the state's total to 983 as Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk warned the government was a "long way from lifting restrictions" aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

While announcing the $17 million kindergarten plan on Sunday, Ms Palaszczuk dropped a hint of the government’s plans to educate children who stay at home after the Easter holidays.

The Queensland Teachers' Union later confirmed the plan to use TV as part of the teaching solution.

Asked on Sunday about Education Queensland’s approach to maintaining access to school work for all students when schools return from April 20, Ms Palaszczuk accepted there were "issues with the internet access" in some areas."

The complete article can be accessed here:
https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/queensland/queensland-government-to-use-tv-to-keep-children-learning-during-crisis-20200412-p54j6m.html