National Curriculum

Planning for an accessible new school year

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With the new school year comes the promise and excitement of many challenges, not the least of which is how to ensure teaching and learning resources are accessible to students.

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Digital media and technology: 

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Education highlights of 2014

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This year we have further explored accessible media and resources available to support students with diverse learning needs.

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National Curriculum Review and inclusiveness

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Commentary by Anne McGrath, Education Manager, Media Access Australia

The education community has been anticipating the Australian Government’s newly released Review of the Australian Curriculum. The Review is well considered, comprehensive in nature and holds interest for all teachers, including those who work with students with disability and diverse learning needs.

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Finding your way around our updated education website content

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The education section of our website has a new menu structure, with an increased level of content and information to assist teachers and parents.

There are three main categories that provide focused points of reference: accessible media for diverse learners, hearing impairment and deafness and low vision and blindness.


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NSW Premier’s Teacher Scholarships awarded

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On Saturday 30 August, 22 teachers were awarded NSW Premier’s Teacher Scholarships across a range of subject areas and disciplines at Parliament House, Sydney. Media Access Australia’s Education Manager was among them.

Our Education Manager, Anne McGrath also works as an Itinerant Teacher of the Deaf with the Catholic Education Office, Sydney. McGrath was awarded the 2014 Premier's IOOF Centre for Educational and Medical Research Itinerant Support Teacher (Hearing) Scholarship by the Premier, Mike Baird, and the NSW Minister for Education, Adrian Piccoli.


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Teacher information (hearing)

Teachers work with a diverse range of student needs, learning styles and a curriculum that presumes the use of audiovisual/multimedia content.

It is vital that teachers who have students who are Deaf or have hearing impairment in their classrooms create an equitable educational environment through the use of inclusive teaching practices.


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Importance of a quieter classroom

Students who are Deaf or have hearing impairment have difficulty hearing speech in background noise, over distances, and through AV equipment.

All students need a sufficiently quiet environment to listen and to make any meaning from the content. The following listening skills are important:


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Professional links for teachers

There are a range of organisations and interactive hubs which are valuable for teachers who work with students who are Deaf or have hearing impairment.

Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA)

Visit Australian Curriculum website; ACARA also provides specific information about student diversityincluding students with disability.


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