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Mobile phones in the classroom – what does the research say?
Mobile phones in the classroom – what does the research say?

In a recent Teacher article, two schools discussed their differing policies on mobile phone use during school hours. Here, we look at a range of studies that have explored the positives and negatives of allowing mobile phones to be used in class.

Designing a vertical school
Designing a vertical school

Many schools are beginning to think ‘vertically’ to overcome density and population pressures in urban areas. Here we speak to the architect behind two new schools in Melbourne about both the challenges and the opportunities that arise when designing a vertical school.

The negative effects of ability grouping
The negative effects of ability grouping

Do you use ability grouping in your classroom? New research published in the Cambridge Journal of Education suggests this approach may be hindering those in the lower attainment groups because their self-confidence is likely to suffer.

Teacher Q&A: Integrating technology in Science classrooms
Teacher Q&A: Integrating technology in Science classrooms

In today’s Q&A, we speak to Deanne Plaza (Science and Maths teacher at Craigslea State High School, Queensland) about a collaborative action research project to integrate ICT resources into senior biology classes.

The Research Files Episode 40: Indigenous perspectives on quality teaching
The Research Files Episode 40: Indigenous perspectives on quality teaching

In this episode of The Research Files, we speak to Adjunct Professor of Curriculum and Pedagogy at James Cook University, Brian Lewthwaite. He's the lead author of a research project exploring the perspectives of Indigenous Australians on effective teaching practice and he joins us to talk about phase one of this study.

Controlling smartphone use in schools
Controlling smartphone use in schools

This year, France will be enforcing a total ban on mobile phone usage in primary and middle schools across the country. In today’s article, we talk to two schools in Australia with differing policies.

Learning spaces – try before you buy
Learning spaces – try before you buy

It’s Learning Spaces month at Teacher. Today we find out how one school has been using prototypes and cardboard mock-ups to test the effectiveness of different learning settings and configurations in preparation for a site rebuild.

Settling into new learning spaces
Settling into new learning spaces

It’s Learning Spaces Month here at Teacher. At the beginning of the 2017 school year, Harbord Public School opened the doors of their brand new three-storey innovative learning environment. In today’s article we speak with Year 5 teacher Amber Fuller about how the students and teachers have settled in.

Teacher’s bookshelf: School improvement
Teacher’s bookshelf: School improvement

The new book Driving school improvement: A practical guide is designed to support school leaders in meeting their improvement challenges. In this exclusive extract for Teacher readers, authors Pamela Macklin and Vic Zbar explore the four preconditions for whole-school improvement.

Implementing a new curriculum
Implementing a new curriculum

In the second of a three-part series, Victorian educator Fiona Matthews shares her experiences in implementing the new Digital Technologies Curriculum in her school. In today’s article, she delves deeper into the implementation phase of the process.