Midlife unemployment

A rapidly growing demographic is the high number of unemployed midlife women.

Elizabeth White describes the grim prospects for those without a job and some possible solutions.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFpQ5N_ttNQ

Why authors need a social media profile

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Recently I ran a workshop for writers on creating a digital author profile.

The workshop included social media strategies to improve your online presence.

Essentially, the more unique and visible your online presence the more likely it will attract followers.

And if you are writer, particularly a self published one, attracting followers is essential.

However,…

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Koch Brothers war on climate science documentary

The following is a press release by The Real News Network about their new documentary on the Koch brothers’ war on climate science.

The Real News Network’s 30-minute documentary, “The Doubt Machine: Inside the Koch Brothers’ War on Climate Science”, reveals how Big Oil–particularly, the billionaire oil tycoons Charles and David Koch–have…

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Why schools have lost the plot

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As a teacher I’m often dismayed by the complex curriculum delivered to high school students. The expectation for adolescents — required to understand and adhere to standards more suited to first year university students — is ridiculous.
Words like meta-cognition, conceptualise, plurality, multi-model and etymology are bandied about on worksheets for 13-year-olds. I have…

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Madonna’s Impossible Dancers

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https://youtu.be/9Wen3nog1e0

Madonna has always selected the best dancers for her videos and world tours.

Recently, on the Ellen Degeneres show Madonna introduced her latest dancing troupe: five athletic males who are so lithe, flexible and freaky that anyone who tries to copy their moves would be hospitalised.

Yet, what struck me most about these dancers was not their impressive…

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What if coding were invented by women

I teach technology, mostly digital design but also entry level coding.
I learned to code in my early 30s. I started with HTML which is not considered a programming language but it’s coding nonetheless. I moved on and taught Javascript, CSS and eventually Actionscript.
I’ve learned one thing during my teaching practice: coding was created…

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Why schools must teach unemployment skills

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A few months ago I posted about making a documentary I was working on with several Year 10 students. We have just finished the film and uploaded it to YouTube.

The documentary called, Why schools should teach unemployment skills, examines the grim employment prospects facing students when they graduate from school.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KztEJ7W3pQo

The day it snowed in Burnie

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Yesterday, it snowed in Burnie.
It hasn’t snowed here since 1986.
The snow fell while I was marking attendance and my students asked if they could go outside.
I’d never seen snow in Burnie, so I joined them in the courtyard. We felt the snow melt as we caught the drifting flurries in our hands. We took pictures, laughed, shivered and…

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