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How will the new drone regulations impact Australian schools?

With so man drones flying in the air, we knew regulations would change. Once there was movement in rules and laws, the use of drones within education would be transformed. We may be aware of the simple rules of flight; however, we need to be aware of the changes that start in July 2019.



The final details have not yet been confirmed, but under the proposed RPA (Remote Pilot Aircraft) registration and accreditation scheme, regulations change according to whether aircraft are being flown commercially or recreationally.
For commercial use (i.e.; marketing), a representative from the school will need to register the school's drones and pay the commercial rate for each drone annually (between $100-$160 per drone per year). In comparison for recreational (non-commercial, educational) use, a representative from the school would need to register the school's drones and pay the annual fee of $20 (regardless of how many drones are owned by the school). Furthermore: Students 16 years and o…

5 Parrot Mambo Discoveries

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I have used Parrot Mambo Drones extensively for twelve months within Primary School and Middle Years. During this time I have discovered many things and thought it advantageous to share my findings.Flight TimeThe batteries for Parrot Mambo drone provide approximately eight minutes of flight time. When blade protectors are removed from off the drone at least two additional minutes of flight time is provided. To extend the total flight time additional batteries are advised. I have discovered that four batteries with each drone services a forty-five minute lesson perfectly. On one singular charge, the flight pad controller lasts for the duration of the lesson.

Drone QuantityOriginally I purchased four drones; however, soon realised this provided insufficient resources to facilitate a lesson. I decided to purchase two more and found that six Parrot Mambo Drones is an adequate number of devices. Allocating roles that include pilot, spotter and observer means students can be divided into tea…

Teach like a Barber

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“What can I do for you today?”, he often asks. In response I state my preferred hair style.
Immediately the barber commences his work; combing, cutting, trimming, shaving and brushing. During the course of activity conversation takes place. While the apron catches shed growth, I observe other customers waiting on benches or sitting in allocated chairs receiving their haircut. Approximately fifteen minutes passes and at completion a mirror is presented. It’s monivoured to reflect the hairdressers work on all sides.


Satisfied I stand and make payment before going on my merry way.
This is usually how the entire routine plays. Only on this particular day, my son was having his hair cut. For the first time, I realised that educators can learn a lot from the process of hairdressing.

Preferred Style
Firstly, within the context of a barber store, customers will arrive with varying needs and preferred styles. In like manner the students of our classroom will have different learning styles and needs…