Scootle: New Creative Commons Section and Free Apps

Scootle is a free website for Australian teachers which provides digital resources to support the Australian Curriculum. If teachers who live outside Australia want to access the site they have to pay. However, Scootle has recently added a Creative Commons page. This page consists of links to digital resources that are freely accessible to any teachers world wide. Scootle have also released a free app for iPad and one for […]

GeogSpace: Free online resource

GeogSpace is an initiative of the Australian Geography Teachers Association (AGTA) supported by the resources of Education Services Australia (ESA). The site  offers quality primary and secondary geography resource materials for all teachers of geography, including those that are very experienced and those just commencing their involvement. The website consists of two major resource sections; (1) Core Units and (2) Support Materials. The sections are then subdivided into year level categories making […]

National Digital Learning Resources Network

“The National Digital Learning Resources Network (NDLRN) is a technical infrastructure that connects Australian schools to enable the distribution and sharing of digital resources through education portals. The Network is the outcome of initiatives of the Australian Government and the state and territory governments. The digital student resources and teacher support materials are aligned to the Australian, state and territory curriculums and are available through state and territory education portals […]

Global Worlds: English for global education

The Global Worlds website is free to use and it provides twelve units of work. The units have been produced by World Vision Australia and the Primary English Teaching Association Australia (PETAA) to integrate the teaching and learning of English and global citizenship education. “At the centre of both global citizenship education and the study of English is the aim of supporting students to become ethical, thoughtful and informed citizens, […]

Making a Difference: The Research Process Resource

Making a difference – research guide was developed at Mentone Girls’ Secondary College (MGSC), Victoria, Australia, by teacher-librarians Lesley Burgess and Shirley Melissas. A major objective was to make it quicker and easier for staff at the school to deliver quality teaching and learning. The support material developed at MGSC is based on the research process and assignment writing. It also simplifies Gardiner’s multiple intelligences and Edward de Bono’s six thinking […]

Every student needs a champion teacher, how can you be one?

As educators we can make a difference if we really want to, it is tough but not impossible. Rita Pierson was a former teacher and administrator turned professional development seminar leader. Below is a TED talk which she presented before passing away in June 2013. I am in the process of report writing and I am assuming many  teachers are in the same position across Australia. When you write your […]

Coding for Kids: There is something for all year levels in this blog post

According to Steve Jobs (Founder of Apple Inc. ) , “Everybody should learn how to program a computer because it teaches you how to think”. If this is the case, then how do we teach our students? Below I have embedded a great, easy to follow and resource packed video created by Chris Betcher. Underneath I have provided links for iPad, Android and PC/Mac resources which you can use with […]

It’s a book?

I generally find that students  prefer a paper novel compared to an electronic version and through discussions with teachers, many are finding the same. I also find that is more common for older students compared to younger students. For younger students, the ability to interact, the visuals and the audio are appealing but for older students, they like to hold the text in their hands and turn real pages (made […]