World Solar Challenge: Free STEM resources for secondary teachers

The Bridgestone World Solar Challenge (BWSC) begins on the 8th of October. The event has been going since 1987. Every two years, “teams from leading international universities and technical institutes, together with private entrepreneurs and even high schools, come together “Down Under” to test and promote the ultimate synergy of nature, motion and innovation” (source). Why in Australia? Well there are two very obvious things we have, sunlight, and a […]

STEM Challenges for Reception (K) to Year 6

Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM),  is based on the philosophy of teaching the four disciplines using an integrated approach, a cohesive learning paradigm based on real-world applications, rather than as separate discrete subjects.  Why integrate subjects? Well I think, integration is needed in order to guide students’ way of thinking about our our current and future environmental and social issues. We need to reach beyond the idea of students […]

STEM: ABC Splash Resources

ABC Splash has a wide range of STEM resources. You can search via year level, Reception to Year 10, or you can search via topic. The STEM topic categories include: coding, robotics, nanotechnology, design solutions, engineering, construction, Makerspaces, careers and STEM news. Types of resources include videos, discussions, Digibooks, teacher ideas, games, articles, audio and links. The videos are great as most of them have suggestions of things to think […]

How might you get students to learn the periodic table?

Richard Byrne just blogged ‘The Periodic Table in Pictures and Words‘ , Free Technology for Teachers. This sparked me to share a somewhat annoying video resource from a parents point of view, but from an educators view a catchy way to get students to learn the periodic table. My two children, aged 16 and 10 sing this until it annoys me so much that I ask them to stop. Sydney […]

You may not be able to have ducks at school but you can get a scrap bucket!

Indian runner ducks are used to control pests instead of using chemicals (see video at the bottom of this post). However, if you are like me, you can’t have an army of ducks at school (I only have two at home 🙂 ). However, you can introduce a class scrap/compost bucket where students place their scraps. At the end of the day ,you simply take the scraps to your compost or even […]

Wonderopolis: Where the wonders of learning never cease

This is an exciting site which I have recently discovered. Brought to life by the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL), our Wonders of the Day® will help you find learning moments in everyday life. The site provides multi-disciplinary content that purposefully aligns to Common Core State Standards (CCSS), the STEM Educational Quality Framework, and Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy. “Teachers can use the daily Wonder to jumpstart their students’ critical thinking, […]

Innovative Thinking: 14 year old Malawian boy built a windmill

At age 14, in poverty and famine, a Malawian boy built a windmill to power his family’s home. Now at 22, William Kamkwamba, who speaks at TED, here, for the second time, shares in his own words the moving tale of invention that changed his life. This video was recorded in 2009 however I have only recently discovered it and I think it is innovative and inspirational. Previously blogged related […]

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 […]

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 […]