Unsplash: Royalty free photos

My favourite site of all times for Royalty Free Images has been Pixabay.com because I love the quality and range of photos. However, recently I’ve also discovered Unsplash.             Unsplash has over 300,000 high resolution photos which are all royalty free (free to use). You can use them for commercial and noncommercial purposes. You do not need to ask permission from or provide credit to the […]

We’ve all used word cloud generators, but what about a collaborative word cloud generator?

A word (or text or tag) cloud generator is a tool (usually online) which generates an image composed of words used in a particular text or subject, in which the size of each word indicates its frequency or importance. There are many free word cloud generators online which enable you to paste text or upload documents and select shape, colours and font to create your own word cloud. However, a few […]

Create videos with the Photos app for Windows 10

When you select the Photos App in Windows 10, you can select an image and edit it easily. You can edit if from a simple crop, rotate, filer or enhance. However, you can also draw on your photos by selecting Edit and Draw.               However, the feature which I really like is that you can create a video using your own images, videos and […]

Paint 3D Free Windows App

Windows Paint 3D is a free app by Microsoft for Windows 10,  which includes both basic and advanced art tools. The Paint 3D tools are easily accessible for users of any experience level. My daughter recently discovered the app after her Surface Pro updated, explored the app and then shared it with her friends. Below my daughter drew a 3D rain cloud and decided she’d like to be struck by lightning? […]

Enquiring Minds: Bridges to higher education

Enquiring Minds is a website aiming to equip students, their families, school staff and community groups with tools and information so school leavers and others can make informed decisions about their future. “Enquiring Mind series is produced for primary school students and encourages students to develop their interests and hobbies into careers through university study. The television series and website has been developed by the Bridges to Higher Education Participation and […]

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 […]

Street Art: A unit of work I taught

The Australian Curriculum content descriptor (learning outcome) I needed to teach this term was for students to develop and apply techniques and processes when making their artworks. I’ve always had a passion for street art so I began to think, how might I incorporate this into a unit of work? For my student’s final assessment, I wanted students to design and paint a piece of street art which had a […]

Fire Boy and Water Girl: Free strategy game

Fire Boy and Water Girl is a fun game for two players or one player. Players need to help  Fire Boy and Water Girl find an exit through multiple puzzling levels. Fire Boy must avoid the water and Water Girl must avoid the hot lava.  Players will need to think ahead and plan their way through each puzzling room in order to get them both safely to the exit. Reading […]

Minecraft Design: Real Life Application

In 2015, Linden Park Primary students won the Craft Your Perfect National Park Minecraft competition and it has finally been built! Craft Your Perfect National Park, was part of the community engagement project for the South Australian State Government’s election commitment to spend $10.4 million on infrastructure upgrades, to encourage people to visit metropolitan parks.  Students were invited to design a national park using Minecraft. You can view the Linden Park student’s winner entry […]

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 […]