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 […]

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 […]

War on waste!

Australia is ranked 5th highest for generating the most municipal waste in the world. So what can we do about it? ‘War on Waste‘ , a three part ABC documentary, hosted by Craig Reucassel was produced to see if we, as a nation, can all do a little better.  In episode one, Craig explores how much waste we produce as a nation and what we can do about it. He […]

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 […]

Scratch Junior: Lesson plans for Reception(K) to Year 2

Scratch Junior  is a developmentally appropriate programming language for children ages five through seven. It is available through the App Store and Google Play for free. Furthermore, if you don’t have an iPad or Android based tablet, you can emulate a full Android OS for mobile applications using the Andy Android Emulator for PC and Mac. It’s a fully functional, independent Android operating system that runs as an application in Windows or […]

Strategies for teaching public speaking skills

Speaking in public to an audience can be challenging, not only for students but adults alike. I remember giving my first lecture at university. As an invited speaker, I found myself standing at the front of the lecture theatre, the same lecture theatre which I attended as a university student for my very first lecture. I had a microphone pinned to my shirt and my presentation was displayed behind me. […]