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Here you will find many useful links to both curriculum and teaching ideas.

Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Virtual Excursions Australia

A video conferencing portal to the huge array of exemplary content providers (scientific and cultural institution, research centres, museums, libraries, theatres) for Australian and global curriculum studies was launched last week at Sydney Opera House by Senator Kate Lundy.

Virtual Excursions

VCE Excursions

Excursions Australia

Youtube Virtual Excursions

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A media grab on the launch…Virtual excursion of Australian Museum

Curriculum Links for Teachers

Australian Sources

Australian News and Information Sources

International Sources

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TED Talks


TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) -

TED is a non-profit organisation devoted to ‘Ideas Worth Spreading’. It started out in 1984 as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Check back often for thought-provoking and inspiring talks on a host of topics.


25 Incredible TED Talks for Educators




iPhone and iPad apps are also available for TED Talks.


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Free Technology for Teachers Blog

This blog at   is written by Richard Byrne and read by a daily audience of more than 15,000 subscribers.

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Scootle is a database of learning objects well worth re-visiting. In particular, it’s worth exploring the English, History Maths and Science resources added under "Find by Australian Curriculum".

What is Scootle?
   Scootle is a secure online teaching and learning environment providing access to all Le@rning Federation digital curriculum content. It enables users to easily find the digital resources in directly related to the curriculum.

What does Scootle do?
  The browse and search functions of Scootle currently associate resources with each state curriculum syllabus or framework. Teachers can easily and quickly find interactive learning objects, images, audio files and movie clips using browse, search and filter technologies.
Scootle allows a teacher to create learning paths for a class and to customise resource collections to meet individual student needs.

Google Earth Applications

Google Earth is a FREE download, and there are so many amazing things that you can do with this program! Here are just a few -

·         Turn on the 3D buildings layer and explore places like the Grand Canyon and New York City in 3D.

·         Turn on the weather layer to view real time weather information around the world.

·         Turn on the Street View Layer to feel like you’re visiting certain areas of the world.

·         Fly to any city in the world or compare distances between two places.

·         Take your students to the place that is spoken about in the book/novel you are reading in class.

·         Turn on the historical feature to view a city now AND back in time.

·         View active earthquake and volcano sites.

·         View and get information about past shipwrecks.

Google Earth in 3D

Explore the ocean

Explore Mars

Explore the Moon

Explore the Sky

See more here



Google Lit Trips have also been created based on popular novels. Teachers around the world have created “trips” in Google Earth to demonstrate the path that characters took in the story. The Google Lit Trip website also has a lot of helpful resources, tutorials, and tips.

Khan Academy

Khan Academy is a site containing over 3,200 videos for self-paced learning on everything from arithmetic to physics, finance to history.  As well as the extensive video library, there are interactive challenges and assessments available freely on the website.

According to founder, Sal Khan, the Academy’s video tutorials are viewed by more than 6 million students worldwide each month. What started as an idea to tutor his 12-year-old cousin Nadia from a distance in 2004 has now surpassed 140 million lessons streamed online and is helping 10 times more students learn each month than the entire number of students who’ve graduated from Harvard University since 1636.

Topics include:  

Algebra, Art History, Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Cosmology and Astronomy, Credit Crisis, Current Economics, Differential Equations, Finance, Geometry, History, Linear  Algebra, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Organic Chemistry, Paulson Bailout, Physics, Pre-calculus, Probability, Statistics, Trigonometry, Valuation and Investing, Venture Capital and Capital Markets.

Free iPad app for Khan Academy


Finnish Education

Highly educated teachers the key to success

Finland's director of education Pasi Sahlberg joins Lateline to discuss the nation's world-leading education system.  Finland consistently beats most of the rest of the countries in the OECD in maths, reading and literacy at all levels of primary and high school. The secret, according to him, is to be found in Finland's highly educated teachers.   Teaching in Finland is a respected and prestigious profession, and it's paid accordingly. Gaining entry to study teaching is extremely competitive, and nearly every teacher in the country has a master's degree.

Skype in the Classroom

High School Students Learning by Skype


Skype is widely used throughout the world but teachers are just starting to harness its communication power. It ‘began in 2003 as a voice service and quickly expanded to include video calls and mobile apps. The service now averages 145 million users worldwide each month.

As Skype grew, so did the number of teachers using the service, and Skype executives saw an opportunity, says Jacqueline Botterill, head of social good for Skype.

"One of the barriers that they continued to face . . . was finding like-minded teachers, experts, and classrooms to collaborate with on mutually relevant topics, and on a global scale," Botterill says.

Skype created its first education-focused community, Skype in the classroom, where teachers could create profiles, post classroom projects for other teachers to join, and find tips from educators on how to use Skype as a teaching tool. The site has grown into a community of more than 17,000 educators since it formally launched in March 2011’.

21 Things that will become obsolete in Education by 2020

 21 things that will become obsolete in education by 2020

It’s interesting to take a look at this list and make your own predictions as to what will still be around in 2020, and what will not. ‘It’s easy to miss when we try to extrapolate current trends ten years into the future; particularly in a period of technological hyper-change. Experience demonstrates traditional practice and attitudes are far more tenacious than we would like them to be.’

Horizon Report 2013 K-12

Horizon Report 2013


The New Media Consortium, the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), with the support of HP, produced the NMC Horizon Report > 2013 K-12 Edition. This fifth edition in the annual K-12 series of the NMC Horizon Project examines emerging technologies for their potential impact on and use in teaching, learning, and creative inquiry within the environment of pre-college education. Six emerging technologies are identified across three adoption horizons over the next one to five years, as well as key trends and challenges expected to continue over the same period, giving educators, school administrators, and practitioners a valuable guide for strategic technology planning.

The Genius in You: Seven Leonardo Da Vinci Principles

In his book, “How To Think Like Leonardo da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Day,” Gelb invites readers to take some lessons about living from Leonardo da Vinci.

The book is based on what Gelb calls the seven da Vincian Principles:

  • Curiosita’ – an insatiable curiosity
  • Dimostrazione – testing knowledge through experience
  • Sensazione – continued refinement of the senses
  • Sfumato – a willingness to embrace ambiguity
  • Arte/Scienza – developing a balance between art and science
  • Corporalita’ – cultivating fitness and poise
  • Connessione – recognizing and appreciating that all phenomena are connected.

Gelb believes that following these principles leads to success, whether it be learning a new language, cooking a gourmet meal, or being more effective on the job. “Leonardo is truly the global archetype of human potential,” says Gelb. “We may not be able to achieve his level of genius, but by thinking like he did, we can certainly develop our innate abilities.”

Global Achievement Gap

The Global Achievement Gap

Four pages of links to websites looking at education systems around the world and how they compare. Titles include:

What is the Global Achievement Gap?

10 Things in Schools that Should be Obsolete

Education’s Pendulum: Thinkers or Test Takers?

Finland’s Educational Success is No Miracle

Singapore’s 21st Century Teaching Strategies

What Can America Learn from the World’s Most Successful Education Systems?

The New Global Skill Set

The International Exams – PISA and TIMSS

The Global Search for Education: How to Develop World Leaders

12 Reasons Teachers should use Diigo

12 Reasons Teachers Should Use Diigo

‘Diigo stands for “Digest of Internet Information, Groups and Other stuff.” It is a social bookmarking program that allows you to save your ‘favourites’ online, so that they can be accessible from any computer with an internet connection. However, Diigo does much more than this…’ Set up a class group and have students add sites as they research, or add sticky notes to web sites with information for your students.

Click on the link to discover more useful ways to use Diigo for yourself and your students, then add this to your PLN (Professional Learning Network).

25 Awesome Virtual Learning Experiences

25 Awesome Virtual Learning Experiences Online

Take a virtual tour and transport your students to a new learning space! 

‘Just because you’re online, it doesn’t mean you can’t experience the world first-hand — or as close to first-hand as possible. Here are websites that feature virtual learning experiences, exposing online visitors to everything from history to geography, astronomy to anatomy, literature to government.’

New PD Books

Copying Is Easy, Getting Caught Is Easier

This video clip from the ABC’s MediaWatch program (Episode 32, 10 September 2012 ) shows how Dr Taneer Ahmed has been caught out plagiarising other people’s work and pretending it’s his own – a foolish move in the digital age when it’s so easy to track copying.  This is a good clip to show senior students.

Remember that in the digital age, copying is easy but getting caught in even easier. Teachers can help students by making them aware of helpful plagiarism checking software programs used by many students and universities include Turnitin, Grammarly, Duplichecker, and iThenticate.

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Education Blogs

General Education blogs: 

Information from The Teaching Palette

Youtube Leanback


This YouTube interface is perfect for showing videos in the classroom because it blocks out advertising and distracting sidebars.  Visit the site and type in the subject or title you are looking for. When selected, the video appears on a large screen framed in black.

Free Printable Graphic Organisers

Free Printable Graphic Organisers


 ‘This collection of ready-to-use graphic organizers will help children classify ideas and communicate more effectively. All of our printable graphic organizers are designed to facilitate understanding of key concepts by allowing students to visually identify key points and ideas. By using graphic organizers across all subject areas, you will be empowering your students to master subject-matter faster and more efficiently. We have graphic organizers for reading, science, writing, math, and for general use. You'll also find blank printable templates like graph paper, dot arrays, and other useful tools.’

101 Educational Quotes


Improve - Tests and quizzes online for your students

Just a reminder - a new and powerful resource is now available through ScootleImprove is an interactive learning system that can be used by teachers and students to improve student learning and outcomes. As a teacher, you can create customised tests and quizzes for your students, and access a number of authorised tests and quizzes that already exist within Improve. After your students complete a test or quiz, Improve provides them with access to one or more activities in the form of learning resources. You can monitor the completion of tests, quizzes and activities used by all your students. Once a post-test is complete, you can check to see if your students’ outcomes have improved as a result of undertaking the additional activities.  All teachers who are registered users of Scootle can use Improve. Simply log in to Scootle and click on the Use Improve link.

From the Improve support page


Reminder  –   All Scootle learning objects are also available through ClickView.


Print Block Posters

Create any size wall posters from any size images.  Up load you image, slice it into sections (the more sections the bigger it will turn out), then download each section and print it out.


43 Interesting way to use your pocket Video Recorder in the Classroom

Ideas that can be adapted for different teaching situations.

Four Animation Tools

Animation projects are a great way to integrate technology, encourage project based learning and have a lot of fun.


 Students in Year 6 might enjoy Fluxtime, a simple animation platform. The site includes a library of background templates and objects. Add them to the canvas, move and record the movements. Completed projects can be emailed and/or published to a gallery.

 Moving up a level of complexity is Like Fluxtime, numerous backgrounds and objects are provided. A character creator is also included so students can make a character that looks like them. Actions can be added to the characters as well as text and the creation can be shared online.


GoAnimate is definitely a big step up from the previously mentioned sites and works well for middle and secondary school students. Create a comic strip where the characters in each scene can speak and be animated. The quality of the graphics is very good and the user interface is very intuitive. The site is fun and easy to use - your students will love it.


For more involved, 3D looking animations, try Xtranormal. Choose Make Movies then choose a collection. Collections are sets of characters such as historical figures, robots, etc.

Making a movie is as simple as typing your script, choosing a voice and adding actions. You can even add camera angles. The finished product is a full motion video which can be shared and even loaded to YouTube.

Just for Fun

Students Tech-Savvy?

Not all today’s students are 'tech-savvy'

It has been a common view for some time that today’s students are ‘tech savvy’ and cope easily with the digital world that they are immersed in. This view has been reinforced by Mark Prensky’s ‘digital natives v digital immigrants’ analogy. However recent research by the British Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) casts doubt on how digitally literate our current University age students really are. The research was led by Dr Christopher Jones of the Open University and is called “The Net Generation encountering elearning at University”. The research team interviewed and collated data from over 2000 students in their first year at five British universities. Dr Jones said:


“Our research shows that the argument that there is a generational break between today’s generation of young people who are immersed in new technologies and older generations who are less familiar with technology is flawed. The diverse ways that young people use technology today shows the argument is too simplistic and that a new single generation, often called the ‘net generation’, with high skill levels in technology does not exist.”


While many of our students appear to have a good grasp of the use of many applications, often their knowledge is superficial and a deeper grounding is necessary for efficient use. This is certainly true with web searching and information literacy skills.

Rubics for Assessment

Kathy Schrock’s Guide to Everything – Assessment and Rubrics.  Why re-invent an assessment rubric when undoubtedly someone else has created one similar?  In this amazing list of links you will find everything you need, whether you decide to create your own rubric or select from subject-specific ones, to alternative assessment and performance-based assessment links, electronic portfolios, graphic organisers and report card comments.

Promethian Planet - Interactive Whiteboard lessons


Interactive Whiteboard

Google Education for Teachers: best features for busy teachers

‘Among all the links and downloads out there, it can be hard for teachers to know which ones work best. Google has made it easier by creating Google for Educators, which compiles some of the search engine's most useful features in one place. Whether you're teaching Spanish or social studies, mathematics or music, there's a free Google feature that will make your lessons more dynamic and your projects more organized. The lively, informative Web site offers step-by-step visual tours and even videos to help you get set up.’ 

This link summarises some of the most useful tools from the Google for Educators website.

20 common grammar mistakes that (almost) everybody makes

20 Common Grammar Mistakes

Scroll down through this list to see the types of mistakes that other people make!  The list was compiled by a magazine editor and identifies common errors from the past six years.


VoiceThread is a simple collaborative way to share comments on a presentation.  Upload an image, then record voice or sound for that image. Other people with a VoiceThread account can then add either a verbal or a written comment to your VoiceThread.  See the gallery on the website for examples.



New forms of Teaching & Starting a PLN

Innovating Pedagogy 2012: Open University Innovation Report 1

 Exploring new forms of teaching, learning and assessment to guide educators and policy makers.


Executive Summary: This series of reports explores new forms of teaching, learning and assessment for an interactive world, to guide teachers and policy makers in productive innovation. The first report proposes ten innovations that are already in currency but have not yet had a profound influence on education. To produce it, a group of academics at the Institute of Educational Technology in The Open University proposed a long list of new educational terms, theories, and practices.


We then pared these down to ten that have the potential to provoke major shifts in educational practice, particularly in post-school education. We have not deliberately excluded school education, but that is not our area of expertise. Lastly, we drew on published and unpublished writings to compile the ten sketches of new pedagogies that might transform education. These are summarised in rough order of immediacy and timescale to widespread implementation.




ICT in Everyday Learning: A Toolkit for Teachers

If you are looking for resources and ideas to help you integrate ICT into your classroom, the ICT in Everyday Learning: A Toolkit for Teachers website is a great place to start.

The website contains learning activities, assessment tasks and teaching and learning sequences aligned to the Australian Curriculum in English, Mathematics, Science and History, to demonstrate the use of ICT in the classroom. The activities are designed for P-10 and are supported by resources and information about ICT tools and devices.

The project was funded by DEEWR through the ICT Innovation Fund. Education Services Australia worked with professional organisations and universities to identify relevant content and develop the professional support materials. The materials were trialled in 20 schools across Australia in March and April 2012 and teacher feedback was very positive.

The website can be accessed via your Scootle login.

Why great teachers are also learners

Inspiring educator, Vicki Davis, reflects:  “As a teacher, the most important asset I can teach my students is a love of learning. In my 10 years teaching high school, I have found that making a deliberate and transparent effort to continue my own learning allows me to inspire my students to follow my footsteps.

Here are some best practices that I have created for myself, to facilitate both my own learning and my students' passion to learn.


1 - Spend 15 minutes 3 times a week learning new things

2 - Talk about the new things you're learning, and let your enthusiasm show

3 - Share your questions about topics that interest you, and ask for student feedback

4 - Show students that you're willing to investigate

5 - Let students see you learning leisurely on your own…”

(See more at the link above)



 Starting a PLN  (by Sketchy)



Practice deliberate learning by starting your own PLN.


PLN is an abbreviation for ‘personal learning network’ or ‘professional learning network’. It is one of the best ways to grow as a learner and teacher because you are exposed to so many new ideas and teaching resources. “A PLN is a reciprocal network that you create to learn from, connect with, gather information or resources, create with and finally share what you have learned.  A PLN can occur in your school, face-to-face, online, at conferences or through reading, reflecting and sharing.”  

Join Twitter and follow educators who share links and ideas. Read blogs then reflect on them in your own blog for your students. Join a ning or online community for teachers – search for one for your subject. Use a social bookmarking site such as Diigo or Delicious to save your favourites online and to share them. Join groups in Diigo or Delicious to receive regular emails of all links bookmarked by members of that group.


Watch the video above for a simple overview of how to create a PLN, then start yours today!

Image from Sue Waters, The Edublogger




Ten tips for making beautiful presentations



Excellent information for creating memorable presentations – applicable to both teachers and students.



10 Tips for making beautiful presentations