Teaching and Learning


A selection of resources to support you in selecting content for your learning area and in considering how to design effective learning experiences for your students.


  Curriculum 

Access quality teaching resources from different Education Departments across Australia, as well as additional material that may assist in the teaching of the different Learning Areas.



State/Territory Education Resources

NSW Department of Education - Distance Education Resources

Relevancy: K-12

DoE has made provision for independent schools to access their Distance Education resources. These include lessons and units of work for Kindergarten to Year 12, by Stages 1-6 categorised by KLA. These packages are subject to strict copyright and should be used in accordance with the conditions stated on each resource.

Due to the copyright requirements, these resources can only be accessed by independent school staff using a school email, username and password link in an AISNSW website profile.

Normally these resources would be facilitated by a Distance Education teacher and an adult supervisor (parent or guardian) in the home to support students to complete the required tasks. AISNSW warmly thanks the NSW Department of Education for generously sharing these resources.

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NSW Education – Learning from Home

Relevancy: K-12

Resources and activities for teachers that support Learning from Home.

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ACT Education

Relevancy: K-12

A resource library to support Learning from Home, categorised by Learning Area and age level.

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Queensland Education

Relevancy: K-12

Units of learning and resources to support Learning from Home.

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SA Education

Resources for PreK - Year 12 to support continued learning between home and school.

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Tasmania Education

Resources and ideas for learning at home.

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Victoria Education

Resources and ideas for learning at home.

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WA Education

Relevancy: K-12

Learning from home resources and activities, arranged by Year level.

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All Learning Areas

AISNSW Primary Podcasts

We have designed these bite-sized podcasts with busy primary teachers in mind. Listen to them with colleagues or when you’re enjoying some downtime. 

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ABC Education

Relevancy: K-12

Thousands of (easily filtered) free, curriculum-linked resources for Primary and Secondary students and teachers from ABC Education.

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Khan Academy

Relevancy: K-12

Khan Academy’s extensive library of videos and lessons cover mathematics, science, grammar and more. Free for teachers and students.

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TEDEd

Huge range of free video-based lessons organised by age and subject. Suitable for K-12

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Watch Know Learn

Thousands of free educational videos K-12 that can be filtered by grade level or topic.

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MyLearning

Free learning resources from arts, cultural and heritage organisations; search by resource type, subject, theme, year level. All subjects covered. Suitable for K-12

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The Kid Should See This

Huge range of excellent curated videos arranged by topic.

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Crash Course

Free high quality educational videos on a range of subjects from the humanities to the sciences. Suitable for Years 5-12.

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AITSL

This spotlight identifies best practice evidence to guide teachers on setting up online learning and advice teachers can give to parents during this process.

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English

Primary Specific Literacy Resources

Relevancy: Primary

Specific Literacy skills based resources to support early readers and writers.

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Epic!

Over 40,000 eBooks, videos and quizzes for students K-6. Can be sorted by age, reading level, fiction/non-fiction. Free for teachers; teachers can assign specific books to students or allow free choice.

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Read Write Think

Free student interactive lessons searchable by grade level.

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The Literacy Shed

Large selection of short film clips that can be used for viewing and writing, arranged by theme. Free site with ideas for teachers about how to use the clips. Suitable for K-6.

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Storynory

Free audio stories for students Years K-4.

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Unite for Literacy

A digital library of eBooks for PreK - 6. Free and easy to use for teachers and families. Stories can be read or listened to in 43 languages.

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Novel Hyperdocs

This padlet has a growing collection of hyperdocs designed for students to study specific popular novels used across Years 3-10.

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ReadWorks

Free online program designed to improve reading comprehension for students K-12.

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Kids News

Free Australian and world news articles for students in Years 2-6. Each article can be read at three different reading levels, perfect for differentiation.

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Free Kids Books

This free site has an extensive collection of books for students in K-6. Books can be read online or downloaded as a PDF. Sort by grade, age, theme.

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Rivet

Rivet is a free to download app that provides K-6 students with a wide range of levelled texts to read. Students receive real-time feedback and word help. Designed to provide students with independent reading practice.

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Reading IQ

A complete digital library of thousands of original and exclusive titles, childhood classics, and popular titles in a wide range of subjects, topics, and genres—all leveled for easy access. Suitable for K-6; free for educators.

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Teach Your Monster to Read

Free online games that develop essential early reading skills: matching letters to sounds, blending, segmenting, tricky words and reading full sentences.

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Lalilo

Free online tool for K-2 students to develop skills in phonics, word recognition and comprehension. Adaptive to the student.

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Pobble 365

This site provides visual prompts and accompanying activity ideas that support student writing in K-6. New images released every day.

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Once Upon a Picture

Thousands of free beautiful images and accompanying questions that can be used to stimulate discussion and develop vocabulary, as a prompt for creative writing, a reading comprehension activity (with a mix of literal, inference, deduction and prediction questions), or as a starting point for a wider curriculum lesson. Suitable for K-6

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Write the World

Designed by educators at Harvard University, this is a free global online community of writers who are able to write, share and publish their creative work. Provides writing prompts and guidelines, competitions, peer review. Years 7-12

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Authorfy

Free video masterclasses and units of learning from well-known children's authors. Designed to inspire K-6 students as writers.

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Children's Poetry Archive

Free site enabling K-6 students to listen to the world's best poetry read aloud.

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UNESCO

Global Digital Library
No-cost digital storybooks and other reading materials available in 43 languages.

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Mathematics

Primary Specific Numeracy Resources

Relevancy: Primary

Numeracy resources from the AISNSW Student Services team supporting the development of primary numeracy skills and knowledge.

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Youcubed

Wide range of open-ended mathematical tasks for students across K-12. Tasks are designed to promote mathematical thinking.

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resolve: Maths by Inquiry

A suite of free teaching resources linked to the Australian Mathematics curriculum from K-10; all resources are designed to promote fluency, deep understanding, strategic problem solving, and mathematical reasoning. Can be sorted by strand and year level.

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Open Middle

This site has a wonderful range of challenging maths problems where there are multiple ways of approaching and solving the problem. Problems are arranged by year level from K-12 and by strand or topic.

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Science

Mystery Science

Primary hands-on Science units linked by topic.

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Explorify

Award-winning site designed to support K-6 teachers and students in working scientifically and in design and production.

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Kids Science

YouTube channel with a large range of Science videos suitable for K-6.

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SciShow

YouTube channel with a large range of Science videos suitable for K-10.

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Crash Course Kids

YouTube channel with a large range of Science & Technology videos suitable for K-6.

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Technologies

HSC Design and Technology, Industrial Technology and Textiles and Design Support Podcast

Join AISNSW Consultant, Carlo Tuttocuore in a conversation with NESA Inspector: Technologies Education, Mark Tyler as they discuss support for teachers and students of HSC in relation to HSC Marking Support Packs as well as teacher professional learning for Major Projects in Design and Technology, Industrial Technology and Textiles and Design.


Tynker

Everything needed to learn computer programming for ages 5+

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MIT Scratch

Students learn to code their own interactive stories, games and animations. Web and app versions available. Suitable for K-6

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CSER Moocs University of Adelaide

30 days of great ideas to challenge K-6 students at home using basic supplies.

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Digital Technologies in Focus

A  huge list of curated websites and activities to engage students at home with digital technologies. Suitable for K-10

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Lego

30 great ideas for K-6 students to engage in simple design tasks with Lego at home.

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Digital Technologies Hub

One stop shop for all resources to teach Digital Technologies K-12

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PrimeZone

A wealth of curated resources from the Primary Industries Association of Australia. Designed to support the teaching of aspects of Science & Technology  K-6.

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HSIE Teachers

Ideas, resources, inspiration
Resources to support teachers in Stages 4, 5 and 6

Relevancy: Stages 4-6

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The Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

Online resources
Resources to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge and culture.

Relevancy: All

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The Australian Dream

Civics and citizenship
Resources to help explore themes of cultural identity, history, racism and reconciliation.

Relevancy: Years 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

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World's Largest Lesson

Teaching resources to support the introduction of the world's Sustainable Development Goals to students everywhere and unite them in action. Suitable for K-12.

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Aboriginal Studies


University of Sydney

Teaching Resources from the Aboriginal Studies Guide

Relevancy: Stage 5 and Stage 6 

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Culture Victoria

Discover stories spanning from traditional to contemporary life, of land and spirit, art and artefacts.

Relevancy: Stage 5 and Stage 6 

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Creative Spirits

Resources for classroom activities with your students.

Relevancy: Stage 5

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First Languages Australia

First Nations Languages Map of Australia
This interactive map showcases over 780 Indigenous languages.

Relevancy: Stage 1 - Stage 6 

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National Library of Australia

Relevancy: Stage 4 - Stage 6

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Australian Museum

Learn about the richness of First Nations cultures, histories and experiences.

Relevancy: Stage 4 - Stage 6

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Protocols for working with Indigenous Artists

Business Studies


Small Business Secrets

Small Business Secrets is a weekly SBS program that highlights the everyday reality for small business owners and innovators. The program uses case studies to offer tips and insights into the highs and lows of conceiving and running a small business.

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Teacher's notes

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Australian Consumer and Competition Commission

Explore the critical role of the ACCC in promoting competition and fair trade in markets, to benefit consumers, businesses, and the community.

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NSW Fair Trading

NSW Fair Trading's role is to make doing business in NSW simple, accessible, and fair for employees, consumers, and industry.

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Scamwatch

Scamwatch is run by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). It provides information to consumers and small businesses about how to recognise, avoid, and report scams.

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Choice

Is a consumer advocacy group in Australia.

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Australian Businesses Podcasts

A series of Podcasts featuring a range of Australian businesses that have been able to grow, innovate, and commercialise their vision.

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Australian Securities and Investment Commission

Detailed advice on all facets of starting and running a business or company.

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Commerce


The Parliamentary Education Office

Learn about Australia’s parliamentary democracy through accessible, immersive, experiential programs and resources.

Relevancy: Stages 3, 4 and 5 

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Reserve Bank of Australia

A range of information, resources and learning experiences, designed to support students and educators

Relevancy: Stage 5

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Australian Human Rights Commission

The Australian Human Rights Commission promotes and provides education and training which seeks to build a universal culture of human rights.

Relevancy: Stage 4 and Stage 5

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Small Business Secrets

Small Business Secrets is a weekly SBS program that highlights the everyday reality for small business owners and innovators. The program uses case studies to offer tips and insights into the highs and lows of conceiving and running a small business.

Relevancy: Stage 5

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Moneysmart

Financial Literacy Resources

Relevance: Stage 4 and Stage 5

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Australian Consumer and Competition Commission

Explore the critical role of the ACCC in promoting competition and fair trade in markets, to benefit consumers, businesses, and the community.

Relevance: Stage 4 and Stage 5

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Economics


Reserve Bank of Australia

A range of information, resources and learning experiences, designed to support students and educators

Relevancy: Stage 6

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Australian Government – The Treasury

Explore a range to topics on Australia’s domestic economic policies. Very useful on the Australian Governments’ economic response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Geography


NASA Earth Observatory

Biomes
A resource to support the investigation of different biomes.

Relevancy: Stages 4 and 5 Geography

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Ventusky

Weather visualisation
A resource to support the teaching of weather

Relevancy: Stage 4 – 6 Geography

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ABC Education

Weigh your Waste
Raising awareness concerning the amount of rubbish discarded in Australian homes.

Relevancy: Stages 2, 3 and 4 Geography

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Reducing Landfill Waste
A resource to support Year 7 and Year 10 environmental change and sustainability

Relevancy: Stage 4 and 5 Geography

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GeoFocus

YouTube channel with videos including profiles of countries and regions, descriptions of important landmarks and geographical features (both natural and man-made), and discussion of international issues. Suitable for Years 3-12.

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Barangaroo

A Case Study in Urban Regeneration

Relevancy: Stage 5

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NSW State Emergency Service

Water in the World - Flooding in the Hawkesbury - Nepean Valley

Relevancy: Stage 4

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NSW Government - Tweed Sand Bypassing

Environmental Change and Management: A Coastal Management Case Study

Relevancy: Stage 5 Geography

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History


The State Library of NSW

Stage 5 History Resources for World War I, World War II and Aboriginal Rights and Freedom topics.

Stage 6 History Extension. Advice to support students with undertaking the History Extension Project.

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Eight Days in Kamay
A digital story exploring First Contact with historical sources from the collection of the State Library of NSW.

Relevance: Stage 2 and Stage 4 History

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This resources were developed by Dr Jennifer Lawless, State Library of NSW Fellow 2016. 

Early Stage One: Personal and Family Histories
Stage One: Past & Present Family Life / Past & Present
Stage Two: Community & Remembrance / First Contacts
Stage Three: Australian Colonies / Australia Nation

The Australian War Memorial

Stage 5 History and Stage 6 Modern History - Online resources and practical activities drawing on the fascinating collection and personal stories of the Memorial exploring Australians at War.

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The National Sound and Film Archive of Australia

Specialist resources with teachers’ notes on prime ministers, the First World War and the Cold War and more.

Relevancy: Stage 5 History and Stage 6 Modern History

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Bringing Them Home

Stories of the stolen generations
Australian Curriculum linked resources and more, designed to support teachers help students understand the effects of the forced removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from their families, communities and Country.

Relevancy: Stage 5 History

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ABC - Education

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures
Discover Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture.

Relevancy: Years K - 10

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History Pin

Historypin is a place for people to share photos and stories, telling the histories of their local communities. Free site with amazing collections from all over the world, including many NSW local councils, libraries etc. Great primary source material suitable for K-12.

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Sydney Jewish Museum

Online lessons using primary sources and artefacts to explore Holocaust History.

Relevancy: Stage 5

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The Whitlam Institute

Gough Whitlam PM - A Case Study

Relevance: Stage 6 History Extension

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Australian Museum

Learn about the richness of First Nations cultures, histories and experiences.

Relevancy: Stage 4 - Stage 6

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National Library of Australia

Relevancy: Stage 5

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University of Minnesota

Narratives and Testimonies - Holocaust and Genocide Studies

Relevancy: Stage 5

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Fortunoff Video Archive

A selection of video testimonies of survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust from Yale University.

Relevancy: Stage 5

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Immigration Museum

Explore the migration stories of multicultural Australia.

Relevancy: Stage 5

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The Bonegilla Migrant Experience

Relevancy: Stage 5

The Bonegilla story began in the years following World War II, when millions of people seeking a new start and peace, departed for Australia.

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National Museum of Australia

Explore Australia’s defining moments and interact with the rich cultural artefacts contained in the vast collection.

Relevancy: Digital Classroom (k – 10)

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Ancient History


Pompeii Sites

Archaeological sites in and around the ancient city of Pompeii.

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Google Arts and Culture

Virtual Tour of the Archaeological Museum on Naples exploring the rich material culture of Pompeii and Herculaneum.

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Macquarie University

Ancient History Resources for Schools -Focusing on Ancient Australia, Ancient Israel, Ancient Rome, Egypt and Greece, and Pompeii and Herculaneum.

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City of Rome Blog

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The Virtual Archaeological Museum of Herculaneum

Explore the unique artifacts and archaeological site of Herculaneum virtually.

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Fordham University

Ancient History Source Book
The Internet Ancient History Sourcebook is both a classroom resource and the largest collection of online ancient texts covering a wide variety of civilisations of the ancient world.

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Archaeopress Archaeology

An Educator's Handbook for Teaching about the Ancient World

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Modern History


BBC

BBC Bitesize Lessons with stimulus materials on a range of historical topics including Nazi Germany.

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Calvin Unviersity

Nazi German Propaganda Archive
A series of visual sources from Nazi Germany and East Germany.

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Stanislaus State

German History Sources
This digital archive of historical sources covers the 19th Century - late 20th Century Germany.

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Fordham University

Modern History Sourcebook
This site presents primary sources for Nazism, the Holocaust, and World War II.

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Harold B. Lee Library

Germany: National Socialism and World War II
Nazi propaganda including speeches, pronouncements, and orders of Adolf Hitler.

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Yad Vashem

The Holocaust Resource Center
A collection of original sources and oral histories from the Yad Vashem Archives.

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FCIT

A Teacher's Guide to the Holocaust
An extensive list of links to primary sources on the Holocaust.

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Imperial War Museums

This site allows you to explore the collective archives of five museums and explore the history and stories of modern warfare. The World War 1 collection of the museum record the civil and military war effort and sacrifice of Britain and its Empire during the First World War.

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Extension History


The Whitlam Institute

Gough Whitlam PM - A Case Study

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The State Library of NSW

Advice to support students with undertaking the History Extension Project.

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Australian Human Rights Commission

The Australian Human Rights Commission promotes and provides education and training which seeks to build a universal culture of human rights.

Relevancy: Stage 6

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Human Rights Watch

Defending Human Rights Worldwide

Relevancy: Stage 6

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Human Rights Organisations and Resources

A list of Human Rights organisations, and resources associated with them.

Relevancy: Stage 6

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Human Rights Council of Australia

Relevancy: Stage 6

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Universal Rights - Facts, Stories, and Insights from Around the Globe

Relevancy: Stage 6

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Community Legal Aid Webinars

Relevancy: Stage 6

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Society and Culture


Extracts of Personal Interest Projects (PIPs)

Relevancy: Stage 6

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Studies of Religion


Sydney Catholic Schools

A wealth of resources covering each section of the  Studies of Religion 1 Unit Course and Studies of Religion 2 Unit Course.

Relevancy: Stage 6

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St. Columbans Missionary Society

Educational Resources on Interreligious Dialogue

Relevancy: Stage 6

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Creative Arts

Dance | Drama | MusicVisual Arts

HSC Creative Arts Support Podcast

Join AISNSW Consultants, Carlo Tuttocuore and Nicky Sloss in a conversation with NESA Inspector: Creative Arts, Dr John Montgomery as they discuss support for teachers and students of HSC Creative Arts in relation to HSC Marking Support Packs as well as teacher professional learning for Major Study and Major Works.

Dance


Dance Stages 4, 5 and 6 Resources

Relevancy: 7-12

The following resources are for teachers of Stages 4-6 Dance with advice, support, and information to support learning at home.

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AISNSW K-12 Creative Arts: Dance Webinar

This webinar hosted by AISNSW Consultant Nicky Sloss, involves panellists from NESA, AISNSW and member schools. Changes to assessment for this year’s cohort of Year 12 Dance students and ideas for supporting Dance when learning and home and transitioning back to learning on campus are included in the 60-minute presentation.

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Drama


AISNSW

7-12 Creative Arts Webinar: Drama

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ATYP on Demand

Streaming of Drama performances and learning activities.

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Blackbox Education

Online Drama toolkits, workbooks and resources.

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Belvoir Theatre

Learning resources from past Belvoir productions and access to archived recordings.

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Bell Shakespeare

Drama teacher packs and resources.

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ClickView

ClickView page for Drama that includes a range of performances and example workshops.

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Digital Theatre Plus

Free Drama content and streaming of plays and productions.

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Frantic Digital

Frantic Assembly Drama performances, resources and warm ups.

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LaBoite Theatre Company

Online Drama teaching resource packs.

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Media Lab

Access to media arts resources for schools including documentary, filmmaking, podcasting, screen casting and stop motion.

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National Theatre YouTube Channel (UK)

Playlists of Drama videos, workshops and discussions.

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OffStage

Recordings of past HSC Drama group performances and Individual Performances that were nominated for On Stage.

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Sydney Opera House

A range of Creative Arts resources for students and teachers to watch, listen and read.

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Sydney Theatre Company

Practical education resources of past and present STC productions for teachers and students.

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Playlists of interviews, commentaries and director documentaries from past Drama productions.

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THEATREish

Access to a range of virtual theatre education resources.

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The Arts Unit

Access to a range of engaging Drama lessons and videos.

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Protocols for working with Indigenous Artists
NESA

This video features Dr. John Montgomery, Curriculum Inspector for the Creative Arts (NESA) summarising the changes for the cohort of the 2020 Year 12 HSC Examination in Drama.

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Music


AISNSW Music Webinar

The Virtual Music Classroom webinar, recorded on 8 April 2020.

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Chrome Music Lab

Explore music - patterns, rhythm, sound - interactively. Suitable for K-10.

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Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra

Explore the theme of the concert, see how the performance fits into the curriculum and learn about the music and composers with these TSO Classroom Resources.

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Music 1 Course - Other Voices

Relevancy: Stage 6

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Protocols for working with Indigenous Artists
NESA

This video features Dr. John Montgomery, Curriculum Inspector for the Creative Arts (NESA) summarising the changes for the cohort of the 2020 Year 12 HSC Examination in Music.

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Visual Arts


AISNSW

AISNSW 7-12 Visual Arts Webinar

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Kids Think Design

Explore the world of design and learn to think like a designer. Suitable for K-6.

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Artsology

Arts games and investigations for K-6

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Art for Kids Hub

YouTube Channel with many easy to follow art lessons for students K-6.

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Stage 6 Visual Arts Teaching and Learning resources

These Visual Arts Teaching and Learning resources may be useful for programming in Stage 6.

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Australian Centre for Moving Image

K-12 learning modules exploring art, animation, digital technologies, filmmaking, game making etc.

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Sydney Opera House

An updated suite of digital programs and resources including videos, talks, podcasts and workshops developed especially to inspire students of all ages.

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Smart History

History of Art, from prehistoric times to today. Significant collections from all art periods, all freely available. Suitable for K-12

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Project Zero

This list of visible thinking routines from Harvard's Project Zero team work particularly well when students are studying artists and artworks.

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Living and working as a professional artist in Australia

Hear from artists and leading practitioners on the experience of living and working as a professional artist in Australia.

Relevancy: Stage 5 and Stage 6

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The National Art School Collection - Sydney

Relevancy: Stage 5 and Stage 6

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Still Life - Fast Moving

Investigating the practice of contemporary still llife artists.

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Protocols for working with Indigenous Artists
ARTEXPRESS

Relevancy: Stage 6

An exhibition of outstanding Art Works from 2019 Higher School Certificate Visual Arts students.

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Arts POP

Relevancy: K - 6

This site offers ten packages of practice for the five arts forms. Clicking on visual arts from the Sections tab at the top will take you to a unit of work. At the bottom are tabs to take you to planning, implementation, student learning and opportunities and extensions.

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The Museum of Contemporary Art

Relevancy: K - 12

The Museum of Contemporary Art’s MCA Learning program launched ‘mca.art: an online experience’, which enables the gallery to be accessed and explored virtually.

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The Museum of Contemporary Art provides a huge scope of inquiry options related to their suite of learning resources for early years, primary and secondary.

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This Guan Wei resource supports learning and teaching through engaging with symbols and storytelling in the works of an amazing Contemporary Chinese Australian artist.

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ABC Education

Relevancy: K - 12

ABC Education has created a range of videos and teaching resources for the Arts suitable for primary and second students. All of the resources are mapped to the Australian Curriculum with short videos often accompanying these to assist educators. These are clearly labelled for particular year levels and cover a fantastic range of topics.

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National Portrait Gallery

Relevancy: K - 12

These resources are designed for teachers to use in the classroom and are based on artworks in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery. After clicking on the link scroll down on the left hand side to click on the various resources. They will often tell you which year levels they are appropriate for.

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Portrait Stories uses video, multimedia and sound to present the stories of artists who are included in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery collection. An excellent resource to engage students and can also be used as a self-directed learning tool for older students. An amazing selection of stories.

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Museum of Modern Art

Relevancy: K - 12

Five tips for teaching with works of art (Museum of Modern Art) - a really helpful resource to help discuss artworks with students using inquiry-based strategies. Although a resource for teachers this can easily be translated into viewing a work of art online and discussing it with your students.

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The Art Gallery of New South Wales

Relevancy: Stage 4 - 6

The Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW) in collaboration with the ABC launched #TogetherInArt to connect people through art in difficult times which includes a suite of artist-led videos.

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NESA

This video features Dr. John Montgomery, Curriculum Inspector for the Creative Arts (NESA) summarising the changes for the cohort of the 2020 Year 12 HSC Examination in Visual Arts.

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PDHPE

PDHPE Specific Resources

Relevancy: K-10

AISNSW is available to provide support to independent schools with PDHPE through a learning from home model. While each independent school is unique in their own context, provided are some considerations and no cost resources that can be adapted to meet specific school and student circumstances, needs and interests.

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Languages

AISNSW Languages Resources

Explore AISNSW Languages resources by language. 

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First Languages Australia

First Nations Languages Map of Australia
This interactive map showcases over 780 Indigenous languages.

Relevance: Stage 1 - Stage 6 

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VET

NSW Government Education Standards Authority

Vocational Education and Training (VET)

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Australian Government

Australian Skills Quality Authority

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Department of Education, Skills and Employment

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Virtual Tours

British Museum, London

Students can explore this iconic museum with exhibits dedicated to everything from Egyptian mummies to the Rosetta Stone.

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Guggenheim Museum, New York

This is definitely one of the best social studies websites around! Use Google’s Street View feature to tour the world-famous Guggenheim museum, including works of art and the breathtaking spiral staircase.

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J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

The Street View tour of this California museum gives students access to European artworks that date back as far as the 8th Century.

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Musée d’Orsay, Paris

Students can virtually walk through this gallery which includes works from Monet, Cézanne, Gauguin, and more.

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Smithsonian Institute

Take self-guided, room-by-room tours of select exhibits and areas within the museum.

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San Diego Zoo

An entire site for students K-6 with live cams, animal facts, activities and games

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Google Arts and Culture

Step inside museums and galleries around the world with this 3D view. Suitable for K-12

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Discovering Egypt

Explore mummies, hieroglyphs, and more in Ancient Egypt. Suitable for K-12

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The China Guide

Trek across 3,000 miles of the Great Wall of China in this virtual tour.

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Houston Zoo

A zoo with a good selection of web cams to watch the animals. See elephants, giraffes, chimps, rhinos and gorillas.

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David Attenborough's Great Barrier Reef

An interactive site where David Attenborough explores the Great Barrier Reef through video.

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Taronga Zoo

Spend some time with the animals at Taronga Zoo through their livestream cameras.

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Choice Board of Writing activities linked to Virtual Tours

This choiceboard is for use with students in Years 1-6 and links visits to various virtual tours with specific writing tasks.

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AirPanoVR

This playlist has a large number of VR tours through nature, famous cities, underwater, sport etc. Suitable for K-12

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NASA

Take a trip outside our solar system with NASA's Exoplanet Travel Bureau. Years 3-12

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Explore Mars with the Curiosity Rover.

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Discovery Education

A range of no-cost Virtual Field Trips, each with a companion guide for teachers Years K-12.

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Planning For Online & Offline Learning

AISNSW

A blend of synchronous and asynchronous learning
How can we blend synchronous and asynchronous online learning?

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Pymble Ladies' College

Relevancy: K-12

Teaching Toolkit to support staff in transitioning to a home learning environment

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Primary Hyperdoc Collection

Here you will find a huge range of pre-prepared hyperdocs arranged by year level K-6 and by Learning Area.

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Slidesmania

Many of these free templates have been created specifically for home learning: daily schedules, weekly schedules, choice boards. Suitable for K-12.

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Global Online Academy Catalyst Chart

This chart is designed to support educators in considering how they will design experiences, build interactions and present content in an online environment.

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AISNSW Learning from Home Conversation Series: Centralising Pedagogy

AISNSW Learning from Home Conversations is a four-part video series focusing on centralising purpose and pedagogy in the learning from home environment.

Each conversation features a video, information sheet and range of accredited Professional Learning activities. Together these cover core principles to consider as we reflect on the increased use of technologies in teaching and learning, for facilitating connection, and in supporting students as they are learning from home.

At the heart of the Learning from Home Conversations is a reconnection with craft, a prioritisation of relationships, and centralisation of pedagogy. Our intention is to provide you with information and practical strategies drawn from research and evidence. These will support you in the design of learning for right now. They will also assist during the coming transition period as students gradually return to some form of on campus learning.

The topics covered include:

  • Part 1: Where to Begin (again)
  • Part 2: Centralising Pedagogy
  • Part 3: Evidence of Learning
  • Part 4: Exploring Digital Pedagogy and the Role of the iPAC Framework

Accredited Professional Learning

The Professional Learning activities explore key considerations for designing learning from home experiences and embedding technologies more broadly. These activities support either individual or team reflection on the topic and can be customised for your school context. Each part is an accredited one-hour self-paced professional learning opportunity.

AISNSW consultants are also available if you wish to conduct this professional learning as a whole-school.
Please contact evidence@aisnsw.edu.au to find out more.

AISNSW Podcasts: Perspectives on Remote Learning

Mumbulla: Strategies for supporting students and families

Reagan White, Education Manager

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St Philip’s Cessnock: Supporting students K-6 with remote, explicit teaching

Paul Ivey, Head of Innovation

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Wenona: Supporting students with additional needs with remote learning

Robyn Clear, Head of Educational Support Services

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Carinya Christian School: Teaching and learning using remote platforms K-12

David Jones, Principal

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Trinity Anglican College: Making the most of technology to support students with additional needs

Trish Thomas, Head of Tutorial Centre

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Kempsey Adventist School: Engaging students during remote learning

Nicole Sleeman, Lower Primary Dean

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Promoting Engagement & Thinking

Pymble Ladies' College
MindMeister

MindMeister is an online mind mapping tool that lets you capture, develop and share ideas visually.

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Edpuzzle

Edpuzzle allows teachers to insert questions and content into videos from YouTube etc.

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VIdeoAnt

VideoAnt allows users (students) to comment on a video. Individual students or a group (class) can be notified of the requirement to annotate the video.

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Using Online Tools for Visible Thinking Routines

Relevancy: K-12

This resource provides suggestions for online tools that can be used to facilitate the use of visible thinking routines.

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Zoom

Engaging K-6 students through Zoom
Practical ideas for K-6 teachers to connect with their students through Zoom

Engaging Pre-K-Year 2 students through Zoom
20 simple and practical ways to connect with young learners through Zoom

Nearpod

Nearpod is a student engagement platform that creates interactive lessons containing virtual field trips, collaboration boards, quizzes, polls and more.

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Coggle

Coggle is a collaborative mind mapping tool which provides either linear, or tabular document formats.

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Conceptboard

Conceptboard is a visual collaboration workspace to share content and ideas.

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Project Zero

At Home with Project Zero Toolbox
Harvard's Project Zero team provide ways to adapt Project Zero thinking routines and frameworks for use in different remote learning settings. Suggestions for all year levels PreK - 12.

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Online tools for use with visible thinking routines
This great resource contains suggestions for ways in which visible thinking routines can be embedded in online teaching through the use of specific technology tools.

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Visible Thinking Routines
Project Zero's Thinking Routine Toolbox. Visible Thinking Routines are a fabulous way to engage students K-12 in deep thinking and learning.

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Assessment for Learning


NSW Government

NSW Government Digital Learning Selector Learning Activities
Downloadable Office 365 and Google templates for a wide range of strategies and activities. Recommended for K-12.

Quizlet

Quizlet is a web based application to help students study information through interactive tools and games.

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Animoto

Animoto offers the ability to make short 30-second videos using photos, videos and music.

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Crowdsignal

Crowdsignal provides quick and easy online polls, quizzes and questions.

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Pinterest

Pinterest is a social media platform that allows students to search, save and learn through visual images. Students can create visual representations using an online pin board.

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Seesaw

Seesaw is an online learning platform that allow students to document their learning and to capture what they know in a digital portfolio.

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Whiteboard.fi

A free online whiteboard service specially designed for teachers and classrooms. An excellent tool for formative assessment K-12.

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Ditch That Textbook

A wide range of ideas for creating digital and non-digital exit tickets.

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Poll Everywhere

Poll Everywhere allows for powerful feedback and interactive activities instantly by adding live audience response.

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Edpuzzle

Edpuzzle is an easy-to-use platform allowing you to insert questions into engaging videos for your students. Edpuzzle gathers data so that you can see what your students have learned.

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Kahoot

Kahoot is a powerful game based digital platform for students and teachers to review and reinforce knowledge for formative assessments.

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Quizizz

Quizizz is a self paced learning tool that helps students engage at their own pace from millions of free teacher-created quizzes.

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Padlet

Padlet is an application to create an online bulletin board that you can use to display information for any topic. Students can upload sticky notes, audio, video etc. Suitable for Years 1-12.

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Lino

Lino is a technology tool that engages students in collaborative knowledge construction. Lino allows students to see other students' ideas on a particular question or problem.

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Microsoft Forms

Microsoft Forms is a formative assessment and survey tool that creates and automatically grades quizzes with real-time feedback.

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Google Forms

Google Forms allow users to create and grade quizzes with automatic data summaries from quiz results.

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Go Formative

Go Formative is a web browser application that allows teachers to create formative assessments using their own media, resources and sites. Teachers can add questions, watch live responses and send feedback.

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Assessment as Learning


NSW Government

NSW Government Digital Learning Selector Feedback and Reflection
Downloadable Office 365 and Google templates for a wide range of strategies and activities. Recommended for K-12.

Peergrade

Peergrade allows teachers to create assignments and upload rubrics. Students upload work and are anonymously assigned peer work to review according to the rubric.

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Assessment of Learning


Tinkercad

Tinkercad is an online application for 3D design, electronics and coding.

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SketchUp

SketchUp is a 3D modelling program with a wide range of drawing applications such as architectural, interior design, landscape, civil and mechanical engineering, film and video game design.

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Book Creator

Book Creator is a simple tool for creating digital books combining text, images, audio and videos.

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Tour Builder

Tour Builder is a web-based storytelling tool that allows users to create their own interactive map by using Google Maps and Google Earth and adding multimedia content.

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Piktochart

Piktochart is a cloud-based application that allow users to create infographics. Infographics can include interactive maps, charts, videos.

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CANVA

Canva is an online design tool that allows users to create social media graphics, posters, presentations, infographics and other visual content.

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Prezi

Prezi is a web based tool for online presentations with pre designed templates and customisable images, charts and layouts.

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Adobe Spark

Adobe Spark creates impactful social graphics, web pages and short videos.

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Flipgrid

Flipgrid allows teachers to create grids, which act as communities for students to work in. Within each grid the teacher creates prompts called topics, and students post video responses to the prompts and replies to each other’s videos.

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Weebly

Weebly is a web-design tool that offers professional looking, high-quality templates for creating websites.

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Buncee

A creation and communication tool for students and teachers to create interactive content e.g. multimedia projects and presentations. Teachers can create and share engaging activities, resources, and assignments directly with students & students can use the tools to creatively demonstrate their learning. All year levels K-12.

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Authentic Assessment Toolbox

This toolbox examines the reasons for and characteristics of authentic assessment and provides a range of examples. Suitable for Years 3-12.

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Authentic Performance Tasks

This document is a compilation of websites, curated by Jay McTighe, that support the design of authentic performance tasks. Suitable for K-12.

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Shadow Puppet Edu

Students can create impressive video slideshows using research resources built right into the app. Suitable for Years 2-12.

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Feedback


NSW Government

NSW Government Digital Learning Selector Feedback and Reflection
Downloadable Office 365 and Google templates for a wide range of strategies and activities. Recommended for K-12.

Feedback Practices and Strategies
A range of practices and strategies that ensure feedback to students is deliberate, planned and focused on learning intentions and success criteria.

Kaizena

Kaizena provides multiple forms of feedback, including text comments and video recording. Students have access to the same commenting tools as teachers, and can reply to comments with a voice comment of their own.

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Peergrade

A free online platform to facilitate peer feedback sessions with students. Years 3-12

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Vocaroo

Vocaroo is an online tool that allows users to record, send and download voice messages with no login required.

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Pymble Ladies' College
Wenona School

Assessment Guidelines for Teachers
Guidelines for exisiting and future assessment tasks.

Support for Students with Additional Needs

Supporting Students with Additional Needs

Relevancy: K-12

Planning, support and accessibility advice and resources.

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Remote Learning Support for Students from EAL/D Backgrounds

Relevancy: K-12

Various resources for EAL/D classroom and specialist teachers.

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