Using Historypin with students – AusVels

Historypin is a web 2.0 tool that allows students to explore it  contribute to it and curating stuff on it. The site allows students to take images, build a story, set it within real locations (Google Map allows placement anywhere in the world) and authentic sharing to a global world. Historypin provides support resources for schools

This technology used well supports the AusVELs curriculum with  the History curriculum but also uses ICT as an authentic, interdisciplinary way which makes the learning better. Photos can be selected, narrated and shared from  archives, attics, and family photo albums by the students from a class account. There is even an opportunity to create a project. Where did all our families come from? How has our local community changed? What is the story of our local monuments.

A community facing project could include a school working with a local library, historical society or museum.

Checking out the AusVELs Humanities - History curriculum there are many ways that a class of students could bring alive some of the local, family and even school history and present it in new, interesting and interactive ways.

Looking at the curriculum this tool could be used at all levels. With a teacher setting up a profile with younger students and older students able to work more independently.

The curriculum :
Foundation to Level 2 – Curriculum focus: Awareness of family history and community heritage
Levels 3–6 -Curriculum focus: Local/national history and use of a range of sources
Levels 7–10 Curriculum focus: World and Australian history, the analysis and use of sources and historical interpretation

Why use Historypin in schools?

  • Improve communication, social and inter-personal skills
  • Get families and carers more involved in the life of students and the school
  • Build positive links between your school and the local community
  • Engage students in curriculum subjects such as History, ICT, Geography, Citizenship and English with an exciting digital tool
  • Run natural and meaningful inter-generational sessions and events
  • Turn your students into local archivists



75+ New themes in Global2 for Victorian Schools

An invitation to all Global2 users to check out our new themes. Thanks to the Edublogs team who have been busy supporting Global2 to look more dynamic and stay up to date with new accessible and usable templates which look great and work beautifully on mobile devices. Full Details

New themes

The World Cup: A Fair Game? Teaching resources from OXFAM

There is great excitement in the air around one of the world’s big sporting events, The World Cup. 

Australia is in a tough group – Group B but how tough is it for other countries?
Oxfam has produced some educational resources for teachers to use which examine inequality between and within countries, explore footballers and other people who have taken action to make the world fairer, examine news around the World Cup, consider how making new rules in football could make the game fairer, and understand the causes, effects and solutions to inequality in Brazil.

There are independent activities linked to a variety of curriculum areas and support for pupils to investigate

The World Cup: A Fair Game?


Computer programming for students

With the development of the Australian Curriculum’s Digital Technologies

In a world that is increasingly digitised and automated, it is critical to the wellbeing and sustainability of the economy, the environment and society, that the benefits of information systems are exploited ethically. This requires deep knowledge and understanding of digital systems (a component of an information system) and how to manage risks.

Not to be confused with the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) capability

In the Australian Curriculum, students develop ICT capability as they learn to use ICT effectively and appropriately to access, create and communicate information and ideas, solve problems and work collaboratively in all learning areas at school, and in their lives beyond school. 

There is an emphasis on Computer Programming. Here is a page of resources to support teachers new to the ideas of programming

Interactive learning modules for primary and secondary students

Within this module students are encouraged to discuss and learn about issues relating to cyberbullying, including bystander behaviour, lying and pretending, self-respect and respect for others and acceptance and difference.

For more information, see: Activity Guide for Teachers of Primary School Students: Bullying (pdf – 930.8kb)

Within this module students are encouraged to discuss and clarify their own values and ethical positions in relation to issues relating to cyberbullying, including bystander behaviour, lying and pretending, self-respect and respect for others and acceptance and difference.

For more information, see: Activity Guide for Teachers of Secondary School Students: Bullying (pdf – 913.07kb)

Bullying and cyberbullying module for teachers

Bullying and Cyberbullying Module for teachers. Start the module.

Just a reminder for  teachers that this interactive resource is available for staff to investigate bullying and cyberbullying and support their response.


Blackboard Collaborate and MacBooks

Our Virtual Conference Coaches have had a few calls from technicians who are having trouble getting Blackboard Collaborate to work whilst in VicSmart Network on Teacher MacBooks.
If you experience this problem the document below, thanks to Gary Schultz, should help.

ABC Splash – 90 second news challenge for students

ABC Splash are running their 90 second news challenge for students. For full details
Students are asked to:
splash newsDecide on your story using the theme: ‘What do we need to know about your community in 90 seconds’
Use your mobile phone or digital camera. Plan what you are going to say in your ‘piece to camera’ and remember, be natural!
Think about including an interview and make sure you have written permission for the interviewee to appear in your report.

Decide and plan what shots you need to cover the story. Plan the shoot day itself to make sure you can get everything you need. Remember to be safe at all times.
After you’ve filmed, edited and are happy with the result – just click ‘enter now’ and upload your video.

Entries open: 8 May Entries close: 10 June
Our team of ABC journalists will pick the best reports to feature in July on ABC online platforms.

Two resources to help you are and


Timeline tool for your blog

Dipity is a simple to use timeline tool for both you and your students to use to organise the sequence of events or dates of any topic you are working with.

You get 3 for free and of course you could upgrade. Some ideas include a history timeline or the sequence of events in a novel eg 

The tool allow you to choose who can see it and who can contribute, making it a great collaboration tool to get a shared understanding of any topic. Once created they can be embedded into your blog.

Museum Victoria Learning Lab

Explore the teacher resources offered by Museum Victoria’s Learning Lab. It includes Science and History for early learners and History and History Skills for senior students. All resources are based on the Australian Curriculum.

Museum Learning Lab