“Google it” with style and some new party tricks and advice from Alan November

Many of us have done it, but it is probably is not a great idea to tell your students to “Google it” as the number of results they receive can begoogle astronomical…..and then what???

Teaching your students to use the features on search engines like Google will empower them to focus their search and get better results.

Inspired by the Educatorstechnology.com blog I have included some of the short (20 seconds short) videos to check out and share with your students.

Here is a collection of video tutorials  from Google Help featuring some essential Google search tips. Some of these have a US flavour but there are still some handy tips for schools here in Australia.

For a deeper look into search listen to

Alan November – Who Owns the Learning? Preparing Students for Success in the Digital Age. In this video he presents that we have a challenge to ensure that our students aren’t overconfident  with their use of digital technologies. This is a great resource for a staff meeting. 

Posted in Class Activities, How To, Professional Learning

How to minimize digital classroom distractions

The Global Digital Citizen foundation has published some ideas to support teachers to keep students focused when using digital technologies in their classrooms.

My favourite

“The best classroom management tool: Engaging lessons” 

Read the article


Posted in Class Activities, Cybersafety, Digital Technologies, How To

World Photo Day

In the excitement of National Science Week last week I missed another exciting event with particular relevance to the digital world – World Photo Day on the 19th August each year.

The date behind World Photo Day originates from the invention of the Daguerreotype, a photographic processes developed by Joseph Nicèphore Nièpce and Louis Daguerre in 1837. On January 9, 1839, The French Academy of Sciences announced the daguerreotype process. A few months later, on August 19, 1839, the French government purchased the patent and announced the invention as a gift “Free to the World”.NPD

It should be noted that the Daguerreotype wasn’t the first permanent photographic image. In 1826, Nicèphore Nièpce captured the earliest known permanent photograph known as ‘View from the Window at Le Gras‘ using a process called Heliography.

August 19th, 1839 was chosen as the date behind World Photo Day. The world has been invited to share photos here http://worldphotoday.com/

Teachers and students of photography may find the site useful.

Posted in Challenge, Class Activities

Heywire competition now open

The ABC’s 2015 Heywire Competition is open now and closes on Wednesday September, 16 2015.  Enter now!ABC Heywire Youth Forum  at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, 9th February, 2012. Photographer: Mark Graham

The heart of Heywire is an individual telling a personal story.

You must be aged 16-22 on 31 January 2016. You must also live in Australia, but not in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth or Sydney. Check your eligibility here.

If you turn 16 by 31 January 2016 you are eligible.  For full details go to http://www.abc.net.au/heywire/competition/



Posted in Challenge, Digital Learning, Digital Stories, Student activities

British Movietone, ABC archives and a TROVE of historical treasure

Film is wonderful medium to capture moments in history and the mood of the time in which the film was shot. History teachers and anyone teaching social context or change should have a look at the treasure that is the old British Movietone newsreel archive Channel.

It spans the period 1895 – 1986. It is shot on 35mm film, this global archive contains many of the world’s enduring images and is rich in coverage of news events, celebrities, sports, music, social history, science, lifestyle and quirky happenings.

It was the first newsreel to include sound, the first to use colour film, the first to break many exclusive stories, and is your first and last stop for newsreel footage.

The very exciting part is that not only is it compiled but  encourages  users to “to share our content with friends and embed onto your own websites and social media forums.” British Movietone newsreel archive Channel on YouTube .

Victorian government schools who wish to open YouTube for their staff and or students will find advice here.

I have listed some others for you to check out some more local historical archives

Australianscreen is operated by the National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA). The NFSA is the national audiovisual archive, collecting, preserving and sharing the nation’s moving image and recorded sound heritage. http://aso.gov.au

ABC Archive – search for news events or select a date from 2003 http://www.abc.net.au/news/archive/

Trove helps you find and use resources relating to Australia. Trove brings together content from libraries, museums, archives and other research organisations and gives you tools to explore and build.Trove is created and maintained by the National Library of Australiahttps://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper


Posted in Digital Resources

Sharing some Global2 blogs

Last week I asked teachers who were running class blogs in Global2 blogs to send them to digital.learning@edumail.vic.gov.au if they were happy to have them featured.

It was great to see some primary classroom blogs with activities and students commenting on their learning.

If there are any Secondary schools who would like to share and show how they are using their Global2 blogs or  any student blogs with permissions to share? Please send them to digital.learning@edumail.vic.gov.au

Many thanks to

Joel Aarons – Bentleigh West Primary School 


 Shelley Menhennet  – Visual Arts teacher  – Cambridge Primary School


David Tyndall – Eltham East Primary
David has shared some of the blogs being developed across their school. 












Posted in Blogs, Digital Technologies

Call for great blogs to feature on Global2

If you are using  Global2 blogs with your students, connecting to or collaborating with others or using it in interesting ways to share information can you let us know? We would love to feature your blog on our Blogroll to inspire others. Just email us at digital.learning@edumail.vic.gov.au

Posted in Challenge

A quick take-away on SAMR

Image Credit: Jonathan Brubaker (@mrjbrubaker)

James Gibbons has presented a great article around using the SAMR Model to Guide Learning in the way teachers plan and scaffold the learning for their students. He presents a fantastic diagram that is just my cup of tea.

He presents:

The SAMR Model  was developed by Dr. Ruben Puentedura.   The model ranges from Substitution to Redefinition and the supposed impact on learning at the higher levels is greater. It can also be broken down further into two main categories, Enhancement and Transformation.

What do we get our students to do and why? The two models TPACK and SAMR interrelate  as a skilled and knowledgeable contemporary educator empowers their students’ learning.

Read the Full article


Posted in Assessment, Creativity, Curriculum, Digital Pedagogy, Digital technology, Learning Styles, Pedagogy

Google Hangout for National Science Week

As part of National Science Week Google  running a program of hangouts with classrooms and the National Maritime Museum.  If you’re interested in booking in for one of the time listed below contact sallyann@google.com

Be an Underwater Survivor 

Presenter: Lloyd Godson  Duration: 30-45min Hangout

Event Overview:

Lloyd Godson is an ambassador for ocean exploration and is committed to encouraging more young Australians to undertake STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) studies and careers. He loves to live his wild ideas by putting them to the test in the real world, sharing the excitement of exploration and adventure with students and public audiences around the world. He has spent two weeks in Antarctica, a total of one month living underwater, propelled himself through the Greek islands in a human-powered submarine and holds the Guinness World Records for the most electricity generated by pedaling underwater. In 2007, Lloyd received the coveted Australian Geographic Adventurer of the Year award. Most recently, Lloyd has been selected to participate in the Nautilus Exploration Program as a Science Communication Fellow (SCF).

For Science week 2015 Lloyd will be at the Australian National Maritime Museum testing his prototype underwater habitat in preparation for living underwater at the museum in the near future. Join Lloyd at the Australian National Maritime Museum for another in the engaging Inspiring Stories series as he shares his amazing scientific adventures

Part of the Australian National Maritime Museums Inspiring Stories series is about connecting students with people who are doing extraordinary things to inspire students to think out of the box and to consider other alternatives in their careers/ life choices. The presentations allows the speakers to share with the students why they have chosen or followed the path they have taken, experiences they have had and what they hope to achieve in the future.

Session times 

Tuesday 18 August

11:30 – 12:15

1:00 – 1:45

2:15 – 3:00

Wednesday 19 August

10:00 – 10:45

1:00 – 1:45

2:15 – 3:00

Thursday 20 August

11:30 – 12:15

Friday 21 August

11:30 – 12:15

1:00 – 1:45

2:15 – 3:00

Posted in Class Activities, Science, Web conferencing

UNSW Bragg student science writing competition

A great idea for science week:

Do you have a favourite science experiment you’ve conducted in class or watched on YouTube? Or have you been inspired by a great scientific discovery in history? If you’re at an Australian high school, you could win a $500 voucher and get your science story published in Australia’s top science mags!

The Bragg Prize is an annual award celebrating the best non-fiction science essay written for a general audience. For the first time this year the prize is expanding to include a special category for students. An initiative of UNSW Press, UNSW Science and Refraction Media, the UNSW Bragg Student Prize for Science Writing is designed to encourage and celebrate the next generation of science writers, researchers and leaders. For an aspiring university Dean of Science or Walkley Award-winning journalist, this could be the first entry on their CV.

Entering is easy! Write a short piece about a mind-blowing experiment. Entries must be less than 800 words and can cover:

  • Your reaction to an amazing experiment you’ve seen on video or in real life
  • An experiment you have done yourself – what happened and what went wrong (or right!)
  • An historical experiment: From Marie Curie’s experiments with radioactivity to Galileo’s experiments with gravity, history is full of figures who have pushed the boundaries of what we know in science.
  • Experiments in the media and society. From Minecraft to Mythbusters, The Invisible Man to Jurassic World, celebrate the tales of experiments, inventions and discoveries.
  • Go to the website to get some inspiring ideas as well as some tips for great science writing.

Entries close September 7 2015 to 5:00 PM Full details

Posted in Uncategorized

Create your first Blog

Create Your first Blog

Login to your Blog

Login to your Blog

Global2 blogging

FUSE Search

Connect: Teachers

Digital Learning News

powered by RSS Just Better 1.1 plugin



Skip to toolbar