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Virtual excursions

Victorian (Loddon Mallee Region) Ultranet Teaching and Learning Coach Maryna Badenhorst has written a useful blog post on virtual excursions (or virtual field trips).
If for whatever reason, classes are unable to leave the school, Maryna has developed some engaging tasks for students to complete. As Maryna says, “A virtual field trip ‘takes students on a tour of [...]

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Primary Games Arena

Primary Games Arena - School Curriculum Games bills itself as ”The largest collection of curriculum games in the universe.” Games are arranged by subjects, year and game types.
All games are curriculum-based and are fun and easy to play. Worth a look.

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Boys, blokes, books and bytes

Authored by those creative folks at the Centre for Youth Literature, the State Library of Victoria (in partnership with the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development), Boys blokes books and bytes  is a fantastic resource.

This blog provides information on

meet the author
try this book
win stuff

and other categories.  A good resource for boys who need [...]

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Viddix is a freakily great site that lets you put documents, web content, powerpoints, photos, surveys (and more) next to video content. You can even trigger the accompanying documents to appear at the correct place within the video. Have a look at this example:

 Created by a Dutch group, Viddix has free and business accounts.  Viddix could [...]

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Getting Tricky with Wikis is a resource that gives you tips and tricks to customise your wiki. From changing your wiki name, adding a background image to a page to embedding any webpage to your wiki, this site gives you the instructions and html codes to easily make the changes you want.
Getting Tricky with Wikis is [...]

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Google Apps for Education provide a number of free tools for educational institutions.
Here is an article by David Nagel of  The Journal  which explains more: 

Google Quadruples Students Using Apps for Education
By David Nagel
Google reported this week that the number of students using its Google Apps for Education Edition productivity and collaboration tools on campus has just [...]

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Here are two recent presentations by US educator Brad Flicklinger on 21st Century learning that you should find inspiring (you’ll need QuickTime to view them):
21st Century skills part 1. 
The “Spot the skills” slide is especially relevant – six skills that demonstrate 21st Century learning:

Creativity and innovation
Research and information fluency
Communication and collaboration
Critical thinking, problem solving and decision making
Digital [...]

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Book trailers

A number of people contributed places to find book trailers via OZTL_NET. Here they are in one place:
TrailerSpy - thanks to Ruth Buchanan.
Twilight # 2 – New Moon (Stephenie Meyer) thanks to Ruth Buchanan.
CMIS trailer Tuesdays thanks to Judi Jagger. 
Whitefriars College book trailers
Jacketflap thanks to Barbara Braxton
On the topic of book trailers, local teen publisher Ford Street [...]

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Kideos is a cool site that hosts videos for kids aged 0 – 10.

Kideos homepage

Categories include:

Baby Einstein

Book Characters

Cartoon Characters

Cute Animals

Disney Channel Programs

Disney Movies

Dr. Seuss

Educational Videos

Fairy Tales


Mickey Mouse and Friends


Nursery Rhymes


Sesame Street



Super Heroes


Trains and Machines

 Register with Kideos to view your own custom selection of ages and characters.

The Kideos website says that “Kideos is the premier destination for kids [...]

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iWise (wisdom search engine) is a useful site. It is a repository for all number of quotes (some useful, others not). Users can search for quotes by entering name of person, partial quote or by using the categories section.

iWise homepage

Categories such as

books – reading
writers and writing

and many more will be useful to us as educators.
iWise [...]

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