AccessArt is a charity employing new and creative approaches to teaching and learning particularly for those who learn best visually, spatially and kinaesthetically. The AccessArt web site is a richly textured, dynamic and inspirational resource bank aimed at pupils, students and life-long-learners, as well as teachers, gallery educators and artists.

Visit online workshops and the AccessArt forum to explore sculpture, drawing, photography, installation art, colour and the ‘Immersive Learning Space’ which celebrates teenage creativity.

Download pdf’s which enable an exploration of materials, techniques and ideas.

Maths Hangman

An interactive version of this old fashioned game. It would be great to use with an interactive whiteboard and is suitable for upper primary age. It has a collection of math related words, but also allows user input on the word.

The Universe in the Classroom [pdf]

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2007.

From dark matter to the transit of Venus, “The University in the Classroom” has all the astronomical bases covered for educators. This electronic educational newsletter is published by The Astronomical Society of the Pacific and has been published since 1984. Each issue is designed to help teachers learn more about astronomy themselves, and then they can bring this new knowledge into their classroom. On the newsletter’s homepage, visitors can read the current issue, subscribe to receive updates, and also browse through the archives, which stretch back to late 1984. Within each issue, visitors can read an in-depth exploration of a certain astronomical subject, complete with classroom activities and links to other related resources.

Beijing 2008 Olympic Games

The Australian Olympic Committee has produced a national primary resource containing over 60 primary cross-curriculum lessons themed around the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. The resource is available to download for free from by joining the a.s.p.i.r.e. school network. It is available from 8 November 2007.

Film Australia Digital Learning’s Digital Resource Finder

The Digital Resource finder is a quick and easy-to-use search engine for teachers and educators that features over 1000 free Australian video clips to view or download, combined with dedicated curriculum-based notes and class activities utilising its extraordinary 60 years of documentary archives.

Slide rule for a good night’s sleep

Researchers at the University of South Australia have found that a general lack of awareness about the amount of sleep that children need at different ages is a contributing factor to sleep loss. As part of a broader public health strategy addressing sleep, health and learning in children, they have developed the Sleep Slide Rule for use in the classroom to illustrate the relationship between children’s age and their sleep needs.

Free Resources: Teaching Tools from the National Air and Space Museum

The National Air and Space Museum offers a variety of classroom resources, including online activities and teaching materials, designed for use in learning across the curriculum.
The museum’s online activities include:
-Airplane Anatomy – A curriculum program focused on the Wright brothers and the first airplane.
-Black Wings – A curriculum program built around the stories of African-American aviation pioneers.
-CyberCenter – A simulated research center at the National Air and Space Museum. Students can try on the role of an intern (level one), a research assistant (level two) and a principal investigator (level three).
-Geography from Space – An online quiz that tests geography knowledge. The Geography from Space 2007 contest begins in the fall.
The Air and Space Museum also offers electronic field trips available via the Apple Learning Exchange, interactive videoconferenced lessons and professional development workshops.
In addition, free posters and classroom materials are available online.
National Air and Space Museum,

Reading for Junior Primary

Here’s a great reading website for JP students. The Starfall learn-to-read website is offered free as a public service.

It is US based and 4 sections from ABC to learn to read and I’m reading.

It has some thematic sections as well. A good addition to a book-based reading program!

Could be used at home.

Earthquake Science Explained

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2007.

-A Series of Ten Short Articles for Students, Teachers, and Families [pdf]

That swirling bard of American letters and transcendentalism, Ralph Waldo Emerson, once opined “We learn geology the morning after the earthquake.” This need never be the case for educators and members of the general public who give careful consideration to this excellent pamphlet created by the United States Geological Survey. Compiled by Matthew A. D’Alessio, this document contains ten short articles on earthquakes designed for classroom use. The articles originally appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, and they include such titles as “Find the Fault: Recognizing Active Faults”, “Looking into the past with earthquake trenches”, and “How do we make buildings and roads safer?”. Additionally, each article contains helpful graphics, illustrations, and photographs.