Learning isn’t bound by the school gates. Research indicates that ongoing parental involvement in children’s learning reaps benefits in many ways, including shaping positive attitudes to learning and supporting student achievement.
Finding practical ideas for parents to engage in learning in a way that is fun and purposeful takes time that classroom teachers don’t always have.
Learning Potential Resources can help. This parent-friendly website is free to access and provides a range of literacy and numeracy activities designed to support the Australian Curriculum for primary school children.
Browse by year level band and discover:
- Everyday ideas – simple activities for home and out and about
- Practise together – offline activities to reinforce literacy and numeracy skills
- Practise online – interactive games and videos.
Developing prediction skills by noticing clues in pictures and text
Tablet-friendly learning objects
It’s a case of goodbye Flash and hello HTML5 for some of our popular primary school interactive learning objects in Scootle. ESA has republished 80 learning objects from the national collection and made them openly available through Scootle. These objects will now play on a range of browsers and mobile devices.
A great range of learning sequences have been uploaded to the Scootle website that explore the new Digital Technologies Curriculum. Discover step-by-step lessons to help you introduce new concepts and ideas to your students, including binary, peripherals, data representation, blogs, algorithms, online safety, mathematics quizzes, and so much more. You’ll also find some resources to assist with the Mathematics, Science, and Health and Wellbeing curriculum areas.
Professional learning opportunity
Webinar: Integrating digital technologies into other subject areas
Wednesday, 26 April, 4.30–5.30pm
This webinar will be presented by Anna Kinane, and will target practical ways to integrate the areas of ‘Data representation’ and ‘Algorithms’ with subject areas such as Mathematics, English, and the Arts, where there is a natural fit.
myfuture — the national career information service
Some exciting updates have been made to myfuture for 2017.
Log in or Sign up to myfuture today to try out the Career knowledge, Dream job and Values activities in the My career profile tool. Explore the Assist others
page, which features many resources popular with teachers and career practitioners, including links to content and activity sheets. The new alumni feature also allows students to retain and update their personalised myfuture content even after they have left school.
resolve: Mathematics by Inquiry
The first in a series of inquiry-based resources for primary and secondary schools has been released by
the Australian Academy of Science in collaboration with the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers. These resources provide lesson plans, supporting tools and ideas designed to engage, enhance and challenge students through meaningful and purposeful inquiry. The resources are aligned to the Australian Curriculum.
Find them in Scootle by using the search term: reSolve.
Conferences ESA is attending
Mark these dates in your calendar
- April: Autism Awareness Month
- 12 April: International Day of Human Space Flight
- 14–17 April: Easter
- 15 April: World Creativity and Innovation Week
- 18 April: World Heritage Day
- 21–23 April: Global Youth Service Day
- 22 April: Earth Day
- 25 April: Anzac Day
- 28 April: Pay it Forward Day
- 29 April: International Dance Day
- 30 April–6 May: Heart Week
- May: National Family Reading Month
- 1–7 May: Australian Dance Week
- 9–11 May: National Literacy/Numeracy Testing
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