PROJECTS

Scootle

Scootle logo. Links to the Scootle website.Scootle is a 'one stop shop' that provides teachers with access to more than 20,000 digital curriculum resources in the National Digital Learning Resources Network which is managed by Education Services Australia (ESA). Register to use Scootle.

Scootle provides easy ways for teachers to find, organise and use the digital resources.

The digital resources available to teachers nationally include:

  • interactive, multimedia resources
  • audio, photo and video resources that result from partnerships with national private and public cultural and collection agencies
  • open-ended tools for teachers and students to create learning resources
  • interactive assessment resources
  • work samples
  • collections of curriculum resources
  • teacher ideas and units of work.

The content is indexed using the subject headings of the Schools Online Thesaurus, an agreed Australian vocabulary of curriculum topics and terms. Search results can be viewed on timelines and Google maps, providing new ways for teachers to discover relevant resources, and also to construct challenging learning experiences for students.

The Australian Curriculum in Scootle

Scootle has made finding and using digital resources aligned to the Australian Curriculum easy for teachers.

Teachers can browse the Australian Curriculum at the content descriptions and elaborations level. The matching digital resources are quality assured and include activities for students, teacher support materials and interactive assessment resources.There are one or more digital resources to support all content descriptions for the published Australian Curriculum for English, mathematics, science and history. Resources are being progressively released to support the Australian Curriculum for geography, the arts and languages.

More information on Australian Curriculum is available at www.australiancurriculum.edu.au.

Scootle learning paths

Teachers can use Scootle to create personalised learning paths containing digital curriculum resources organised into a learning sequence targeted to individual students, student groups or particular learning purposes. These resources are easily selected and can be annotated with teachers’ comments and descriptions.This flexibility helps teachers meet the individual learning needs of each student.

Students can access a learning path anywhere and at any time, using a unique PIN, without the need for logins. A learning path can also be printed for use by students as a worksheet, checklist of activities completed or as an assessment task.

Teachers can add learning paths to a searchable bank of resources that educators can access, select, repurpose and adapt for their own context. Teachers can browse through or search learning paths by keyword, title or year level.

Collaborative student learning

Teachers can create collaborative learning paths that students can access  within secure collaborative workspaces where they can:

  • use secure chat facilities
  • upload their own digital materials
  • gather digital curriculum content from Scootle and add this to the space
  • create a wiki-like response to teacher questions by adding their own text, re-ordering and editing the existing material in the space and posing their own questions and comments
  • receive individual and group feedback from the teacher.

Who can access Scootle?

All Catholic and Independent schools and Government schools in the Australian Capital Territory, Northern Territory, South Australia, Tasmania, Western Australia and Victoria can access Scootle. Teachers in New South Wales and Queensland government schools currently access the national digital curriculum resources via their own state-wide e-learning environments. These states will provide Scootle access to their teachers in the near future.

Faculty and students at Australian universities and TAFEs and members of licensed professional associations can also access Scootle.

To find out more visit Who can access Scootle?.