Other Useful Links

ClassTools.net Create free educational games, activities and diagrams in a Flash! Host them on your own blog, website or intranet!
Del.icio.us - Online bookmarking website. Store all your favourite internet links online and never lose them.
Otaku Avatar Maker Provides character icons completely free of charge! A great alternative to profile photos for your blog or web 2.0 site.
Rubistar - Create online rubrics for project-based learning or use a host of readymade ones created by other teachers.
SlideshareSlideShare is the best way to share your presentations with the world. Let your ideas reach a broad audience. Share publicly or privately. Add audio to create a webinar. Access presentations by other educators.
Tiny URL - Ever wanted to paste the URL of an extremely long website into an email or onto a Twitter message? You need this handy online tool which converts the URL to something, well much tinier.
Easywhois allows you to look up the owner of a domain or website. A great resource for teaching students to check validity of information.
The Internet Archive The Internet Archive is non-profit and was founded to build an Internet library, with the purpose of offering permanent access for researchers, historians, and scholars to historical collections that exist in digital format.
The Way Back Machine Browse through 85 billion web pages archived from 1996 to a few months ago. Type in the web address of a site or page where you would like to start, then select from the archived dates available.
HTML to PDF Converter It's a simple service to convert the web pages to PDF files. No need to install applications on your computer. It's free and without registration.
Plagium Track plagiarism by pasting your original text.
The Internet Literacy Handbook, published by the Council of Europe was updated in December 2008. This 3rd edition contains a collection of Fact Sheets that provide brief and basic introductory explanations for a variety of Internet tools, such as, portals, email, social networks, and blogs. The Handbook is available at no cost online in either HTML, Flash, or RTF formats, or, it can be purchased as a hardcopy version.

The Learning Federation (Scootle)

This guide explains how to make a Learning Path for your children to follow an activity.

Copyright Free Resources

See our new copyright free and friendly resources page here.

Video editing & Animation resources

Storyboard information from Ohio State University Advanced Computing Centre for Art and Design - Digital Animation Program for Young WomenRoller Mache Rollermache is a digital initiative aimed especially towards kids aged 8-15 focused towards showing children in city areas how to make their own content. The site provides a safe space to showcase creations it is free. All content that appears on the site has been watched and approved by an ABC moderator before it appears on the site. The site can also be used in schools to promote digital literacy, media production and safe interaction.

Free Typing Programs for School and Home Use

BBC-Schools - Dance Mat Typing
Typing Online
Senselang Touch Typing Page
Kids Typing Skills


Large range of mindmapping tools online
Text 2 Mindmap Text 2 Mind Map is a brand new web application that converts texts to mind maps.
Brainshapes (Currently in beta form and free)
XMind combined with online sharing service, provides a revolutionary way to enable both team brainstorming and personal mind mapping. Adding an embedded XMind map viewer into your blog will enable more people to visualize and learn from your ideas.
Mywebspiration Webspiration™ is the new online visual thinking tool that helps you capture ideas, organize information, diagram processes and create clear, concise written documents whether working individually or collaboratively. (Currently in beta form and free)

Online/Cyber Safety

Cybersmart Kids Online is a community awareness project developed by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) with the objective of providing parents and children with information and tools to help them have a rewarding, productive and safe experience of the internet.
Netalert- Australian government website aimed at educating the public about online safety for children and families.
Think You Know Resources from the UK
Netsafe New Zealand
Cybernetrix Internet safety for sceondary schools from the Australian Commonwealth governement
Think u Know is an Internet safety program delivering interactive training to parents, carers and teachers through primary and secondary schools in the ACT, NSW and Victoria using a network of accredited trainers. Created by the UK Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre, ThinkUKnow Australia has been developed by the Australian Federal Police (AFP), Microsoft Australia and the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).


Lauren's ordeal is a video clip that is a dramatisation or someone who was bullied from the Australian Government's Wise Up to It website. It is an excellent discussion starter in class or for parent information evenings around pastoral care.
Cyberbullying PD Resources and strategies for dealing with cyberbullying in schools assembled by Pam Furney
ChildNet International works in partnership with others around the world to help make the Internet a great and safe place for children.
Bully Online "the world's largest resource on workplace bullying and related issues".
Internet Safety from Bullying.co.uk
Be Web Aware Cyberbullying
Kidscape protection from cyber bullying
Nettysworld a great resource for younger children

Evaluating Websites, Validating information & Internet hoaxes

There are a lot of great websites avialble to assist teachers with teaching the importance of validating information online.
The Quality information checklist 'Quick' is a handy resource for helping younger children understand how to check information on a website for authenticity and bias.
Kathy Shrock's Guide for Educators Teacher Helpers - Critical Evaluation Information
The Wikipedia artcle on Hoax has some good examples and an explanation for those new to the idea.
The Pacific Northwest Octopus is an example of a ficticious animal. The page looks to all intents and purposes authentic until you look a little closer.
Snopes is an interenet resources that provides information about urban legends, myths and rumors. Particularly those that circulate via email.
There is also a lot of material available on the Internet about April fools day hoxes like the famous spaghetti tree clip from 1950's TV.
Top 100 April fools day jokes of all time has some interesting articles.


NSW Institute of Teachers

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