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First Fleet and convict libguide

A libguide is a guide that contain listings of recommended resources for finding information, such as databases, journals, books, web pages and other useful resources most relevant to your area of study. … Because I am making a libguide for use by year 4 students (9 and 10 year olds), all the resources on the pages are carefully chosen to be accessible and useful for them.

I have only made 4 libguides so far myself, but my secondary colleagues have made many more for use by their students. They are quite addictive to make, but can take many hours of work collating just the right resources. You can get stats as to how much use is being made of your libguide, which is great with the emphasis on evidence based practice.  

Please have a look at what I am talking about at


So many rubrics, so little time!

A request came through from a teacher for a read-aloud rubric.

I was wondering where to look, when I remembered that amazing lady Kathy Schrock, who I came across when I was doing my T/L training a few years ago.

So I looked her up and was reminded what a extensive range of resources she has on her site. And yes, there was a whole page of rubrics, which is what I share with you today.


Mystery Skype

Mystery Skype is a great  way to connect your classroom with another classroom from around the country or world.  Mystery Skype is an educational game, invented by teachers, played by two classrooms on Skype. The aim of the game is to guess the location of the other classroom by asking each other questions.  It’s suitable for all age groups and can be used to teach subjects like geography, history, languages, mathematics and science.  I think this is an exciting option, really opening classrooms up to the rest of Australia and also the world, once you get your Skype set up sorted out.


This is definitely something I want to find more, particularly our year 4 connecting with indigenous students.


Storyline Online

Increasingly, anyone can access picture books read out loud and online for free. The quality of these varies but the following is well done. The Screen Actors Guild Foundation records well-known actors reading children’s books and makes graphically dynamic videos so that children around the world can be read to with just the click of a Storyline Online video book image. I found ‘Harry the Dirty Dog’, ‘Stellaluna’ and ‘The Rainbow Fish’, but most of the books are American.