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Planning a Science unit of work for Term 1?

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Use the Digital Learning Selector to check out Google Science Journal, a free app that is compatible with Android, iOS and most Chromebooks.

 

Motivate and engage your students as they use digital devices to plan investigations and record results from their experiments. The Google Science Learning Tool card also includes valuable links to teaching resources and videos to help get you started with using this exciting tool!

Thinking about creative ways to communicate with your class and colleagues in 2021?

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Check out Google Blogger on the Digital Learning Selector.

 

Blogs can be a useful tool for teachers interested in enhancing their students’ communication and digital citizenship skills. Students’ can write formally or informally in a blog using multimedia such as images, videos, and links. They can also comment and discuss with their peers.

 

What other digital tools do you use in your classroom? Please use the feedback function to let us know!

 

Looking for a fun activity for the last few days of school?

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Use the Digital Learning Selector to access a range of engaging lesson ideas and activities which are perfect for wrapping up the end of the school year!

 

Be sure to check out the What's the question? learning activity card where you will find templates to create your own Jeopardy game. You can then display your game on your interactive whiteboard for a fun whole class game!

 

Remember, you can remix the Office, Google and Apple templates to personalise for your class.

Explore ready-to-go daily templates

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Use the Digital Learning Selector to access a range of daily routine templates to help get you organised for the 2021 school year! Choose from Office, Google and Apple templates - Remember, you can edit and remix them to suit your educational setting!

Create a digital 2020 Learning log 'time capsule'

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Use the Digital Learning Selector to access Learning log templates. The templates can be easily edited and remixed to suit your educational setting.

 

Encourage students to reflect on their learning and achievements, as well as set goals for the year ahead.

 

Please let us know what other activities and templates you would like added to the Digital Learning Selector. 

Looking for an excursion that is out of this world?

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Take your students on a journey through the universe, starting with Earth, right through to the edge of the universe. Check out Tour the Universe on the Digital Learning Selector to get started.

 

What other digital tools do you use in your classroom to support virtual trips?

 

What other digital tools would you like added to the Digital Learning Selector? Please use the feedback function to let us know!

Creative thinking with clines

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Use the Digital Learning Selector to support your students to create clines to represent their learning in 2020.

 

Select from a range of Office, Google and Apple templates and integrate these into your learning and teaching for a fun, end of unit reflection.

 

What other activities and templates would you like added to the Digital Learning Selector to support your end of year lessons? Please use the feedback function to let us know!

 

PS. This Learning activity card was previously called 'Semantic gradients' but has recently undergone a name change in response to user feedback. Don't worry though, the card still contains the same great info, templates and links!

Looking for fun and engaging music lessons?

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Looking for an engaging and fun music lesson? Check out Chrome Music Lab on the Digital Learning Selector for practical lesson ideas for your classroom. Build suspense with music for a narrative or use music to support a digital art work!

What other digital tools do you use in your classroom? Please use the feedback function to let us know!

Check out Chrome Music Lab on the Digital Learning Selector for practical lesson ideas for your classroom. Build suspense with music for a narrative or use music to support a digital artwork!

 

What other digital tools do you use in your classroom? Please use the feedback function to let us know!

Join us at EduTECH on Tuesday 10th November @ 1pm!

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See why over 100,000 teachers from around the world have accessed the Digital Learning Selector in 2020! Join the Learning Design and Development Team for a guided tour of the recently updated NSW Department of Education application available FREE to all educators world-wide

Join us for a guided tour of the Digital Learning Selector and see why over 100,000 educators from around the world have accessed the site in 2020!

 

Who: All NSW DoE educators with an EduTECH ticket

When: Tuesday 10th November @ 1:00-1:30pm

Where: Online @ the EduTECH Virtual Conference

Cost: Free! Use your EduTECH pass to access the session. 

 

Why attend?

  • Discover how the Digital Learning Selector can save you time, build your capacity in using technology in the classroom and support ICT integration into your lessons
  • Explore 100+ innovative tools aligned to the ICT capability
  • Investigate 50+ activities which are classroom ready and access free to download, editable Microsoft, Google and Apple templates.

 

Be sure to check out other brilliant sessions in the NSW Education - Let's Get Digital channel!

 

Make Year 6 2020 memorable!

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Use the Digital Learning Selector to download ready to go templates on the Daily routine learning activity card to support your graduation celebrations.

 

Allow students to be creative and think outside the box this year to supplement the traditional activities.

 

Utilise the digital skills your students developed in 2020 to create online autograph boards and generate QR codes to allow others to sign them.

 

Create digital swap cards with your students and share them with your class.


Attention: All DoE Educators!

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Join us next Thursday to learn more about the Digital Learning Selector and how it can support all learners using Universal Design for Learning (UDL)!

 

Who: All NSW DoE educators

When: Thursday 5th November @ 3:30pm

Where: Online! Microsoft Teams meeting in the Personalising Learning Staffroom 

 

Examine researched-based design principles and communication strategies that can be applied using the tools and templates within the Digital Learning Selector. These strategies support personalised learning, sustain learner engagement and promote student collaboration. 

Make Plus, Minus, Interesting (PMI) charts fun and interactive!

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Check out how Kanwal PS have been using Plus, Minus, Interesting (PMI) templates from the Digital Learning Selector for 2020 CBCA book reviews!

 

Stage 2 and Stage 3 students were engaged with online Google Jamboard templates to guide their reviews.

 

We wonder which book was their favourite?

 

How have you been using templates and tools from the Digital Learning Selector in your classroom? Please use the feedback function to let us know!


Think-Pair-Share

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Use the Digital Learning Selector to access the Think-Pair-Share Learning activity card where you can download a range of Office, Google and Apple templates.

 

Encourage students to share their thoughts in a less intimidating way, rehearse their answers and challenge their thinking. 

 

What other activities and templates would you like added to the Digital Learning Selector? Please use the feedback function to let us know!


Digital Learning Selector activities and High Potential and Gifted Education

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Lindfield PS is leading the way with High Potential and Gifted education strategies!

 

Check out the 5 Whys template on the Thinking skills Learning activity card to see some perplexing work on umbrellas in Alice Springs.

 

Our KWLH Learning activity card also features some new student examples from Lindfield Public School.

 

What other activities and templates would you like added to the Digital Learning Selector? Please use the feedback function to let us know!


Classroomscreen – Make learning more visible!

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Use the Digital Learning Selector to learn more about Classroomscreen, a free tool to make learning more visible and engaging in your digital classroom.

 

Classroomscreen is a tool to use with an interactive whiteboard or a projected screen as an interactive noticeboard.

 

Engage students with 12 different free widgets, including online polls, random name generators and a timer. There is even a QR code generator to get your students to web addresses in record time!


Why should students ask questions?

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Use the Digital Learning Selector to explore the Question Formulation Technique Learning activity card, Learn more about how you can encourage your students to work together to build lists of questions and classify types of questions.

 

Newly updated templates will assist students in:

  • asking questions
  • improving questions
  • thinking creatively.

 

Choose from Office, Google and Apple templates and share these with your digital classroom.

 

What other activities and templates would you like added to the Digital Learning Selector? Please use the feedback function to let us know!


Daily routine – Everyday support for your digital classroom

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Use the Digital Learning Selector to access the Daily routine learning activity card which features a range of editable, digital resources, such as visuals for vocabulary, emotions, organisational and learning goals.

 

Choose from Office, Google and Apple templates and share these with your digital classroom.

 

Encourage students to record their voices, add images, draw and type their responses.

 

What other activities and templates would you like added to the Digital Learning Selector? Please use the feedback function to let us know!


Check out our new virtual manipulatives!

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Use the Digital Learning Selector to explore our new Virtual manipulatives learning activity card.

 

Virtual or digital manipulatives allow teachers to implement traditional teaching with concrete materials on digital devices.

 

Encourage students to record their screens while they work and annotate their thinking to transform the way you teach!

 

Choose from our range of templates and share with your digital classroom. They are available in:

- Office

- Google 

- Apple.

 

What other activities and templates would you like added to the Digital Learning Selector? Please use the feedback function to let us know!


Get a head start on planning for Term 4!

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Use the Digital Learning Selector to download editable:

- Hexagonal thinking templates for students

- Hexagonal planning templates to assist with curriculum planning.

 

Use hexagonal planning with outcomes from any stage syllabus to create cross-curricular, inquiry-based units of work that inspire teachers and students. It is an ideal visual tool for displaying the components required by a task or project in clusters with perfect tessellation!

 

Thanks to Kanwal Public School and Scarborough Public School for sharing your great work!

 

Check out over 50 other Learning activity cards on the Digital Learning Selector for more ideas to transform your teaching practice.

Check out Pages!

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Use the Digital Learning Selector to explore Pages for iPad or Mac with your class.

 

Press the + to add audio or let students dictate audio to text using the microphone key on the keyboard. Try it with the Pages '5 Whys' downloadable activity template

 

Students can also publish EPUB files to share e-books with Pages. 

 

There are over 100 other learning tools on the Digital Learning Selector to bring your teaching to life!


Learning intentions and success criteria

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Looking to implement Visible Learning in a more digital way in your classroom?

 

Check out Learning Intentions and Success Criteria on the Digital Learning Selector.

 

Transform your students' understanding with Office, Google and Apple templates which are free to download for all educators. Edit for your students or allow them to set their own criteria to suit their own learning goals.

 

What other Visible Learning templates would you like to see featured on the Digital Learning Selector? Use the feedback function to let us know!

Looking for a cool collaborative tool?

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Use the Digital Learning Selector to collaborate with students and colleagues using Microsoft Whiteboard with in-built templates to scaffold.

 

Draw, create diagrams, insert documents across a range of platforms with web-based, iOS and Windows applications.

 

Be sure to check out over 100 other learning tools here on the DLS and use the feedback link in the footer of the site to let us know what other tools you would like to see added!

Encourage students to talk while the teacher is talking!

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Use the Digital Learning Selector to set up an online backchannel discussion as a secondary activity to engage students and allow them opportunities to share their thoughts in alternate ways.

 

Use the 'feedback' link in the footer of this site to share with us how you are implementing backchannel discussions in your classroom. We would love to hear from you!

Have you used QR codes in your classroom?

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QRCode Monkey is a free QR code generator with the ability to customise high quality colour codes with logos. Streamline your lessons, engage and encourage students to create their own QR codes.

 

Check out the 'Learning tools' section of this site for more innovative tools for your teaching practice.

 

Use the 'feedback' link in the footer to let us know what other tools you would like to see on the DLS!


 

Check out our new Exit tickets!

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Exit tickets aren't just for teachers to learn about their students. Exit tickets help students reflect on what they have learned and self-assess.

 

Try the NEW Traffic light reflection template with your students.

 

What other Exit ticket templates would you like to see on the DLS? Use the feedback function to let us know!

Bring 2D drawings to life with 3D Paint!

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Have you tried the new 3D Paint with your students?

 

Bring diagrams and images to life!

 

Download for free on any Windows device. All of the features of the classic Paint with 2D or 3D drawing and Augmented Reality (AR) experience using the 3D viewer option.

 

Save student work as 2D, 3D or as videos.

 

Use the feedback function to let us know what other tools you would like to see featured on the DLS!

Check out our new and updated Frayer diagram templates!

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Use the Digital learning selector to access a range of Frayer diagram templates which are designed to support students in defining vocabulary or concepts.

The Microsoft, Google and Apple templates are all editable which means that you can remix them to suit your class context and students can also record directly onto them if they are using a device.

Use the feedback function to let us know what other activities and templates you would like added to the Digital Learning Selector.

 

Host your own in-class 'Jeopardy' game!

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Use the Digital learning selector to download and edit an engaging, curriculum based Jeopardy game for all grades!

 

Choose from Office, Google and Apple templates and add your answers to suit the needs of your class. Simply play the PowerPoint, Slides or Keynote file to start the fun!

 

What other activities and templates would you like added to the Digital learning selector? Please use the feedback function to let us know!

Storyboard the fun way with Toontastic!

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Use the Digital learning selector to explore a range of engaging learning tools such as Toontastic 3D. This storytelling app allows students to draw, animate and narrate their own cartoons.

 

Be sure to check out the other updated and newly added activities, templates and tools on the Digital Learning Selector.

 

Remember to use the feedback function to share your ideas and suggestions.

Are you ready for Education Week?

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Just because parents and carers can’t visit the classroom doesn’t mean they have to miss out.

 

Download our free, editable Education Week gallery walk template to showcase your students' work and host a virtual classroom walk through.

 

Be sure to also check out our Education Week learning portfolio templates which have just been added to the site.

Webinar event: Guided Tour of the Digital learning selector!

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Date: Tuesday 28th July (Term 3, Week 2)

Time: 8am

Location: Online

Cost: Free!

Join the us for a guided tour of the recently updated DLS.

 

  • Discover how the DLS can save you time, build your capacity in using technology in the classroom and support ICT integration into your lessons.

 

  • Understand the purpose of the DLS and how to access it via the portal.

 

  • Explore 100+ innovative tools aligned to the ICT capability.

 

  • Investigate 50+ activities which are classroom ready and download editable digital Microsoft, Google or Apple templates.

 

Register now!

Digital learning selector PL User Testing EOI (SchoolBiz)

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Are you an educator keen to contribute to how the Digital learning selector professional learning is structured for you and your colleagues?

 

Find out more information about the Digital learning selector user testing group and then register your interest today!

This is your chance to become a member of user testing groups that will influence and shape the Digital learning selector and professional learning for educators.

 

Check out our new Thinking skills activity card!

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Use the Digital learning selector to access a range of thinking skills templates which you can edit and remix to suit your class context.

 

These templates support:

  • critical thinking
  • creative thinking
  • computational thinking
  • systems thinking
  • ethical reasoning
  • design thinking
  • metacognition.

 

Please use the feedback function to let us know what other activities and templates you would like added to the DLS.

 

Mentimeter - A terrific tool for engaging students in their learning

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Use the Digital learning selector to explore a range of formative assessment tools, including Mentimeter.

 

Create interactive presentations with live audience input or get your students to create their own to share with the class!

 

Be sure to check out the other updated and newly added activities, templates and tools on the Digital learning selector. Remember to use the feedback function to share your ideas with us.


Activity grid - Encourage students to use higher order thinking skills and multiple intelligences

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Use the Digital learning selector to download and edit Activity grids and student portfolios based on multiple intelligences and higher order thinking skills.

 

Practical implementation of activity grids may include:

  • long term units of work
  • student designed learning paths and assessment
  • teachers supporting students in the level of higher order thinking skills.

 

Choose from Office, Google and Apple templates and remix to suit the needs of your class.

 

What other activities and templates would you like added to the Digital learning selector? Please use the feedback function to let us know!

Have you checked out Pear Deck?

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Use the Digital learning selector to explore a range of formative assessment tools, including Pear Deck.

 

Engage students with interactive activities, connect them through collaborative discussions, and gain instant insight into student learning through formative assessments.

 

Be sure to check out the other updated and newly added activities, templates and tools on the Digital learning selector. Remember to use the feedback function to share your ideas and suggestions.

Choose your own adventure!

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Use the Digital learning selector to access a range of branching scenario templates which are perfect for creating 'choose your own adventure' texts.

 

The 'planning' templates provide the perfect scaffold for organising ideas, and the 'creation' templates support students with producing their adventures.

 

All of the templates are editable which means that you can remix them to suit your class context.

 

Please use the feedback function to let us know what other activities and templates you would like added to the DLS.

 

Deliberate practice – Support your students with practice that is thoughtful and purposeful

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Use the Digital learning selector to access a range of activities that are purposeful and systematic.

 

Deliberate practice requires focused attention, is conducted with the specific goal of improving performance, and is responsive to individual students' needs.

 

Choose from Office, Google and Apple templates and share with your digital classroom. All of the templates are editable which means that you can remix them to suit your class context and students can also record directly onto them if they are using a device.

 

What other activities and templates would you like added to the Digital learning selector? Please use the feedback function to let us know!

Bring world data to life with MapMaker Interactive!

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Use the Digital learning selector to explore a range of interactive learning tools, including MapMaker Interactive.

 

Engage students in investigating data related to topics such as climate, human population, animals and culture by exploring maps and adding layers. Maps can be saved, bookmarked and customised.

 

Be sure to check out the other updated and newly added activities, templates and tools on the Digital learning selector. Remember to use the feedback function to share your ideas and suggestions.

Support your students with our new Writing scaffolds!

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Use the Digital learning selector to access a range of Writing scaffolds which we created in response to your feedback,

 

Choose from Office, Google and Apple templates and share with your digital classroom. All of the templates are editable which means that you can remix them to suit your class context and students can also record directly onto them if they are using a device.

 

What other activities and templates would you like added to the Digital learning selector? Please use the feedback function to let us know!

Check out Kahoot! – A game-based formative assessment tool.

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Use the Digital learning selector to explore a range of interactive formative assessment tools, including Kahoot!

 

Create fun and engaging multiple-choice quizzes to introduce a topic, review and reinforce content, and check student understanding. You can also choose from millions of existing games or even set your students the task of creating their own Kahoot! to share with the class!

 

PS. Don't forget to use the feedback function to let us know how we can continue to improve the DLS!

Peer feedback

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Use the Digital learning selector to access a range of Peer feedback templates, including Two stars and a wish, See three before me and Guided feedback chat.

 

All of the templates are editable which means that you can remix them to suit your class context and students can also record directly onto them using a device.

 

What other activities and templates would you like added to the Digital learning selector? Please use the feedback function to let us know!

Wanting your students to devise creative solutions to real-world problems?

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Use the Digital learning selector for get started with Design thinking. Support your students with exploring the design thinking process by accessing the design folio templates which can be readily downloaded, edited and personalised.

 

For a complete resource package, check out the ‘Design thinking across the curriculum’ interactive resource which features interactive activities, animations, teaching notes and syllabus outcomes – You’ll find the link to this resource on the Design thinking activity card!

 

We are always looking for way to improve the DLS - Please share your feedback with us!

Create your own digital incursion!

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Use the Digital learning selector to create engaging Gallery walks by accessing the newly updated Microsoft and Google 'Gallery walk' templates.

 

Generate excitement and immerse your students in a customised incursion, whilst providing question prompts to check their understanding and gain valuable feedback. Where will you transport your students to?

 

PS. We love hearing new ideas for the Digital learning selector so please use the feedback function to share your suggestions with us!

 

Looking for a Learning portfolio?

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Create student portfolios with Office, Google and *NEW* Apple templates.

 

Download the ready-to-go Learning portfolio templates which students can use to showcase their learning. They can be easily modified, personalised and shared.

 

Be sure to check out the other updated and newly added activities, templates and tools whilst you're here.

 

Please also use the feedback function to share any feedback or suggestions for the DLS – We love hearing about ways that we can continue to improve it!

Seeking suggestions for the DLS!

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If you could have quick and easy access to any activity, editable template or tool, what would you like it to be? What could assist you to support your students with online learning? What could save you time?

 

Send us your DLS ‘wish list’ via the feedback function – We always love hearing new ideas and suggestions!

Please also use the feedback function to share any remixed versions of DLS templates that you have used in your classroom.

Engage students with Google Jamboard!

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Are you looking for a collaborative digital whiteboard that allows you to easily share ideas and brainstorm with your class? Check out Google Jamboard!

Students can add sticky notes to a board and upload images, as well as write and draw. Jamboards can also be used as a presentation tool.

 

Check out Google Jamboard and over 100 other digital learning tools on the DLS. If there is a learning tool that you would like added, please use the feedback feature on this site to let us know.

Check out our new 'Daily check-in' templates!

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Check in with your students learning from home using a range of daily check-in templates which have just been added to the DLS! The templates can be easily edited and shared. They are a great way to engage your students and gain valuable information about their learning and wellbeing.

 

Be sure to also check out the other updated and newly added activities, templates and tools on this site. If there are any that you would like added, please use the feedback feature to let us know.

Exit tickets – Updated and new templates!

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Inform your teaching with fun and easy knowledge checks using digital Exit tickets. These are a great way to help students reflect on what they have learned, review their performance and express what or how they are thinking. 

 

Check out some fantastic examples of Exit tickets in the ‘learning activities’ area of this site.

 

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If you have used or remixed any DLS templates, please use the feedback tab to share these with us. We love hearing how teachers are using the templates in their classrooms and welcome any feedback about how we can continue to improve them!

 

Check out the new updates to the DLS!

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Have you checked out the Digital Learning Selector recently?

 

Engaging new digital templates have been uploaded for you to edit and share with your class.

 

A range of new tools have also been added.

 

Be sure to check out these new activities and tools whilst you're here on the site!

Brainstorming – Updated and new templates!

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We’ve taken on board your feedback and updated the Brainstorming templates as well as added new ones! All of the templates are easy to use and include examples.

Check out all of the new templates and lots of helpful info on Brainstorming in the 'learning activities' area of this site.

PS. We would love to see how you are using these templates in your classroom! Please use the feedback tab to share your experiences, as well as any remixed versions which you have used.

Adobe Scan – New learning tool

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Looking for a quick and easy way to share work with colleagues and students? Check out Adobe Scan!

This tool allows you to quickly scan work, convert it to PDF, and then share it via email or save it to Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive or Microsoft Teams.

 

Check out Adobe Scan in the 'learning tools' area.

Schools video - New learning tool

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Making videos for social media or live streams has never been easier for NSW public schools. Schools Video is a free service to empower schools and provide analytics to measure performance. 


Check out Schools video in the ‘learning tools’ area.

 

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Topic starter - New learning activity

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If you’re thinking about quick and easy ways to send out daily/weekly plans and work to your students, You might like to check out the Topic Starter card on the DLS website. Feel free to edit and customise these templates to suit your students.

 

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Two new learning tools

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We’re starting 2020 off with two new learning tools from texthelp!

 

Both EquatIO and Read&Write are FREE for teachers. Register as a teacher to create free accounts for both EquatIO and Read&Write. 

 

EquatIO is a maths extension that helps to add equations, formulas, graphs and more to G Suite for Education apps and Microsoft Word.

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