BlackBoard Collaborate


BlackBoard Collaborate allows students and teachers to participate in highly engaging learning experiences even if untold distance separates the learner and educator.  Rural and remote educators could utilize Black Board collaborate in the classroom to effectively connect classroom learning with professionals and communities from all over the world.  Imagine having an online virtual interview with an author from the United Kingdom using just a single smart board!

The benefit of Blackboard Collaborate is that both parties in the learning experiences can easily contribute to the direction of the discussion.

Although this Year 7/8 Content descriptor from the Technologies Curriculum of the National Australian Curriculum clearly links to the use of Blackboard Collaborate, the technology could easily be incorporated into many other areas of the curriculum.

Strand: Digital Technologies

Digital Technologies processes and production skills

Create and communicate interactive ideas and information collaboratively online, taking into account social contexts (ACTDIP032)

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From – June 12, 2014


Technology Design Ideas

Teaching Ideas Design Technology

Teaching Ideas: Design Technology is a great start for rural and remote teachers to get started with some technology design ideas for the classroom.  The site does provide some design brief ideas but also looks at other aspects of technology, such as use of tools.  The site provides lots of resources that could be directly linked the following concept descriptor from the draft Technology Curriculum of the Australian Curriculum.

Strand: Design and Technology

Sub-strand: Design and Technologies processes and production skills

Select and use materials, components, tools and equipment using safe work practices to make designed solutions (ACTDEP016)

The concepts of design contained in this strand are echoed throughout many areas of the curriculum.  Check out the site here!

From – 12 June 2014

skype blog

Check out the following blog exploring the use of Skype in the classroom!

Skype is an free online service that enables virtual interviews! It is an excellent resource to use in a rural or remote location in order to link the classroom to the wider community and requires very little digital resources to implement.  Suggestions on the blog include remote learning, virtual interview, virtual field trips and author reading sessions!

The ACARA Technologies curriculum draft places heavy emphasis on the development of student ability to engage in online collaboration.  Skype provides an excellent opportunity for students to engage in virtual collaboration with students, teachers and professionals in the wider community.

From – May 1, 2014, 7:27pm




Scratch is online digital resource that allows users to create simple animated characters that perform simple programmable resources.  Students can have lots of fun creating simple animations whilst developing simple coding skills and concepts.

The program Scratch could be highly effective in the primary classroom. Highly relevant curriculum links can be found in the year 3/4 band level of the Digital Technologies key learning area of the Australian Curriculum, however further links are easily found in other areas of the curriculum. Strand: Digital Technologies Sub-strand: processes and production skills

Define simple problems, and describe and follow a sequence of steps and decisions (algorithms) needed to solve them (ACTDIP010)

Scratch could be implemented into the classroom effectively using scaffolded tasks. Students could begin by following simple instructions to complete simple animated processes and develop the ability to engage with program in order to eventually create their own animations using simple coding. A highly specific task for classroom implementation might require students to code a sprite to follow directions, create a map, or represent a story using the multimodal elements available in the program.

Check out the Scratch site here!