I have found an interesting/useful site called www.teachertime.com.au which has resources created by teachers and then uploaded to the site. You can search resources by subject area (KLA) and level (stage 1, 2 or 3). The resources uses terms like KLA (Key Learning Area), this is a term used by the NSW education department. My understanding is that stage 1, 2 and 3 are the a bit like our Strands in SACSA, they are levels of learning. The few resources that I looked at did not give me a good indication of what stage 1, 2 & 3 represented in comparison to year levels. Activities I viewed ranged from middle primary to lower and middle secondary.
Once you have brought up the website you click on the subject area and to narrow the search further by selecting the ‘Stage’. This will generate a list of resources. Open the resource you would like to look at. The preview did not work for me when I was using the site but you can download the resource as a Word document which takes less than 15 seconds (for those that I tried). You can then view it and save to your files. Once you have done this you can use the document as is or modify it to suit your classes needs. Some resources were in a ‘Notebook’ format which I could not open once download.
If you create your own free account you can upload and share your resources on the website as well. However you do not have to do this to access the resources.
At the moment this site only runs on the latest versions of Google Chrome and Firefox Internet browsers (they say they will be adding more browsers soon). These are internet browsers the same as Internet Explorer which is what most people use on their computer. You can have different browsers operate on your computer at the same time. You can download Google Chrome here. Put Google Chrome on your desk top and open it, put in the web address www.teachertime.com.au and it will function properly.
- There are some issues with Notebook files not being accessable without the appropriate software (there are however more Word docs than Notebook) and having to download Google Chrome (a 5 minute job).
- Some resources are basic.
- Some resources are excellent and should provide great lesson ideas in society and environment, science, maths and English.
An introduction to TeacherTime
How to use Google Chrome