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.

In summary:

  1. 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).
  2. Some resources are basic.
  3. 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

3 thoughts on “teachertime.com.au

  1. Hi Nick,

    Thank you for your in depth review of Teacher Time. We’ve been building the website for Australian teachers and are eventually hoping to expand and allow for a smooth integration internationally.

    Your feedback is appreciated and valued. Do you mind if we quote you at some point on our website and/or newsletter? We will link back to your blog of course 🙂



  2. No I don’t mind at all. It would be great to see the resource accessible on all browsers. Often teachers will not access a site if there is another step in the middle that they see as time consuming (even if it is not). Having to download Google Chrome or Firefox will stop some people accessing your site and resources. Also as a teacher from South Australia I’m not familir with what stage 1, 2 and 3 mean, is there a way of relating these to year levels? Well done for producing very useful resource for teachers. I am sure you will continue to build and improve it. Keep up the good work.

  3. Hi Nick,

    Thanks for the feedback! We totally agree that having to download another browse is a big pain, and this is one of the things we are working on — ability to support Internet Explorer.

    Stage 1,2,3 etc are groupings of years, so Year 1 & 2 are called “Stage 1”, and Year 3 & 4 are called “Stage 2”, etc.

    We’ll take your comments to heart and let you know when we’ve updated. If you’re happy to shoot me an email “jesse@teachertime.com.au” I’ll add you to our mailing list. We dispatch about once a month, usually less.

    Kind regards,

    Jesse Black

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