‘Learning from home’ special issue

Volume 39, No. 4

In this special issue, June Wall (Library Coordinator, NSW Department of Education) offers guidance and practical suggestions for teacher librarians supporting learning from home.

We have also selected a variety of past Scan articles for primary and secondary teachers to facilitate effective learning at home. Draw on these practical, inspiring articles to create rich online learning experiences for students in the current remote environment. And use the quality online resources in our Shared Practice and Resource Kits (SPaRKs) as a catalyst to suggested learning activities.

School libraries in a ‘learning from home’ era

June Wall (Library Coordinator, NSW Department of Education) outlines the present situation in regard to school libraries within the department, suggests ideas for facilitating learning from home, and invites opportunities for professional learning and collaboration.

Read the article, School libraries in a 'learning from home' era by June Wall.

Featured articles

DecorativeTeaching visual grammar in the context of digital texts by Jennifer Asha (Scan 37.7)

English, Early Stage 1 – Stage 3

Learning and teaching visual grammar is the focus of this article. Three engaging audiovisual texts are provided with open-ended questions that direct students towards discovering the fundamental features of these multimodal texts.

Bento boxes: Creative reading response by Dr Jennie Bales and Louise Saint-John (Scan 39.3)

English, Stages 1–6

Multimodal responses to reading are the main object of this resource. The article presents the notion of the ‘book bento box’ as a creative tool for student responses to literature. However, the model could also have application for displaying and annotating elements related to selected topics in various KLAs.

Peering through the fantasy portal by Joanne Rossbridge (Scan 38.1)

English, Stages 2–4

Stories in the fantasy genre are considered in this engaging article. Rossbridge outlines features of fantasy texts, offers four audiovisual examples, and suggests related questions and activities.

Examining persuasive techniques using visual and digital texts by Jennifer Asha (Scan 39.1)

English, Stages 3–4

Examining persuasive techniques is the main focus of this article. It includes four digital texts, along with questions and activities aimed at understanding persuasive techniques used in these audiovisual texts.

Constructing meaning with persuasive online advertisements by Jennifer Asha (Scan 39.2)

English, Stages 3–4

Meaning making and persuasive techniques in digital texts are highlighted in this article. Several digital texts are provided, along with questions and activities aimed at cultivating understanding of the elements of persuasion in digital texts.

Sailing unchartered territory – The Voyage game by Jeffrey Fletcher (Scan 36.1)

History, Stages 2–5

This article centres on a convict voyage to Van Diemen’s Land in 1830. A free online educational game, produced by the Australian National Maritime Museum, is the focus of this resource. Along with a link to the interactive game, there are suggestions for engaging students and directing learning.

Featured SPaRKs (Shared Practice and Resource Kits)

SPaRK – Madaya Mom by Kelly Hodkinson (Scan 36.3)

English, Stage 5

The production of a comics-style digital narrative is the main aim of this article, which raises questions about the notion of the ‘superhero’. Focusing on a journal presented in words and pictures, this SPaRK provides an opportunity for students to reconsider the traditional ‘hero’ genre in the light of ‘everyday heroes’, like a mother in war torn Syria.

SPaRK – SIX Maps by Prue Sommer (Scan 37.8)

Geography, history, Stages 1–5

An online mapping tool features in this SPaRK. The article offers a range of suggestions for using the tool for learning and teaching in geography and history.

SPaRK – NSW ecosystems on show by Gaye Braiding (Scan 37.6)

Geography, science and technology, Stage 2 and Stage 5

Studies on a variety of ecosystems in NSW can be supported by this SPaRK. It links to a website with information on 15 different ecosystems. Suggested questions and activities offer guidelines for using the resource for different purposes.

SPaRK – Sticky by Gaye Braiding (Scan 36.1)

Geography, science and technology, Stage 3

A 20 minute animated documentary explaining the biodiversity value, demise and extinction of the Lord Howe Island stick insect features in this SPaRK. Learning and teaching activities related to this engaging audiovisual resource provide opportunities for inquiry-based learning.

SPaRK - United Nations Sustainable Development Goals project by Leonie McIlvenny (Scan 38.3)

Geography, mathematics, science, TAS and visual arts, Stages 3–5

The United Nations Sustainable Goals project website is the resource featured in this article. There are many valuable suggestions, which can be adapted, for use in different KLAs and at different learning stages.

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