New Links via!

Hi all,

Over the holidays I kept updating my! pages and have decided that I will trial just using those and my Twitter Account to share links and interesting snippets about education.

I would be very interested in your feedback as to whether you prefer the blog or whether you enjoy the! links better.  They are essentially the same, but more visual and organised into topics.

The Advantage of the Scoopit! pages is that I update them everyday so there is always something new to find out.

I have a free account and can have five topic pages and here they are if you would like to bookmark them:





Somewhat Quirky – this is the page I put the unusual stuff on that doesn’t seem to fit elsewhere.

If you are a Twitter fan, then you can follow me Linda Denty @TullyOne.

Have a terrific week.






Tantalising Tuesday Topics

Hi all,

First up I’d like to share this revamped Library Chat Blog and also our sister site, Emmaus Reads Blog.  Your feedback on either or both is welcome.

I have put up a range of new books for Main St and Yaamba campuses.  Teachers,  if you are looking for awesome books with teaching notes, the following and featured books on the Emmaus Reads Blog are now available to borrow:


Scarlet in the Snow/Sophie Masson

Song of the Slums/Richard Harland

The Watcher in the Shadows/Carlos Ruiz Zafon

The Freedom Merchants/Sherryl Jordan

The Wall/William Sutcliffe

Butter/Erin Lange


Steal my Sunshine/Emily Gale

Ghostheart/Ananda Braxton-Smith

Cry Blue Murder/Kim Kane and Marion Roberts

Please share the Emmaus Reads site with your students and encourage them to add their reviews or email them to me and I can add them on their behalf.  I think it has a much cleaner look now and is easier to read.


Rita Pierson giving a truly inspiring and witty Ted Talk about the need for relationships with students if we want them to engage in learning.

Learning is not enough.  The behaviour framework.  Interesting article and embedded video clip about encouraging children from the age of four or five to be:  Innovative, Resilient, Self-determined, Integrated among and Integrated within, Perceptive and Inquisitive.  This article talks about these behaviours carrying on through life and into workplaces.

23 things every teacher should be able to do with an iPAD.  Useful little post for anyone new to iPADS or some of the rest of us too.

Use Shared Google Drive Folders to Distribute Folders to students.

How to promote creativity if you are not creative yourself.

Guest article in the NY Times about web identity and social media.  Quite interesting reading.  One commentator is of the opinion that when graduating all students should be able to be “Googled” well and in a good light rather than the opposite.  This article makes sobering reading.

And for our Brainy Quote for this week:

Cheers and have a great week,


Tantalising Tuesday weblinks

Hello all and apologies for the lateness of weblinks this term,

Interesting article about one school deciding on best use of technologies available.

Some great question charts for teachers regarding technology.

iPAD art Room

Ever wanted to collect everything you find interesting on the web in one place so it’s easy to find.  Here are 55 Content Curation tools to consider.

How to create social media guidelines for a school.

Fantastic site for all writers out there:

From the same Booktrust site comes this wonderful entry about book snobs.  Love it!

Quantum Physics on the iPAD

What America and the rest of the world really need to take on board about Finland’s school success.

Amazing Science Online

Gorgeous animation about the “creative smarts” in all of us.

National Geographic Brain Games and more

Quizdini looks like a great idea for online quizzes with a difference.

Are teachers too isolated in their profession?

Hints for teaching or taking an online course of study.

Pic Collage – a simple app for creating picture collages on the iPAD.

IPAD apps to support reading and writing.

Google Docs extension for esl or struggling readers.

Easy Web Content presenter.

A cautionary tale perhaps for those who like to joke on Twitter!

Got an iPAD and wish you had a manual?  This is quite useful.

And for this week’s Brainy Quote:



Marvellous Monday Morsels

Hi all,

With the myriad stuff clogging your inboxes, I hope there is something here to pique your interest this week.

iPAD stuff

Styluses for touchscreens.

5 audio apps for the iPAD.

History links:

I’ve sent out the link to Thematic History before but this extra link within is for WW1 Poetry and analysis and may fit it with ANZAC studies or similar.

Hungry History – this gorgeous site links food with it’s history, so it’s a double shot of information and does make you hungry as well.


Succeeding with Science

Special Education:

Innovative iPAD links for students with autism.


This is nifty, but you do need to scroll down for the linked image.  Great ideas for using Google Docs and other great resources.

This is from a TAFE teacher who has a lovely story about creating a classroom  community.

This is a nice way to start your class if it suits you.

The new SMART table.  Maybe this is the way of the future in our classrooms!

These academic search engines may be of use to those of you looking for tricky information when you have exhausted our school databases.

If your students are switching off, switch to storytelling.  It’s true.

Family media agreements!  Something to consider.

Occupy Wall Street.  This could be a great topic to debate amongst senior students.

Sally Sara (ABC Foreign Correspondent) has produced an online project called Mama Asia. It profiles 12 women from  Mongolia to Afghanistan who have overcome immense odds to triumph. Relevance to Education: Asia, women, culture, social change, historical eventRelevance to Pastoral Care: Resilience, individuals affecting change in their own lives and the lives of others.       You Tube promo:

Have a great week and I’ll leave you with this week’s Brainy Quote:


Wonderful Wednesday Weblinks

Hi all,

Welcome to term 4, the one where we say goodbye to our year 12s and shed a tear, have lots of celebrations and then take a well-earned break over Christmas/New Year.  Enjoy it.

For a bit of light relief, watch this video about searching in Google.  Made with Lego characters, it made me laugh out loud, but then I am a librarian and I may just be a little weird.  Short and sweet.  Share it with your students if you like.

Wonderopolis:  I stumbled across this site and thought it was just lovely.  Anyone  with small children or grandchildren might appreciate this as well.

In his blog Mr Gleeson documents the parallels between losing weight and learning and teaching.  Quite an interesting read and his comments about what happens over the summer break is so true!  Lifelong learners have to be holiday learners as well.

This may be useful for those wanting to create a fake FB page for a famous person.  Looks like a fun way to safely interact with others in a learning context.  There are many already created that people can look at.

Those of you into geography and landforms will love  these fractal images.  They are from all over the globe and the site encourages you to upload your own KMZ files to add to the list.

YouTube Timeline.  This is amazing.  Pick a year, add it to the search bar and then view commercials, movies and movie trailers, music and more.  A lot of fun.

This is a great site if you need to look at newspaper front pages covering major news events.  For Australia you need to click on Oceania (just in case someone is unsure) and there are just a few of our newspapers included so far as the home site is in Washington, D.C.

Interesting reading from George Couros as we gallop into Term 4. 

Evernote fans out there may be interested in this for their students.

Marble – digital atlas for educators and everybody else.  Looks great for geography.

Scroll down to view the animated infographic on life before and with the internet.  Some really interesting data given here.

Interesting look at literacy and what it means in 2012 and beyond.

This is part one of a two part series dealing with a grade 10 class using iPads to go paperless.  Part two will be published in November and hopefully I can locate it and post it as well.

Then as a foil to the previous link, there  is this one asking the question “Is technology sapping children’s creativity?”  Very interesting reading.

iPad Chemistry and molecular modelling apps. 

Astronomy apps for all the stargazers out there.

Writing tips from famous authors – English teachers might like these.  Some are quite humorous!

If you are having a bad day, read this and be truly thankful to be at Emmaus.  Warning:  there is some offensive swearing (in a quote) in this article and pop-up ads that change regularly.

Interesting world population statistics compiled by someone who got the information from the United Nations Population Fund (UNPF).  Even allowing for some typos and errors, it makes for interesting viewing and study by students who may be looking at sustainable futures globally.  Data comes from 2001.

Interesting blog about sports nutrition for school-aged athletes – but could equally apply to some of us who are older athletes, or budding older athletes.

Chris Smith’s Shambles website with over 30,000 links to educational stuff!

As always to finish, here’s a Brainy Quote for you.

Cheers everyone,


Wonderful Wednesday Weblinks

Hi all,

Like most of you, I have been busy training for the lesser known Olympic event of the Eyestrain Marathon, eating a nutritious diet, limbering up in front of the television, and sinking into the sofa for a session of high intensity eyeball to widescreen tracking.  It’s all quite exhausting and therefore Wonderful Wednesday Weblinks is a bit light on this week. 

These incredible examples of shadow art are a great way to start your week.  Some people are so creative!

This is a wonderful site by Stanford University based around  “Reading like a Historian“.  There are some terrific ideas here that could perhaps be tweaked to match our curriculum, particularly wheref teachers explicitly model the cognitive skills necessary to analyse and critique historical documents  and commentary.

Nifty Google Chrome apps for students.

6 Virtual tours of the human body with Google Chrome.  These are really nifty.

If you’re still a technology luddite and don’t know your Facebook from your Twitter, get lost at a the thought of a blog and think that YouTube is a type of confectionary, then this might help you get started.

Whilst this comes from the NY Times and is related to US education, some things never change and our system also needs to teach informational texts.  This has some great ideas for integrating newspapers into teaching and learning.

Any of you hankering for a radical change in the way we educate our students  might enjoy reading this article in Forbes.  Again it’s with an American focus, but the same drive for high GPAs also exists here, perhaps at the cost of creativity and innovation.

This is a true story of how one guy had his Apple ID and Twitter account hacked.  Lessons for all of us here I think about internet and password security online.

After reading this, you won’t mind if people say you have a big head!  It might mean you are very smart.  Read and find out why.

And the quote for this week, which fits it quite nicely with Sally Pearson’s Olympic gold-medal hurdle win overnight is:

“If at first you do succeed, try not to look astonished!”


Cheers and have a fabulous rest of the week,


Wonderful Wednesday Weblinks

Hi all,

Congratulations on making it to the end of Term 2.  Farewell to Denise – we will miss you in the library so much! And, of course, we also farewell Kate, whose cheery demeanour will also be missed.   Here’s hoping the next leg of life’s journey is wonderful for you both.

To lift the spirits as we go into holiday mode, Mother Teresa once said:

“Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.

Life is beauty, admire it.

Life is a dream, realize it.

Life is a challenge, meet it.

Life is a duty, complete it.

Life is a game, play it.

Life is a promise, fulfill it.

Life is sorrow, overcome it.

Life is a song, sing it.

Life is a struggle, accept it.

Life is a tragedy, confront it.

Life is an adventure, dare it.

Life is luck, make it.

Life is too precious, do not destroy it.

Life is life, fight for it.”

Mother Teresa

I think she was right. 

This  is how to embed a YouTube video in your blog.

How to redownload and reinstall any IOS application.

Very interesting take on science.  People such as David Attenborough have had their voices auto-tuned to match with some music and images.  Could be very useful for Science and RE classes!  You may love it or loathe it.

A scoop-it website around online video links for you to browse.  This is quite good.

The evolution of classroom technology.  This is  an interesting look at old and new technologies.  Depending on your age, you may even remember some of the earlier ones!!

Drop Canvas.  This is a great site.  You can just instantly upload a document or two and then just send it via email, or social media. You don’t have to register, but if you do, you get more features.

This makes interesting reading wherever you are on the continuum of networking with peers.

17 free YouTube tools  that every teacher should know about.

For those of you who use Wordle, here are some other ones to use as well.

If you have an iPad and the camera  connection kit, here are some hidden features you may not be aware of.

CAST.  This is a wonderful site  for anyone seeking to know more about inclusive education .

7 habits of highly effective  tech-leading Principals.

Photo-editing software that’s fun and easy to use.

Take Me Back.  This is a fantastic site to reel in the years no matter how old you are.  Just put a year into the tab on the left hand side and hit “GO” to relive a specific year in your past.  I did and it was quite enlightening!

40 Alternative assessments for learning.  Some of these are more suited to primary, but all can be tweaked if you are looking for new ideas. 

30 Great Twitter hashtags for Science Teachers.

State Library of Qld.  Fabulous website.


London Olympics  site

Official site of the Australian team for the London Olympics

Athletics Australia website

Rugby League’s onestop shop.

Cycling Australia website

Netball Australia website

Basketball Australia  website

Tennis Australia website

Football Australia (Soccer) website

Swimming Australia website

Gymnastics Australia website

Boxing Australia  website

Hockey Australia website



25 insanely realistic chalk art drawings

25 of the coolest beaches in the world.  Just as you go on winter break, you can plan your next holiday at one of these beaches perhaps.

Have a great break – you all deserve one.  See you again next term, bright eyed and refreshed to start all over again.




Wonderful Wednesday Weblinks

Hi all,

Due to extenuating circumstances, including book competitions, sickness etc., Wonderful Wednesday Weblinks morphed into Frantic Friday Fervour on my behalf.

As the list was all but finished, just not on the blog, I am finishing it off this morning.

Library webs  March newsletter – we have the Library Webs database at Emmaus and this newsletter gives updated information.  Very useful.

From the European Business Review, an article on being web-savvy and not drowning in the digital ditch.

This has some interesting ideas on screen sharing, but as always it’s user beware and if something is free, it usually means that the user is the product!

Look for the signs of teacher burnout in yourself or your colleagues.  Some good advice here and quite timely possibly.  Look after yourselves, people!

Ways to do instant polling in the classroom.

What can mathematics say about history? According to TED Fellow Jean-Baptiste Michel, quite a lot. From changes to language to the deadliness of wars, he shows how digitized history is just starting to reveal deep underlying patterns.

This is a YouTube clip about a program called “Lovely Charts” available for desktop, iPad and also online.  My son’s girlfriend used it for one of her Uni assignments and the lecturers wanted to know what program she had used to create her flow chart.  It is brilliant and quite cheap considering what it does.

Some useful online calendar tools if you are looking for something different.

Read this blog if you need to have some positive reinforcement as  to why you teach, especially if you are starting to feel a bit jaded at this time of term.

Cheers and have a great weekend,







Wonderful Wednesday Weblinks

Hi all,

Another busy week for everyone by the look of it.  I hope there is some inspiration here for you.

Caje was complaining that there weren’t many art sites in my weblinks.  I have fixed that this week with three great sites.

Arts Connected.  This is just fantastic for all you art teachers out there.  So much in it.

Your Paintings:  BBC UK has set up this great website to bring paintings into the living rooms of more people.  Wonderful initiative.

Artfinder:  Another great art site.

Succeeding with Science:  Great website with links for all ages to do with science.  There is a really good video in the 16+ area about engineering careers.

Free online graph paper of all different types. 

How one US school managed to hone writing skills in the digital age.

Great article on apps for the iPAD for Literature Circles.  Even though we don’t have lots of students with iPADS, I’m sure some of the ideas  might be able to be used by teachers and adapted for use with laptops .

Middle years music site to help students make up basic string compositions.  Quite a lot of fun.

Sound Bible:  Great site for free sound clips with all sorts of uses in drama and music.

Imagination Soup:  I’ve included this site as it is so gorgeous I had to share.  And I was thinking of all of you who have younger children yourselves and those of you with children and an iPAD. 

This  US site is about empowering students to be responsible digital citizens.

Worldometers:  An interesting and sometimes shocking site which shows live statistics for world population, economics, the environment, and many more. Useful resource for sparking debates.

Great free site for making logos  for promotional items.

Genetics and cells to scale.  This is similar to one I sent last week but this one relates to cells and genetics, so is a bit  more specific. It also has a slide bar underneath, rather than the mouse on the object to zoom.  These are quite fascinating.

Those of you in the lower secondary area may be interested in this  guy’s interactive notebook idea.  Looks great for English.  

There may not be an app for that:  This a blog from a vice-Principal at a US Secondary school about using iPADS in some classes some of the time.  So having a set of say 10-20 available for borrowing from a library for example.  Food for thought for here maybe?

Richard Byrne has some more great ideas for note-taking tools.

Geography/SOSE teachers looking for the best map making sites need look no further  Someone has done it for you.

Link world history to movies via  this guide.  Various ways to search included. 

Professional Reading/Viewing:

Anyone who likes the idea of Visble Thinking needs to visit this website.  Great information and links.

Great podcast from our own ABC about our emotional brains.

Carl Schoonover, a  neuroscientist, gives a fantastic talk (with images) on how to look inside the brain.  Fascinating!

Those of you who teach  dance and drama already know the positive effects of dance and movement, so maybe all you others should read this too.

 Quote for the week:  Unfortunately I don’t know the author.

” If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it.  If you don’t ask, the answer is always no.  If you don’t step forwards you are always in the same place.”

Cheers and have a great week.


Wonderful Wednesday Weblinks

Hi everyone,

I hope those of you involved with NAPLAN have not found the week so far too stressful and that your students have and will make it through to the end of the week.  Welcome to this week’s crop of weblinks.

Favourite of the week:  General knowledge/Geography/Equity/Social Justice.

This is a fabulous way of looking at countries  from a different perspective.  You could also use this as a quiz with your class and then show them the answers. Might surprise some.

Web Tools for Teachers by Type:  Just click on any of the buttons in the top of the page and another toolbar pops up underneath with more buttons.  I can probably stop doing WW weblinks  after this.  Fantastic one to bookmark.

This is a great website involving students in online quizzes accessed via the internet to cover any subject.  Some quizzes  are already made up, or you can make up your own.  There are clues and step by step guides on how to set up a quiz using this simple free program.  Looks quite good.

iPads and field trips.  Whilst I believe this field trip was done with the primary setting in mind, it could be equally well adapted to a senior field trip with some tweaking. 

I’m including this as I know some classes are looking at documentaries this term.  It looks interesting in the context of genocide and bullying and how they are often linked.  Teachers would have to go further than this weblink to access the documentary but if it looks like it might be interesting, then I can investigate further for you.

Concerns over Google Drive and privacy regarding content and ownership.

This is an absolute cornucopia of  fascinating science ideas  and snippets.  Something for everyone!  Your students may be interested in the article about the effects of sugar on the brain.  I’m passing this onto my kids.

A reminder for those of us with Twitter accounts to remember to spring clean our accounts.

100 ways to use Twitter in the Classroom.  This is another repeat, but sometimes people have different needs at different times, so I thought I’d include this one again.

Useful Twitter hashtags for teachers.

If you have any students studying the Incas and they need some interactive help, then try this.

Online learning which looks quite interesting.  The first one is free and may be handy for any of you new to Web 2.0 tools.

Especially for our Special Needs Teachers.  This is a pinterest pinboard of all things to help any students with special needs.

Read Write Think.  A reminder for teachers about this great resource.  This link goes directly to Year 12 lesson plans, but you can hit the left-hand side tool bar to find any year level for lesson ideas.  Wonderful site.

I know Japanese is the language taught here, but just in case there are some staff interested in other languages, this could be useful

The teaching channel has heaps of videos with great ideas for teaching different subjects at different year levels.


Michael Fullan speaking for 5 mins on What Doesn’t Work in School Reform

Handy for anyone wanting to link technology to Blooms  taxonomy.

David Jaffe has an interesting take on studying for exams or not as the case may be.

Interesting article that counters the argument for explicit instruction.  Maybe it would be great if all students came with a label denoting what works best for them!

Finally, the thought for the week is:

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive.  And then go and do that.  Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

Harold Whitman

Cheers and have a fabulous week,