In the most extraordinary circumstances teachers have once again demonstrated their professionalism, skill, flexibility and most of all commitment to the students in their care. The Learning team has been working hard to develop additional resources to make that job a little easier and we’re excited to share these with you. For all those parents teaching their children at home — this will be a lifesaver!
Flipgrid is a free online social learning platform for educators and families. The State Library of NSW has lots of fun learning activities available on Flipgrid for kids to do at home or at school. All activities are simple, engaging and educational. Check out our boards for English, History, Geography and Kids and Families.
For those of you who use Scootle, you will find many of our most popular learning activities are now available and we will be adding more in the coming weeks.
Our simple guided drawing activities, hosted by Andrea our art educator, have been a big hit. We’re happy to let you know that we have more planned for the coming weeks, so register online and build your own collection of animal drawings. We’d love you to send us your finished drawings. Andrea is also offering a series of art-making classes called Art Around the Library where you will sharpen your skills and learn more about the Library’s amazing art collection.
Another fun way to engage with our art collection is with a series of jigsaw puzzles made with children’s book illustrations from our exhibition Stories in the Sun.
Cook: it was only eight days
The anniversary of the arrival of James Cook at Kamay (Botany Bay) has been an opportunity for us to reflect on the way we present this history content to students. We are very pleased to let you know that we have created a detailed, comprehensive learning activity with a variety of tasks appropriate for Stage 2 students. The Library has developed an online story detailing the eight days that James Cook and the Endeavour crew spent at Kamay, and this will be available next week. This rich immersive online story works beautifully alongside the learning resources developed by the team. As well as the online story, we are currently installing the onsite Eight Days in Kamay exhibition, and we hope that you will be able to bring your students to the Library when we reopen. We have been working with our colleagues at the Royal Botanic Garden to offer a full-day excursion visiting both sites.
An author a week
We are missing our Family Sunday events where we introduce you to wonderful children’s authors and illustrators, so we’re taking these workshops online. Lined up for Term 2 we have Jacqueline Harvey, Tristan Bancks, Kate and Jol Temple and Liz Anelli. Be sure to register early as these events will book out. More wonderful children’s authors and illustrators will be added to our lineup in coming weeks.
The current learning environment is particularly challenging for HSC students. Our specialist librarians have put together a series of online workshops that will help students find the right tools, manage citations, recognise the best quality information sources and most importantly save valuable time. Sessions will be offered via Zoom and topics covered are:
- Finding the right sources online: 21 May 4.30–5 pm
- Getting better results from your searches: 28 May 4.30–5 pm
- Better searching with online resources: 4 June 4.30–5 pm
- Citing your work and avoiding plagiarism: 11 June 4.30–5 pm
- Essential Library resources for your research and study: 18 June 4.30–5 pm.
To get the most from these online workshops, we recommend signing up for a Library card first. You can start accessing resources as soon as you receive your card number via email.
Please keep an eye on our website as more events and resources will become available in coming weeks.