Archive for the ‘Educational Links’ Category

I just love the way this introduces design.  A great TED talk, though mind the middle bit about reproduction.  It may be a little much for classroom stimulus.


Here is an interesting clip that showcases some famous operas in under 10 minutes. This may be useful for educators wishing to introduce elements of this historic and important form of music to students that may be resistant to this particular genre. Have a look and see what you think.

From Youtube:
” What is opera all about? Watch and find out! A hilarious film by Kim Thompson (and it doesn’t even last 10 minutes!!)”

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I found this when looking for information about the Facebook database. Will make interesting discussion with my students.

Late last year I was introduced to the potential of this great online resource. Values Exchange (VX) has been created as an online tool for the discussion of issues that explore ethics and personal value sets. When I first saw this I recognised great potential for use in the classroom, as a pastoral care tool and as a means to explore the growth and development of student morality.

I have found that the creator and founder of VX has been incredibly willing to help in the development of Cases, offer guidance and to give advice of the better ways to word and phrase proposals. The first case I set up was one that I had two classes of Year 12 students complete. My proposal for this case was “that all Internet Providers (SIP’s) should permanently delete all Internet content over 5 years old.”

In this I was able to include online footage from the ABC show Hungry Beast. This footage can be linked to as well as embedded in a video portal for the students to see. Once the students complete the different parts of the case a report is produced that in itself is extremely valuable as a debriefing and discussion tool. There are many different types of reports that can be viewed and refined.

Example of Result Summary Report


The last of the great things about this is that it is free to access the public version of the site. Should you (or your school) be interested in increasing the level of control to the access of the data produced by cases you can enquire about setting up a private Values Exchange portal for your school.

One for the resource list:
Elements & Principles of Design By: Zaiba Mustafa

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more about “Elements & Principles of Design“, posted with vodpod


Whilst searching for ideas and resources I came across this website,, that has a detailed and useful teachers guide to using Sketchup. There are projects listed under the categories of Design, Maths and Other. These are in-turn seperated into different grade levels.

I have found the detail of their projects excellent and have had many ideas as a result. A worthwhile place to visit to find a starting place in Google Sketchup.

I have added quite a few links and re-organised all pages of links with each group by alphabetical order.  I hope this makes them easier to access and read.