Scootle is a ‘one stop shop’ that provides teachers with access to more than 20,000 digital curriculum resources in the National Digital Learning Resources Network which is managed by Education Services Australia (ESA). Scootle provides easy ways for teachers to find, organise and use the digital resources.
The digital resources available to teachers nationally include:
•interactive, multimedia resources
•audio, photo and video resources that result from partnerships with national private and public cultural and collection agencies
•open-ended tools for teachers and students to create learning resources
•interactive assessment resources
•collections of curriculum resources
•teacher ideas and units of work.
These resources are easily selected and can be annotated with teachers’ comments and descriptions.This flexibility helps teachers meet the individual learning needs of each student.
Teachers can browse the Australian Curriculum at the content descriptions and elaborations level. The matching digital resources are quality assured and include activities for students, teacher support materials and interactive assessment resources.
Teachers can create collaborative learning paths that students can access within secure collaborative workspaces where they can:
•use secure chat facilities
•upload their own digital materials
•gather digital curriculum content from Scootle and add this to the space
•create a wiki-like response to teacher questions by adding their own text, re-ordering and editing the existing material in the space and posing their own questions and comments
•receive individual and group feedback from the teacher.