Technology & Design Resources
With the range of Technology & Design areas, some sites are not topic specific but act as portals providing resources, association links, discussion forums, blogs, journals, magazines, … .
This page provides technology support, food technology resources, software, technology skills, tutorials and more. Additional resources now include those for Internet safety/online safety/cybersafety/eSafety [all with the same meaning].
We have tried to ensure resources are free to use wherever possible.
Remember, some sites are not Australian. Check carefully to be sure they conform to Australian requirements before use, e.g. spelling, terminology, guidelines, … .
- DATTA Australia
“Resources and Research”. Links cover Research, Education, Technology [including resources], Design [including resources].
- DATTA [Qld] - Resources
Annotated links to free member resources.
- DATTAVic - Resources
Listings of both free and Members Only resources.
- Digital Learning and Teaching Victoria
‘DLTV provides resources including Webinar recordings; Reviews; Case Studies; Presentations, interviews and tutorials; Podcasts; and Infographics. DLTV also exists to provide leadership, support, services and programs to all members including primary and secondary teachers across all curriculum areas’.
- InTEACT - Teaching and Learning Resources
‘InTEACT has a resource library that contains a collection of loanable resources available for free to members. For more information about the resource library visit our Resources Library page’.
- iTE Institute of Technology Education [NSW]
‘The Institute of Technology Education [iTE] is the professional association for all Technologies teachers. This includes the full range of NESA subjects across Stages 1-6’. Resources are listed but but you need to be able to log in to access these.
- Design and Technology Teachers Association WA - Resources
You need to be a member of the association to access these resources.
- NSWAAT Links
‘Links to Agriculturally related websites’. Grouped under topics from Curriculum to VET links.
- Professional and Educational Links
The Home Economics Institute Of Australia Inc [NSW]. Annotated links for both areas.
A number of sites are on the Duty of Care as indicated above. We will only be recording resource pages below. For other aspects see that link.
- Be Deadly Online
eSafety Commissioner. ‘Explores cyberbullying, digital reputation and respect for others, through short videos and posters created by and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’. Secondary level students.
- Cyber Safety - Department of Education WA
‘Tips to help your children be safe and responsible online users’.
- Cyber Safety : Discussion
Guides [SBS Learn]
‘This resource addresses cyberbullying, image sharing and promoting positive experiences online and includes : 2 discussion guides - one for teachers, one for parents/carers; 1 downloadable classroom poster with support services; Short clips specially selected for classroom use, and classified as PG; NB. the series is classified M, so we recommend using our clips, or watching the series with a responsible adult’.
Cyber Security Awareness Resources
Digital.NSW. ‘Cyber Security NSW provides a range of cyber security awareness materials such as digital posters, and guidance materials. Topics covered include phishing, passwords, remote working and Wi-Fi security. The links are available to download and distribute across your NSW Government agency or council’.
Check the Curriculum resources listed for Early Years, Primary and Secondary with a Video Library as well.
NSW. Cyber security and protecting children. A wide range of resources ranging from students to parents.
- eSafety Professional
ECA and the eSafety Commissioner. ‘The modules are part of the eSafety Early Years Program which provides online safety advice and tips within a positive framework for prior to school aged children, their parents, carers and their educators in an Australian context’.
Resources for teaching safety online - ABC Education
‘The following four websites provide a wealth of free information and resources for learning or teaching about internet safety’. Two sites are Australian and two are from the US.
Education Departments, Boards, …
- Design and Technologies
Victoria, Education and Training. “Learning and teaching support” from VCAA, FUSE and VicSTEM.
- Digital Technologies : An Introduction
‘Members of the Digital Technologies Advisory Group discuss the features of the curriculum’. ACARA.
- Digital Technologies Hub
‘Find resources to help teachers, students and families learn about Digital Technologies. Sections for Teachers, School Leaders, Students and Families. Featured Content, Calendar of Events and Latest News from this area’. Education Services Australia.
- Digital Technologies and ICT Resources
‘Activities, projects, lesson plans, tutorials’. Grouped under specific headings. Not all are Australian.
Digital Technologies [VCAA]
‘Curriculum area-specific resources have been developed to support teachers implementing the curriculum, organised by “Help me plan”, “Help me find a teaching resource” and “Help me assess”’.
Design and Technology Index [VCAA]
As well as information on curriculum and assessment it includes links to support material.
- STEM Education Resources Toolkit
‘The aim of the National STEM School Education Resources Toolkit is to assist schools and industry to establish new STEM initiatives, form school-industry partnerships, and evaluate existing and future STEM initiatives. The Toolkit is a resource for teachers, school leaders, parents, and industry partners. It aims to support the implementation of quality STEM initiatives in schools’.
‘VicSTEM brings together a range of STEM resources, activities and programs, helping early years childhood educators, teachers, learners and families to access the information and services they need quickly and easily’.
Other Australian Sites
400+ resources. Filter by topic or year. Includes Coding; Robotics; Design Solutions; Engineering; Construction; STEM News; and more.
- Resources – ADSEI
‘ADSEI resources will appear here as they are created. Check out the Resources menu for datasets related to specific subjects. Many datasets and project ideas are cross curriculum. All of the resources available here are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Australia [CC BY-NC 3.0 AU]. You are free to Share — copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format’.
- Australian Curriculum
Teaching Resources - Digital Technologies
Teach Starter. ‘93 teaching resources that will make your classroom buzz !’ Annotated links to items. They also have a Design and Technologies page with 76 items.
- Classroom Projects
Designability.‘Designability offers a range of fully resourced projects with student and teacher notes along with video, project materials, equipment and training’. 30+ projects to use.
- Clickview - Design and Technology
‘We’re on a mission to create meaningful experiences for students at all levels of learning. We encourage deeper understanding through video and thrive on supporting teachers to find great content for their classes and lectures’. Areas covered include : Design and Technology; Food Technology; Information and Communications Technology; and Textiles. Wide range with clear descriptions of content for each. Secondary school level. Previously listed as being from VEA and included in the section above.
- Clickview- Primary Catalogue
Resources are listed under categories. These include Design and Technology; Food Technology; Information and Communications Technology. About 80 videos with clear descriptions, each being geared to the age group and topic. Previously listed as being from VEA and included in the section above.
- CSER Digital Technologies Education
‘We run a range of Digital Technologies Programs for Australian teachers, including our free, online CSER MOOC courses, free professional learning events, and our National Lending Library’.
- CSER - The Computer Science Education Research
University of Adelaide. You can access a number of their videos on YouTube or subscribe to their YouTube channel. This is free. 15 videos at time of inclusion. One example is found here.
- CSIRO Digital Careers
‘These sections include worksheets, lesson plans, links, activities, discussion items and other resources to download and utilise in your classroom’.
- Design and Technologies Curriculum
Another great site by Joanne Villis. There is a range of information and activities included, especially in relation to Code.org [see the next section].
- Digital Technologies Lesson Plans [Australian Curriculum Lessons]
A small collection of lesson plans. Also access other learning areas.
- Digital Technologies
Program for Primary Schools [OpenSTEM]
‘The OpenSTEM Digital Technologies Program for Primary Schools [F-6] is now available with initial units for each year level, resource PDFs, free software, a board game and other useful resources’.
- Digital Technologies Resources [ACCE
‘The following is a list of Digital Technologies resources developed from the states/territories with assisted funding from the Australian Council for Computers in Education’.
‘Free blogs for teachers, researchers, librarians, other education professionals’.
- eSafety Education
‘Discover resources designed to help schools and other educators teach online safety lessons’. Part of the eSafety Commissioner site. other sections include Cybersmart Challenge and Classroom Resources.
- Free Workshop Safety Tests
‘If you are like me and need a free and simple way of making sure your students understand workshop safety and safe tool usage click on the “Tests” link at the top of the page for online testing and marking. Latest Update - 3D Printing Work Unit’.
- Innovative Teaching Ideas - Teaching Resources
Scroll down the Home page to the STEM, Digital Technologies & ICT sector and explore the options.
- Inter-tech Education
A blog by Joanne Villis on all things technological in education. Links to other sites and resources.
- Moodle Service Network
‘Course management system designed to help educators who want to create quality online courses. Used all over the world’. Based in Australia.
- Makerspace & STEM
Modern TeachingAids. ‘Encourage your children to improvise and innovate with our great range of STEM kits, or awaken a sense of wonder as they program simple robots, machines, and even flying drones to carry out instructions’.
- Primary Teacher Resources [ICTE]
Individual items through to multi-grade bundles [also available separately for each grade]. Fee-based but reasonable.
- Resources [Grok Academy]
‘Grok Academy is an Australian EdTech charity that aims to educate all learners in transformative computing knowledge, skills, and dispositions, empowering them to meet the challenges and seize the opportunities of the future’. Use the filters to aid your search or scan the options presented.
A very simple page with a mass of usable material through projects on specific topics. Links provided for a wide range of Technologies areas. This page provides links to resources in a wider range of areas.
Resource listings for multiple areas in the Technologies domain, e.g. Design, Engineering, Food Technology, Industrial Arts, ICT, ... .
- Scootle - Digital
‘Scootle resources are currently aligned with the Australian Curriculum : Digital Technologies. Use the filters provided to refine the curriculum results shown by year level, strand, general capability or cross curriculum priority’.
- SlideShare [Joanne Villis]
Nearly 30 slideshare presentations related to Technology aspects and concepts.
- STELR [Innovative STEM Teaching]
‘The primary aim of STELR is to address the problem of low participation rates in STEM subjects at the upper secondary school level. It does this by developing teaching modules relating these subjects to highly relevant issues affecting all students’.
- Teach Your Kids Code
8 reasons why every child should learn to code. ‘Join the thousands of other families who are interested in teaching their kids to code ! You’ll get access to amazingly simple and fun ideas to get your kids coding in no time !’
- Technology Explained
‘The ABC “Technology Explained” initiative aims to dispel the myths around new technologies and devices and explore the kinds of journeys and possibilities they can and will take us on in an ever-changing, technology driven world’.
- Technology Resources
State Library of Queensland. A good listing under groupings A-D, E-O; P-Z and #.
- TES Australia - Technologies Resources
Filters on the left allow you to narrow your search. Items have brief summary and rating. A mix of free and fee-based material.
- The GiST - Girls in STEM Toolkit
‘The GiST provides resources to inspire and inform girls, schools and families in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). Explore activities, resources, case studies, lessons, study pathways and careers’.
- The Queensland STEM Education Network [QSEN]
‘A consortium of Queensland Universities providing a range of high quality programs and initiatives designed to build STEM capacity across the state’.
- The STARportal
‘By offering the most comprehensive collection of STEM activities and providers, the STARportal is the go-to place for families to discover local STEM activities for the children in their lives and for providers to find partners with which to collaborate’. Office of the Chief Scientist.
‘Discover free how-to tutorials and over 1 300 video courses. Build an app, create a website, or learn a new skill’.
- BBC Bitesize - Design and Technology
‘Design and Technology is the study of the creation, design, manufacture and evaluation of products’. Select from 4 levels and 9 major areas. A second site, Digital Technology only covers two levels. UK.
- Beginners Guide to Graphic Design
‘45 Episode FREE Series’. Free PDF Worksheet and listing of all episodes provided on the home page of this site.
‘Our vision is that every student in every school has the opportunity to learn computer science as part of their core K-12 education. Code.org also created the annual Hour of Code campaign, which has engaged more than 15% of all students in the world’. USA.
‘Cheatsheets; Projects; Articles; Blog; Forums; Chat; Chapters; Events’. A significant section of this is free. Some has a monthly charge. USA.
- Coding Archives [Learning Resources]
Annotated resources with date of production provided. Product Reviews, Teachers Hub, Shop. UK
- Coding For Kids : 46 Free Classes, Websites and Apps
CodeWizardsHQ. Well annotated descriptions are provided for each of these. As well, CodeWizardsHQ also runs coding classes for students and provides worthwhile articles plus much more. USA.
- Computer Basics
Goodwill Community Foundation LearnFree. Check the “Topics” listing to access all the tutorials currently available. There is also a link to their YouTube Playlist [17 videos at time of inclusion]. USA.
- Computer Sciences :
Vocabulary for Coding and Programming
‘For those who are just getting started in computer programming, there are so many foreign-sounding words and phrases that it can be intimidating. A good first step is to acquaint yourself with some of the most common and important terms used in the field and what they mean’. A short glossary plus links to Web Languages, Software Languages, K-12 games, Adults hands-on Learning and other Resources.
- Design Squad Global
‘Design Squad Global empowers middle school kids to solve real-world problems and understand the impact of engineering in a global context. Refreshed weekly with challenges, videos and activities, the website is one of the only places on the web where kids can share their engineering ideas with other kids’. PBS Kids. USA.
- Design and
‘Secondary design, engineering and technology resources’. Specific area option buttons are included. Thousands of items. Most are fee-based but reasonable in price. The Australian site is listed in the section above. TES, UK.
- Digital Technologies [Senior
New Zealand Curriculum Guides. ‘A series of eight teaching and learning programs have been developed to support teachers who are choosing to assess using the new achievement standards. Also Achievement Standards support and Resources’. NZ.
- Discovery Education
‘Discovery Education Coding provides complete support for teaching coding in primary schools’. Fee-based. UK.
- DTHM4kaiako - Resources
‘Find resources for the Digital Technology and Hangarau Matihiko. Currently there are 109 resources listed containing 239 components’. NZ
- Educational Technology and Mobile Learning
Check the Categories section. ‘A resource of educational web tools and mobile apps for teachers and educators’. Canada.
- Educational Technology
‘Browse these listings for the best videos, digital books, websites, and online games to combine both the subject matter and a lesson on computer skills! You will also find tips and tricks regarding internet safety and the best plan to help your students avoid cyberbullying, cheating, and online dangers’. USA.
- Electrical Engineering
Educational and Multimedia Resources
A numbered grouping with annotations and multiple options for most of these.
- Free Online Information Technology Courses
‘The core idea behind all information technology studies is learning how to properly organise and store data using various telecommunication systems’ These are at college level. A larger collection of free courses is also available for Online Computer Science Courses. USA.
- How To Make A Website  Step By Step Guide
‘A simple to follow, free tutorial on how you can build your own website in less than 1 hour’.
- How to Make a Website - A Step-by-Step Guide for
‘I wrote this free guide to help anyone - from bloggers to business owners - make their own website without having to learn code ’. Among the many things to help are a HTML Cheat Sheet [Updated With New HTML5 Tags] in various formats.
- HTML 5 Cheat Sheet
‘This HTML 5 “Mega” cheat sheet is for all you front end types to get your little hands on. So whether you are a web design novice or a seasoned grizzly veteran this will hopefully come in use[ful] for your next project’. The author also supplies a The Mega CSS3 Cheat Sheet Infographic and a The jQuery Mega Cheat Sheet. All are available online and in PDF format to download.
- Kathy Schrock’s Guide to Everything
‘As an educational technologist, I continue to learn each day. When I develop new presentations or explore a new passion, I create a page of resources. This site will serve as the entry point to these resources, ideas, tips and tricks’. The links to the pages are below. USA.
Programs and Program Support
This includes programs useful in, and for, schools Most programs may be free to use in educational settings, some may not be, so make sure to check. Others listed offer advice on how to create various site formats or how to best use specific programs.
- Adobe - Creative Cloud for Education
‘Adobe tools empower students to think creatively and communicate expressively, so they can turn their classroom ideas into college and career opportunities. And we offer special pricing for education, from individual students to entire institutions’. USA.
- Adobe Photoshop Tutorial : The Basics for Beginners
‘Photoshop Tutorial for Beginners, going over many important aspects when first starting graphic design’. [37min.].
‘Easily create beautiful designs and documents. It has everything you need for amazing design’. A free version and an Education version are both available.
‘DesignEvo is a free online logo maker with 10 000+ templates that anyone can use to bring to life a compelling, unique logo in minutes’.
- All Microsoft 365 Apps Explained in 6 Minutes
‘We’ve summarised all the tools, what plans they’re part of and how they work in the Microsoft ecosystem’. [6.5min.]
- Beginner’s Guide to Microsoft Word
‘Learn the basics of effectively using Microsoft Word, including how to format images so that they can be moved freely around your document and positioned where you want them to be. [18.5min.] If you like this video, here’s my entire playlist of Word tutorials [24 videos] : Microsoft Word.
- Education Help & Learning - Microsoft Support
‘Connect remotely and access the tools you need with Microsoft Teams and Office 365. Stuck ? Our tools are here to help. We talked to students, went through our best resources, and now we’re delivering those insights straight to you’.
- Excel Blog for the Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced User
‘Right below you find 100+ Excel tutorials. All tutorials are super practical and include free exercises. Simply download the included sample file and start practicing your Excel skills’. Denmark.
- Excel Easy
‘Want to learn much more about Excel ? You can find related examples and features [300 Examples]. Introduction, Basics; Functions, Data Analysis and more’.
- Excel Tutorials and Practice Tests
Covers a large range of areas based around 3 main topics - Formulas & Functions, Keyboard Shortcuts, and VBA Coding. To keep a record you need to set up a free account.
- Learn Excel - The Smart Way
Includes Basic Excel, Advanced Excel, Resources including videos and tutorials, templates and more. USA.
- The Beginner’s Guide to Excel
‘Learn the basics of using Microsoft Excel, including the anatomy of a spreadsheet, how to enter data, how to make your data look good so it’s easier to read and use, and more. [21.75min.] If you like this video, here’s my entire playlist of Excel tutorials at http://bit.ly/tech4excel, 100+ videos’.
- The Beginner’s Guide to Microsoft PowerPoint
‘Learn everything you need to know to get started using Microsoft PowerPoint ! You’ll learn all the basics plus more, including : how to choose a design theme, add text and pictures to a slide, adding new slides, animating items and more. [23.25min.]
Here’s my entire PowerPoint playlist : https://bit.ly/2PaOmRZ.
‘CodeSchool.com is now Pluralsight. Grow your skills with experiences like assessments, paths and expert-led content on today’s most in-demand technologies’. USA.
- Scratch [for Educators]
‘Your students can use Scratch to code their own interactive stories, animations, and games. In the process, they learn to think creatively, reason systematically and work collaboratively — essential skills for everyone in today’s society. Educators are integrating Scratch across many different subject areas and age groups. A project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab. It is provided free of charge’. There is also ScratchJr for younger children [ages 5-7]. USA.
- STEAM Resources [STARnet]
‘The STAR Library Network [STAR Net] provides resources, e.g. Blogs, STEAM kit ideas, @Home activities and facilitation strategies’. USA.
‘Tools and ideas to transform education’. News, How To, Remote Learning, Classroom Tools, Higher Ed, Events, Resources, Webinars, Magazines, more. USA.
- Technology in the Classroom [Education World]
Expand the resource listing by using the extensive Technology menu shown on the left. USA.
Online - Links for Digital Technologies
‘This page provides tables with links to some useful Digital Technologies resources suggested by teachers. Select the images in the tables to view information about the links. Junior primary, Middle primary, Upper primary, Secondary, Computational thinking, Designing and developing digital technologies, All resources’. NZ.
- The Basics of Coding - Beginner’s
‘It’s just like playing a game: first, you find out what the game is. Second, learn the rules. Third, find out what tools you may need to play the game. Lastly, playing the game ! More programming resource links’. USA.
- The Juni Blog - Coding for Kids Blog
‘The Juni Learning blog provides online educational resources about Computer Science, Mathematics and English for kids and their parents’. One example is Basic Programming For Kids - Have Fun & Learn With Us. USA.
- Website Builders.com
Computing and internet skills for all levels. From The Basics to Advanced Tutorials and Staying Safe. USA.
- What Is Digital Citizenship ?
- Guide for Parents
‘Not only do we need to keep our kids safe from physical dangers and harm, but we also need to instruct them on how to be good people offline and online. Let this digital citizenship guide be another resource in your parenting tool belt to help raise happy, healthy children into adults’. USA.