Scootle: a one stop shop for online curriculum content
Educators are now well aware that we live in a world that is ‘both technologically rich and information-rich’ (MCEETYA, 2005). The education community is still exploring how to apply this wealth of new knowledge most usefully within schools, and individual teachers are also finding their way within a range of programs, policies and research findings.
The Le@rning Federation (TLF) has developed Scootle, a website to allow jurisdictions to give their teachers a quick, approachable way to find and use digital curriculum content in their classrooms, and their school leaders a means to oversee this usage and draw on it for future school-level planning.
Scootle helps educators to provide individualised learning to cater to students’ diverse needs, facilitate collaborative student learning and create additional means for teacher collaboration within a school.
What is Scootle?
Scootle (www.scootle.edu.au) is a ‘one stop shop’ that contains more than 7800 items of digital curriculum content from The Le@rning Federation. It provides easy ways to find, organise and use this material. TLF’s digital curriculum content includes:
This material is indexed using the subject headings of the Schools Online Thesaurus, an agreed Australian and New Zealand vocabulary of curriculum topics and terms for educators. Search results can be viewed on timelines and Google maps, providing new ways for teachers to discover relevant resources, and also to construct challenging learning experiences for students.
Scootle learning paths
Teachers can use Scootle to create personalised learning paths containing digital curriculum materials organised into a learning sequence targeted to individual students, student groups or particular learning purposes. These materials can be easily selected and collected, and can be annotated with teachers’ own comments and descriptions.
Individualised student learning
Students can easily access learning paths using a unique PIN, a feature that enables students to view and use the materials online without the need for logins. A learning path can also be printed for use by students as a worksheet, checklist of activities completed or as an assessment task.
Collaborative learning among students
In the collaborative workspace, students can:
Collaborative professional learning amongst educators
Using Scootle as a school leader
Scootle has sophisticated user management, administration and reporting tools that allow for system management and usage reporting at national, jurisdictional and school levels.
A designated Scootle school manager can use functions allowing them to invite staff and students to register, view all currently registered users in their school, and view or edit details for an individual user.
Scootle also allows school managers to report on how it is being used in their school. Two forms of reports can be generated at school level. Reports on content usage provide a list of items used, and how often they have been accessed by users in the school. School user reports display a list of all registered users in the school and their email addresses. School managers can explore this functionality by logging in to Scootle at www.scootle.edu.au.
Who can access Scootle?
Scootle was designed and developed for pre-service and existing teachers to access and use the national digital resources. It is now available to, and used by, teachers and student teachers in jurisdictions that choose to provide registration. Some jurisdictions provide teachers with direct access to Scootle, while others use local portals. Other organisations can also arrange licensed access through The Le@rning Federation office.
Scootle is currently being used by more than 1000 schools, including:
More than 20,000 teachers are currently registered, and have created more than 21,000 learning paths between them. There have been more than 16 million page views since June 2008.
To find out more about access, visit ‘Who can access Scootle?’ for a list of the jurisdictions currently using Scootle and their relevant contact information.
Contemporary Learning: Learning in an Online World, Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs (Australia and New Zealand)
Subject HeadingsIndividualised instruction
Information and Communications Technology (ICT)