Scootle is a service delivered by Education Services Australia on behalf of the Australian Government and the Australian states and territories. It offers teachers access to many thousands of items of digital curriculum content: classroom resources and teacher reference materials. Classroom resources include film, images and interactive resources, and collections of these resources created around popular topics. There are also specially designed tools available such as the data and spatial visualisation tools that have embedded datasets and maps that students can manipulate and instantly view the results. Teacher reference materials include units of work, teacher ideas, lesson plans and education packs based on particular resources for teachers, as well as professional learning resources. Teachers use these without alteration or as inspiration, adapting the resources to fit their own purpose. There are also tools specifically designed for teachers. Scootle has now become available to all Australian teachers.
The NMC Horizon Report: 2012 K–12 Edition examines emerging technologies for their potential impact on and use in teaching, learning and creative inquiry within the environment of pre-college education. This article adapted from sections of the report. The report highlights six emerging technologies or practices that are likely to enter mainstream use within the next five years. Key trends and challenges that will affect current practice over the same period frame these discussions. The report identifies mobile devices and apps and tablet computing as technologies expected to enter mainstream use in the first horizon of one year or less. Game-based learning and personal learning environments are seen in the second horizon of two to three years, and augmented reality and natural user interfaces emerged in the third horizon of four to five years. The research and analysis contained in the report will help inform K–12 educators' technology strategies over the next five years.