WHO DO I CONTACT WHEN?
Unsure about class work? Email your teacher directly.
Feeling worried/anxious? Let your Homeroom Teacher or the Year Adviser know so that they can support you. Visit the Wellbeing section of this website for more places to get help.
To help your child with their studies or for extra learning you can visit the following websites:
- ABC educational resources. There are short videos, articles and games which relate to various topics students are learning about
- Most will have seen BTN before. It pitches news stories to the younger age group
- Audible offers free audible stories for students to listen to.
We know that co-curricular activities are good for improving the overall learning experience and we want that to continue while we are learning online. We have created a canvas page that has general activities for everyone to participate in as well as some specific pages for the co-curricular groups we have been able to adapt online. If you would like to join one of these groups, please email Mr Luke Adams who will be able to put you in contact with the teacher running the group.
Check out this video on the Co-curricular page.
Useful sites for students
Why not use some time to learn about things that interest you? There are lots of amazing websites you can use to learn a new skill or immerse yourself in a subject you would like to explore more.
Khan Academy. A great way to improve your learning in a subject area or to learn something new
Future Learning. This site offers courses for High School students and adults. If you really want to stretch yourself, there are lots of different options here
Atomi. The ultimate resource for students and teachers
Visit museums, zoos, National Parks, even Mars without leaving home. Google Arts and Culture partnered with over 2,500 museums and galleries around the world to offer virtual tours of their spaces. Some of the options include New York’s Museum of Modern Art and Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum
Instilling a love of art and literature among Australian children, this site is a collection of stories, poems and artworks made by children. You can also contribute your own to the collection
Tests your geography skills. Using images from Google’s Street View, it puts players down in the middle of the street and asks them to figure out where they are
Budding marine Biologists can take a deep dive into ocean life at the Smithsonian Ocean
Little Big Idea. An invention competition for Australian children
Big History Project offers online history classes are available for all ages from pre-teen through to adults
Learn to code at Code Academy
Scratch teaches students all about coding
Learn a Language through Duolingo
Learn a Language through Babbel
Text-to-speech is a type of assistive technology which converts text in to digital voice output. Test to speech is a great benefit to children struggling with literacy. This can also help children compose and edit, and concentrate.
Text to speech technology is available as apps for Apple and Android devices, extensions for Internet browsers or software downloads for Windows and Mac.
Here are a few helpful text-to-speech software and applications that are great assistive technology tools to use in support of reading.
Voice Dream Reader is a text-speech assistive application for both Apple and Android devices that converts PDF’s, web pages, Microsoft Word and other document formats into spoken work, while also offering additional features such as bookmarking, note-taking and a built-in dictionary.
The bundle of four apps include a text to speech reader, download textbooks, or any pdf or other book types, and converts the text to speech. The scanner app can take a photo of a worksheet convert it to an OCR (a readable document) and then read that document. The other app is a writer. It uses predictive text and proof reads it back. The last app is extra voices that can be downloaded should the others not be suitable. The bundle is available for $38.99
Natural Reader is self-proclaimed as the most powerful text-to-speech reader, can turn PDF’s, web pages, e-books and even printed material into spoken word. Available for both Mac and PC, this software can convert and save any text-filled document into an audio file. Audio features such as speed and voice are adjustable, and once an audio file is saved it can be transferred to other devices such as a mobile phone so the user has the file wherever they go. Natural Reader online allows you to drag, drop or copy and paste text in to a box and it will read it to you for free.
ReadAloud is a very powerful text-speech app which can read aloud web pages, news, documents, e-books or your own custom contents. ReadAloud can help with your busy life by reading aloud your articles while you continue with your other tasks. This app can be of great help to students with their reading assignments and also improve their reading speed. For visually impaired people this app can be of great assistance and is free to download.
Read and Write is available in Google Chrome browsers as an extension. This application has both text-to-speech and “Speak as I Type” abilities. It features an alternative keyboard and helps users with common tasks such as emailing, typing and reading.
Time Timer is an iPhone app free during the COVID-19 crisis to help create structure for everyone during this time of uncertainty. Enjoy stress free time management with the Time Timer. Take advantage of the ability to customise, save and re-use timers with names, colours, scale options, timer scale options and more.
Open Dyslexic Font for Chrome is an open sourced font created to increase readability for readers with dyslexia. This extension overrides all fonts on the pages with the Open Dyslexic font, and formats pages to be more readable.
Open Dyslexic Font for Windows is a new open source downloadable font created to increase readability for readers with dyslexia. The typeface includes regular, bold, italic and bold-italic styles.