Technology & Design Resources
With the range of Technology & Design areas, some sites are not topic specific but act as portals providing resources, associations, discussion forums, blogs, journals, magazines, … .
This page provides technology support, food technology resources, software, technology skills, tutorials and more. Check individual Technology & Design pages for additional resources. Unless otherwise stated they are free.
Remember many 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].
- Intad - Resources
Compiled by the Industrial Technology & Design Teachers’ Association of Queensland. Alphabetical grouping of annotated links to resources.
- InTEACT - Teaching and Learning Resources
‘InTEACT members from across the ACT have developed a range of resources for teaching the Australian Curriculum : Digital Technologies, and they are now available for teachers everywhere to use in their teaching programs. We have grouped the activities below according to the corresponding band in the Digital Technologies curriculum - follow the links for more details of each one’.
- 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.
- Resources [DATTAVic]
Listings of both free and Members Only resources.
- Victorian Information Technology Teachers Association Inc.
Has a Resources section for those involved in this area.
You need to be able to log in to access these.
Education Departments, Boards, …
- Design and Technology
‘VEA’s secondary design and technology videos will inspire projects that echo practical real-life situations. Search our curriculum aligned videos with free time-saving teaching resources’.
Design, Creativity and Technology Domain
Victoria, DEECD. “Learning and teaching support” provides links to resources in this area.
- Digital Technologies Hub
‘Unpack the Digital Technologies Curriculum one step at a time. Find great lesson ideas linked to the curriculum, explore strategies and advice from Australian primary and secondary schools and more’. Education Services Australia.
- Food Technology
‘Help your students develop important life skills in food preparation and healthy eating. Explore our huge range of curriculum aligned secondary videos with free time-saving teaching resources’.
Technologies - Where to start
Victorian Department of Education and Training. Annotated links to resources and professional development information from multiple sources.
Materials Design and Technology
School Curriculum and Standards Authority WA. Click on “Assessment and Other Support Materials”. for multiple resource lists [PDF and Word].
- P-10 Technologies Australian Curriculum and resources
[Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority]
‘In the Australian Curriculum, Technologies learning area comprises two subjects : Digital Technologies and Design and Technologies. The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority has developed advice, guidelines and resources incorporating the Australian Curriculum’.
- Product Design and Technology Index
As well as information on curriculum and assessment it includes links to support material.
- Technology [VEA]
‘VEA’s primary technology videos give students an insight into the amazing technology that surrounds us every day. Search our curriculum aligned videos with free teaching resources’.
- Visual Communication and Design
‘A range of links that cover a variety of areas related to Visual Communication design’. VCAA.
- ABC Splash-STEM
400+ resources. Filter by topic or year. Includes Coding, Robotics, Design Solutions, Construction, more.
- Agriculture - Free Online Resources for Secondary Schools
UQ Library Guides. Annotated links to a range of these.
- Computer Training Lesson Plans For Tired Teachers
Fee-based and free lesson plans, software, webquests, video lesson plans.
- 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’.
- Design and Technologies Curriculum
Another great site by Joanne Villis. While still being developed, there is a wealth of information and activities already included.
Design Technologies Curriculum
- Demystifying Digital Technologies
‘A compulsory subject all Australian teachers will need to be familiar with. This video has been created to provide an introduction’.
- Digital Technologies
TASITE. Use the menu at the top, especially the Sample Courses and About the Curriculum sections and also the menu on the right.
- Digital Technologies : An Introduction
‘Members of the Digital Technologies Advisory Group discuss the features of the curriculum’. ACARA.
- Digital Technologies Resources
Australian Council for Computers in Education. ‘A list of Digital Technologies resources developed from the states/territories with assisted funding from the Australian Council for Computers in Education’.
- Education [Architecture Insights]
Multiple topics. Covers all three education levels.
- 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. There are downloadable tests for those without Internet/Computer access’.
- Intel Innovation Toolbox
‘A hub of ideas, information, resources and success stories. Provides a range of resources that will help you to introduce coding, designing technologies and making in the classroom’.
- Microsoft Partners in Learning [Australia]
- 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.
- Online Resources [PCA]
‘Primary Teachers, Secondary Teachers, and Printed Teacher Resources’.
- Resources [Australian Institute of Architects]
Education resources includes links for sustainability, resource kit, and links to other sites for resources.
A very simple page with a mass of usable material through projects on specific topics.
Resource listings for multiple areas in the Technology domain.
- Scootle - Digital Technologies
‘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.
‘STEM education that’s out of this world. StarLAB is a complete STEM teaching solution for Australian Year 9 and 10 students. The StarLAB package includes all the hardware, software and online resources you need to engage students with robotics, coding and computer programming’. Packages available may at first seem expensive but are not beyond a school’s capacity.
- Teacher Generated Resources
Designability.‘All about teachers sharing their ideas to help other teachers’.
Teaching them to Code From Year 7
Part of a blog. Recommendations for resources and sites.
- 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’.
- TES Australia
‘Technologies, Year 7-10; Teaching technologies becomes easy with our helpful bank of free lesson plans and teaching resources’.
- Top 50 EdTech
Products For Educators
‘We want to offer up a list of edtech products we’ve been hearing a lot about. As always, feel free to add your favourites in the comments section’.
While there are fee-based options, their “Free Tutorials” are extensive and cover a wide range of topics.
- 100 Great Videos to
Learn About Food Science
‘All about the various sciences of food, including food production, biology, molecular gastronomy, kitchen chemistry, food experiments and food physics’.
- Adobe Education
‘Case studies, explore resources, find pricing, learn how Adobe software can help faculty, teachers, and staff deliver engaging instructional experiences’. USA.
- BBC Bitesize - Design and Technology
Select from 4 levels and 9 major areas. UK.
‘Easily create beautiful designs and documents. It has everything you need for amazing design’.
‘Learn to code interactively, for free’.
- Computer Basics
GCFLearnFree. Check the “All Topics” listing for all the tutorials. USA.
- Design and Technology Resources
‘13,000+ free design and technology resources: design and technology lesson plans, worksheets, revision, teaching ideas, more’. Select “Design, Engineering and Technology” from the main menu. TES, UK.
‘Free blogs for teachers, researchers, librarians, other education professionals’. USA.
- Educational Technology and Mobile Learning
Check the ‘All Categories’ section. Also resources, posters, teacher guides, books for teachers, teacher tools, downloads, more. Canada.
- Excel Blog for the Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced User
‘Our blog is all about depth. That means each topic get thoroughly explained, in an easy-to-understand manner. All of our content is free and up to date. So even though you're not an “Excel-nerd”, you’ll learn to do some pretty amazing things’. Denmark.
- Excel Easy
‘Want to learn much more about Excel ? You can find related examples and features [300 Examples] on the right side of each chapter. We keep it easy’.
- How The Internet Works [Animated Guide]
‘what exactly happens when you connect to the internet ? We’ve created this handy animated infographic so that you can understand what is going on behind the scenes when you click a link online or perform a Google search’.
- How to Create a Blog
‘Beginner friendly guide to setting up a blog and more : step-by-step’.
- How To Make A Website [A Simple Guide For 2016]
‘There’s only 3 steps to building your own website ! So let’s get started ! A really simple guide on how you can build your own website in just 60 minutes’.
- How to Make a Website - A Step-by-Step Guide for Beginners
‘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.
- How to Start a Blog : Step-By-Step Guide with Pictures
‘If you’ve ever wondered how to start a blog, you’re in luck because that’s exactly what I’m going to show you today’.
- How To Use Excel
‘Whether you want to create charts, analyse trends in data points, clean data, automate a task, or run a complex system of equations, Excel can help you quickly get it done. Whether you’re a beginner, power user, or somewhere in between, this Excel resource can be used again and again to brush up’.
- 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 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.
- IET Faraday
Filter resources using the multiple options at the top of the page. Includes Design and Technology and Engineering as well as Science and Mathematics. UK.
- Kid’s Guide to How the Internet Works
‘The internet is a cool place to learn new things, play games and connect with friends and family. Let’s take a look at how the internet works and why it’s important’. Simple descriptors, fun activities, puzzles in a book which can be printed for use by individual students. USA.
- Knowledge Base - 3D Printing
‘Quality articles for engineers and designers to learn about 3D printing. Written by 3D printing experts’. 6 sections from Basic Principles to Applications for 3D Printing.
- Learn Excel by Yourself
‘If you already know how to use Excel but you are looking for specific Excel tips, these are some of the blogs that give you the best insight into what you need’.
- Learn the Net
Computing and internet skills for all levels. The Internet, search engines, strategies, more. Some in HTML, others in Power Point. USA.
‘Free coding courses for kids ’. Includes Code School where you ‘Learn to Code by Doing’. USA.
- PDF to Excel Converter
Apple, App. Free. ‘Easily and quickly convert PDFs from anywhere on your device, Google Drive, Dropbox, Gmail, Box and OneDrive, into editable Microsoft Excel documents’.
- New !
Periodic Table of Tech
‘A new interactive periodic table highlighting the use of every element in technology’. Information about each relevant element plus links to further information.
- Power Spreadsheets
There are many sites providing basics on Excel usage. This site takes you beyond the basic. It helps you with more complex usage via tutorials, cheat sheets and more.
- Principles of Design, Part 1
‘Know the principles of Design and how they are used before you attempt any graphic design’. You can access Part 2 here.
‘Create stories, games, and animations. Share with others around the world. a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab. It is provided free of charge’. USA.
- Tech Learning
‘A resource for education technology leaders’. News, educators outlook. Resources has App of the Day, White Papers, Site of the Day; Videos, Webinars, more. USA.
- The 101 Best Resources for Electrical
‘From the top electrical engineering blogs to tutorials and continuing professional education providers’. Scroll down for specific educational resources.
- The European Food Information Council
‘Your guide to food safety & quality, health & nutrition for a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle’. Belgium.
- The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Web Hosting
‘You’re unsure how to proceed. It’s almost like you need a guide to web hosting for beginners or something. You’ve come to the right place’.
- The Ultimate Guide to Web Hosting
10 chapters covering all areas of information about web hosting. Text and visuals, clear explanations. Link to further resources. USA.
- Trump Excel
Includes Basic Excel, Advanced Excel, Resources including videos and tutorials, templates and more.
- Video of the Month
Kathy Schrock’s Guide to Everything. ‘Each month I post a video I find informative, thought-provoking, or just plain fun !’ Most are related to the technology area.
- Web Hosting Services Explained
A multi-part presentation that is quite extensive and while there is some emphasis on a business it still covers everything you need to know. There is also a PDF version available from the site.
‘A graphic design lifestyle blog that strives to be on the cutting edge of design trends, tips, tutorials, inspirations, resources and much more’. Philippines.