Technology & Design Resources

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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.

Unless otherwise stated the resources are free.

Remember some sites are not Australian. Check carefully to be sure they conform to Australian requirements before use, e.g. spelling, terminology, guidelines, … .

Australian Sites

Associations, Curriculum

  • DATTA Australia
    “Resources and Research”. Links cover, Research, Education, Technology [including resources], Design [including resources].
  • DATTA [Qld} - Resources
    Annotated links to resources.
  • Digital Learning and Teaching Victoria
    ‘DLTV provides innovative and comprehensive professional support to all educators from pre-service teachers to principals, covering early years to careers’.
  • 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.
    This opens on the Resources page with links grouped under specific area/year headings. Other pages include conferences, curriculum and a wide range of other information.
  • 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’. Now made available through ClickView.
  • Design and Technology [VEA]
    ‘VEA’s primary videos give students an insight into the amazing technology that surrounds us every day. Search our curriculum aligned videos with free teaching resources’. Now made available through ClickView.
  • 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’. Now made available through ClickView.
  • 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 [VCAA]
    As well as information on curriculum and assessment it includes links to support material.
  • VicSTEM
    ‘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’.
  • Visual Communication and Design Index
    ‘A range of links that cover a variety of areas related to Visual Communication design’. VCAA.

Other Sites

    400+ resources. Filter by topic or year. Includes Coding, Robotics, Design Solutions, Construction, more.
  • 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 continually being developed, there is a wealth of information and activities 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’.
  • ´╗┐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’.
  • Inter-tech Education
    A blog by Joanne Villis on all things technological in education. Links to other sites and resources. Well worth visiting.
  • 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.
  • SchoolAgProjects
    A very simple page with a mass of usable material through projects on specific topics.
  • Scootle
    Resource listings for multiple areas in the Technologies 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.
  • 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’.
  • Teacher Resources
    Designability.‘All about teachers sharing their ideas to help other teachers’.
  • Teach Your Kids Code
    8 reasons why every child should learn to code.
  • 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’.
  • 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’.
  • The Ultimate Web Hosting Guide For Beginners
    ‘This guide will look through the basics of web hosting, making this a perfect place to start if you are new to the world of web hosting services’.
  • 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’.
  • Tuts+
    While there are fee-based options, their “Free Tutorials” are extensive and cover a wide range of topics.

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International Sites

  • 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.
  • Canva
    ‘Easily create beautiful designs and documents. It has everything you need for amazing design’.
    From the people who established the Hour of Code program.
  • Codecademy
    ‘Learn to code interactively, for free’.
  • Discovery Education : Coding
    Lessons with planning and resources, Challenges, Free Code, more.
  • 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.
  • DesignEvo
    ‘DesignEvo is a free online logo maker with 3 000+ templates that anyone can use to bring to life a compelling, unique logo in minutes’.
    ‘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’.
  • Excel Practice Tests and Tutorials
    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.
  • 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’.
  • 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 [2017]. 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’ Most are related to the technology area. USA.
  • 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’.
  • Pluralsight
    ‘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’.
  • 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.
  • Scratch
    ‘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.
  • Technology in the Classroom [Education World]
    Expand the resource listing by using the extensive Technology menu shown on the left.
  • The 101 Best Resources for Electrical Engineers
    ‘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 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.
  • 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.
  • Website
    Computing and internet skills for all levels. The Internet, search engines, strategies, more. Some in HTML, others in Power Point. USA.
  • YouTheDesigner
    ‘A graphic design lifestyle blog that strives to be on the cutting edge of design trends, tips, tutorials, inspirations, resources and much more’. Philippines.

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