Better access to digital resources

Digital resources are now easier to access via our Oliver catalogue Home Page. This solution utilizes Single Sign On for most databases, so there is no requirement to use a login and password to search the databases. Clicking on the database box, takes staff and students directly to the database search page. Where pass through was not available for some databases, logins and passwords have been provided on the home page. The Library catalogue is only accessible after signing into the school intranet.

(Login and passwords have been covered with blue boxes)(This is editor view, so looks cleaner for staff and students with no editing tools)




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Posted by on May 15, 2018 in Uncategorized


360 videos with phone & Google Street View

Instructions with pics

1. Open the Google Street View app .
2. Tap Create +.
3. In the bottom right, tap Camera .
4. Take a series of photos, with the circle matching the yellow dot each time. Elbows in. Look up and down to find dot.
5. At the bottom, tap Done when the tick at the bottom goes green. Make sure to look up and down to get enough images.
6. Your 360 photo is stitched together and saved in the “Private” tab on your phone. The photo is also saved on your phone (unless you turned this setting off).

• Save to Album to your phone or RoundMe app or or
• Can make public or private
• Can blur faces within app but only in the Private tab

Publish 360

• More instructions
• Bit older instructions
Reflector app is good for teaching: shows what is on phone or PC – not free

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Posted by on June 28, 2017 in Uncategorized


Evidence based practise: Mix

Tools like Office Mix are useful for teachers and teacher-librarians as they allow student self-paced learning, quizzes can be included, and it provides analytics about student use. Screenshots are shown below of slides in an example of Mix used for information skills revision. The boxes with a blue box and checkmarks contain quiz questions in the actual Mix. Office Mix enhances Powerpoint, so also has the advantage of being a familiar tool for many people.

Analytics and statistics


More at: and

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Posted by on March 7, 2017 in Uncategorized


Reading, listening, typing

Sites about news, typing and reading levels, that might be of interest.

With rewordify, students can simplify text Kids can paste their text snippets of choice in and read a book that way, simplifying it for themselves. An example is below where I copied in a bit from Romeo and Juliette (though – No Fear Shakespeare – is best for making Shakespeare easy). Also the last site in the dot points has reading skills practice that might be of interest.

 To be, or not to be: that is the question: 
Whether it is higher-quality in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of terrible and shocking fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposite (or fighting against) end them? To die: to sleep;
No more; and by a sleep to say we end
The heart-pain and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is going to eventually get, it is a perfection/completion
Completely to be wished. To die, to sleep ;

Sites with different reading levels

 Also, came across this site with free audiobooks including Holes You can listen at fast or slow speed and it has the text as well.


Also, if wanting typing practice, there are links at my other blog for student self-paced typing. I have used with Year 7 and 8s and it is great and it was free when I used it. Teachers can set up a class and see each student’s  progress and there are tests and games along the way




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Posted by on March 3, 2017 in Uncategorized


SHYWG 2016 Immersive Writing Workshop

The posts from previous years can be found on this blog. Some resources from previous years, including videos, can be found at:

2016 Event Video

2016 Heroes



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Posted by on March 27, 2016 in Uncategorized


Picking Slip in Oliver

Example of a picking slip that can be generated for each student for textbook hire from Softlink Oliver via a customized report.

Pick slip no ID

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Posted by on January 18, 2016 in Oliver, Uncategorized



2015 Quiz and Trivia


Politics and Business


Entertainment and Culture


Technology, Science and Nature

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Posted by on December 23, 2015 in Quiz, Uncategorized