New media toolkit

New media makes it possible for anyone to create, modify and share Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander language content with others, using relatively simple tools that are often free or inexpensive. New media requires a computer, tablet or mobile device with Internet access. New media tools can help you:

  • CONNECT people with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander language information and services.
  • COLLABORATE with other people working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages —including those within your organization or community.
  • CREATE new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander language content, communities and channels of communication that help you deliver information and services.

This toolkit aims to provide community members, language workers and others with some useful tips, resources and information to incorporate New Media into community language revival processes and activities.

This initiative, as part of State Library of Queensland's Indigenous Languages Project is supported by funding from the Indigenous Languages Support Program - New Media from the Australian Government's Attorney-General's Department, Ministry for the Arts.


The importance of language projects
Des Crump, Indigenous Languages Coordinator from the State Library of Queensland, talks about the How, What and Where community and language workers can start a language program or project. Troy Wyles-Whelan and Gavin Singleton give examples of how they researched and implemented language into everyday life while Ernie Grant stresses the importance of keeping it real and getting involved in preserving language.

How new media tools can preserve language

New media makes it possible for anyone to create, modify and share Indigenous language content with others...

How to get started

Some useful tools and resources for preserving and understanding Indigenous languages...

Computer software

Software programs in conjunction with quality digital recording equipment can enhance the capacity of language centres, libraries, schools and communities...

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages websites

A selection of websites that relate to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages...

Language apps

Apps are a means of promoting Indigenous languages and making them accessible to a wider audience...

Social media

Many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander language communities are using Social Media as a way to promote and preserve their...

SLQ resources

A selection of useful links on the State Library of Queensland website that relate to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander...

How to use Audacity

How to use Audacity, software for editing and recording...

How to use iMovie

A basic instruction sheet on using iMovie, a video editing software application sold by Apple...

Easy resources for language revival

After Indigenous communities have recorded and collected language material, the next step is to turn those into resources that can...

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