Learning resources

Explore this page to discover free, hands-on materials created across subjects including design, STEM, indigenous perspectives, First World War history and using content from State Library's expansive collections and exhibitions.

You will also find key support services available to educators, including our powerful One Search catalogue, the State Library Wiki, and free subscription services to high-quality streaming Kanopy films, Lynda.com video training and Press Reader publications. To discover resources as soon they become available, follow @slqlearn on Twitter, and subscribe to our quarterly Learning newsletter by subscribing to “Education programs (P-12)”.

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Resources focus on digital materials that can be used before, after or in place of a physical visit. Notes support active learning and often provide printable, ready-to-deliver activities. Companion notes include references, suggestions for extension and direct links to digital materials in State Library collections.

Flying Arts ARTIZ digital program for high school students

Design Minds exists to engage the community and enable access to design thinking resources in education. It is a digital space for sharing resources, articles and toolkits, hosted by the Asia Pacific Design Library. Its methodologies can be used within existing education and learning benchmarks.

People using the digital media lab

Hosted by The Edge, MAKEIT workshop plans offer introductory level 45 minute workshops on topics like film editing, mechanics and soft circuits. Ideal for small groups and ages 14 and over, the MAKEIT workshop plans are yours to download, use, edit, re-work, deliver and share with the community.

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State Library exhibition resources often embed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives as a priority. You may also want to take a look at the Kanopy films with an indigenous focus available to screen in your classrooms as part of your free Library membership. Visiting the indigenous knowledge centre kuril dhagun (onsite or online) will also enable your group to explore history, resources, activities and events.

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State Library of Queensland houses many collections relating to the experience of Queenslanders during the Great War. Discover extensive learning resources to support your study and lesson planning.

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Use our extensive catalogue to find primary and secondary sources: peer-reviewed journal articles, books, magazines, newspapers, music, maps,  ebooks, databases and other items. If you are planning a visit you can request materials to be available when your group arrives.

Pins and tags

Create and share private, pinned lists as well as publicly available banks of tagged resources.  Link tags to specific assessments, curriculum areas, school or class names or other useful labels. One Search also features tags that support the teaching of the prescribed text lists in English, developed in partnership with the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority. Download our guide to One Search for teachers here.

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The wiki is an evolving platform for open source projects, workshops and other materials. Based on content originally created at The Edge, the wiki has been developed to reflect our commitment to sharing intellectual property created using public resources.

STEM and STEAM resources

Discover a range of workshop plans on the wiki, including ready-to-deliver activities covering curriculum areas such as science, technology, engineering and art.  Educators are free to access, develop, modify and share these resources in their classrooms.

Girl looking at computer monitor at the Caboolture Library

With over 30,000 films to explore, there are resources for all curriculum areas on the free streaming film service, Kanopy. Licencing allows educators to project films in class, screen movies for the school community or run student clubs. Gather resources together to support the subjects you’re teaching by creating playlists made up of short clips or whole films. Once lists are created you can play them in class, or share with students who can watch in their own time.

Here's a poetry playlist as an example, inspired by the prescribed text list in high school literature.

Kanopy is available on desktop, mobile and tablet.

Man sitting at computer Photo By Joe Ruckli

Lynda.com is an elearning subscription service that includes over 5,500 courses and 136,000 video tutorials in basic topics like Windows 10, Office 365 and Google Docs, as well as over 400 courses specifically designed for P-12 educators in topics like Moodle, Google Apps, Canvas and "flipping the classroom". Experts create and deliver all courses and provide exercises and work samples.

Using your membership number, create an account through State Library's dedicated portal.

Lynda.com is available on desktop, mobile and tablet.

Women on laptops at the State Library

PressReader brings you access to online newspapers and magazines from Australia and across the globe in more than 30 different languages. These include iconic Australian magazines such as The Australian Women’s Weekly, Australian Geographic and House & Garden, as well as education journals like Times Higher Education and The Australian Education Reporter.

Account access is yours with State Library membership.

PressReader is available on desktop, mobile and tablet.