Educators

Access our free resources to support your teaching and provide stimulating, authentic material to inspire students.

Exhibition resources

Resources focus on digital materials related to our current and past exhibitions. These educational resources include activities, references, suggestions for extension and direct links to digital materials in State Library collections.

Big Voices

Children's art matters

Discover the Children’s Picture Diaries and a unique approach to collecting and interpreting children's stories and artwork. Designed by Dr Barbara Piscitelli AM, the methodology encourages the development of critical and creative thinking, literacy and intercultural understandings.

Grade Levels: Early years

Subject Areas: Visual Art

Spoken

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages

A thought-provoking virtual exhibition about the survival and revival of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages and culture, Spoken places rare historical records alongside the inspiring work of contemporary communities.

Grade levels: Primary years

Subject areas: HASS, Visual Art, History, Embedding Indigenous perspectives

Contemporary conversations with Australian South Sea Islanders

Tricked and kidnapped into servitude for the sugarcane farms of tropical Queensland, South Sea Islanders were first brought to Australia more than 150 years ago. Discover their stories of resilience.

Grade levels: Primary years, Middle years, Senior years

Subject areas: English, HASS, History, Geography

People looking at Islands exhibition

Hidden histories from Queensland islands

Islands draws on State Library’s rich collections to explore the stories of six Queensland islands through photographs, drawings, maps, objects and more.

Grade levels: Primary years, Middle years, Senior years

Subject areas covered: HASS, Civics and Citizenship, Visual Art, History, Embedding Indigenous perspectives

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Designing the Queen's Baton

Explore the fascinating story behind the iconic Queen’s Baton for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

Grade levels: Primary years, Middle years, Senior years, Tertiary

Subject areas: HASS, Civics and Citizenship, Visual Art, History, Design, Embedding Indigenous perspectives

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Unsung Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heroes from Queensland’s sporting world are celebrated in an inspiring showcase of images, memorabilia and digital stories.

Grade levels: Primary years, Middle years, Senior years

Subject areas: English, HASS, The Arts, Embedding Indigenous perspectives

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Learn about Yarrabah art and culture with engaging hands-on activities. Companion resources can be used by both educators and young people ages 13+.

Grade levels: Primary years

Subject areas: HASS, Visual Art, History, Embedding Indigenous perspectives

Collection resources

Resources focus on content related to our collections. These educational resources include activities, references, suggestions for extension and direct links to digital materials in State Library collections.

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State Library celebrates, collects, preserves and shares the culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander people and their histories across the State.

Grade levels: All

Subject areas: History, HASS, Embedding Indigenous Perspectives

Looking through a collection item during a white gloves event at State Library

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

Grade levels: All

Subject areas: History, HASS, Embedding Indigenous Perspectives

Artists book

The Artists’ books education kit provides beautifully designed resources to enhance the teaching of Arts curriculum content to students using artists’ books from the Australian Library of Art collection at State Library.

Grade levels: Senior years

Subject areas: Visual Art

James C Sourris Photo by Jeff Camden

Gain insight into the lives and works of contemporary Australian artists such as Vernon Ah Kee, Judith Wright and Fiona Foley. Video interviews and resources support the delivery of the Senior Visual Art syllabus.

Grade Levels: Middle years, Senior years

Subject Areas: Visual Art, Embedding Indigenous perspectives

Virtual excursions

Digital and physical experiences for students and teachers onsite and online.

Close up portrait of a camel musterer in the outback

Remember, see and feel the last 20 years through Twenty – an online exhibition of State Library of Queensland’s contemporary photography collection​s.

Spoken exhibition

Experience Spoken: celebrating Queensland languages with our virtual self-guided tour from home or from the classroom.

Workshops and activities

Hands on STEAM related workshops, toolkits and activities ready to use in the classroom.

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.

People using the digital media lab

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

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Discover a range of workshops 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.

Research skills

Access PDF guides, how-to videos, and other information to help you make the most of our catalogue and resources in the classroom.

People researching materials at JOL

Use One Search, our catalogue to find primary and secondary sources: peer-reviewed journal articles, books, magazines, newspapers, music, maps, ebooks, databases and more.

Client using a public computer

Download our guide to One Search for teachers to find out how you can link tags to assessments, curriculum areas, school or class names or other useful labels.

Woman using laptop at State Library Photo by Jeff Camden

Unsure of how to access databases, become a member or use PressReader? Our detailed video guides will help you with these resources and more.

Girl looking at computer monitor at the Caboolture Library

Support your teaching with high quality online resources like Lynda.com, Kanopy and PressReader which are available for free to State Library members.

Other useful resources

As well as State Library resources numerous other organisations have resources that are useful for parents, teachers and students.

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