KitThis Thing is about creating an online resource to enhance the learning of your students.

We take the online resource (created in Thing11), then add digital resources such as website links (Thing9) and videos/ images (Thing10) on your theme, topic or interest area. But first, we think about pedagogy and purpose

Effective pedagogy

When you create and use digital resources, you need to consider your learning purpose and apply the NZ Curriculum principles of effective pedagogy.

Over the next few Things we’ll talk about digital tools and pedagogy to support students to learn, organise their thinking, communicate and collaborate, online.


A well planned digital resource can support students’ learning with links to videos, websites, quizzes and games. It can also open up communication and collaboration between the teacher, students and parents.

What is your learning purpose? Is it…

  • an online lesson ( we’ll talk about this next in Thing13 Flipped and Blended Learning)
  • a resource bank to support students’ learning
  • to teach a concept
  • resources to support the inquiry process
  • a place for students to go to reinforce their learning

Consider and decide

  • How will you communicate the purpose to students? Will you use Learning Intentions and success criteria (as part of Assessment for Learning)?
  • What are the best resources to meet your purpose? A combination of videos, images and online games? A page of links to suitable resources?
  • How can you differentiate the resource to support students with different needs and interests?
  • How can you promote collaboration and interaction?
  • How can you make it engaging and interesting to students?
  • How can you make it look appealing? Choose fonts and colours carefully as some are easier to read than others.
  • How will you assess the students learning? will you link to National Standards, NZ Curriculum or NCEA objectives?

Looking at other teacher’s websites is a great way to gather ideas.

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For this Thing, use the online platform created for Thing11, then add the digital resources from Thing9 and Thing10.

Create a learning page on your theme, topic or interest area which includes:

  • The learning intention (Clarity about Learning may help) or purpose of the page
  • Links to some (3-5) relevant websites (that you found in Thing9)
  • An image or two ( that you found in Thing10)
  • Embed or link to a video (that you found in Thing10)

Once you have created your learning page, make a blog entry about your newly created online learning resource, including a link to your resource.

You may also wish to use the resources in the Explore Further section of Thing 11 and below to help you add more digital resources.

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Teacher’s Guide to the Use of Google Sites in the Classroom has some practical strategies for using GAFE.  Many of these concepts also apply to the other platforms shared in this Thing.

Tips for ways to use Blendspace shares videos and ideas for the classroom.

See using Pinterest in the classroom from the BBC or check out Teacher’s Guide to Pinterest for more tips and strategies for use.

Jacqui Sharp (NZ educator) shares ideas about where to start with wikis and blogs and outlines the essentials for an effective wiki.

Six must dos for creating online lesson resources from Cogapp shares lessons learnt by teachers. 

Designing a website for your class recommends key parts to include in a class website.

Create an impressive class website in under an hour  by Genia Connell explains the value of class websites and how to set them up, using Weebly, in less than 60 minutes. Many of these ideas can be transferred to other platforms.

Technology in Education – Box of Tricks has an A-Z of tried and tested online resources for education.

Rebeccah Haines discusses how to keep parents in the loop with a class website.

5 tips for creating an interactive classroom gives some tips for how to get students  to use the right tools and opportunities to process their thinking, ask questions, brainstorm ideas, and present their work are all part of the learning process.

Powerful Questions by Pam Hook outlines 5 powerful questions that you can utilise when designing your webpage to get students thinking about the content.  How to use essential questions in the classroom look at some approaches for implementing the essential question of any inquiry- or project-based lesson into lessons.

JD Lasica has a good summary of her 7 top tools for content curation.

Marcela De Vivo also shares 5 tools to curate content like a pro.

You may also be interested in looking at Learnist, which is similar to Pinterest, but tends towards education-oriented content.


Parts of this series were adapted from from 23 Research / CC By-NC-SA 3.0

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23 Teaching Things has been written by Lucie Lindsay and Bronwyn Edmunds at the University of Auckland’s Faculty of Education and Social Work

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