The first colloquium provided rich insights into the work of Annabel Astbury and the ABC Splash website. They took up the challenge to provide high quality resources to the education community, linking reliable Australian content through Scootle and the Australian Curriculum. The site reflects the changing educational resources landscape and resources are pitched at a level readily accessible to primary and secondary students. The take-up is most popular during the school week, and as the site’s analytical data illustrates, the videos games and competitions are motivating, and usage is increasing. Annabel admits there are challenges in providing quality resources for a relatively small market, if we are to be compared to PBL in the USA or BBC in the UK.
I found Annabel’s thoughts on the relinquishing of control by educators very timely. Students are engaging with the games and competitions, despite the general lack of prizes or extrinsic rewards. Perhaps this is a reflection of the flattening of hierarchy in schools, the encouraging of students to explore resources without constant direction. That would be my optimistic view. It is certainly a terrific example of the art of the possible – drawing together of excellent curriculum-linked resources that are engaging and easy to access.