LEARNING LANDS is an innovative Project Based Learning tool of integrated educational components for Years K-10
Incorporating interactive fun learning resources, complete sets of Lesson Plans (addressing Australian Curricula outcomes), and ongoing teaching tools, including Teach Together an educational community platform for full subscribers, the Learning Lands will engage your students and enhance their learning journeys.
Joko's World is a suite of digital learning tools which incorporate music, history, geography and culture. At the centre of the suite is a blue nightingale called Joko. Joko travels to different countries to show students musical instruments and cultural events. Part of the suite is dedicated to learning musical instruments, part involves geography tasks, while another part involves stories in which Joko is involved in adventures as he/she travels around the world.
Sound Infusion is a mind blowing archive of royalty-free sound clips from an array of the world’s most culturally precious instruments and diverse musical traditions. With about 50 lesson plans and cultural information resources, also included is a mammoth library of more than 5000 sound samples from an astounding 75 different countries, including over 125 different instruments. With this internationally recognised tool, you can mix and play with sounds with an unlimited number of tracks, export and share, speed up and experience full creative control with how you want to craft your culturally diverse tunes.
Designed directly by our prominent advising Noongyar Elder and configured by industry leading in-house educators, Indigenous Infusion provides a step-by-step approach to educating students about the depth of Australia’s original culture. Encapsulated in this program of extensive resources are: comprehensive sets of Lesson Plans for years K-10 (one lesson per week, per term) covering the depth and breadth of Australian Aboriginal culture, highly interactive educational activities and tasks as well as ongoing support and resources such as ample teacher’s resource notes in PDF files.
Lake Mungo is home to the oldest human remains in Australia, and the oldest ritual burials in the world. Through the disciplines of science, geology and archaeology students are provided with a 'window to Australia's past.' This curriculum package supports teachers to take students on a powerful journey into the heart of Ancient Australia and the earliest lifestyles of Indigenous Peoples. Rarely do students have access to a scientist’s research. This resource is based on the work of Prof Jim Bowler who, together with Mungo Lady and Mungo Man redefined Australian history.
The Australian Curriculum with ‘Intercultural Understanding’ being specified as a General Capability, reflects the growing diversity within schools and the need for more cultural sensitivity in curriculum. This 16-week program was created to enable students to deepen self-awareness, cultural empathy and develop skills to become leaders in their community. It is based on UNESCO’s Four Pillars of Learning, along with eight key qualities, Self-Awareness, Independent thought, Belonging, Inspiration, Vision, Initiation, Leadership, and Reflection. ICAP is transformative learning for both Primary and Secondary and facilitates your students to become Cultural Ambassadors.
Ancestry Atlas is a data visualisation tool and a unique tool for measuring cultural diversity within groups of any size. It has an hierarchical structure, so in a school of multiple classes, you can measure diversity within different classes and the whole school at the same time and you will be able to compare diversity within your classes, during the time. Ancestry Atlas contains multiple lesson plans for teachers of every level as well.
Humanities and social sciences (HASS)
Year 4 to Year 8
Learning Lands is a team of teachers, designers, illustrators and writers. We have been working with Australian schools since 2009, providing programs that help students and teachers promote harmony through diversity.
Sound Infusion is an online platform that enables students to create original music compositions using digital samples of instruments from around the world. It encourages inquiry based learning that recognises the importance of nurturing student initiative. The inherent intersectionality of music with the Humanities and Social Sciences as well as with the General Capabilities of Intercultural Understanding, Critical and Creative Thinking and ICT Capability allows students to explore a range of curriculum priorities which can be folded into integrated learning activities.
The platform offers an environment for relatively open ended creative learning that allows students to combine music based activities with study in areas of HAAS. The combination of music and HAAS allows students to reflect their knowledge of history, geography and social sciences in a creative project.
The lesson plans that accompany Sound Infusion reflect the idea that music is at the centre of social experience and intersects with others aspect of human experience or knowledge. For example, by focusing on the music of certain countries, students can expand their knowledge of those counties by exploring complementary information about.
By Using Sound Infusion, students will:
Create original compositions that can be exported and played on other devices
Gain opportunities to learn about a variety of instruments that are not commonly heard
Learn about the types of materials used to make musical instruments.
Learn about the cultural and geographical origins of instruments.
Learn about the different families of instruments
Explore the relationship between music and culture
Expand their conceptual understanding of music
Gain opportunities to connect newly acquired information with existing knowledge in order to create new conceptual understandings.
Sound Infusion is a digital platform created by the IT developers at Cultural Infusion. The tool enables students to create compositions using the sounds of musical instruments from around the world. Sound Infusion is embedded with an archive of many thousands of sounds which give the user a variety of timbres and styles from which to choose. These assets are continually under review and the archive is continually expanding.
Sound Infusion addresses the General Capabilities of the National Curriculum:
Literacy is addressed in the Cultural Information Sheets which provide important cultural and historical information
Numeracy is addressed through the compositional processes which involves understanding musical time numerically.
ICT Capability is addressed through the students interaction with the SI platform and the digital devices required to uses it and conduct follow up research
Critical and Creative Thinking is addressed in the compositional activities involved
Personal and Social Capability is addressed in the development of an awareness and empathy for different perspectives
Intercultural Understanding is addressed in the compositional tasks which allow students to explore music outside of what they normally encounter
Sound Infusion links to the National Curriculum and can be used to address a number of inquiry question there in. For example:
HAAS Yr 1: What events, activities and places do I care about? Why?
HAAS Yr 3: What events do different people and groups celebrate and commemorate and what does this tell us about our communities?
HAAS Yr 5: How have individuals and groups in the past and present contributed to the development of Australia?
HAAS Yr 6: How has Australia developed as a society with global connections, and what is my role as a global citizen?
HAAS Yr 7: How is the ancient world investigated and why are investigations of ancient key people, events, ideas and developments significant in the modern world?