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Learning objects Through the gate

TLF ID M021174

This resource embeds the use of online collaboration tools and 21st century learning skills to support students across Stage 2 English and creative arts (visual arts). It presents students with a real-world challenge to create a class picture book and organise a launch event for the book. Students work collaboratively to explore landscape artworks and create an artwork that could be the book’s cover. Each student contributes an artwork and accompanying text to the book.

Educational details

Educational value
  • This resource supports student-centered, project-based collaborative learning using Google Apps for Education, Microsoft Office 365 and other online tools. Through the gate supports the teaching and learning of the 21st century skills collaboration, knowledge construction, real-world problem solving and innovation, use of ICT for learning, self-regulation and skilful communication. Students explore Australia's varied landscape. They explore landscape artworks and develop their own class picture book featuring their landscape artworks. They work independently and collaboratively to create their class multimedia picture book, then organise a book launch and art exhibition. Peer feedback and self-reflection are critical components of this learning sequence. This resource embeds teacher professional learning around using ICT, collaborative tools and 21st century skills in the classroom and provides pathways for learning across the curriculum content.
  • Also aligns to the following NSW syllabus outcomes (Creative Arts K–6 Syllabus, 2006): VAS2.1 Represents the qualities of experiences and things that are interesting or beautiful by choosing among aspects of subject matter. VAS2.2 Uses the forms to suggest the qualities of subject matter. VAS2.3 Acknowledges that artists make artworks for different reasons and that various interpretations are possible. VAS2.4 Identifies connections between subject matter in artworks and what they refer to, and appreciates the use of particular techniques.
Year level

2; 3; 4; 5; 6

Learning area
  • The Arts
  • English
  • Arts

Other details

  • Contributor
  • Name: State of NSW\, Department of Education
  • Organization: State of NSW\, Department of Education
  • Description: author
  • Name: State of NSW, Department of Education
  • Organization: State of NSW, Department of Education
  • Description: Data contributor
  • Name: Education Services Australia
  • Organization: Education Services Australia
  • Description: Data manager
  • Address: VIC, AUSTRALIA
  • URL:
  • Publisher
  • Name: State of NSW\, Department of Education
  • Organization: State of NSW\, Department of Education
  • Description: Publisher
  • Resource metadata contributed by
  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
  • URL:
Access profile
  • Generic
Learning Resource Type
  • Interactive
  • Online
  • © State of New South Wales, Department of Education.