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If you’ve started to use learnON in your classroom, we hope you’ve seen first-hand how the immersive eBook provides a seamless teaching and learning experience. However, if you’re more overwhelmed with the newness than excited by the possibilities, we completely understand. That’s why it’s important to remember the golden rule:

learnON is just a tool.

Yes, we absolutely believe that it can, and should, be used as your primary teaching resource but we recognise that teachers may want to incorporate other excellent resources as part of their teaching practice. Plus, not everything needs to be completed in learnON so use your judgement to balance offline and online. For example, teachers may choose to have students complete fluency questions in Mathematics, or understanding-type questions in English and Humanities, online since these questions are all auto-marked. Other questions may be best suited to offline, such as questions in the Investigation activities (available in the Resources section) for Science.

It’s up to you as the expert of your classroom.

Still, we want to help you get the most out of this new platform so we asked our publishing team (most of them ex-teachers) for their advice on how to teach with learnON. Here is what they had to say about how to best use the learnON platform to enhance student engagement and outcomes in your teaching area.

In this post, you will find tips for how to teach with learnON in Mathematics and ScienceHumanities (History, Geography, Civics and Citizenship, Economics and Business), English and Health and Physical Education.

Looking to master the basics first? Download the learnON Quick Start Guide.

Mathematics and Science


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Tip #1

Look out for the videos in the reading content, which are now directly embedded so no more opening in a separate browser tab. These are a great option to use as part of your teaching or as revision for the students. If you’re a Mathematics teacher, you’ll appreciate that the updated Maths Quest series also includes new videos for the 50 most difficult concepts across Years 7-10.

learnON Science video

Tip #2

Make sure your students are aware of the worked solutions, now available for every question. This is a brand new feature that can help prevent the creation of misconceptions.

learnON Math worked solutions

Tip #3

Did you know? With learnON, there’s no need for the calculator companion for Years 9 and 10 since many of the worked examples also contain step-by-step instructions for both the TI-Nspire and Casio CAS calculators.

learnON Math calculator instructions

Humanities

(History Geography, Civics and Citizenship, Economics and Business)


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Tip #1

Use the discussion widgets to start interesting in-class discussions about key concepts in Humanities.

learnON Humanities discussion widget

Tip #2

Encourage students to click on the glossary terms which are in blue, underlined font. The definition that pops up provides students with the meaning of the word immediately and in context. In Geography, glossary terms include an image to help students further understand the concept or process.

learnON Humanities glossary terms

Tip #3

The videos in the reading content are now directly embedded so no more opening in a separate browser tab. Use these to introduce or provide an overview of the topic, or start conversations about the topic.

learnON Humanities video

Tip #4

To help reinforce learning, and consolidate understanding of the content, be sure to point out the answers or sample responses to your students, now available for every question. Encourage them to use the sample responses to determine how well they have answered the questions, or how to frame an appropriate response to the question.

learnON Humanities answers and sample responses

Tip #5

Make sure your students are aware that questions open in a separate tab, making it easier for them to move between reading material and questions.

learnON Humanities questions in seperate tabs

Specific tips for Geography Teachers

Tip #1

Give students time to explore the interactive maps, which are now embedded in order to discover spatial patterns and associations by clicking layers on and off.

learnON Geography interactive maps

Tip #2

Demonstrate how students can use the Google Earth links to quickly locate and learn more about selected places discussed in the text that they may be unfamiliar with. What’s more, embedded links to myWorld Atlas mean students can access related case studies and questions in one click.

learnON Geography link to myWorld Atlas

Specific tips for History Teachers

Tip #1

Use Exercise 1: Check your understanding questions to ensure your students have read and understood the content of each sub-topic.

learnON History check your understanding questions

Tip #2

Highlight the embedded links to myWorld History Atlas, which allow students to easily access this additional resource to deepen their understanding of the topic.

learnON History myWorld Atlas link

English


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Tip #1

Watch out for interactive language features—explanatory annotations for text structure and language features help students learn.

learnON English language features

Tip #2

Use the videos in the reading content to introduce or provide an overview of the topic. These are now directly embedded, at the point of learning, so no more opening in a separate browser tab.

learnON English video

Tip #3

Be sure to point out the sample/exemplary responses to your students, now available for every question. This feedback is designed to help students with improving their writing.

learnON English sample and exemplary responses

Health and Physical Education


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Tip #1

Use the Exercise 1: Check & Challenge questions to ensure your students have read and understood the content of each sub-topic.

learnON HPE check and challenge questions

Tip #2

Look out for the videos in the reading content, which are now directly embedded at the point of learning so no more opening in a separate browser tab. These can be used to start conversations about the topic, with some demonstrating movement skills.

learnON HPE video

Tip #3

Encourage students to click on the glossary terms which are in blue, underlined font. The definition that pops up provides students with the meaning of the word immediately and in context.

learnON HPE glossary terms

Tip #4

Leverage the activity boxes—these contain all the practical, hands-on activities and ideas for group work.

learnON HPE activity boxes

Tip #5

Make sure your students are aware that questions open in a separate tab, making it easier for them to move between reading material and questions.

learnON HPE questions in tabs
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