Monday, 16 June 2014

New Australian Curriculum Website - Beta version

Australian Curriculum - New Design - Beta release

 ACARA currently has a beta version released of the new design of the website housing the Australian Curriculum. The link to access this new website is below:

It is available for you to view and to provide feedback. It will be available for viewing until late June. You can email feedback on the design and functionality of the site to

Some of the features of particular usefulness are as follows:

  1. When hovering over the F-10 Curriculum button at top, you can click on "Print the Curriculum". This now gives you the option to download the information of interest in either PDF or Word. I know this will be of interest to teachers who prefer working with Word documents.
  2. Hover again over F-10 Curriculum and you can view content in year level bands. Once you select a band, a new page opens and you can select/deselect further areas of interest. You will see at the top of the page you can select to view by "Year Level" or "Subject".
  3. When clicking "Subject" in the option above it allows you to see three subjects across the page. Very useful for making cross curriculum links for planning. You can select the subjects on the left hand side that you wish to view. For instance you might view Maths, Science and Digital Technologies and identify the content that links. This will be of particular interest for those teachers wishing to identify better ways to manage the content into teachable sequences.
  4. You will notice when hovering over F-10 Curriculum that they have now clustered History and Geography under the Learning Area of Humanities and Social Sciences. Civics and Citizenship and Economics and Business will join HASS after final endorsement. 
  5. Along the top of the page is a new hover option called "Student Diversity". This section houses information on accessing AC for students with a disability, EAL/D students, AND Gifted and Talented Students. This section is definitely worth trawling through for information! There is also a section on personalising learning with illustrations of practice! The videos are of use to ALL teachers!
  6. When you view the Australian Curriculum: English Year Level Descriptions, you will recall from the original site that there was a paragraph hyperlinked in blue that took you to "Advice on the Selection of Literary Texts"  The paragraph is still there in the Beta version and hyperlinked but it is in black. The paragraph states, "The range of literary texts for Foundation to Year 10 comprises Australian literature, including the oral narrative traditions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, as well as the contemporary literature of these two cultural groups, and classic and contemporary world literature, including texts from and about Asia." If you click on those words, the advice page will pop up.

Please note as it is a beta site it may experience some occasional performance or browser related issues.

We would love to hear what else you have found on the Beta version! Don't forget to provide feedback to ACARA!

Kind regards

Carlene Thorpe

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