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community as they communicate and brain-
storm in creative and imaginative ways.
ICT infrastructure is booming, but Aus-
tralian resources are scarce. As a content
provider, Literature Live! stands alongside
organisations such as the NASA Space
Centre in Houston, QUESTACON, the
Australian Museum, Reef HQ Aquariu m,
Fizzics Education and Kigluait Educational
There are more online educational
resources for professional learning than you
can poke a stick at; the difficulty for teach-
ers is navigating these materials to select the
most suitable to enrich their ow n pedagogi-
cal repertoire. In their extensive literature
study on the professional learning environ-
ment conducted for the NZ Department of
Education, Timperley and co. stress that, in
order for a professional learning community
to be effective, 'expertise external to the
group brought new perspective and assisted
in challenging prevailing dialogical norms.'
Teachers can have confidence that
resou rces provided by the industry experts
of Literature Live! through a partnership
model will contribute to specific literacy
and literature knowledge and skills that link
to many subject areas in ways that can be
integrated into their classrooms to support
When Pru Mitchell, Nancye Stanelis
and John Travers mapped ICT-related pro-
fessional learning for the Commonwealth
Department of Education, Employment and
Workplace Relations, one criterion for qual-
ity ICT programs they identified was the
development of professional learning teams
to enable teachers to 'cooperate, explore,
review and critique instruction' to improve
student outcomes. They pointed out that in
future these teams need to be 'virtual, flexi-
ble, cross-curriculum or cross-institutional.'
Literatu re Live!, with its specialised content
knowledge, can be a valuable member in
your professional learning team.
Best-selling children's author Jeni Mawter
ha s a master's degree in Children's
Literature and ha s taught Creative Writing
at Macquarie University and Writing
for Children for m aste r's students at the
Unive rsity of Sydney. She has published
picture books, junior fiction, young adult
fiction, poetry, verse narrative, writing for
performance, non-fiction, revie ws and jour-
n al articles. She has extensive experie nce in
working with teachers and students as a pre-
sente r for the Lateral Learning, Speake r's
Ink and Show & Tell speaker's agencies.
Curriculum Materials Infor mation Servic es.
Videoconferencing in your Classroom.
(2010). Available at ww w.det.wa .gov.au/
Hunter, J. & Beveridge, S. (2008).
Connected classrooms creating learning
communities using video conferencing
technology and quality teaching. SCAN.
Mitchell, P., Stanelis, N. & Travers, S.
(2010) ICT Professional Learning: Nation al
mapping of ICT-related professional
learning. Melbourne: Education Services
Australia . Available at ww w.dee wr.gov.
Schuck, S., & Kearney, M. (2007).
Exploring pedagogy with interactive
whiteboards: A ca sestudy of six schools.
Available at ww w.ed-dev.uts.edu.au/teach-
Timperley, H. , Wilson , A. , Barrar, H.
& Fung, I. (2007) Teacher Professional
Learning and Development Best Evidence
Synthesis Iteration. Auckland: University
of Auckland. Available at www.edu-
For bookings for Literature Live! visit
For the Connections website, visit www.
For the CAPspace Directory, visit www.
Research found that
students would like to
'talk to writers' more.
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