The Le@rning Federation

Moving Australia's heritage into the digital age.

Making the educational enterprise in classrooms interesting and relevant in the growing digital world is a challenge most teachers face every day. Imagine having ready access to Australian moving image and sound clips drawn from collections such as the National Film and Sound Archive, National Archives, ABC, SBS and Australian Children's Television Foundation – right in your classroom.

Teachers, librarians and students in Australia no longer have to depend on limited resources or worry about whether they have permission to use those resources; australianscreen online now provides direct, easy-to-use and free access to moving images and audio clips. For teacher librarians, it is a light at the end of the tunnel that provides them with a rich resource for educational use.

australianscreen online is an innovative website initiative that provides access to and support for a diverse collection of feature films, documentaries, newsreels, short films and animations, as well as radio broadcasts and musical recordings produced in Australia over the past 100 years. The resource has been created by the Australian Film Commission (AFC) in partnership with the Curriculum Corporation, through The Le@rning Federation (TLF).

A clip from The Sentimental Bloke

From the era of the silent movies
The Sentimental Bloke

It has brought to life the fusion of moving image and education like never before. Now teacher librarians can access and download educational material free of cost from this vast collection of Australian moving images and audio materials. Of particular relevance to educators, there is an Education Collection designed to provide access to resources selected specifically for educational use across curriculum areas. All clips in the Education Collection are enhanced by Teacher's Notes, produced by TLF, that describe in accurate, well-researched detail the educational value to be drawn from the clip.

The website has a particular cross-curriculum edge that will assist educators to deliver quality multimodal learning. The Teacher's Notes identify how resources might be useful for teaching and learning purposes across the curriculum. Thus a clip from the feature film Gallipoli might be used to discuss film-making techniques, the making of the ANZAC legend and the role sport plays in Australian culture. Creativity in classrooms is the key, and teachers will implement different ways of using a clip to support achievements within a host of educational outcomes.

The Education Collection categorises clips with Teacher's Notes under the following categories:

  • Environment
  • Film and Media
  • History
  • Identity and Culture
  • Indigenous Australia
  • Science and Technology
  • Society
  • Sports and Health
  • The Arts
  • Values and Citizenship
  • War.
Cate Blanchett in the award-winning feature film – Little Fish

Cate Blanchett in the award-winning feature film Little Fish.(photo by Matt Nettheim)

Resources provided by australianscreen join learning objects, digital resources and, soon, assessment items in TLF's constantly expanding collection of online curriculum content to support teaching and learning in Australian and New Zealand schools. It is estimated that in the first three years of the project over a thousand titles will be posted on the australianscreen website.

Teacher librarians can greatly assist schools' uptake of this vast set of educational resources by promoting them and making suggestions about how they can be put to best use, given the specific goals teachers are working to achieve. The site provides a Guide for Teachers designed to support the integration of the resources australianscreen offers as an effective teaching tool. Encourage both your teachers and students to venture into australianscreen and explore what the site has to offer and to think about ways they can start to integrate these fantastic resources into their daily curriculum.

Visit to discover Australia's audiovisual heritage.

Rohini Mehta
Communications Officer
The Le@rning Federation