SBS resource website live

Mel Smith
Trade Union Training Officer

SBS has launched a new online education hub, which houses free educational resources while providing a unique platform for teachers, schools and students to share in their classroom creativity.

The free, curriculum-aligned material on the SBS Learn website informs and expands on SBS content and is easily accessible to both students and teachers.

Key SBS Learn projects currently featured on the website include: Go Back To Where You Came From school packs, The Boat interactive graphic novel and First Contact learning resources.

SBS chief content officer Helen Kellie said: “SBS’s purpose is to inspire all Australians to explore, appreciate and celebrate our diverse world... The website closely integrates with social media, giving students the opportunity to discuss, share and actively participate in activities to support their learning.”

To celebrate the launch of SBS Learn, SBS developed the School Selfie photography resource with the Australian Centre for Photography, which is available online to all Australian schools. Schools were invited to apply to be part of the School Selfie project by telling SBS about their school community and what makes it unique. The four diverse, unique and remarkable high school communities that were chosen to take part in an engaging on-site mobile phone photography workshop led by Australian Centre for Photography educators were Bourke High School, Longreach State High School (Queensland), Hunter River High School (Raymond Terrace, NSW) and Murray High School (Albury, NSW).

The exhibition of works produced by students during the School Selfie workshops held at these schools, as well as photographs by acclaimed documentary photographer Marco Bok who visited the schools, was held at the Australian Centre for Photography, 257 Oxford Street, Paddington, NSW.

While these schools had ACP educators running their sessions, the School Selfie resource is an easy-to-follow mobile phone or tablet photography workshop encouraging students to reflect on, and celebrate their school. Students learn how to apply photographic techniques to produce a series of images that visually represent what makes their school unique.

The SBS Learn website will continue to add to expand over coming weeks and months including the English and history schools pack to accompany the Walkley award-winning online documentary Cronulla Riots: The Day That Shocked the Nation.