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Cool Australia

Educating for a Sustainable future

Cool Australia is an award winning not-for-profit dedicated to supporting educators with tools to foster ‘learning for life’. We help integrate topics around sustainability, ethics, economics and wellbeing across the curriculum. This enables teachers of all age groups and disciplines to engage young Aussies in real-life learning whilst achieving Australian Curriculum and Early Years Learning Framework outcomes. Our accredited professional development is designed to build your confidence, understanding and expertise. You will learn through a mixture of practical and thinking activities as well as hearing the stories of others. Plus you will access a range of teaching tools that can you can use straight away in your teaching.

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Teach Real-Life Maths
by Nicole Newton on 05/04/2018

The course was interesting and gave me ideas on how to engage students in real-life maths in hands-on activities.

Teach Traditional Land Management
by Jessica Wilson on 05/02/2018

Content was engaging and I took a lot from it. The additional links to resources were also very helpful.
Will definitely be using the gained knowledge to improve my teaching – I now feel a lot more comfortable teaching it all.

Making Geography Cool (Secondary)
by Maryan Shehata on 17/10/2017

This course has provided me with a number of strategies to make the new Geography course interesting. Kirsty has also shared with us some interesting resources, for which I am grateful for. Highly recommend this course to develop understanding of the new Geography Syllabus and effective strategies to make the course more relevant and engaging for students.

Making Geography Cool (Secondary)
by Maria Mertzanakis on 27/08/2017

This course was quite useful in better understanding the term sustainability and its implications for teaching.

Nature Play in Early Childhood
by Melinda Davis on 17/07/2017

This course was informative and enjoyable as well as flexible to cater to busy working people.

Making Geography Cool - Secondary
by Amina Ho on 18/04/2017

The course introduces and emphasises the sustainability concept (one of the 7 geographical concepts central to the teaching of the Geography Australian Curriculum).

Making Geography Cool - Secondary
by Sadie Rainford on 18/04/2017

The resources available will be useful and the activities encouraged me to think about the wide issues of Geography

Getting Others on Board (Primary)
by Megan Flynn on 14/12/2016

The course was engaging and easy to follow. There was a good mixture of videos to watch and text to read. It was manageable. I learnt some new strategies and tools and also was confirmed in some of the ways I’m getting others on board.

Sustainability in the Curriculum (F - 2) / Online
by Cameron Suidgeest on 14/12/2016

Overall, the course was ok. It never really provided masses of information. It alluded to different bits but never went in depth. It provided links to their website to do further exploring particularly with resources but in terms of the elements they were trying to teach (e.g. the Principles of Education for Sustainability), they never really provided good detail. They also set the course up to provide opportunities to make comments but I was the only one commenting (bar one post), and the comments feature didn’t even work on several pages. Considering the price tag on this course I am disappointed.

Getting Others on Board (Secondary)
by Stephanie Ruggiero on 14/12/2016

Great course. Very valuable concepts that can be applied quite broadly. Easy to navigate course content.

Cool Burning (Secondary)
by Kate de Ruyter on 07/12/2016

Easy to follow, I could do it on the go with access to the internet, and could do it at my own pace. The information provided in the course (videos, materials, etc) – were very useful and thought provoking.

Nature Play in Early Childhood
by Millicent Backway on 06/12/2016

As i have already read a lot about the benefits of nature play a lot of this wasn’t news to me however I of course still found it fascinating to have a lot of my personal theories about the link between nature and mental health proven by Dimity Williams. It makes me so happy that there are so many passionate people out there that believe in nature play! I thought it was just something I enjoyed but now i see that it really is absolutely an essential part of my job as an educator to provide these nature experiences for the children I work with.

Nature Play in Early Childhood
by Sophie Skea on 06/12/2016

Loved this course – focused and concise. Everything is backed up with research and some great ideas are shared.

Nature Play in Early Childhood
by Tegan Whitehead on 06/12/2016

An informative course that makes you stop and rethink outdoor and nature play.

Nature Play in Early Childhood
by Helen Bullock on 06/12/2016

I enjoyed the course. It gave me a different perspective on Nature in Early Childhood. I am a person that enjoys the outdoors and know the personal benefits for me interacting with nature and now I know the benefits for the children. I would recommend this course to other early childhood educators in reflecting the importance of how to nurture nature in children.

What a Load of Rubbish (Secondary)
by Jennifer Abraham on 06/12/2016

Some good ideas.

Getting Others on Board (Secondary)
by Sue Parish on 06/12/2016

The course was easy to follow, understand and had really good ideas.

Making Geography Cool (Secondary)
by Alexander Baryshev on 06/12/2016

Great course providing useful classroom strategies that can be used to enage and differentiate Geography lessons in keeping with the new ‘National Curriculum’.

Cool Burning - Secondary
by Karen Barker on 04/10/2016

Great intro to online learning topics.

What a Load of Rubbish (Secondary)
by Simon Aylott on 29/09/2016

This course gives teachers many ideas ranging from small group, simple and short tasks to whole school and community projects over long time periods. The maths is not a big focus but the course does show how well this topic can be integrated into many levels at schools.