This resource has been developed in partnership with the Historic Houses Trust to support their Connected classroom: a convict story program, which engages students in a virtual, interactive field trip via videoconference. Many of the tasks would enhance a class visit to the Hyde Park Barracks or the Museum of Sydney and enrich student learning.
For information on bookings and video examples from the videoconference program, select ‘Go back in time’ from the opening screen.
The resource can also be used in the classroom independent of these programs.
Links to the NSW HSIE K-6 Syllabus at Stages 2 and 3:
CCS2.1: Describes events and actions related to the British colonisation of Australia and assesses changes and consequences
CCS3.1: Explains the significance of particular people, groups, places, actions and events in the past in developing Australian identities and heritage
The resource also supports student learning in the KLAs of English, Mathematics and Creative Arts.
Using this resource
The resource is in sections, which are accessed from the opening screen. There are teaching notes for each of these sections.
At the barracks
Go back in time
Activities and quiz
These teaching notes are available below and within each specific section.
If you have Aboriginal students, acknowledge their ancestry and why they won’t complete the family passport, but research the story of members of their family who have journeyed from another part of Australia.
See website links at the end of the complete teaching notes to assist with research into convict ancestry.
Students can mark and show the journey of their family or an ancestor and make a presentation on Scribble Maps to share with others. View a sample family journey made using the program.
Scribble Maps uses Google Maps and students can add text, shapes, lines, images, arrows, directions and place-markers with or without text and then save and share their project.
Scribble Maps requires a login and has video tutorials for hints about how to use the software.
Read hints on enhancing Scribble Maps presentations at the end of these notes.
Journeys and connections explores objects from the National Museum of Australia related to discovery, white settlement and migration.
Look on the toolbar on the top left and find a variety of tools to use on your map. Select from the place-markers which you can use to add information to your chosen map locations; place text in text boxes; draw rectangles, circles or free shapes around areas as zones/areas to focus on; draw lines, use the eraser, drag the map, add an image; and then save and share with your group, class or teacher.
When you are ready to save, click on the Menu button and choose Save Map. This gives you a map ID (which you might like to write down to remember) and you can add in a title and description. Check Autosave and Delist Map (to keep it more private) and then Save. You can give your map a password (which you might like to write down to remember) and then save, or you can save without a password.
The next window gives you three pieces of information you need to save:
• the Map ID you saved earlier, which you can use later to re-upload your map
• the Direct link, which is a quick way to load your map to work on later.
Using images in Scribble Maps
• To add an image to your work, firstly zoom right in close to the area of the map where you are going to place the image.
• Find your image, right click on the image and go down to the word Properties. In the information that then appears, there will be a heading Address (URL) which has the address of the image. Copy this.
• Click on the Add Image button on the Scribble Maps toolbar and paste in this image information.
• Check the box Scale With Map so that the image decreases in size as you zoom out on your map.
• Click Add to Map and a small camera image will replace your arrow as you move your cursor. Wherever you click this will be where your image is loaded – but be careful as it is difficult to delete if placed in an incorrect position.
It may take a few tries to get the image to the size you want compared to the map.
Click back on the Select tool on the toolbar and zoom out from your map to see your image uploaded.