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New Publisher Neap joins LearningField

LearningField is pleased to welcome National Educational Advancement Programs (Neap) to its digital textbook subscription library. Neap has been active in the education community for over 30 years, offering revision programs for students and trial exams and diagnostic testing material for teachers in Victoria, and then New South Wales. In the educational services arena, Neap…

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Schoolbox and LearningField announce integration

Schoolbox, the revolutionary technology to transform K-12 schools, has commenced working in partnership with LearningField to develop a seamless integration between the two platforms. Leveraging the popular Learning Tools Interoperability® (LTI®) integration protocol, this LTI integration means any Australian secondary school using Schoolbox can easily ‘plug-and-play’ to LearningField. Students and teachers will be able to access…

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SEQTA integrates with LearningField

We’re pleased to announce that collaborative teaching and learning system, SEQTA is fully-integrating LearningField with its SEQTA Teach product. SEQTA Teach’s upcoming release will enable schools with LearningField subscriptions to embed and link to LearningField’s 12,000 chapters of e-textbook content without ever leaving the SEQTA learning management system. Teachers can assign texts for students, make and share…

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VitalSource Platform Extends Integration and Reading Options for Teachers and Students

Since launching in 2013, LearningField has been providing unlimited choice of content through our flexible, subscription-based service. No one else is able to offer access to thousands of chapters from Australia’s leading educational publishers for a single flat price. But this is not the only unique feature of our product. With our new technology partner VitalSource, LearningField now…

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More resources for English teachers as another publisher joins LearningField

Following last week’s news about Wet Paper Publishing joining LearningField, we are delighted to confirm that another publisher – the English Teachers’ Association NSW (ETA) – will be adding their content to our catalogue for 2016. From the beginning of next year their extensive list of teaching resources will be included in the LearningField subscription,…

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Marine Science Publisher Joins LearningField

LearningField is pleased to announce that Wet Paper Publishing has joined the growing number of publishers contributing to LearningField’s world-first digital textbook subscription service. Wet Paper Publishing will contribute 38 titles to LearningField with a focus on specialist Science resources for middle school and senior year levels. These titles will cover Marine Science learning areas…

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Serpentine Jarrahdale Grammar School: Where passion is driving learning

Established 10 years ago, Serpentine Jarrahdale Grammar School is an all-inclusive Christian school in Mundijong, WA. Having recently expanded their network wireless capabilities, the school implemented a 1:1 iPad program. While acknowledging the challenges that technology can bring to the classroom, services such as LearningField have allowed teachers to create rich and engaging tasks for…

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The Australian Association for the Teaching of English (AATE) has joined LearningField

  The Australian Association for the Teaching of English (AATE), the peak national professional body for Australian English teachers, has joined LearningField. From 2016 their extensive catalogue of highly detailed Reading Australia teaching resources for the much celebrated Australian Society of Authors’ Reading Australia 200 list of the greatest of Australian literary texts will be…

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St James College: Catering for different needs (and different stories)



St James College in Brisbane is a co-educational Catholic Secondary School in the Edmund Rice Tradition. It is an inner city school, operating on a uniquely small block surrounded by office buildings. The school’s highly diverse community includes students from refugee families and students with special needs. St James started using LearningField this year and in this case study they describe how the service is supporting a range of learning styles as well as student needs and abilities.

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Impact Publishing joins LearningField

We are pleased to announce that Impact Publishing has joined the growing number of publishers contributing to LearningField’s world-first digital textbook subscription service. Impact Publishing will contribute over 50 titles to LearningField with a focus on resources for senior years. Titles will cover learning areas such Accounting, Business Management, Physical Education, Outdoor Education, English, Dance,…

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Learning with data (and respecting privacy)

We were fortunate last week to be mentioned in the Sydney Morning Herald and Brisbane Times as an example of an education service leading the way with regards to data. It is worth explaining why the use of data from LearningField has been interesting to schools and how we balance this with privacy concerns.

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See you at EduTECH!

We are really looking forward to the conference next week, and the chance to talk with schools that already use LearningField, and those who want to know more about what we do. Come and see us at Stand 145 in the Exhibition Hall, which is conveniently located near lounge area 5.  This year we will…

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School experiences of LearningField

In this video, several schools around Victoria provide insights into their experience using LearningField last year. David Barnett, Managing Director of Pearson Education Australia, discusses this change for the publishing industry, and Murray St Leger – CEO of Copyright Agency – describes how schools are utilising the choice offered by the service.

LearningField introduces eLearning training options for teachers

So why have we gone down an eLearning route?

To better serve the different needs of teachers.   A number of teachers have told us they are time poor and want to be more self-directed in their learning experience. They want to do training at times that suit them. So we are looking to cater for these needs.

For a new school using LearningField we have already used a range of training options: face-to-face training, How to Videos, User Guides, our support knowledge base with its FAQs and our help desk.  We have had a focus on training teachers in face-to-face training sessions. Whilst this style of training works well, and will continue to do so for a lot of people, we wanted to be able to cater for other individual learning preferences and styles better.

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Preparing for 2015

In our first full year of operating we have had amazing support and feedback from schools using the service.  This has resulted in many of our schools expanding their use of LearningField for 2015, and new schools implementing LearningField for the first time.  Our new schools will be a mix of metropolitan and regional schools,…

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Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School: enabling student-centred learning and higher order thinking skills

Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School (PEGS) is a well-established Melbourne independent school with a long history of a focus on student-centred learning and higher order thinking skills. In sharing their experience of LearningField the school describes it as a teaching and learning tool: to guide student learning, provide a deeper understanding of concepts and ultimately allow students to be thinkers and not just learners. The school has also been a strong user of the collaboration features of the service with notes, discussions and online communication with teachers improving the sharing of concepts and making projects more interesting. 

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Mount Waverley Secondary College: Having higher level teacher-student conversations and supporting difference

Mount Waverley Secondary College, based in Melbourne’s south eastern suburbs, describes itself as a middle class state school with a history of outstanding academic results and a focus on developing the whole person for a global society. In sharing their LearningField experience the school talks of using LearningField to enable higher level conversations between students and teachers. Mount Waverley also sees LearningField  supporting different student needs in general, and especially for students with English as a second language and lower levels of literacy. Students talk of LearningField allowing them to work at their own pace, help those falling behind and to learn from students above their level.

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Our new reporting tool for teachers: Providing feedback on student engagement in 2015

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LearningField usage generates data. We know when students open their books, how long they read them and how they use the collaborative note-taking and group discussion features. Harnessing this data will provide real time knowledge of how students are using LearningField in a way their print book never could. Our new reporting tool will be available for teachers in 2015 and we are currently building a dashboard to enable easy access to this data. Our goal is to collate the best information, reports and views that provide visibility across student trends and facilitate actionable insight on student engagement.

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A pleasant surprise: Teacher guest post from Jason Arruzza, Loreto Normanhurst

One of the challenging aspects of working in technological innovation in the educational sector is helping teachers become aware of and take advantage of disruptive innovations that have clear value. We are all creatures of habit, and often it takes time for us to adapt our behaviour to newly-available technology, particularly when the “old way…

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Newington’s first year with LearningField – six months in

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Newington College’s Director of ICT, Myles Carrick, was kind enough to speak to some visiting teacher librarians about digital texts and LearningField in May 2014.

He started his discussion with this interesting premise: the question is not how do schools get textbooks onto iPads, but how do schools get great resources into learning situations and how do they support creation and curation/sharing of resources?

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St Bede’s College: Giving shy students a voice and more

Our latest experience of LearningField comes from St Bede’s College, a Catholic school in Melbourne’s Mentone. School Deputy Principal David Cracknell initially saw value in LearningField as a one stop shop.  Director of Pedagogy Alex Borlenghi speaks of their motivation for LearningField being that it gave “a huge amount more in terms of resources that can used…

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LearningField to provide a Year 11–12 subscription for 2015

LearningField is excited to announce the addition of a subscription option for Years 11 and 12 for 2015. The subscription will include textbook and study guide content from Cambridge University Press, Insight Publications, Jacaranda, Macmillan Education Australia, Oxford University Press and Pearson Australia. The subscription will provide teachers and students access to every textbook and…

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Insight Publications joins LearningField, brings 150+ English titles to the subscription

Independent Australian publisher Insight Publications has joined LearningField putting their extensive library of English and related resources within the Learningfield subscription for 2015. Insight brings over 150 titles to LearningField. This includes many book-listed and widely used Australian Curriculum and VCE English texts from years 7-12, grammar and reference books, its popular new Insight Skills…

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LearningField a global first: Evolving the Education market in PWC Outlook

It’s not often you get mentioned in an industry outlook report as an example of industry innovation. In their Australian Entertainment and Media Outlook 2014-2018 PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) describes LearningField as a global first for educational publishers working together to serve the needs of high school teachers and students. PwC discusses LearningField as an example of evolution in the education industry.…

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Arden Anglican School: Interacting with textbooks across all their subjects, all within the one LearningField app

Arden is an independent Sydney school using LearningField.  In the following Northern District Times article the school describes how its  students, equipped with iPads, are able to read, annotate, communicate and highlight in the textbooks across all their subjects, all within the one LearningField app. Grace de Rijk, 14, is in Year 9 at Arden  is using…

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A look back at the AIS ICT Managers Conference

Canberra greeted us with a beautiful crisp autumn morning, for our first voyage to the AIS ICT Conference. As first timers, we were made to feel very welcome and we enjoyed the two days of exhibiting made all the better with the excellent free wi-fi.  AIS really run this conference well, and we appreciated the…

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How schools partner with LearningField

Digital technology enables students to learn independently and collaborate with peers. Aligning meaningful use of technology with teaching and learning practice is essential and requires very deliberate approaches to planning, and implementation. Robert Baker’s (2009) research found that when students are provided with digital content in technology-rich learning environments they respond positively to the new…

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Newington’s experience – packaging texts together and accessing across all devices

Rolfe Kolbe is both a Maths teacher and eLearning Leader at Newington College, Sydney. Newington trialled LearningField in 2013 and is using the service in Years 7 and 8 in 2014. In the blog post listed below Rolfe describes the school’s experience with LearningField as at January 2014. Rolfe firstly describes some previous frustrations in using digital textbooks: principally accessibility issues…

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A note from the LearningField support team

It has been such a thrill to be in schools in Victoria, New South Wales and Tasmania this week as we have rolled out LearningField to thousands of teachers and students. From teacher training to tweaking networks, from setting up iPads to watching students log on and see chapters in their libraries for the first…

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Teacher Training and Supporting Change

LearningField is new. Any change to a new resource requires training, support and close management. This applies whether you are adopting a new text, or adapting to the LearningField platform where you have a choice of texts.  We are committed to supporting the management of change in schools, working very closely with teachers and other…

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LearningField and the power of shared thinking

Hello, I’m one of the LearningField Support Managers, based in Sydney. I’ve been involved in text publishing for around 20 years, working with teachers in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland to help produce texts in all the Years 7 to 12 Learning Areas. Now at LearningField, I’m still working with teachers. My focus here…

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