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Digital Citizenship Online Extension Courses

Tuesday, August 04, 2015


Syba Academy is excited to announce two upcoming Digital Citizenship Online Extension Courses.

  • Digital Citizenship: Core Concepts & Principles
  • Digital Citizenship: Advanced Skills & Leadership

These courses are designed to provide teachers, teacher-librarians, curriculum and e-learning coordinators with an opportunity to develop a digital citizenship policy and program to address the specific needs of their school community.

The knowledge, skills and behaviours that people of all ages as digital citizens need to develop, understand and practice are explored using Ribble’s (2011) nine elements of digital citizenship. These include: digital access, digital commerce, digital communication, digital literacy, digital etiquette, digital law, digital rights and responsibilities, digital health and wellness, and digital security.

School teams of 2-5 participants are encouraged to enrol as their school’s Digital Citizenship Working Party. This can lead to a school planning and implementing a schoolbased program to effectively address their community’s digital citizenship issues and challenges.

Each course is conducted over a period of four weeks and involves a minimum commitment of 15 hours.

Participants can complete the course in their own time, however will be expected to invest approximately 4 hours per week to complete a range of learning activities and school-based initiatives, engage in online professional discussions with the instructor and course participants, and document the outcomes of their learning according to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.

A maximum of 30 participants are enrolled in this course at a time to ensure participants gain individual instruction and feedback throughout the course.

Testimonial Mt Alvernia College, Kedron, QLD

Participating in the Digital Citizenship course provided by the Syba Academy assisted us in understanding the imperative role of educators as models and stewards of digital citizenship in 21st century learning environments. It also provided us with the foundation for the digital citizenship practice and programmes in the Mount Alvernia iCentre.

Importantly, the course was the catalyst for us to evolve from a digital citizenship approach that was haphazard, to one that is intentional and systematic.

It has been a year since we completed the course and we continue to build on the foundations provided by Syba Academy. The course gave us the knowledge, resources and skills that have started us on our journey of working with the College Leadership Team on a whole-school Digital Citizenship policy that will provide vision for the college community.

We believe that by building student capacities in digital literacy and digital citizenship, the iCentre team are enacting their responsibilities as information specialists and serving as leaders in the school.

The Digital Citizenship course was the most practical and relevant professional development we have participated to support us in this. We highly recommend this course to any professional interested in developing or improving a successful digital citizenship programme within their school.

Helen Stower, Curriculum Leader (Information Services & iCentre)

Kathryn Schravemade, Teacher-Librarian Mount Alvernia College, Kedron, Qld

For more information and to register visit


Transference to Revolution

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Blended Learning

The term blended learning first emerged in the late 1990s with the advent of the internet (Friesen, 2012). There are a myriad of frameworks, models and theories surrounding the concept but at its most basic level blended learning refers to the practice of using both online and in-person learning experiences when teaching students (Abbott, 2014).

The initial adoption of computing and internet based technology in education was what I would describe as a practice of transference, text books were accessed on the computer, assignments were typed instead of written, overhead projectors we replaced with AV projectors. All these potentially revolutionary changes were afoot but teaching and learning practices were not changing dramatically. As the online experience has evolved and developed so have the opportunities for blended learning.

The move from transference to all out revolution is unfolding before our eyes. From makerspaces and project based learning to flipped classrooms, there are a variety of innovative approaches and learning modalities that have emerged and while these are well documented in academic literature there is a lack of formal training occurring in Australia.

When adopting a new method of teaching or learning we all know the key is good planning, it pays to be deliberate and strategic. If you are interested exploring opportunities to employ blended learning pedagogies within the Australian Curriculum Syba Academy is partnering with Yarra Plenty Regional Library to deliver a seven week online learning course that will achieve just that!


If you’re not quite sure or just want to find out a bit more about blended learning have a look at some of these resources:

 This site is very US-centric but it provides a good grounding overview.

This blog is dedicated to exploring the many facets of blended learning.

16 of the best blended learning resources from Edudemic

37 Blended learning resources you can use tomorrow, from Teach Thought


"Blended Learning Definition." The Glossary of Education Reform. N.p., 15 May 2013. Web. 14 Apr. 2015.

Friesen, Norm. "Defining Blended Learning." Report: Defining Blended Learning August (2012): 1-10. Web. 15 Apr. 2015.

Staker, Heather, and Michael B. Horn. "Classifying K-12 Blended Learning." Innosight Institutute May (2012): 1-21. May 2012. Web. 15 Apr. 2015.


Welcome to 2015

Monday, February 09, 2015

Welcome to Term1 2015

The start of the new school year is the absolute best time of year! The summer break leaves students and teachers refreshed and reinvigorated, you can almost grab a hold of the energy and enthusiasm. This year Syba has got everything you need to ride that summer feeling all year long.

  • New products and ideas that will assist you to keep your library modern - Syba Signs

  • A rich and varied professional development program - Syba Academy

  • An expansion of our digital products - Syba Digital

Syba Products

Wall Graphics: The increasing popularity of Syba's wall graphics have been has allowed us to extend our range and offer you more choices. Wall Graphics are a very flexible, bright and visual way of enhancing the library space and visually conveying the philosophy of the library. If you are unfamiliar with our Wall Graphics you can view an instructional video here.  

Vinyl Word Walls: Our vinyl word walls are extremely popular and are easily applied. Choose a wall to fit your space or ask us to customise our designs to fill your needs. If you would like to order a custom size of any of our existing word walls or if you would like to choose your own words/values we can design something for you to meet your needs. 

Syba Academy News

We have been busy assembling an exciting and inspiring QTC accredited professional development program and are very excited to be sharing it with you now. We can hardly wait to learn all about the connected classroom from Shannon Miller at Syba Academy's Connected Educator Summit in June. To explore our PD program comprehensively visit our website.

Also of note, we have partnered with SLANSW to present the State Library Day: Let's Make it Happen. We will challenge, educate and empower you to develop further as an educator and information specialist.

We have courses running online and currently have events planned in Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne and Dubbo. We also provide in school in-servicing, if this appeals to you please have a look at our Syba Academy Speakers or contact us for further information. 

Syba Digital news

We are happy to announce that we now have the Australian and Asian distributorship for the excellent range of eBooks (and print versions) from LMC in America. This includes titles such as Google Apps for Education, Ban Those Bird Units, Painless Guide to Web 2.0 and many more.

Visit our website to see our complete Guided Inquiry Design Digital resource that includes printable posters, support activities, Guided Inquiry Design icons and much more.

The highlight of our business is the relationships we develop with our customers. We love talking with you, guiding you with your purchases and meeting you at our seminars and workshops. We trust our well established relationships will develop even further this year and that we 'meet' many more of you.

Best wishes for 2015,

From the Syba team.


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