Supporting educators in making the most of Story Box Library (SBL), in 2020 we launched an ongoing series of online PD events that address Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. Our first two online PD events focused on providing educators with step-by-step guides to the SBL basics, and 12 key steps to engage readers using the platform. Online PD events can now be accessed for educator professional development, contributing towards addressing Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. 

Getting to know the SBL basics

In our first online PD event for educators, SBL focused on: 

  • All SBL functions, including closed captions and accessibility features

  • How to use our digital resource to engage young students

  • Technical updates and advancements to the platform

  • Helpful resources to complement and enhance existing programs using SBL

Accessing this online session will contribute 1.5 hours of PD, addressing the following Australian Professional Standards for Teachers:

  • Australian Teaching Standard 3.4.2- Select and Use Resources: Select and/or create and use a range of resources, including ICT, to engage learners in their learning.

  • Australian Teaching Standard 2.6.2- Information and Communication Technology (ICT): Use effective teaching strategies to integrate ICT into learning and teaching programs to make selected content relevant and meaningful.

Watch our online PD event ‘Getting to know the SBL basics’ here


12 steps to engage your readers using Story Box Library

Discover 12 practical ideas for using SBL as a digital resource for a variety of activities, making it a versatile tool for educators with multiple applications for learning, teaching and community use. This session builds upon content from our first PD, Getting to Know the SBL Basics, and shares real-life examples of how SBL is being used to enhance learning and teaching programs. 

In the second session of our online PD series for teachers, the SBL team shared:

  • Practical ideas for using Story Box Library (SBL) for multiple applications in learning, teaching and community use

  • Foundation knowledge and training to further customise their own use of SBL

  • Tips to use features in engaging and catering for the diverse and individual needs of students, including closed-captions and playback speed.

  • How to use SBL to engage families and extend learning beyond the classroom.

Accessing this online session will contribute 1.5 hours of PD, addressing the following Australian Professional Standards for Teachers:

  • Australian Teaching Standard 3.4.2- Select and Use Resources: Select and/or create and use a range of resources, including ICT, to engage learners in their learning. 

  • Australian Teaching Standard 2.6.2- Information and Communication Technology (ICT): Use effective teaching strategies to integrate ICT into learning and teaching programs to make selected content relevant and meaningful.   

  • Australian Teaching Standard 7.3.2- Engage with Professional Teaching Networks and Broader Communities: Participate in professional and community networks and forums to broaden knowledge and improve practice. 

Watch our online PD event ‘12 steps to engage readers using SBL’ here

Our next online PD event, Whose story gets to be shared? Creating a diverse library will be held on Tuesday 19 October.

Featuring academic Dr Helen Adam and author Melissa Keil, our event will explore the importance of representation and diversity in children’s literature and practical ways to ensure all children are heard and seen through stories. 

To register your interest for our upcoming PD event, email admin@storyboxlibrary.com.au.