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Wednesdays and Thursdays
9.30 to 10.30am
11.30 to 12.30pm

Bookings essential.
Up to 50 learners
Online, link will be provided
Digital visit
Free, bookings essential

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About the presenter

Hosted by Maureen Facilitated by Leisel or Sharon

For any questions regarding the event, please reach out to the Community Learning Team:
Phone: (08) 8207 7239

History is made up of many, many stories. My History Online is a program that engages children in examining their own personal stories and histories. Children learn about their State Library to uncover the way collections hold memories. Children will speak and record their histories in preparation for creating their own special memory boxes to capture their own unique stories.

Key inquiry questions 

• What is my personal story?
• How is my story the same and different from others?
• What people, events, activities, and places do I care about? Why?

Links with the Australian Curriculum

  • The learning experiences are aligned with the Australian Curriculum for schools, with a particular emphasis on the learning area of Humanities and Social Sciences: History and the general capabilities of literacy, intercultural understanding and critical and creative thinking.
  • Effective Learning principles strongly underpin the learning design.
  • Elements of this program have been co-designed in partnership with children to provide relevant learning experiences that effectively engage young learners.

Pre-visit package


The following video has been created for Kindergarten to year 6 school students. It provides an overview of the State Library of South Australia's buildings and collections. It talks about the stories and memories held and preserved within the collection for current and future generations.


Post DIGITAL Visit

Please assist us by completing the survey after you have been part of our program.

Educator survey - My History Online 

Learner survey - My History Online

Please ask your students these questions and fill in the answers on the Learner Survey

Telling my history
Memories and true stories can be told and passed on from one person to another. Listening to a person speaking about their history or telling someone your history is one way to share and remember information about people, places and events from different perspectives.  


Recording a memory 

Memories are how we keep information about people, places and events in our brain. The State Library stores lots of memories about people, places and events from all over South Australia. Watch how Jake has recorded and told a special memory from when he was young. 


Recording my history 

People record their memories and histories in many ways. The State Library collects many types of recordings including letters, photographs, maps and sound files. Watch to discover how Ely and Hannah have recorded some of their history using words and drawings on paper. 


Archiving my history 

Objects can help us to remember history. The State Library stores lots of objects that help us remember people, places or events in South Australia. These objects are kept in boxes called archival boxes. Watch how Ely, Hannah and Jake start their own archival boxes. 


MY HISTORY Digital Resource
Explore for further information guides and resources.

Peterborough: Through the eyes of a child
Explore the town that has inspired Phil Cummings’writing from the perspective of children at Peterborough Primary School.


What is the cost of a digital visit? 

All State Library Digital Visits are provided to participants free of charge.

What pre-visit information will we receive?

A confirmation email will be sent from Eventbrite to the person that booked the Digital Visit.

This email will point to Information for the Educator and the Information for the Supporting Adults and Pre-Visit information/ learning on the Description page of the relevant program on the website.
The booking contact person is required to distribute appropriately to all the attending teachers and adults.

All pre-visit information can be found within the corresponding Education program on this website.

A calendar meeting invitation will also be sent to the contact person and teachers listed, closer to the date, with Pre-Visit information attached.

What technology is required for a digital visit?

The SA Government’s recommended online platform is Microsoft Teams. You will be emailed a link that enables your Digital Visit to be opened in the MS Teams app or in a web browser.

Participants will require internet access, a web camera, microphone and speakers.

Information, Communications and Technology (ICT)  protocols will be highlighted with all participants at the start of the Digital Visit to ensure safety, access and participation is managed effectively.

Please email us prior to your Digital Visit if you have additional questions regarding ICT requirements.

What do I need to do before the Digital Visit?

Check the Program page on the State Library website and follow information for Pre-Visit learning.

View the short pre-visit Welcome Video with all participants prior to the Digital Visit.
This is designed to:

  • build positive relationships
  • provide background information about the role of the State Library of South Australia.

If there is one provided, print Information for Supporting Adults letter to share with adults that may be assisting.

Organise learners into groups if specified in the pre-visit information.

Organise or print any specified resources necessary for the Digital Visit.

For research related programs we recommend that students Join the State Library and receive a library card if specified in the pre-visit information and request that the card be mailed to their private email address (not their school address) and have it mailed to them prior to the Digital Visit (this may take up to 5 days).  

What should I do if the videos on the website don't work?

The issue with MS Edge and YouTube video playback is a known issue which Microsoft is supposedly working on.


- Enable Edge Flag "WebRTC Min/Max Video Encode Accelerator dimensions" (it was on Default).
- Disable "Use hardware acceleration when available" from System.
- Switched the Flag back to default.

We suggest you check that your browser is up to date and supported by YouTube >

 OR –  use a different browser. We recommend using Google, Chrome or Safari.

Are there tips for accessing the State Library for research?

Discuss research topics with your students and the types of credible resources that might be relevant.

Students may wish to access research tips for students.

Involve the school librarian in your students' research projects.

Join the State Library and receive a library card to access e-Resources from home.

Check the Additional Information tab on the website page of the program you are going to attend to find More To Explore links, tips and suggestions.

2021 Term 3: 19 July to September 24