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Learning objects Open Explorer Builder

TLF ID L11611

Use Open Explorer Builder to create an interactive multimedia project, presentation or unit of work. Build alone or with others. Select an image to represent your topic or area of study, then add points of interest to it and attach appropriate content to each of these points. You can import images, audio or Flash Video files, and link to websites. Add your own captions and text. You can then create a tour of your content, using different text and audio. When you've finished 'building', publish your work as an Open Explorer. Users of your Open Explorer can take the guided tour and then explore the content as they wish.

Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students display critical thinking skills when constructing and publishing an interactive multimedia presentation or project.
  • Students find, select and organise appropriate content related to a concept or theme.
  • Students create a finished object that users may experience in two different ways (linear and non-linear).
  • Students use current technologies to create engaging work.
  • Students can work collaboratively with a teacher or with other students to create a published multimedia item.
  • Students appropriately credit resources used.
Educational value
  • Provides a way for individuals or groups to build multimodal texts or presentations suitable for a wide range of learning areas.
  • Provides a tool that can be used to develop students' critical thinking skills.
  • Provides a tool that can be used to improve students' conceptual understanding.
  • Provides the means for students and teachers to use ICT skills to organise and publish work.
  • Provides a platform for self-directed student learning.
  • Provides guidance on copyright issues.
  • Includes printable step-by-step instructions and hints on how to use Open Explorer Builder.
  • Includes a printable teacher guide to Open Explorer Builder.
Year level

8; 9; 10; 11; 12

Learning area
  • arts;
  • english;
  • health and physical education;
  • history;
  • languages other than english;
  • mathematics;
  • science;
  • studies of society and environment;
  • Technologies
  • Languages/Communication
  • Science/Science as a human endeavour
  • Science/Science inquiry skills
  • Science/Science understanding
  • Arts/Media
  • History/Historical skills
  • Mathematics/Number and algebra
  • Mathematics/Statistics and probability
  • Mathematics/Measurement and geometry
    Student activity
    • Portfolio;
    • Collaborative Internet project

    Other details

    • Publisher
    • Date of contribution: 20 Sep 2013
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
    • URL:
    • Technical implementer
    • Name: Mike Pearce
    • Organisation: Nectarine
    • Remarks: Programming, lead design
    • Graphical designer
    • Name: Tracy Gin
    • Address: Australia
    • Remarks: Additional design
    • Graphical designer
    • Name: Karl Ervine
    • Address: Australia
    • Remarks: Additional design
    Learning resource type
    • Interactive Resource
    • Microsoft Internet Explorer - minimum version: 8.0 (MS-Windows) - maximum version: 9.0 (MS-Windows)
    • Firefox - minimum version: (MS-Windows)
    • Safari - minimum version: 5.1 (Mac OS)
    Operating systems
    • MacOS - minimum version: 10.6
    • MS-Windows - minimum version: XP - maximum version: 7
    Platform requirements
    • This object requires Adobe Integrated Runtime (AIR) 1.1 to be installed, with Windows XP and Internet Explorer 7 as the minimum requirements. Due to the use of rich media content, this object is suitable for a connection speed of 256kb/s or faster.
    • © Education Services Australia Ltd, 2013, except where indicated under Acknowledgements.